We always start by learning about the people who will use our buildings. We use tools, games and workshops to investigate how existing spaces are used and how activities and uses might interact and overlap in any future proposal. The outcomes of these discussions inform the entire process.
We use games and non-verbal prompts to create an informal environment free of professional jargon to prompt a conversation about how people live and to reveal the unique challenges they face.
This briefing process also brings clients and stakeholders inside the design process - empowering them to understand the challenges and issues that will need to be resolved. It helps set a tone of collaboration and c0-creation for the rest of the project.
We’ve worked from the smallest scale up and our completed projects have been published around the world. We were recently chosen to be part of Architecture Foundation’sNew Architects 4 and as one of 20 emerging Architects to watch by Wallpaper* magazine.
We invest in knowledge and research for each project to ensure a deep understanding of its context. We are also committed to researching broader issues relating to sustainability, co-living and collabortaion.
We have written articles and papers on: Multigenerational Living, Mixed use ‘regeneration’ of employment land and how housing can presented ideas on how housing can respond to COVID following a survey of Croydon residents.
We are 50% BAME owned and have always had a greater than 50% proportion of women employees. Our clients have been similarly diverse and our process and approach have helped support different voices and requirements and transform them into compelling spaces.
We have undertaken workshops and events in schools across London as part of our commitment to creating social value through our practice. We lecture and speak widely at universities and schools of architecture, open up our work through Open House and we are regular contributors to the Museum of Architecture's Gingerbread City exhibition.
We will be mentors for students from deprived and minority backgrounds through the Stephen Lawrence Trust. We have been instrumental in forming networks of like-minded practices to promote best-practice recently had an article about this published in Architecture Today.