The Human Handprint is our framework for unlocking The Embedded Potential in every project and a promise to actuate positive transformations for people and their communities through the practice of architecture and urban design.

The fundamental premise for all Overland projects is that there is always hidden potential beyond what is immediately apparent. We call this The Embedded Potential™. It allows us the opportunity to positively impact not only our projects, but the world around us in meaningful ways. Drawing from this premise, we developed The Human Handprint™ to guide and measure the positive impact of our projects. Calibrated to each project and organized by five impact categories, we measure both quantitative and qualitative aspects of human experience and environment.

Design exercise with the Director and Key Stakeholders of ChildSafe.


Aspiration helps us identify the “why” of a project. We develop the goals of the project, creating a project mission statement and guiding principles—an objective filter of fundamental agreements that shape future decisions.


Inspiration pushes the boundaries of the design by holistically integrating elements that elevate the human experience such as aesthetics, integration of art and nature, craft, and opportunities for education.


Relationships allow us to align the natural environment with people and connect them to place, culture, and each other. We gather an understanding of context and engage with stakeholders, end users, and the broader community as appropriate.


Stewardship serves as a guidepost for our care of environmental, operational and financial resources. We set sustainability goals, clarify budget, schedule, and other key business factors. In doing so, we honor all available resources.


Well-Being is used to identify strategies that support both physical and mental health such as comfort, ensuring access to quality water and air, promoting physical activity, and creating spaces for both productivity and rest.