As a signatory of Architects Declare UK and Australia and active members of the Living Future Institute of Australia, we are committed to delivering real change, moving beyond a tick box exercise to a consideration of sustainability in its widest sense, creating equitable and liveable places for future generations.
We have made a commitment to become Carbon Neutral certified across our five global studios by offsetting carbon emissions through carefully chosen infrastructure projects around the world that reflect our own interests.
In our Studios
We are committed to ensuring a sustainable ethos is embedded in our studios. We consciously source ethical, 100% recycled and refillable cleaning products from Zero Co and Bio D, as well as plastic free products from Who Gives a Crap and our Australian studios source through Supply Nation whenever possible to include Indigenous businesses within our supply chain.
We are dedicated to creating a space that actively engages with the topic of sustainability both in the way we live and work. We hold regular Vegan/Vegetarian lunches where staff are invited to cook, share and inspire one another with their favourite dishes. Our annual Waste Free Week, challenges staff to work in teams to confront wasteful culture and collectively reduce our carbon footprint through making sustainable lifestyle choices.
Our work expands into our surrounding communities to help improve the local area and support commitments to tackle the climate crisis. In London, we are actively involved in our local Carbon Neutral Committee assembled by the Business Improvement District We Are Waterloo, who we support by designing, testing and actioning projects and initiatives which benefit local businesses and lower carbon emissions. Our Baylis Road Pocket Park, a small public garden was created with We Are Waterloo and planted by the local comunity.
We embed sustainability and well-being into all our projects, and understand that it can take many forms, from re-use and retrofitting of existing spaces, to use of sustainable materials in construction, from introduction of new planting and green spaces to the creation of sustainable urban drainage. We understand response to scale and the interconnectedness of living systems in support of enduring wellbeing. You can find examples of our work here.
Challenging the current ways of thinking is key in pushing beyond sustainability and tackling the climate emergency. Regenerative thinking reflects our ambition for intergenerational equity, distributive outcomes and multifunctionality.
As active members of the Living Future Institute of Australia (LFIA), we support a regenerative future that is socially just, culturally rich and ecologically restorative. We encourage all our staff to look forward and questions ways that we, as designers, can do better.