nonzero\architecture provides full architectural, planning and design services to local, national and international clients from its offices in Santa Monica, California. Evolved into its current form around 2004, it builds on an experienced team and seamlessly continues the work of its accomplished predecessor firm studio bau:ton, founded in 1990.nonzero\architecture explores the potential of architecture to enrich and enhance people’s lives. Their designs address the human desire for both the beauty and functionality of their surroundings, whether at home or at work, at leisure or in the public realm. Based on an awareness of historical evolution and broader culture, they search for contemporary architectural solutions to the challenges of today’s built environment. The creation of stimulating spaces and structures is a primary aspiration of the firm. Concurrently, they carefully consider the economic realities, social dynamics and limited natural resources that all demand a thoughtful and conscious approach to design and construction. nz\a’s innovative strategies aim to make the most of any given budget, and to conserve materials and energy at every practical level. Sustainability and the preservation of building substance, of financial and material resources, are always integral parts of the firm’s designs.