...typically refers to today’s building styles, which can be quite diverse, and incorporate a wide variety of influences.
In terms of architecture,Modern and Contemporary are not the same thing. Modern refers to the modernist architecture of the early to mid-20th century. Clean lines and superior function were the 'in' thing, ornamentation and sentimentality were out.
Over time, many architects came to feel modern houses placed to much emphasis on function, with little attention placed on style. They were cold and unfriendly. Postmodernism came along and tweaked the modern ideal, leaving us with the term contemporary.
Today's contemporary architecture retains much of modernism’s devotion to connecting the indoors and outdoors and achieving a feeling of spaciousness. But it also shows signs of regional character or styles that denote a whimsical feeling, throwing caution to the wind.
I'm concerned with energy efficiency and sustainable materials, which must be incorporated into the design. I place a high value on the overall design, look and feel, and all the elements must come together in a seamless beautiful design.