Meaning in Making: Values at Workshop/APD

March 02, 2023

As our firm continues to grow, our leadership team collaborated to establish a clear set of values – a way to stay true to the culture that we’ve all worked to create. At Workshop/APD, we put people first. From individuals and teams to consultants and clients, a commitment to collaboration, learning, excellence, and boundless creativity informs our process, projects, and the progress we make in architecture and design.

Values Journal


A People First approach means centering the needs of the Workshop/APD team, our clients, collaborators, and colleagues. Our diversity is our strength, and we build a better practice by fostering community, prioritizing equity and inclusion, and creating a culture of mutual respect, compassion, and shared success.


Pushing the boundaries of architecture and design, we ask “What if?”, ideating and iterating to create uniquely tailored, one-of-a-kind solutions that are both forward thinking and contextually relevant. Unconstrained by a singular style or aesthetic, we begin each project with an exploration of the people, place, and purpose that makes it unique, applying a modern vision to contextually relevant architecture and design, with a focus on the endless ways that craft and technology can transform and elevate materials.


Curious, engaged, and hands-on, we’re driven forward by a shared love of learning. Our past successes inform our future work, with a focus on constantly improving technically, aesthetically, and professionally. From exploring technological and sustainable developments to historical deep dives, we’re passionate about exploration, education, mentorship, and the transfer of knowledge between colleagues and teams.


Beyond beauty, we strive for intuitive, human-centered design, livable, comfortable spaces, flawless execution, and above all, extraordinary client experience. Every detail is conceived of and executed to perfection, with an equal emphasis on form and function. Our rigorous process, honed over nearly 25 years, ensures seamlessly integrated design at every scale.


Seamless collaboration is the key to a holistic design process where architecture, interiors, and product are consciously intertwined. Through communication and compromise, we gain a better understanding of a project’s direction and potential. This clarity and alignment create a clear path forward for flawless execution and innovation.