To talk about our process requires us to consider the relative importance of process and outcome. By process, we mean the way that we engage with a project and client to create a building. For us, the building that our client moves into and the way that we get to that point are equally important.
We adopt a research-by-design approach where a design task is carefully mapped and understood before investing in one or more ideas that form a pithy and coherent response. Through our design process we are able to discover and test new spaces, materials, environments, landscapes and details, and build our knowledge beyond convention. Our exploration of ideas encompasses many mediums: physical card modelling, computer modelling, sketching, drawing, and prototyping. All of these allow us to clearly communicate ideas and allow for constructive review and discussion by our client, a builder, or a planning authority.
As a practice that works across the full spectrum of scale and complexity, the process of design and engagement always remains the same. The relationship between us and our clients is at the crux of our efforts. It is from the conversations that we have, and the experiences that we share, that ideas for a project emerge. We are strong advocates for these ideas once they take shape, but also recognise that ideas need to adapt to circumstances without losing their potency. The measure of our success at the end of any project is the satisfaction of the people living, working, and studying in a building of our design.