“From the initial interview process, our community knew MRV was a perfect match… their experience and guidance assisted the community with developing a project to suit our needs and felt like our own.”
Cathy Sherman, Director, The Cordova Center

Design Philosophy

“Architecture has to be greater than just architecture. It has to address social values, as well as technical and aesthetic values. On top of that, the one true gift that an architect has is his or her imagination. We take something ordinary and elevate it to something extraordinary.”

Samuel Mockbee

Design Approach

MRV Architects is committed to an inclusive design process, involving the Owner throughout each project’s evolution to ensure that the finished building fulfills the client’s vision. To ensure continuity of design and intent throughout a project, MRV principals work hands-on during programming, design, and construction document creation, maintaining a level of engagement and care that would not be possible under the standard separation of management and design tasks. To maintain a high standard of document quality, MRV performs internal reviews of technical and design issues related to constructability, life cycle costs, and material appropriateness, while always fully involving the client in cost/quality decisions. Our history of long client relationships and repeat project referrals demonstrate this technical competence and attention to owner needs.

While MRV design solutions are diverse, responding to the unique aspects of each project, they share common design goals. Very broadly, these include a sensitivity to place and environment, the use of natural daylight, the visual expression of materials –like wood structure, stone and glass- and sculpting interior volumes to give the buildings life and character.

Green Design

MRV Architects is committed to sustainable, environmentally conscious design practices. Though this may increase initial construction costs, the long-term benefits of energy savings and lower maintenance costs make this an attractive goal for many clients.

We also believe in the philosophical stance underlying the green movement. In a material-intensive industry, designers have a responsibility to ensure that structures are built with future generations of owners in mind.

Along with three other architects at MRV, firm president Paul Voelckers is LEED AP certified by the U.S. Green Building Council. The Evergreen Building, our mixed-use office building, was the first private building in Alaska to be LEED certified; a demonstration of our commitment.

Ethics & Equity

At MRV we pledge a commitment to professionalism and integrity.  We make Alaska our home, and are committed to strengthening the enviable reputation our firm has acquired here. Our architecture is not driven by the trends of the day, rather, we strive for aesthetic design that driven by ethics.

We strive for equitable design, or as it is known in the the design field, universal design. We thoughtfully design with every type of user in mind. Every person should feel comfortable, welcome and uplifted in our structures.

At the end of the day, the best architectural team blends in equal measure both the technical proficiency provided by the team, and the heart they will bring to the project. MRV’s involvement with many Southeast communities illustrates not just our expertise, but our deep commitment to the success of each venture, our capacity for listening, and our empathy.