Philosophy

While capturing our client's dreams — and making an artistic contribution to the built environment — we also know our structures must function well ergonomically, and fit the site. These performance goals inform our mission to fully understand a client’s design program via intensive, iterative, conceptual design, and their building site via multiple, pre-design, visits.

Connecting interior spaces to the site and natural light is vital to our work. Thoughtful site analysis — and solar studies — kick off every project.  We employ generous, strategic, glazing to blur the distinction between in and out and to provide effective cross ventilation. Even at the smallest sites, opportunities exist to capture natural light, a focused view, and fresh air. Our designs work throughout the seasons, providing passive heating and cooling as required.

Encouraging the use of sustainable building materials, and green building practices, are company trademarks. Building green is building smart, and we encourage our clients to embrace the benefits of living well with the least ecological impact. With both LEED (platinum) and Living Building Challenge (full certification) experience, our studio remains at the vanguard of deep green design.

We have extensive, hands on, construction knowledge, and take the time to work through planning, site and structural solutions early in the design phase. The best architectural documents not only illustrate our client's design goals, but also clearly convey to the builder the how and why of each step along the way.  Client's willing, we encourage the General and/or Trade Contractors to offer their construction methodology and materials expertise during the design process.  This team approach minimizes field questions and/or confusion, and supports an on-budget, and on-time, construction phase.  Precise and demanding in our work, we provide our clients a premium, engaging, design experience, and top shelf architectural documents.

Sustainable Building

We limit the carbon footprint of our design studio, and our client’s buildings. Less is more when it comes to energy consumption, and our body of work contains many examples of successfully employing passive and active solar design principles.  21 Years ago, we were awarded Outstanding Environmentally Sensitive Residence for one of our earliest design programs.  This year, we received international recognition as the architectural + interior design team for Desert Rain, the world's first, residential, Living Certified Building.

The majority of our design studio power is generated by solar photovoltaic panels. We offer staff incentives to commute on foot or by bike. Materials such as bamboo flooring, wheatboard trim, no V.O.C. paints and formaldehyde-free insulation contributed to our office remodel. Outside a xeriscape boulder garden greets our clients, and inside we generate more recycling material than waste.

It is standard practice to refer our clients to companies sourcing, producing and/or promoting sustainable building materials, practices and native landscape design. Local companies such as Miller Lumber, Heart Springs Landscape Design, WinterCreek Restoration, and Brilliant all support our deep green architectural and interior design work.  Working as a team with owners, builders, and suppliers, we shall continue reducing our work’s impact on the biosphere.

Better, Not Bigger

Quality, not quantity, is a guiding principle at Tozer Design. Using a disciplined, artistic eye and more than 50 years of cumulative design experience, we strive to create spaces of the highest caliber that live well beyond their square footage.  Long views, natural light, a disciplined palette, appropriate glazing, intuitive traffic patterns, outdoor rooms, and multiple-use spaces all contribute to living large, in less.

We believe the best spaces can be found using an ergonomic approach to living and human-scale solutions. Gymnasium-scale great rooms are great for, well..., gym, but not for a secure sense of shelter.  Our spaces are well sized, not over-sized, and inspire via their thoughtful, high-quality, fit and finish.

Treating space and light as sacred, our goal is better living through better design.  We highly recommend Patterns of Home and Sarah Susanka’s The Not So Big House as primers on design philosophy vital to our firm.

News

Innovation Day 2017

Principal Designer Al Tozer serves as a Facilitator at Innovation Day 2017.  Throughout the day, Al led 15 small-group discussions […]

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World’s First LBC Home

Symone Garvett introduces the three-unit Desert Rain residential compound.  Comprised of a 2300 square foot main home (“desert rain”), 500 […]

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Net Positive Energy + LBC

Patrick Sisson discusses net positive energy and the challenges of waste water recycling at Desert Rain.  Recently awarded full Living Building […]

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Water Conservation

Senior Editor Joann Gonchar’s continuing education piece on water conservation features Bend’s own Desert Rain House, the world’s first Certified […]

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