pod, noun: a seed vessel (“two peas in a pod”);
a self-contained unit (“ocean pods are the ultimate sea vessels”);
an enclosure organic to its surroundings (buildings designed by pod architecture + design).
pod architecture + design (pod a+d) is a full service architectural and design firm recently relocated to The Station, an 1882 train depot and historic landmark in Carrboro, NC. (For those not familiar with the area, Carrboro is literally right across the street from Chapel Hill.)
Who we are: pod a+d is a hybrid firm, actually, owned and operated by design principals Douglas V. Pierson, AIA, LEED AP, BD+C, and Youn Choi, who are partners in life as well as business. An award-winning architect, Doug leads the Architectural Studio. Youn is an environmental graphics designer among many other skills, who has worked with some very impressive clients (Disney, for example). She directs experiential graphics, wayfinding (aka signage), and interior design for the firm.
Licensed in five states and staffed with team members who bring LEED AP and BD+C credentials to the table, pod a+d provides all architectural services from concept design through construction administration. Our projects – whether single-family houses or large commercial and public facilities -- demonstrate our ability to work not only with our clients, but also with engineers, general contractors, local craftsmen and, where necessary, civic leaders and other building officials on architectural projects of all sizes and types.
We practice an innovative approach to the design process that involves both 3D and physical models in a wide variety of building types, including residential, commercial, hospitality, academic/institutional, environmental, retail, mixed use and adaptive re-use. By understanding form and space in this manner, we better understand how a project's form and space may, in the future, affect its inhabitants. As Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.”
Inspiration + Integration: pod a+d offers all architectural design services that connect building, environment, and identity because we believe in the integration of architecture and design disciplines throughout our projects. Exteriors, interiors, engineering, furnishings and finishes, equipment, financial feasibility, scheduling, construction, and the environmental context – these are the contributing elements that inform our integrated approach to each architectural project’s design.
History, tradition, and cultural considerations also provide important cues for inspiration and contemplation as we develop an architectural design. Inspiration may come from a sweeping architectural gesture or the simple elegance of a well-organized space.
Regardless of origins, pod a+d tills the contextual field for such elements and pursues a unified, cohesive design that is as inspirational as it is reflective of our client’s vision.
Bottom line: pod a+d creates expressive contemporary, contextual, and cultural/multi-cultural architecture that is environmentally, spatially, and formally engaging. Our work also provides operational efficiency for end users and for the contextual stages they inhabit: urban, suburban, rural, industrial, etc.
If you’re interested in sharing your vision with us, we invite you to call us and stop by for a visit.
Programming and Concept Development
Analysis of Program, Site, and Budget
Signage and Wayfinding