Central to our ethos is an appetite for enquiry, discovery and understanding. 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 research groups such as, Applied Research and Development, Material and Research Centre, and Specialist Modelling Group, help design teams answer these challenges in the spirit of innovation.
To solve complex design challenges, bringing the latest advances out of the lab and into the hands of architects and engineers, the ARD team conducts state-of-the-art research and development at the practice. The team provides expertise in computational design, performance analysis, optimisation, fabrication and interaction design.
Providing an information and research service for the practice, the MRC and the IC together look at 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.
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.