"Creativity is just connecting things. When you ask creative people how they did something, they feel a little guilty because they didn't really do it, they just saw something. It seemed obvious to them after a while. That's because they were able to connect experiences they've had and synthesize new things."
Architects are taught to view the House in architectural terms, but the House also resides as an ideal in the narrative imaginations of each of us. As such, it is laden with the values, memories and associations that make us individuals, that make the House the symbol of the self in our dreams.
Recognizing this special idealized connection between our stories and our homes is what drives James Merrell Architects to specialize in this building type. We explore in each project the relationship between our architectural and our narrative imaginations. We have tooled our design process to better engage and guide our clients along the way. And our completed projects offer the best proof of our success--a wide but related series of architectural expressions, each designed to meet the idealized dreams of a particular client.