Through the years we have been involved in several research projects directly linked to our own individual interests from border issues to low cost structures and social challenges. Design is part science and part art, and we take each very seriously. This means constantly challenging ourselves and adding to our knowledge base. As we understand that it is not necessarily in our clients’ interest for us to learn on the job, we look for opportunities to explore and experiment outside of the context of the office by learning about new materials and construction processes, applying for independent research grants, entering design competitions, and teaching. It is an integral part of our practice that nurtures us and gives us the opportunity to explore new and uncommon ideas.