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The fusion of architecture and technology

We combine the worlds of architecture and software development to create digital design solutions that help solve our clients’ briefing, design and delivery challenges.

We’re explorers, constantly seeking new ways to design, communicate and deliver projects, by streamlining processes and developing digital tools, creating new ways of drawing, modelling and designing through coding.

We draw upon our impressive team of in-house experts in Sustainability, Research, DfMA and BIM, as well as our network of hugely talented external consultants – from web developers to digital engineers – to plan and deliver digital solutions.

So far, we’ve developed software solutions purely for use on our own projects (and become recognised industry leaders in the process). Now, we’re ready to offer this expertise directly to you. Our services include:

  • Custom software development.
  • Design to construction technology solutions.
  • Estates data analysis & representation
  • Computational design expertise
  • Built environment apps
Briefing Tool

Custom software development

Briefing is a critical stage in the design process; mistakes made early in the evolution of a design can impact buildings throughout their life.

Our Briefing Tool, originally developed for the highly technical education sector, enables us to access data on over 150 projects and share it with our clients in a far more graphic, digestible and filterable way. It allows us to review similar projects, undertake detailed comparative analysis and test key metrics. The tool streamlines and speeds up the briefing process and helps our clients develop more robust, evidence-based briefs. Our Revit plug-in syncs with the briefing tool, which means the briefing area data can continue to be developed and tracked as the project progresses.

Our Briefing Tool is a great example of software development that is used directly by our clients. The first product in our growing portfolio of built environment software developments designed both for and with our clients and collaborators.

Oliver Milton Managing Partner & Head of Research, Hawkins\Brown

Design to construction technology solutions

Improving quality while saving time and money is close to the hearts of our contractor and manufacturer clients, and it’s close to ours too.

New technologies are creating huge opportunities to influence and shape the fabrication and construction stage of projects. We used computational tools alongside advanced manufacturing workflows to design and build the Gantry at Here East. Our custom software developed with Wiki House streamlined the process from design model to fabrication, enabling cutting information to be sent directly to the factory.

As experts in project delivery and software development we are uniquely positioned to help optimise your production and fabrication.

Harwell Campus

Estate data analysis and representation

Our clients want to better understand how their estates are performing. So we are developing evidence-based qualitative and quantitative techniques, using digital technology to help them capture and visualise estates data.

Harwell Campus is a scientific research and innovation centre; home to more than 200 organisations and covering some 290 hectares in the heart of Oxfordshire. We teamed up with VU.City to create a hyper-real dynamic digital representation of the physical campus that enables Harwell to better understand, visualise, identify and explain new campus opportunities. The model is accurate to 15cm, rich in layers of campus data and fully interactive, offering an immersive campus experience.

Computational design expertise

We’ve been embedding computational design principles into our design process at Hawkins\Brown for the last seven years.

From design to post completion we are always seeking out opportunities to use computation to both illuminate design and deliver efficiencies to our clients’ projects.

The meeting pods and façade at Here East, the oculus stair at Cardiff Innovation Centre and the façade at the London Institute of Medical Sciences are just three of over 50 projects that have benefited from computational design approaches.

BIM View

Access to our built environment apps

You will soon be able to access our growing suite of built environment apps, each one lovingly designed in-house to address a specific project challenge:

  • DynaLauncher – intuitively manage your Dynamo scripts in a web app and launch them from the Revit ribbon
  • HB Toolbar - a suite of custom Revit apps for automating tedious everyday tasks
  • BIMView - a real-time practice-wide model health manager for Revit projects
  • H\B:ERT - rapidly track, analyse, and visualise embodied and whole life carbon of building components directly from Revit at any time during the design process
  • Briefing Tool – Build new project briefs using a database of over 150 projects

For early access to any of the above products or to explore how we can help you and your projects, please get in touch.


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