Nick Deaver's design process emphasizes personal dialogue and discovery and results in an architecture reflective of and belonging to each client. The firm is interested in creating memorable places that respond to the local context with a commitment to minimal demands on the environment and optimum return on the use of nature and materials.

The firm's designs have been described as both traditional and modern, defined by the use of natural light, the flow of space and the dissolving of conventional distinctions between interior and exterior. Nick Deaver seeks to create buildings that submit to rather than subjugate the land in order to awaken the senses reconnecting us with nature. Further, the work seeks to celebrate modesty, beauty and meaning, all qualities that encourage sustainability.

Nick Deaver has received numerous awards for a wide range of projects from residential to genetics laboratories, many with limited budgets.