Our approach

Sustainability is at the heart of everything we undertake. We audit all projects against global standards, while developing bespoke strategies that drive our environmental agenda. To build sustainably requires us to design holistically, and our unique integrated design approach enables us to develop innovative strategies that have a firm focus on the future of the environment.

We have a strong creative team, in which structural and environmental engineers, together with many other specialist design teams, work alongside the architects from the beginning of the design process. By working together from the outset, we learn from one another and combine our knowledge to devise fully integrated design solutions. Design is undertaken by a small, close-knit team; the team that starts a project sees it through to completion, thus providing continuity throughout.

Every project starts with fresh thinking leading to a solution that is tailor-made for the specific site and those who will use it. We lead by design, combining global research with local action. The outcome is an architecture that is sensitive to the climate and culture of a place.

The potential for design to be a catalyst for positive environmental change has never been greater - it is now possible to consider the built environment as a totality, and to apply a truly holistic approach to responsible design.


Partnership Board

The strategic direction of the practice is set by the Partnership Board: Norman Foster (Founder and Executive Chairman), Stefan Behling, Grant Brooker, Nigel Dancey, Spencer de Grey, Gerard Evenden, Luke Fox, David Nelson, Matthew Streets and David Summerfield. Allied with this is a core group of partners, who are central to the continuing evolution of the practice. Holistic design direction is provided by the Design Board, which has overall design responsibility for every project, from the start of the design process through to construction drawings. The day-to-day management of the practice is provided by the Management Board.


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