TECHNE: the art of making

Tékʰnɛ is the the rational method followed in artistic making.

studioTECHNE is a firm founded on the idea that places matter and support the ability of people to positively interact and develop authentic relationships. We are a passionate group of makers + problem solvers who apply creativity and strategic analysis to invent spaces that are dynamic and foster a culture of collaboration + innovation.

What is tékʰnɛ?

It is our collective intelligence, a set of principles that shape our designs and makes them recognizable to our clients through materiality, comfort, and the use of daylight to animate the places in which we dwell.  We design for people and the ethos of shared values and collective cooperation; using our systemic knowledge to define transformative actions allowing constructive and meaningful interactions.

Our Work

Our work is focused, and process driven guided by a set of principles developed during our founding project - a masterplan and dining hall for a Romanian Orthodox Monastery in central Michigan. If we weren’t anxious enough after meeting the two priests and ten nuns (only one of whom spoke English) of the monastery; after a three-hour mass, we were introduced to 600 of their donors as the architects (or as the Abbess affectionately referred to us “the boys”) entrusted to guide them in the development of their monastic community. Were we ready for this challenge?

After a day spent eating, meeting donors from Chicago, Detroit and Cleveland, walking the grounds reviewing the existing buildings, and more eating, they packed us into our car with more homemade food and bread than we could ever imagine eating. Many thoughts reverberated through our minds on the long drive to Cleveland - How will we manage the language barrier? How will we understand who they are? Define what they need?Convey ideas in a meaningful way?  Will artful making (tékʰnɛ) result in a design that supports their community, be rooted in hundreds of years of monastic traditions, but transcend time?

In developing a design response, we immersed ourselves in the monastery’s daily rituals.  We studied their history and traditions to ensure every design intention was experienced as meaningful and directly supported their ideal that “every act is a prayer. ”Having developed the basic design concepts, we went to the monastery to present our ideas – concepts of shared experience and community.  In the middle of the presentation, the nuns interrupted us (if we learned anything, do not to interrupt a nun) and began excitedly talking in Romanian to the 60 people gathered, they took over and finished making our presentation. Our process was successful, we transcended the language barrier. Our drawings, models, and concepts were so clear the nuns understood them, took ownership of the design and embraced it as uniquely theirs.

24 years later

Tékʰnɛ continues to be the foundation upon which we build relationships with our clients.  It allows us to develop a comprehensive understanding of each project through which we authentically collaborate with our clients to reinforce their culture, improve their personal interactions and create unique environments specific to their goals.