How we work
"WE LIKE TO DO SIMPLE THINGS WELL. IN ARCHITECTURE, THAT MEANS BUILDINGS THAT RESPECT THEIR CONTEXT, WITH GOOD PROPORTIONS, A HUMAN SCALE AND INFORMED BY A THOROUGH UNDERSTANDING OF CONSTRUCTION AND MATERIALS."
At the same time that Morris was setting up his Society, the Arts and Crafts Movement in Britain was emerging as a reaction against the trend for mass manufacture and aiming to seek a more grounded and aesthetic way of work and life. We continue to try and work within this tradition. We are inspired by the familiar forms, natural materials, functionality, timelessness and modest simplicity of vernacular architecture- everyday buildings that use materials sparingly and are directly connected to their surroundings.
In some ways, our buildings reflect the way we work. We like to take a “hands-on” approach to design and combine modern and traditional methods in the design and production of our architecture- using sketches, hand drawings, models, 3-D computer modelling and thermal software to test, simplify and refine each project. We maintain close contact with the world of academia and also teach design, history and theory of architecture at University College, London.
The intimate scale of the office us to be fully involved in the design of all buildings and gives us greater control over all aspects of a project – allowing us to be flexible, adaptable and able to respond quickly to change. We like to develop a close relationship with our clients and collaborators and particularly enjoy working with private individuals or landowners – the actual occupiers of a building or people with a long-term interest in the project.
The recycling of existing buildings takes advantage of the embodied energy in their materials and the installation of insulation can reduce energy costs by up to 70%. We can help determine the most appropriate energy-saving measures, from minimal, “light green” interventions to more substantial “deep green” refurbishments up to Passivhaus standard. We adopt a balanced approach to the whole building, taking into account client preferences, historic significance, capital costs, commercial benefits and overall returns on investment.
If a wider appraisal is needed, we can undertake a detailed condition survey or a Conservation Management Plan to assess the building’s historic and cultural importance and to help us balance its significance with the commercial requirements of the project.
The studio was established in 2006 and is based in historic Clerkenwell, on the edge of the City of London.