Philosophy

Our purpose is to create enduring architecture for inspired living. 

We believe architecture should be expressive, timeless, and always in unity with the natural beauty of the site. We understand that thoughtful designs emerge through the collaborative process of listening to, learning from, and engaging with our clients. Equally important is the study of the conditions and natural features of the landscape, the character of the existing structures, and the context created by the surroundings. Through this explanation, we gain a deep understanding of our client's desires coupled with the possibilities offered by the site. 

Our work is informed, from concept to completion, by the highest level of quality, integrity, and craftsmanship. It begins with a conscientious selection of appropriate materials, dedication to innovated and proven building techniques, and sustainable practices that promote environmental responsibility. 

Our longstanding partnerships with leading engineers, landscape designers, interior designers, builders and artisan craftspeople, together with our acceptance of a limited number of commissions annually, allows us to design with continuity, precision, and unparalleled sophistication. 

We are a small practice by design, and we wish to stay small. This is the only way we can give our clients undivided attention to detail, that we believe is required for a highly personalized service. All phases of the design process are carried out at principal level, further ensuring hands-on wealth of experience being applied to each and every one of your projects. 

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Sustainable Design

SHIPLEY DESIGN functions on the core values and principles of design, using different methods and ideas to create one cohesive, functional space. Through the principles of design, we create structures that are functional, comfortable, and elegant. We create designs with sustainability in mind, and always make sure that we are as resourceful and as caring as possible throughout the entire design process. SHIPLEY DESIGN has successfully designed a LEED silver structure, a pinnacle of achievement in the world of sustainable design. With our knowledge of design, and our careful and precise site evaluation process, all of our designs are created to be as natural with the surrounding landscape as they can be, from material, to the structure itself, all while guaranteeing our clients exactly what they want and need from their design. 

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Process

At Shipley Design we begin every project by listening to the wants and needs of our clients. We consider this step to be of utmost importance, as all of our designs are intended and created to exceed all expectations of our client. After creating a plan of action comes the design portion of the project, where we iterate the design plenty of times to narrow it down and get the best possible results out of the project.