OUR Design Approach
Robey Architecture is a home grown small design firm that respects and is influenced by the rich architectural heritage of San Antonio and the surrounding region. Historically, it has been a distinctly fertile place for architects to offer innovative solutions that respond to unique physical environments and economic restraints. To offer provocative solutions that foster pragmatism, conversation, and a respect for tradition while defining a place in time.
Therefore, our approach is to create an architectural solution that combines a contemporary minimalist composition with inventive uses of materials and to create new constructions or enhance existing "solutions of time" that cultivates the experience of place. Our structures are provocative catalysts for the site they come to inhabit and the persons who come to inhabit them. Through this approach our solutions are cost effective, meeting challenging budget constraints; and supporting the common requirement to achieve sustainability for the benefits of future generations.
As architects with a diverse portfolio of work, we understand and respect the traditional solutions provided by the unparalleled craftsmanship that significant and historical structures embody. And in keeping true to our endeavor of creating a sense of place, we have offered solutions that are in balance with its surrounding context, location, and time. Thus, Robey Architecture is careful to avoid imposing a signature style upon our clients and instead allow the surrounding influences, our experience with minimalist compositions, and inventive uses of materials to help determine a final design. The single most unique characteristic of Robey Architecture is our commitment to create a design that improves the quality of the inhabited space while also improving the quality of the community in which it is built.
Our work is dominated with solutions for the urban environment. Our body of work includes Urban and Site Master Planning, Adaptive Re-Use of existing structures, and new construction of various building types. Our project experience ranges from Hospitality, Commercial, Institutional, Municipal, and Residential (both single and multi-family); to Religious. All requiring solutions unique for the building type to convey an understanding of the special significance each structure has to offer; to the individual user or the contextual surrounding of its location.
Finally, Robey Architecture is keenly aware of the significant role of the architect as community builder and the responsibility that position demands. Construction of the built environment is a privilege affecting all levels of society from the individual person to the cultural collective. We are committed to and inspired by the contribution architecture can make to environmental and social sustainability that today is an important ingredient for a successful design solution, that will reflect one aspect of the consciousness of our own time.
- Jan/Feb 2010 Texas Architect [Cypress Campus Center]
- July/Aug 2008 Texas Architect [Blue Star Lofts]
- May/June 2006 “Whimiscal Volumes” Texas Architect [Henry Guerra Branch Library]