What guides us in our work? What’s our long-term vision and how can we arrive there by steering complex design work and planning day-to-day? The following guiding principles define Studio Tectonic’s approach to our work:


Our Clients

We build close-knit collaborative relationships and long-lasting rapport from Day One. Studio Tectonic facilitates an enjoyable and friendly creative process. Our clients are dedicated institutions staffed by passionate professionals, and their vision guides us.

Our creativity and commitment to collaboration allow clients to express the best of who they are.


Our Public

We do our work for the public: for our children, for our communities, for present and future generations. Without these—the ultimate clients for every project—we’re just making pretty places.

Like a library with books on the shelves but no patrons, our work has no life without the public. We craft our exhibits to be experienced and embraced by visitors.


Our Mission

We believe in connecting people to what matters: the broad human experience and universal truths. By keeping the end-user in mind and regularly reminding ourselves of the public good of the work, we maintain both a bird’s-eye and worm’s-eye view of what we do and how it will live on after we call it “done.”


Our Project Approach

First we listen in order to define what is most important to the institution, stakeholders, and visitors. We turn these concepts into a narrative, apply the practical elements (schedules, budgets, etc.), and collaborate with clients to achieve—and even transcend—the goals we have all agreed on. Because we are creative, optimistic, and realistic, we can (and often must) navigate obstacles while maintaining the project’s vision.


Our Listening

We highly value evaluation tools—both formal and informal. An exhibition without reflection and testing misses important opportunities for improvement.

Visitors want to tell their stories, and we love hearing them, including them, and their stories to shape our work.


Our Vision

At Studio Tectonic, we are captivated by the stories we’re asked to tell and thrilled to craft memorable experiences for the public. We thrive on helping our clients translate their stories into dynamic, three-dimensional narratives. We have all come to this work because we believe in preserving heritage, satisfying the innate need for storytelling, and informing, educating, and entertaining the public.