When designing a house or other building, an architect must consider and juggle a number of different objectives, searching for an optimum solution.  For a building I design, two of the most important goals are that it fit and that it work.   

By fit I mean that it is designed to be just where it is:  in the southeast United States, on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau, in the woods, amongst century-old Victorian summer cottages, perched on a rocky outcrop overlooking a mountain stream, in a wet, humid place with cool, insect-filled summer nights.

By work I mean that the building does all the many things it is supposed to do.  It keeps the rain out and lets abundant light and air in.  Rooms and spaces are arranged and composed to support its occupants’ lives.  It uses materials and resources efficiently.  It provides special places that can engender senses of wonder, repose, industry, or belonging.