An increasing number of contributors to our ever-expanding built world are referring to their practices as design-build. That means that the same minds and hands do both the designing and the building. Design-build offers a customized product that’s designed continuously until it’s completed. But there are different approaches to design-build, as a look at several New York City firms attests.
This Austin, Texas–based studio built its profile by designing and building some notable houses on spec. Chris Krager cofounded KRDB in 2001 with the goal of creating extraordinary buildings that are financially accessible.
The designers at Kansas City–based El Dorado believe they are improving on the conventional architect-contractor relationship by cultivating a more collaborative spirit among client, contractor, and architect while maintaining the roles and responsibilities of each.