harmony by design

The visions of our client, the sensitivities of a place, and the needs of everyday users are the key factors that contribute to our creative planning and design work. The result is an amicable combination of ideas, images and preferences - translated into physical form. For more than 35 years we have been exploring and evolving our architectural, planning and community engagement practice to address this vision. Along the way, we have come across some important principles that guide all of our planning and design projects:

Common Edge Design Principles

In our experience, it is often a combination of the classic and the new that inspires the design of public spaces and buildings that can uplift the experiences of those who occupy them. That's why we have been exploring the sweet spot between timeless design principles, which we call the Common Ground, and the Cutting Edge of discovery and innovation. We call this the Common Edge.

To help advance and articulate this philosophy, we have teamed up with architectural critic Martin Pederson to create a web-based planning and design news site called The Common Edge Collaborative, where to date more than 400 journalists have been exploring, challenging and articulating their own ideas and perspectives.


Nexus Thinking

Whether we are designing a building, planning a neighborhood park or an all-encompassing citywide master plan, we use our systemic nexus framework as a guide. Nexus thinking is what helps us and our clients identify a full range of needs that include not only the physical environment, but also some of the cultural, social, economic, organizational and educational opportunities that can combine to produce the best and most harmonious solution.

With our strong history in resilient planning and architectural design, Concordia is also prepared to work with clients at every scale to address the inevitable impacts of climate change or face the harsh realities of anticipating or recovering from future disasters.


Concordia Roundtable

All of our work is implemented in close collaboration with our clients, and importantly our client’s clients. Concordia has been recognized as an international innovator and leader in the field of authentic community engagement. Our process, called the Concordia Roundtable, is a carefully structured program that invites building users, citizens, community leaders, politicians and others to join in round-table sessions with systemic and harmonious Nexus Thinking as a framework. All assets of the project are evaluated, and all participants are heard. When a consensus of needs is achieved and properly evaluated, the co-design process can always be carried to a successful planning or design conclusion.

Professional Services


  • Building design
  • Sustainable design
  • Interior design
  • Historic Restoration and Renovation
  • Vision and conceptual design plans
  • Zoning analysis
  • Entitlements and Regulatory Approval


  • Feasibility studies
  • Master plans
  • Geospatial information systems (GIS)
  • Urban design and streetscapes
  • Site planning

Community Engagement

  • Capacity Building
  • Neighborhood and Stakeholder Co-design
  • Resiliency strategies
  • Climate Change / Adaptation planning
  • Sustainability assessment
  • Strategic facility planning