Posts tagged TECHNE
TECHNE in 25: INTRO
 
photogrid - Copy.jpg

It’s hard to believe, but 2019 marks the 25th year of TECHNE. We have so much to be grateful for and so many exciting things to look forward to in the future.  Over the next several months we will be sharing TECHNE history, including an interview with our founder, projects that shaped the office, commentary from TECHNE alum, and inside stories from our current team as we approach our anniversary on August 15th.  (FUN FACT:  Three former employees share the same birthday with the office’s anniversary.  What are the chances?)  For now, we hope you enjoy a few photos of our last 25 years.    

 

Stay tuned! 

 
COFFEE, CARDS, + CULTURE: A Day in the Life of TECHNE
Coffee and Cards.png

Our studio is a place where we have the ability to be ourselves. We have established a culture that allows us to speak up, share our honest opinions and feel like we’re all working towards bettering ourselves and the firm. Our culture directly influences the work we love and enthusiastic relationships we have with our clients.

But first, coffee. No, seriously coffee. While a bit cliché (ok, a lot cliché), every day begins with coffee. Cold and hot brew both are made each day from sustainably sourced beans. How integral is coffee to the beginning of our day? The office handbook has an entire chapter providing instructions on how to brew the perfect, ridicule-free pot of coffee. If you happen to be the first to arrive and “forget” to brew a pot while sipping your coffee house latte, it’s guaranteed that you will never forget again. 

After coffee, a quick consult of the National Day Calendar usually starts the music playlist. What is the perfect National Donut Day or World Emoji Day playlist? We can tell you. Speakers located throughout the office keep the mood light and provide the white noise necessary for the intense focus required for our work. Choose the wrong National Chop Suey Day playlist (and we all know its System of the Down) – a side-hand comment and the not so subtle shift to headphones clearly indicates it’s time to hang the shame curtains. 

After a busy morning collaborating, problem solving, and dreaming of working at one large mega desk (think Dwight Schrute), lunch orders are debated and negotiated, or for those that made trips to the grocery store furious chopping and prep await them in the kitchen. Lunch is a time to refresh, catch up and trash talk our way through a few hands of cards. Hearts is our game of choice, typically a four-person game, we adjusted the rules to fit the number of people which often requires two decks when 8 or more players are involved. There is no worse feeling than hearing “second queen” as the second queen of spades is played and realizing the 5 of clubs on the table is the high card and it’s yours. 

TECHNE works hard to support the culture we’ve created, and we continue to look for ways to strengthen our work and personal relationships. Whether it’s a weekly standing happy hour, Friday lunch, weekend TECHNE trips, cookouts in our courtyard or simply providing space for everyone’s voice, we are forever grateful for this crazy, lovable family that is TECHNE. 

If you’re in the neighborhood and it’s lunch time, brush up on your dealing (YouTube is a good place to start) and join us for a round of hearts – we’d be happy to teach you the TECHNE way to play.

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.