Our Purpose
& Process

Make old spaces new,
new spaces timeless,
and think beyond
the limits of architecture.

Make old spaces new,
new spaces timeless,
and think beyond
the limits of architecture.

Our Services

Walker Architects, Inc. is accustomed to tight budgets and fast-tracked schedules, and we are prepared to offer an intensely collaborative process.

Our Services

Walker Architects, Inc. is accustomed to tight budgets and fast-tracked schedules, and we are prepared to offer an intensely collaborative process.

New Construction

The designers and project managers at Walker Architects have completed many new construction projects, large and small. We understand the intricacies of various building types including historic wood frame, modern concrete and steel, and pre-engineered metal buildings. We have also designed and managed numerous projects which required specialty structures such as greenhouses and low-rise laboratories. Walker Architects expertly manages each phase of design following its charette process, delivers complete document packages on schedule, and oversees completion of the construction to provide perfect new spaces for its clients. 

The designers and project managers at Walker Architects have completed many new construction projects, large and small. We understand the intricacies of various building types including historic wood frame, modern concrete and steel, and pre-engineered metal buildings. We have also designed and managed numerous projects which required specialty structures such as greenhouses and low-rise laboratories. Walker Architects expertly manages each phase of design following its charette process, delivers complete document packages on schedule, and oversees completion of the construction to provide perfect new spaces for its clients. 

Renovation of Older Facilities

The ultimate objective in any renovation is to make the resulting space as organic as possible and enhance the existing design. The most important element when dealing with any older structure is understanding the existing conditions. Walker Architects performs a full existing conditions analysis, including detailed field surveys and code research. This analysis informs us of potential impacts to adjacent spaces and other design constraints. 

The ultimate objective in any renovation is to make the resulting space as organic as possible and enhance the existing design. The most important element when dealing with any older structure is understanding the existing conditions. Walker Architects performs a full existing conditions analysis, including detailed field surveys and code research. This analysis informs us of potential impacts to adjacent spaces and other design constraints. 

Roofing and Fenestration

Roofing is a critical part of any building. Breaches, incorrect drainage design, or incorrect installation can wreak havoc on the rest of the structure and the building’s interior. Our team has an extensive track record of reconditioning buildings to provide weatherproofing and aesthetic upgrades. We are intimately familiar with what it takes to recondition the historic building envelope, replace windows, replace all types of commercial roofing systems, and provide construction administration.

Roofing is a critical part of any building. Breaches, incorrect drainage design, or incorrect installation can wreak havoc on the rest of the structure and the building’s interior. Our team has an extensive track record of reconditioning buildings to provide weatherproofing and aesthetic upgrades. We are intimately familiar with what it takes to recondition the historic building envelope, replace windows, replace all types of commercial roofing systems, and provide construction administration.

Sustainable Design

Walker Architects considers environmental stewardship an integral piece of our overall design philosophy.  We have been early adopters of and, in fact, served on teams who pioneered LEED concepts at several state universities and colleges including Santa Fe College, University of North Florida, Florida State University, University of South Florida and University of Central Florida.  With proven track records as LEED Administrators,  we understand the implications each prerequisite has on design, cost, and construction.

Walker Architects considers environmental stewardship an integral piece of our overall design philosophy.  We have been early adopters of and, in fact, served on teams who pioneered LEED concepts at several state universities and colleges including Santa Fe College, University of North Florida, Florida State University, University of South Florida and University of Central Florida.  With proven track records as LEED Administrators,  we understand the implications each prerequisite has on design, cost, and construction.

Our Process

The most important quality in a design lead is the ability to communicate across many different disciplines and achieve consensus.

Our Process

The most important quality in a design lead is the ability to communicate across many different disciplines and achieve consensus.

Defining the Vision

Walker Architects, Inc. functions as chief coordinator and champion for the vision from concept to construction. A successful design must respond to the needs of its users programmatically, functionally and aesthetically as well as represent a conscientious use of resources. To this end, we conduct a comprehensive needs assessment interview early on to define the parameters of the program and cross-check this at various milestones. We keep stakeholders engaged at all times to ensure the result reflects their unique needs and aspirations.

Walker Architects, Inc. functions as chief coordinator and champion for the vision from concept to construction. A successful design must respond to the needs of its users programmatically, functionally and aesthetically as well as represent a conscientious use of resources. To this end, we conduct a comprehensive needs assessment interview early on to define the parameters of the program and cross-check this at various milestones. We keep stakeholders engaged at all times to ensure the result reflects their unique needs and aspirations.

The Design Charette

The Charette is the primary channel we utilize to communicate and recommend various design alternatives. We employ a highly interactive workshop-oriented approach and, at the outset, we will work with the Owner to develop and confirm a clear work plan of tasks and responsibilities along with a schedule of meetings, interviews, community outreach and workshops. This organizes the team and serves as a vehicle for assisting everyone to understand the programming and planning time frames, agendas and key decision-making milestones.

The Charette is the primary channel we utilize to communicate and recommend various design alternatives. We employ a highly interactive workshop-oriented approach and, at the outset, we will work with the Owner to develop and confirm a clear work plan of tasks and responsibilities along with a schedule of meetings, interviews, community outreach and workshops. This organizes the team and serves as a vehicle for assisting everyone to understand the programming and planning time frames, agendas and key decision-making milestones.

Tools of the Trade: Building Information Modeling

Walker Architects models every new construction and large-scale renovation in Revit. BIM has become indispensable in reducing the impact of physical distance from a project site and coordinating among stakeholders. The use of Building Information Modeling has allowed us to work in real time with members of our team no matter their physical location. In this way, Revit is more than a 3D clash detecting tool, it allows us to create material quantity take-offs, cross reference schedules, coordinate our specifications with our drawings and much more. Revit helps us communicate ideas quickly and clearly during the Charette process.

Walker Architects models every new construction and large-scale renovation in Revit 2013. BIM has become indispensable in reducing the impact of physical distance from a project site and coordinating among stakeholders. The use of Building Information Modeling has allowed us to work in real time with members of our team no matter their physical location. In this way, Revit is more than a 3D clash detecting tool, it allows us to create material quantity take-offs, cross reference schedules, coordinate our specifications with our drawings and much more. Revit helps us communicate ideas quickly and clearly during the Charette process.