Central to our ethos is an appetite for enquiry, discovery and understanding. We believe that the best design solutions are achieved through discussion - listening is at the heart of this process. Every project begins with research to ensure that the design of a building will suit the climate and culture of its location as well as meeting the needs of its many different users. Our research groups help design teams to answer these challenges in the spirit of innovation.
By maintaining a commitment to research – one of our great strengths as a practice – we are not only up-to-date with new developments and techniques, but are also able to thoroughly evaluate their relevance and technical performance for individual projects. Our philosophy maintains the spirit of creative endeavour on which the practice was founded. Although the challenges we face are becoming more complex, the future has never been more exciting.
The Applied Research and Development (ARD) team conducts state-of-the-art research and development to solve complex design challenges, bringing the latest advances out of the lab and into the hands of architects and engineers. The team provides expertise in computational design, performance analysis, optimisation, fabrication and interaction design.
The Materials Research Centre (MRC) and the Information Centre (IC) together provide an information and research service for current and new materials, products, companies, technology, innovation, sustainability and technical issues. The MRC is an in-house reference that houses over twenty thousand samples of materials and products. The IC is a physical library of product literature including brochures, catalogues and technical information.
Specialist Modelling Group (SMG) focusses on three core areas, Geometry and Building Physics and Innovation. The Geometry team works on complex geometrical modelling and fabrication strategies. The Building Physics team looks at the movement of natural light, air and sound, while focussing on occupant comfort. The Innovation projects include collaborative research with universities and industry partners, exploring far-reaching ideas from bio-inspired engineering to extra-planetary 3D printing.