Mayer + Associates
Mayer + Associates is an architecture and design firm founded on integrity and excellence. We believe that it is through personal relationships that we find truly extraordinary solutions to ordinary design problems. We know that asking the right questions is the single most important step in finding the right answer. We listen. We love what we do and share our passion and vision with our clients – giving form and detail to your ideas.
We bring the same passion for design and attention to detail to projects both large and small. What drives each design is the process of discovery that we go through with our clients – helping them to determine what their objectives are, exploring the design opportunities and then guiding them through each stage of the design process. Because our process is relationship driven, we focus our energies and yours on the things that matter most to you. The results are just as much a reflection of our clients as they are of ourselves.
At the heart of our work is our relationship with our clients. More than any other type of project, residential design is a personal expression.
We guide the client through the design and construction process. We engage them in a way that helps them explore and clarify the way they live within a space.
We are inspired by our clients and explore their design aesthetic together. We see our role as a translator – sharing our vision to give form and substance to their dreams.
Alan J. Mayer, AIA
A nice Jewish boy from New York, Alan always knew he wanted to be an architect but never had a chance to meet one until he was a senior in college. After graduating from Yeshiva University with degrees in English Literature and Medieval Jewish History, he went on to study architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design, and then at Washington University in St. Louis, where he earned his master’s degree in Architecture.
With 25 years of experience working in offices both large and small, he has had the opportunity to work on the widest range of projects; from schools and hospitals to skyscrapers and mixed-use developments to residences and restaurants. When his best friends bought an old house, they insisted that he do the renovation. It was then that he realized that his professional satisfaction was not linked to the size or scope of the project, but to his connection with the client. Whether it’s a small card shop or the most successful retail development in the country, what drives Alan is the collaborative design process. His designs are more than elegant lines representing some idealized notion of architecture. They are the product of a creative relationship that builds spaces for real people.
Mayer + Associates was born out of Alan’s deep desire to do architecture in a more humane way – to create spaces with the client at the center.