Urbanism

We believe urbanism is a transformative practice contributing to the evolution of the city. We build upon existing environments to bring greater opportunity and create sustainable and equitable urban neighbourhoods.

We must work collectively to establish a future vision and build on an area’s existing or projected qualities. Communities are the custodians of places. It is the collective reading of a neighbourhood that informs considered urbanism.

We value design as a medium to empower culture and economy and deliver visionary solutions. The public realm forms the primary means to activate shared and social terrains and enshrine civic character. Our approach emphasizes on tailored urban strategies to redefine sustainable eco-system locally and globally.

Places for Learning

We enjoy creating inspiring learning environments that nurture development and social interaction. Our education projects range from single classrooms to postgraduate accommodation; at all scales we seek to enhance learning outcomes and make positive civic contributions.

Our work in the sector is built on strong relationships. We recognise the talented knowledge-base that support places of learning – staff, students, governors, parents and the local community – and work hard to draw on this resource to get the best result. We tailor our communication to ensure a fruitful and long-lasting dialogue with stakeholders.

By taking time to understand the whole of a site, we relish the opportunity to unlock its potential, ensuring the spaces between buildings work just as hard as those within them. We are driven to deliver learning environments that are thoughtful, calm, uplifting; and that are fundamentally practical and built to last.

Sustainability

We take a holistic approach to sustainability at every scale. We are not interested in sustainability as a form of expression but as a measure of quality and building performance. We’re drawn to environmental strategies that resonate with our architectural approach – calm, considered, carefully made.

Our approach is centred around quality and longevity to consider whole-life costs. We have completed a number of Passivhaus projects and value certified performances over theoretical predictions. We actively engage in research, teaching and policy production to attain high environmental standards and employ innovative sustainable construction methods and materials. 

Our design invests in robustly detailed buildings that weather well and demonstrates flexibility in layout to accommodate for evolving times. Most importantly, we believe a building must be thought and remembered of positively by those who experience it to stand the test of time.