Amazing things happen in architecture when open and ongoing communication takes place. And the best ideas—the creative, long-lasting, practical ones—come only after listening first. By closely partnering with our clients, we make sure that the people most impacted by the building are the ones who live and work in it.
Problems are simply disguised possibilities. We thrive on solving them with ingenuity, humility, and experience, aided by the tools of research, benchmarking, evidenced-based design, and expanding technology.
We’re proud of our past, but our eye is on the future. With a holistic approach that celebrates both form and function, we create healthy spaces that improve the quality of life for those inside while protecting the world outside.
Sustainability. Human-centered design. Environments shape lives. Improve quality of life. These were integral beliefs of not only the man, but of the architect – Earl Swensson. Swensson designed spaces for people to live, create and thrive. From residential and senior living to hospitals and medical office buildings to hotels and offices, the tenets of Earl Swensson that were adopted by his work “family” live on today and will continue into the future.
Outspoken, his “Earlisms” exemplify his core beliefs and are reflected in the designs of ESa.
“Anyone who has a passion for design should also have a passion for humanity.”The Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood
“Architecture is not about the art of enclosing man, but of freeing him.”The Fisher Center for the Performing Arts at Belmont University
“The most beautiful architecture is designed with a deep understanding and respect for people.”The Lodge at Fall Creek Falls
“We have a moral obligation to create healthy environments.”Monument Health Rapid City Hospital
“Instead of a box in which you place people, a building is a program in which humans accomplish things.”Tennessee State University Health Sciences Building
“Designing a building is really about people, not structure.”The Gulch Crossing
We must create human architecture, not architects’ architecture.
— Earl Swensson