Public Work – Architecture as Instrument
Each new or renovated building changes its community. These interventions have consequences in the lives of hundreds, maybe thousands of people who encounter them. Architects face the challenges of program, budget and schedule in every project, but the most important challenge is to find the public value of each project, no matter the type, outside of its lot lines. Architecture can promote cultural growth by becoming alive in our experience, placing us between comfort and challenge, the known and the curious. Architecture is not simply a thing, but a transaction between us and our environment. In this way, architecture behaves as instrument. It can expand our senses, capacity and understanding of who we are and who we want to be.
The work of Duvall Decker Architects explores hopeful proposition in the work of an expanded practice that includes architectural design, community planning, real estate development, and building care. We see this group of endeavors as an integration of creative work to make and maintain meaningful public environments.
About Anne Marie Duvall Decker
Anne Marie Duvall Decker, FAIA, is a founding principal of Duvall Decker Architects, located in Jackson, Mississippi. Duvall Decker is an expanded design practice whose work includes architectural design, community planning, real estate development and facility maintenance. Duvall Decker is recognized for its design and planning excellence and its innovative approach to inner city development.
The firm’s work and approach has been highlighted in publications such as the The New York Times, dwell, ARCHITECT Magazine, and the Journal of Architectural Education. In 2017, the Architectural League of New York selected Duvall Decker as one of its Emerging Voices.
Anne Marie is a contributor to the advancement of the profession, serving AIA Mississippi as long-term board member and President and developing its Mississippi Celebrates Architecture program, and she is currently a trustee of the AIA Trust. Anne Marie is often invited to share the firm’s work and her experience as a lecturer, critic, teacher and design juror, most recently serving on the jury for the 2018 AIA Institute Honor Awards for Architecture.