architecture

Design Philosophy

As a designer of buildings, I aim to apply certain principles and there are a few fundamental questions I ask of myself and the design problem at hand.  These principles and questions include:

  • Simplicity without monotony.
  • Appropriateness as a primary driver: scale, form, material…
  • Sustainable with minimal impact.
  • Sensitive to the context and conditions.
  • Composition to achieve visual harmony, which includes visual tension to relieve monotony.
  • Variety amidst uniformity.
  • Randomness occurring as a manifestation of practicality.
  • Thorough and proper without being overdone.
  • Cost effective without being cheap.
  • Design-led, modern and visually interesting whilst remaining deliverable.

And at least two recurring questions I find myself asking:

What does it want to be? (The Appropriateness Question)

Why does this work, why wouldn’t it work, and can I explain it in fairly straightforward, meaningful terms? (The Devil’s Advocate Question)

In the last 5 years these considerations have begun to emerge and now I seek to capitalise on this momentum to crystallise my wide-ranging experience and produce new work of outstanding quality, resilience and longevity, in design, sustainability and practical function.

Project Categories

Education
Cultural-Arts
Library
Masterplanning
Mixed-use
Office-Workplace
Recreation
Residential
Retail
Tall Buildings
Transport
PFI

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