"I hope that America as a whole, and especially its architects, will become more seriously involved in producing a new architectural culture that would bring the nation to the apex - where it has stood before - and lead the world. "  ~ Frank Llyod Wright

"Design Excellence" should not be something we strive to meet , or to be apart of, or even try to imitate. It should be the expected result of ones hard work in ever  design endeavor  ~ L. James Madison

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Good architecture is like a piece of beautifully composed music crystallized in space that elevates our spirits beyond the limitation of time. ~ Tao Ho

SMB+A Welcomes a new memeber to the New Orleans office

12. 14.11- We would like to give a strong heartfelt welcome aboard to Ms. F. Helen Merid.  

Ms. Merid comes with a great deal of design, and project management experience, gained from her participation on a variety of projects throughout  the UK, USA, and Africa.

SMB+A  Artist Showcase

2.10.12- SMB+A  is set to host the first of  it's 4 Seasonal
Artist showcase at the loft. Working in conjunction with local Louisiana artist Jerome Ford and Kenneth Scott Jr. we will stage and help highlight their latest works. 

Read more in the News section

One World Trade Center Reaches New Heights

12.25.11-: The Port Authority of New York  Illuminates One World Trade Center With Colorful Lights to Mark the Upcoming Holiday Season.
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Dieter Rams Ten Principles of “Good Design”

Good Design Is Innovative : The possibilities for innovation are not, by any means, exhausted. Technological development is always offering new opportunities for innovative design. But innovative design always develops in tandem with innovative technology, and can never be an end in itself.
Good Design Makes a Product Useful : A product is bought to be used. It has to satisfy certain criteria, not only functional but also psychological and aesthetic. Good design emphasizes the usefulness of a product while disregarding anything that could possibly detract from it.
Good Design Is Aesthetic : The aesthetic quality of a product is integral to its usefulness because products are used every day and have an effect on people and their well-being. Only well-executed objects can be beautiful.
Good Design Makes A Product Understandable : It clarifies the product’s structure. Better still, it can make the product clearly express its function by making use of the user’s intuition. At best, it is self-explanatory.
Good Design Is Unobtrusive : Products fulfilling a purpose are like tools. They are neither decorative objects nor works of art. Their design should therefore be both neutral and restrained, to leave room for the user’s self-expression.
Good Design Is Honest : It does not make a product more innovative, powerful or valuable than it really is. It does not attempt to manipulate the consumer with promises that cannot be kept.
Good Design Is Long-lasting : It avoids being fashionable and therefore never appears antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, it lasts many years – even in today’s throwaway society.
Good Design Is Thorough Down to the Last Detail : Nothing must be arbitrary or left to chance. Care and accuracy in the design process show respect towards the consumer.
Good Design Is Environmentally Friendly : Design makes an important contribution to the preservation of the environment. It conserves resources and minimises physical and visual pollution throughout the lifecycle of the product.
Good Design Is as Little Design as Possible : Less, but better – because it concentrates on the essential aspects, and the products are not burdened with non-essentials. Back to purity, back to simplicity.

SMB+A Welcomes a new memeber to the New Orleans office

02. 27.12- We would like to give a strong heartfelt welcome aboard to Ms.Ketosha Railey 

Ms. Railey comes with a great deal of  project management experience, gained from her participation on a variety of projects with local City of New Orleans agencies.

St. Martin Brown  & Associates, LLP is a full service professional design, planning, and project management firm. Formed in 2005. our members share a wealth of knowledge from many years of individual experiences, embodying the best of what team work is.
With offices in New Orleans,  Baton Rouge, Abuja, and Nigeria; St. Martin Brown pays full attention to the world at large while keeping our local clients's vision clearly in sight.

St. Martin Brown congratulates its Haiti response team for planting a solid foot on Haitian soil. SBA has landed in Haiti after several months of cooperatives efforts with the sole purpose of assisting the proud people of Haiti rebuild from the devastating earthquake that hit that region earlier in the year. (read more in the NEWS section)

Business and Employment Opportunities

12.29.11 " SMB+A  has a position open for a talented senior designer with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and 3-10 years design experience. Candidates must have strong conceptual skills, and be Cad and or Revit Savvy .

We are also searching for the right design intern with 1-3 years experience with AutoCAD and or Revit.

Please email your resume to: cmanning@stmartinbrown.com