Syverson Monteyne Architects (SMARC) is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Founded in 1994 by Dean Syverson and Tom Monteyne, the SMARC philosophy is to resist the tendency to see the world only as a marketplace of commodities to be bought, sold and manipulated. They aspire to be responsible stewards of the global environment and insist that everything they design be justified by balancing the value to the client and society, against cost to the planet. SMARC believes in the value of designs that are both good-looking and well-built, so that they endure for the long term. They believe in the physical and psychological well-being that emanates from a calm, ordered environment. They believe that good design does not need to be expensive and that a drop of imagination is more valuable than a bucket of money.