SMAK architecture is a young practice based in Aarhus. Since 2009, we’ve focused extensively on how physical surroundings can support professional and personal growth in work and learning environments. To achieve this, we approach every project holistically, always trying to understand and include end users and relevant experts early in the design process.
Because of our human-first approach, SMAK employs people with very different backgrounds, including a psychologist specializing in environmental psychology, a teacher with practical teaching experience and various architects with diverse skills. Apart from the core team, SMAK also collaborates with experts in pedagogy and learning. The whole team is interested in designing spaces that support learning and growth.
At SMAK, we believe the biggest obstacle to achieving good results is the client’s and architect’s inability to communicate clearly. That’s why we collaborate with the client instead of dictating a specific solution. Together with the client, end users and other collaborators, we identify the core questions and needs in the project. In the end, the collective understanding of the project makes it possible to arrive at a better result.
Our interdisciplinary profile allows us to manage projects that traditional practices usually can’t. In addition to traditional architectural projects, we can also serve as advisors and facilitate the building process, user involvement and workshops.
SMAK works on broad range of project types, from interior work and modernising existing buildings to building small and large buildings. All our projects are based on the latest knowledge about learning and development. SMAK has pioneered several methods for conducting user workshops to ensure that the right knowledge is extracted while letting users take ownership of the project. By involving the end users early, we ensure that projects are implemented successfully.
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