DOSSIER – WHO WE ARE
itec is a design-oriented practice focused on delivering a superior service. Its founders are committed to excellence and leading from the front. Our design process has been refined through our experiences and observations with successful firms. These experiences include work on internationally recognized projects in locations ranging from as far as Hong Kong to more regional settings in Miami and its surroundings. The founders have been committed to finding the best education and experiences in each of their individual careers and made obvious by their selection of high profile firms in which they have worked. These experiences have been combined to create itec architecture, which is committed to competing on the level in which they have been trained.
A studio environment is the key ingredient for success in the quality of work we wish to produce. Teamwork and the sharing of ideas can only enhance this process. This environment is not only good for the design phase but also conducive to problem solving and management of time sensitive schedules. Our team of designers is intimately involved with each project and readily available to complete any task at hand, be it with the project or the client. This closeness to the project helps resolve any problems that may occur due to design or schedule.
Our approach to successful design must also include an open and engaging dialogue with everyone involved in the process, from users to consultants. This dialogue helps define the expectations of all parties and clarifies any needs that should be met. It is very important to our team to establish this type of dialogue with the client for many reasons other than just creating an enjoyable environment during the process of making his vision a reality. It is our desire to create a long lasting relationship with each client itec architecture is privileged to work with. We understand the importance of repeat business and focus on providing a high level of service that will not only make our clients successful but ambassadors to our cause.
itec design was established for enhancing the quality of life for our clients, the public realm and ourselves by engaging the spirit of design and embodying the essence of Architecture.
Todd Martin, RA, NCARB – Principal
Todd Martin has a Professional Degree in Architecture from Oklahoma State University and participated in a study abroad program with OSU and the University of Illinois based in l’Ecole nationale supérieure d’architecture de Versailles (ENSA-V), France. Todd has over twenty six years of professional practice experience. In addition to his professional degree, Todd also holds a license to practice architecture in the states of Florida , Virginia + New York as well as being certified by the National Council of Architecture Registration Boards (NCARB). Todd has been involved in every phase of a project from early Programming, Schematic Design through to Construction Administration. Todd’s divers experience of project scale has allowed him to not only oversee and manage projects in house but take the lead role in design teams and more personal interactions with clients. Todd has successfully competed in competitions and has been honored for his academic and professional designs. Todd's experiences range from the very high profile residential work to the internationally recognized projects with the U.S. Dept. of State as well as working side by side with one of his mentors Paul Holt, of Holt Hinshaw in San Francisco, on the OKC Bombing Memorial Competition.
Arturo Griego, RA, NCARB, FGBC – Principal
Arturo Griego has a Master’s degree from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelors of Science degree in Architecture from the University of Florida. As a founding member of itec architecture, Arturo brings the vision and foresight of his experiences from working in the high profile offices of Antoine Predock and Arquitectonica. He has been a member of design teams in both offices that have competed for and won international competitions. His understanding of the process for winning is an invaluable asset to our team. Arturo has also been honored for his own academic designs and winner of an international competition while completing his Master’s in New Mexico. Arturo’s experiences range from the very high profile residential work to the internationally recognized education facilities of Antoine Predock to the very large condominiums and mega complexes of Arquitectonica.
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PROCESS – NATURE AND THE “FINAL CAUSE”
Teleology is the study of “ends”, purposes or goals. Teleology provides the view that the end of things is the means or cause for all that has happened or that occurs. This is also known as “final cause” which is being set forth as a model for how our firm perceives its process of design and ultimately its future. For example,
“… an oak tree (or rather it’s “essence” or “nature”) is the final cause of the path of growth that begins with the acorn. The essence of the flower is the final cause of the process of the seed.” Patrick Glenn
This understanding of final cause is the view we wish to follow in defining our vision and focus as an architecture firm. Our goal, purpose or “end” is 'Architecture' but the process or essence of getting there is as important as the object of its creation. Architecture is the final cause of mans desire to define, in material form, the essence of place. It is then our desire to provide a level of service that not only focuses on “Architecture” but rather on an organized flow of ideas, which ultimately defines the process of our designs. It must be made clear that this concept of design is totally focused on human nature and their needs for defining space. Architecture, that is successful architecture rises above the level of mere building and is defined as such only when it responds to the wants and needs of this human nature. After all, architecture is about the people.
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PERCEPTIONS – UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD AROUND US
In a world where pace and motion have become terms in defining the ever changing environment in which we live; it must take a visionary to harness these terms and redefine them into something more understandable and logical. It is this vision that will not only help us define who we are as architects and how we perceive our practice but also how we respond to these changes in materiality and form. Our vision is to capture the essence of the “now” and transform it into an architecture that begs to be more than mere ‘building’ in the future.
Vision is more than just foresight. Vision is a kinetic force, and in being so could never be static or passive. Vision is that different angle of view that opens to a world of new possibilities. It is the understanding of the “Z” axis, the axis that defines the third dimension—Space. The “X” and “Y” axis are mere edges in two dimensions while it is the “Z” axis that transforms reality. Vision is not only the projections for the future of things but much more related to the awareness of the “now” and how those things fit into the balance or pace of our environment. The “now” represents the last variable in our equation – Time. Vision is the ability to capture the essence of time and space at any given moment. We believe that it is this essence that is at the core or heart of good design and for that matter good clients. It is the fundamental nature of good design to open a broader window to the horizons, allowing its participants to react to and appreciate more of its surroundings. This is vision. This is active, tactile, and kinesthetic in its makeup. This is more than just a vision it is an understanding of boundaries and limits and our desire as architects.
REALITY – FILLING THE VOID
Vision can be obscured when there is a lack of focus creating what we like to call a – ‘spectrum void’. This void can be described as the gap or blind spot in our field of vision that not only diverts our attention to other areas but possibly conceals the one thing that captures the essence of that moment. As architects, we wish to push back the blinders, open up a larger view port and discover the true realm of possibilities by filling these voids.
The ‘Enlightenment’ period in Europe is a great example of this discovery. The French called this period “le siecle de lumiere” (century of light); in Germany, ”der Aufklarung” (the clearing of the skies). It is the German description of this discovery period that more accurately describes our search for focus. Focus, in a way, is much more about clearing away and freeing the eyes of any material thing and focusing on the entire space seeing everything rather than a singular object in particular. It is the importance of the entire picture that keeps us focused and directed to any changes or flux that may occur in our environment. Focus is the awareness of importance. As architects we wish to not only predict the changes in time and space but also control them by becoming part of the continuous unlimited area or expanse in focus. This is to say that we wish to acknowledge the fact that our world is an ever-changing place and our role as architects is to adapt and mold it to the very vision of our discoveries. This kind of focus will help capture our attention as passive observers and transform our practice into an active participant ready to shape the future of our designs and profession.