We’re social architects and we want to share our experience and talents with our local community, particularly those who are disadvantaged. Each year, we get together with local school children, inspiring them to dream and realise great careers, shaping the future transformation of London and the world through architecture and engineering.
In 2017 we took our community involvement to a whole new level, with the design and build of a new school in Khyaung Village, Cambodia, using our own money (including prize money from the Science City competition in Egypt) and sending our own people out to help build it.
As part of our thought leadership, we love to get our creative juices flowing; on the last Friday of every month the whole studio takes part in Frideas, an opportunity to propose innovative solutions to improve the way we live in cities. Many of the ideas result in boundary-pushing competition entries such as the vertical zoo for Buenos Aires and the attention-grabbing Archology ‘Kissing Towers’ scheme in Hong Kong.
We enter architectural competitions to challenge ourselves, to develop our design ideas and present them with clarity. It’s a process which requires focus and motivation.
There’s something addictive about competitions. We analyse the brief, read between the lines, and develop a scheme appropriate for the site, context and the client that’s also true to our design vision. The belief as it goes out of the door that you have created a brilliant, winning entry, never ceases.
Our latest win was an international competition to design a new Science City complex in Egypt; the judges said: “the overall impact is one of a unified composition of great elegance and finesse”.
Sports + Social
There’s masses of sports and social activities happening each month, for anyone needing to let off a little steam. Football, softball and netball teams play weekly in the season; there’s a running club to help us shape up for the annual British 10K, cycling in readiness for the London to Brighton as well as yoga and photography. Recent socials have included ice skating, karaoke and our Summer Picnic in Hyde Park.