Design Philosophy

The building shown above was known as a “Jacal”, built sometime in the 1850’s. Originally made from the stone surrounding it, and willow cane from the nearby Rio Grande River, it sheltered its owner from wind and sun since the days of the great Comanche raiding trail leading into Mexico. Its owner lived to be 106 years of age.

I serve to integrate the needs of all living things into my designs. In doing so, both my clients and I find a deepened connection with life, with Nature, and within ourselves.

Through the thoughtful application of both ancient and new technology, we are stepping into a fresh reconnection with the legacy of our ancestors – respect for the Earth. Through the desire to regain a right relationship with the Earth, and with all those sharing our ride on this planet, people are turning their attention to equitably restore the Earth’s capacity to support life. Inherent in this desire for equity is compassion, a quality which when applied to design, creates “humane architecture”, a quality essential to the application of “eco-restorative design”.

Through the application of simplicity, economy, the elegance of flow, and utilization of the ever-present energy flows around us, we find beauty.

The architect should strive continually to simplify –  the ensemble of the room should then be carefully considered that comfort and utility may go hand in hand with beauty.”
Frank Lloyd Wright 

Architecturally, this small pavilion – small in size, but large in purpose and spirit – attempts to align itself with the Earth, the water, and the sky.with the wonderful bounties of nature.”
Fay Jones, dedication speech, 1991 


      • Including clients in the creative process of shaping space and form is fundamental. A good building is the product of shared creative input from
        the spirit embodied in all “those” having a hand in the creation of space
        and form.

The position of the artist is humble. He is essentially a channel.”
Piet Mondrian

      • Through enhanced connections with Nature as expressed in the
        dwelling spaces we design, our seminal relationship with
        the mystery of Mother Earth is strengthened.

Since 2005, Tim Watson has evolved a new series of dwelling designs inspired by these four principal outcomes:

      • Social equity
      • Ecological health for humans & nature
      • Affordable
      • Application of educable mass production technologies

In so doing there emerged, a new family of high technology dwelling designs now known as the “MicroPerch Series“.  With this design series, the application of Eco-restorative Design can be gained by individuals desiring locally scaled energy and resource flow, self-sufficiently and community engagement.

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.” Albert Einstein

Rethinking Houses 

 As Living Systems for All Life Forms ~ A vision for how human habitations can be seen as regenerative life sustaining systems for Earth…

…by Tim Watson, Eco-Restoration Architect