G. Manu & Associates is a full-service architectural design and construction firm located in Falls Church, Virginia. With our lead architect, Gyan Manu, at the helm, our team produces consistently high quality, award winning design and construction.
Gyan believes that all successful design is in some way influenced by nature.
“Analyze any successful design carefully, regardless of whether the subject is buildings, roads, bridges, landscape or commercial products … and one is bound to discover the relationship to or the influence of nature,” says Gyan.
Gyan draws heavily on nature for inspiration and design ideas. “If you want to see design in its perfection,” he says, “just look around you. Successful design has to do with the right scale, the correct proportions, synthesis of information provided by clients, the right materials, etc. These design elements are found in nature – trees, rocks, streams, the way animals go about their business, etc. Nature is the best designer; it makes the most of very little.”
Gyan says his design philosophy is the “simplest, most common-sense approach to design problems.” Inspired by nature, his creative design solutions are functional and have the quality of understated sophistication to suit the needs of the particular design problem. For Gyan, no two design problems are alike, especially in the field of residential design.
"If a designer can listen, hear and understand nature, then the designer can listen, hear and understand his client."
After all, architects cannot provide solutions to design problems if they do not first “hear and understand” those problems.