Founded by Architecture
and Planning Professor, Dr. B. H. Schaban-Maurer, we are
the primary voice for the Mindful
Policy Engagement field covering the professional
disciplines of Architecture, Urban
Design, Urban Planning and Public Policy.
Combining Environmental Form-Making in design with Citizen
Engagement practices in policy, to define the Citizen-Centered
Design Movement (CCD).
We provide affordable
environmentally-integrated user-based Architecture, Urban
Design, Planning, and Interior Solutions for Residential,
Commercial, Industrial, Recreational, Museum, and Religious
Buildings. Our services include Conceptual, Schematic Design,
and Design Development Documents with Physical or Computer
Models in addition to full consultation and Project
coordination for each unique project. Our fees are for the
above services only.
We advocate a holistic approach
towards the design of living environment through the design of
intelligent living spaces that are earth integrated and
lyrical expressions of the land from which they are formed.
Our past and present projects are available for viewing upon
request. We do not provide Construction Documents, we delegate
their execution to Architects of Record and Consultants local
to your site, as well as, provide referrals and coordinated
links to qualified contractors.
For the majority of architects,
the issue of user concerns and desires often collide with
architects’ own idealized conception of practice, which
ultimately results in a pseudo or partial participatory
architectural process. Architectural discourse’s aversion to
discussions on the influence of political relations on the
profession, has kept it blind to sociopolitical and ethical
considerations. However, such discussions are needed in order
for the profession to transform its participatory processes
into relevant and effective practices, especially in matters
ARK Tectonics makes a unique and original contribution to the field of architecture and urban design, by giving architects and urban designers a credible role in the dialogue and debate on direct individual citizen engagement in the formation of policy, along with other social and applied scientists, guiding proposed architectural and urban design projects in affected neighborhoods.
We are a team of young architects, urban designers, planners, policy scientists and environmental engineers based in the United States and Canada. Our ability to move between the two worlds of experts and users with equal ease, allows both sets of tacit and explicit knowledge and experience to inform each other. In order to develop this local knowledge from within, we situate ourselves into the spatial context, physical and social, of the user; the architect, urban designer or planner, in effect, becomes an embodied citizen practitioner, working on behalf of and as a dweller (citizen practitioner).
Our practice is within the Mindful
Policy Engagement field utilizing "the Phronesis-based
approach and its life-experience narrative exchange method of
communication, a new kind of communication that is founded on
everyday language with ordinary citizens for architecture and
planning practice. This process of engagement as deliberation,
in which socio-political issues are acknowledged and negotiated
through special dialogues, would also mean replacing the
normative architectural image of design as a problem-solving
endeavor with a conception of design as Phronetic Engagement
leading to a fully participatory Citizen-Centered Architecture,
Planning and Urban Design."
(Schaban-Maurer, 2013 | Rise of the Citizen Practitioner)
Our three partner
The Urban Science Institute (urban design, public policy and phronetic engagement research)USI
3MA Networks (Geographic Information Systems strategy and management consultancy)3MA
The Earthnomad Foundation (Public Policy, Urban Policy, Direct Citizen Engagement) Global Expertise | Local Strategy ENF