Propel Studio is a community oriented architecture and public interest design firm dedicated to working with inspiring people and organizations. We look to the triple bottom line – environment, economics, and people – to develop creative solutions for each design challenge.

We are a collaboration of multi-disciplinary designers who are passionate about designing beautiful and sustainable buildings, installations and spaces. Our designs respond to the context in which we build, integrating our architecture into each unique community, responding to climate, culture, local materials,and the surrounding built environment. We work closely with our clients – listening to your needs, expectations and goals – to develop solutions that address program, context and budget.

Propel Studio was founded with the idea that we could give back to our community by providing creative solutions to the built environment. We believe in creating socially responsible architecture that improves our communities for all people. With each project our studio explores the intricacies of the program, the unique aspects of each site, and local climate to develop a strong concept that we follow through the project’s completion. We work at all scales from small pavilions, ADUs, and custom homes, to neighborhood planning and commercial developments.

We are passionate about what we do. We believe architecture holds immense power to make our world a better place and our mission is to carefully wield our skills to deliver amazing projects for our clients and the community.

  Firm principals Nick Mira and Lucas Gray sketching ideas at a community design workshop in Aridagawa, Japan.

Firm principals Nick Mira and Lucas Gray sketching ideas at a community design workshop in Aridagawa, Japan.

We work in a collaborative environment where we share ideas, challenge our preconceptions and push our designs to be innovative and responsive.

Each projects starts with interviewing our clients, visiting the site and developing clear and achievable project goals. After gathering extensive information we organize data, do background research and hold studio design charrettes with our entire team to generate as many ideas as we can. From here we depart on an iterative design process, distilling the concepts down to a clear path forward and an optimal solution to the design challenge.

Throughout a project we strive to be as responsive to our clients as possible – carefully listening to their thoughts and incorporating their ideas and needs into our design solutions. Clear communication, both within our team and to our clients and various stakeholders is an integral part to our process. We are easy to reach and are always available to our clients to discuss the progress of their designs and talk though new ideas and changes that come up along the way. To this end we use a variety of communication techniques including social media, email and other digital communication channels. However, we also value the importance of personal connections and are always up for meeting in person or talking through ideas by phone.

Throughout our design process we use a wide variety of means to express our ideas and clearly communicate them to our clients. We start by hand sketching, quickly getting out thoughts and creative ideas down on paper. We find sketching with our clients is often the best way to collaborate on the early phases of a design. From here we move both into the digital realm, moving our sketches into the computer, as well as exploring design concepts through physical and digital models. We utilize Revit as a Building Information Modeling tool to collaborate with our consultants and ensure our engineers, contractors and others are all working collaboratively to deliver the best building possible.