Architecture is more than the designing and constructing of buildings. It is more than solving the issues of budget, site and program. Architecture is the creating of space and ultimately the creating of place. Buildings are made up of elements like floors, walls and ceilings. Spaces are created with these elements and additional qualities such as light, sound, view and movement. Spaces become places when they are lived in and become charged with history. • Good buildings do their job of protecting us from the elements efficiently. They respond to their surroundings by shading us in the summer and warming us in the winter. Techniques and technologies exist that allow buildings to do their jobs affordably and with minimal impact on the environment. • Good spaces respond to the life that takes place in them. Some spaces encourage gathering and interaction while others encourage quiet and introspection. We sense when spaces work well, not always knowing exactly which elements or qualities make it happen. Great spaces transcend their construction. • The ultimate goal of architecture is the creation of great spaces that will be meaningful to us. As backdrops to our lives these spaces become places in our memories. Meaningful memories will in part be created by the quality of the spaces in which they were created.