Practice

TigerQi Architecture is a design-focused architectural practice  officially launched in January 2013. 

We specialize in a contemporary design approach which embraces the simplicity and minimalism of Modern design, but which respects and relates to the regional context and built-environment traditions of the Caribbean.  Inspiration for design is drawn from many disparate influences.  The desires and aspirations of the client are interpreted in elegant and functional arrangements of space, and through the form and details of the building inside and out. 

In traditional Chinese culture, qi (also chi or ch'i) is an active principle forming part of any living thing. Qi is frequently translated as "natural energy", "life force", or "energy flow". TigerQi denotes a strength, determination, energy and flow in our work, which translates into significant and impactful buildings.  This vision and mantra is carried through all our work and collaborations.  

In line with this, our custom designs grow from a sense of the specific site, intersecting with a focus on climate appropriate strategies, function and personal experience of space.  A project should respond to the history and cultural context of a place without being bound by it.  Design should have a sense of fun and lightness, as well as sophistication, elegance, and charm. 

Materials are sourced locally and regionally whenever possible, and we work with qualified consultants to achieve specific environmentally friendly benchmarks as needed. The tropical climate is not kind to building materials, therefore our focus is on the use of materials which will be durable in the sun and salt air. 

Although primarily based in the British Virgin Islands, we also maintain a business presence and industry alliances in St. Kitts and Nevis.