Methodology

Meridian Design Associates offers architectural services for all phases of design, from initial conceptual design through construction drawings, project management, and construction administration. We offer all of these services for projects in any market of any scale. At Meridian we are able to achieve success with such an assortment of projects due to the dedication and experience of our diverse staff and the use of our Integrated Design Methodology. Responsible design requires the integration of a wide array of design considerations: social, ergonomic, legal, aesthetic, sculptural, functional, financial, ecological, political, and more. Some firms specialize in a subset of these design aspects. At Meridian, we practice Integrated Design, synthesizing the broadest possible set of considerations. This approach is what makes our designs both sensitive and practical, able to pursue ambitious visions and address complex design challenges.

Embedded within our design methodology is the concept of Sustainability. As should be the case with all contemporary practices, we analyze all design decisions in light of how they will affect the environment in which we inhabit. However, the trend has been to associate sustainability solely with its implications for the natural environment, and we refuse to limit its definition in such a way. By fusing the idea with our Integrated Design Methodology, we can extend sustainability to the social, economic, political, and other aspects of life. Only through this all-encompassing take on sustainability, are we able to bring our clients from a state of sustaining to a point of thriving.

To put these ideas to work in the physical and visual dimensions, we at Meridian use a plethora of mediums, from hand sketches, to virtual 3D modeling. But the true catalyst for our design success as of late has been Building Information Modeling (BIM) software. While it is most well-known for allowing the designer to draw in 2D and 3D simultaneously, BIM software also has the ability to extend a design into dimensions of cost, time, and even energy efficiency. When a 2D element is drawn in plan with BIM, it not only has an associated height, but it can also have a definable material palette, cost per material, installation time, insulation value, and so on. This technology is changing, for the better, the way all design operations are conducted and the way all design team members — architects, contractors, engineers, consultants, etc. — are interacting. With over a decade of experience using BIM at Meridian, we are certainly industry experts at using this software of the future.