Architecture in 4D: Wrapping Things Up

by J. A. LeFevre on September 27, 2016

Good morning and THANK YOU for joining us!

This post represents the culmination of our discussion on our unique Architecture in 4D project methodology.


“Focusing in the direction of Adaptive Architecture promotes innovation, reflection and longevity through research, collaboration and ingenuity.”




The Architecture in 4D model integrates a number of unique philosophies and methods that optimize durability, flexibility and economic feasibility through the following tenets:

Multidisciplinary Teams. Our teams include all the disciplines
necessary to understand the current and future uses and maintenance issues
that a family or organization requires. These include engineering, modeling,
simulation, project and design management, interior space planning, landscape
design, and other relevant specialties.

Iteration and Simulation. Whereas the traditional architectural
method proceeds in a linear fashion, Adaptive Architecture uses a unique
iterative and interactive model that views simulation at early stages as critical
to evaluating options and trade-offs. Through computer-based modeling, solid
modeling as well as traditional visualization techniques, LeFevre Wilk planners
and designers are able to consider options quickly and economically to test
efficacy and adaptability.

User Research. Levefre Wilk recognizes that most building users and
owners may not be able to envision options or truly understand their future
needs. That’s why we take a research-based approach to define future needs.
This is implemented through both primary research that drills down into the
needs of users and owners and secondary research that provides a foundation
based on knowledge of new materials, processes and and understanding of
how space impacts user behavior.

Flexibility. Current usage needs in residential and commercial environments
vary considerably. One of our primary goals is to understand how these
current needs can be achieved, while integrating potential for modification,
infrastructure upgrade and cost effective maintenance control.

Total Project Delivery. Creating Adaptive Architecture isn’t simply
a matter of great design with potential for change. Executing the vision with
expediency and cost control is critical. LeFevre Wilk consultants assist building
owners and facility managers to oversee the construction, building logistics, and
move-in arrangements that help contain costs and speed move-in time.

All of our projects employ our principle of Adaptive Architecture that has developed over many years of professional practice, learning from experience/ clients and thoughtful innovation. We believe the traditional architecture methods of practice are proving to be insufficient in a society whose needs change as rapidly as do ours. That’s one of the main reasons LeFevre Wilk, LLC helped spearhead the national movement toward Adaptive Architecture over a decade ago.

As always, we welcome your feedback and comments!

Let us show you how this process can help you get more from your next project.   Call us today or download a free copy of our Guide to Adaptive Architecture.

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