Today we are faced with daunting new challenges: looming climate change, stalled social mobility, geometric technological advancement, grossly substandard infrastructure, fraying cultural and racial fabric, and a fragile sense of the public commons. The city is the space where we will confront and hopefully reconcile these challenges. The city is the last and best hope for humanity, and architects must share the stewardship of this hope.
At PAU we have built a practice that attempts to address the pressing challenges of our era, a practice decidedly focused on social impact through the tangible advancement of cities. PAU designs lasting architecture and humanist urbanism to advance the city of the future, to advance the values of liberté, égalité, et fraternité that undergird metropolitan life, to design cities, buildings, public spaces, infrastructure, and urban technologies that are of, by, and for the global civilization we seek to serve and advance. We take on this mission informed by our decades of experience, yet guided by the ideal that by reinventing cities, we can help shepherd our shared world to betterment, self-reflection, and public delight.