The atelier is conceived as a think tank and test bed - a platform for research and experimentation in architectural design and is concerned with holistic understandings of design and sustainability in light of the significant challenges of climate emergency.
Within the evolving context of advanced architectural practice our interest lies in the interaction between technology and people, in the design and delivery of environments that support the needs and activities of contemporary and future society, in a creative, positive and equitable way.
We engage and collaborate with specialist consultants and local community groups in response to live briefs as well as international competitions. All projects explore contemporary and novel design methods and material performances in tectonic and spatial propositions. Testing occurs in application to a specific programmatic brief and this year’s projects explored dimensions of sustainability and change over time.
PS1 projects considered the future of sustainable residential typologies through the Solar Decathlon competition for the US Department of Energy with two teams selected as finalists. PS2 projects explored health and well-being, social and environmental sustainability via proposals for a health campus in North Manchester.
Studio thesis projects begin with collaboration with a live client in Mexico, exploring sustainable design principles and ecologies. Thesis projects then developed these ideas, applying techniques and understandings of material performance to a range of scales, typologies and international contexts. Projects ranged from detailed technical studies of facades and construction to masterplans and urban scale interventions. All projects adopt an integrative and holistic definitions of sustainability.