Why do we do what we do?

It seems like a simple question. What does Spacesmith do and why do we do it? The first part is easy – architecture, planning and interior design. The second part not so easy. Over the years I’ve been asked this question by numerous people from potential clients and employees to friends and new acquaintances. They ask it in different forms. “What kind of architecture do we do?” “What is important to us?” “What do we think about when we design?” “What inspires us?” But it all boils down to the same question. “What differentiates Spacesmith from everyone else?” As the firm leader, I ask myself these questions over and over searching for the ultimate answer that encompasses everything I believe about the work that we do. I know the answer in my gut but saying it out loud is like singing a song out loud – close to impossible! 

And so I took it on again in preparation for the Spacesmith Fall Leadership Retreat. I pulled out the old statements of purpose, mission and vision and tried to look at them with renewed focus. And I wondered why it mattered. And then I took a day trip with my brother to Franklin D. Roosevelt’s home in the Hudson Valley. There I re-read FDR’s four freedoms: freedom of speech, of worship, from want and from fear. In the midst of my own struggle to define a purpose for our humble architecture firm, I saw how simple words carry immeasurable power. And I experienced the spaces where a great man wrote words that inspired a country to action. And I knew. 

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park by Louis I. Kahn

Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park by Louis I. Kahn

Space is full of possibility. The spaces where people live, work and play have a powerful influence on their wellbeing and achievements. With integrity, trust and stewardship, we craft spaces for clients who are making a better world. 

This is what we do at Spacemith and why we do it. 


Jane Smith, Partner

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