Always by Design - How We Are Different

HOW we're different


What makes the difference between buildings which are merely acceptable versus ones which are truly inspired? Passion makes the difference. Passion is what enables us to do what we do best – working closely with engaged owners and skilled artisans from concept to completion – creating places of inspired inhabitation.


The core passion behind AxD is in Crafting Contemporary Architecture from the particulars of the place, people and purpose. The search to understand the unique circumstances and essential nature underlying each project inspires us to produce work that is authentic to our time.

Architect Ed Barnhart formed Always by Design in 2005 to realize a more intimate and holistic way of practicing architecture. Ed serves as the single point of contact for each project from start to finish. This assures continuity and completeness, both in process and the final built product. Ed strives to engage all participants of a project – owners, allied professionals, and contractors – intellectually and emotionally to collectively achieve the best possible results and holistic “ownership” in the project.

Always by Design - How We Are Different

Ed works to make every relationship a success and the basis of a long term relationship. The results are evidenced by the high proportion of repeat clients and contractor referrals AxD receives on an on-going basis.