Whether developing a transitional home or a modern structure, Randall Mars focuses on creating architecture that celebrates space and light. “Our goal is to design spaces that enrich and excite the people who are using them,” he says. As principal of his firm, Mars is intimately involved in every project and design decision. He enjoys collaborating with younger architects on staff who, as he says, “keep the work fresh.”
With several decades of experience, Mars understands how to refine the details that set his work apart. “There is great beauty in the smallest considerations—the simple way a window is trimmed to wrap a corner, or the way a railing is terminated at a stone wall,” he observes. “While creating light and space, we emphasize a clear organization of the massing of the house elements.” The firm’s latest work has explored flat roofs and cubic volumes, with rich materials such as ipe siding, concrete panels and other textures that enrich each design.
Randall Mars Architects takes pride in listening closely to clients’ aesthetic and functional desires. “Though clients guide our direction, we try to take the design farther than directed, both in composition and detail,” Mars explains. “Long after our projects are complete, we take great pleasure when clients discover the subtle details or textures that complete the designs.”