Core Philosophy of Design



“At its core, architecture is an attempted artistic mediation,

between man’s restless soul, the chaos of the world that surrounds him,

and an enduring Divine Presence.” – Daniel Lee


Daniel Lee believes that at its core, architecture is an attempted artistic mediation, between man’s restless soul, the chaos of the world that surrounds him, and the eternal Divine Presence.

This view has led him to appreciate the long humane Classical tradition in architectural design, where the ideas of Athens and Jerusalem met, finding it most expressive of the human condition and aspirations in life.  Daniel works closely with his clients, throughout the architectural design process, fleshing out these larger core ideas in response to his clients’s specific objectives.

Daniel was exposed to architecture and the arts early in life as a child in Paris, France, where his parents served as career Protestant missionaries, complemented by extensive travel abroad.  These formative interests eventually led him to study with leading architectural theorists and practitioners, mentors such as Chris Rischer, Alan Greenberg, Leon Krier and Christopher Alexander, notable advocates for a recovery of a more humane and classically rooted approach to architecture and the design of our cities. He was a founding board member in the formation of The Institute for Classical Architecture and Art in Washington DC., and established his own independent private practice in 1995.

“The English scholar and author Dorothy Sayers once observed that, ‘As the mind of the maker has been made manifest in a work, a way of communication is established between other minds and his.  That is to say, it is possible for a reader, by reading a book, to discover something about the mind of the writer.’

“We believe this principle holds true in works of architecture, and aspire to the creation of architecture that communes with the Transcendent, and provides a sense of meaningful place for those who engage it, in both space and time.

We long for the day when truly beautiful buildings grace our cities once again.  We hunger for that day when their masterly designs whisper to us with an awesome beauty, in a language our souls understand, and point with promise to that City whose sustainer and architect is God.”  Daniel Lee



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