The founding partners formed CICADA Architecture/Planning, Inc. in 1995 to offer institutional, educational, arts, and community development clients cost-effective projects, conscientious service, and sophisticated design. Integral to our philosophy is a strong commitment to the creation of gracious, sustainable human communities. Nearly 20 years later, the firm’s projects encompass the range of facilities needed to support a vibrant community: educational facilities, municipal and community facilities, housing and mixed-use development, arts and cultural facilities, and commercial spaces and restaurants.

Design Philosophy

The design images of our projects arise from the surrounding physical and cultural context, including man-made and natural determinants. Design decisions are deeper than image, encompassing philosophy, functionality, flexibility, and economy. We strive to achieve a clear, efficient, easily comprehensible spatial composition. We attach great importance to the realization of elegant proportions and compositions. We strive to create clear connections between indoor and outdoor spaces. Our goal is to create comfortable, well-designed environments that are sensitive to context and to the needs of the users, and are well-crafted, durable, and adaptable to changing needs. We aim to create an everyday beauty that reveals itself more and more fully over time.

Sustainable Objectives

Environmental and social sustainability are integral to our practice of architecture and planning. We understand that buildings do not stand alone. They are components of larger physical and social systems, and so we practice an integrated design approach. That approach places great value on achieving both stakeholder involvement and the integration of resource efficiency in the design process, and, ultimately, achieving efficiency in the operation of the building within its context.

CICADA Architecture/Planning, Inc. is certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise.