"I ALWAYS INSIST THAT ARCHITECTURE IS NOT ABOUT THE KNOWLEDGE OF FORM, BUT THE FORM OF KNOWLEDGE"
-Bernard Tschumi
 


MANDATE
To streamline the design and building processes by reducing the number of decisions necessary to develop confident, well informed, original ideas at a time and cost savings to our client.

This will be achieved in partnership with our responsibility as designers to build sustainably, creating socially acceptable, economically feasible and environmentally sound architecture.

PHILOSOPHY

Fathom and Form aims to bring conceptual designs and built environments closer together through the use of DESIGN INFORMATION to more accurately fulfill the original DESIGN INTENT.

Traditionally, design information has existed as a linear academic formula. Architects dictate the design process and flow of information, the subcontractors react. Both sides are creatively problem solving issues that the other is making or compounding.

F&F proposes a challenge to that hierarchy. By integrating expert fabrication knowledge at the design table earlier in the process, we can reduce communication issues between designer/builder and respond to constraints in real time, while recognizing creative trade opportunities and stabilizing budget.

PRESTON JOHNSTON
FOUNDER

BACHELOR'S DEGREE
Architecture - CU, Boulder


VOCATIONAL DEGREE
Traditional Wooden Boat Building, NCMICH


STRUCTURAL WELDING
D1.1 Los Angeles Trade Tech


PRESTON JOHNSTON
FOUNDER

Preston identifies as form but has been known to dabble in the world of fathom when he has all of his chores done. Driven, self regimented, and what can only be described as a stickler for process, Preston has made a career of diving head first into anything that he is told will be hopelessly hard. Which is probably why he is so hard headed.

(NO) RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
"Architects know a little bit about a lot, and experts know a lot about little." - As They Say
FATHOM&FORM strives to centralize information and skills while keeping a collaborative spirit. We do not believe that the only options are to be either “turn-key” or “highly specialized”.

We open our doors to challenges in search of solutions for our clients and to the inefficiencies related to the standard linear model.

This means that we engage in projects from all angles while identifying the unique solutions and methodologies we may employ.
TOOLS WE USE
FABRICATION + DESIGN KNOWLEDGE
NETWORK OF FABRICATORS + BUILDERS
INFORMATION MODELING
DESIGN + ANALYSIS SOFTWARE
COMMON SENSE