We know our work can shape people’s lives, and it’s a responsibility we take very seriously. That’s why we engage with local communities from the outset of their project, always seeking to include people in the process and support the local economy by specifying local materials and services. We also work with local schools and colleges to offer students work placements and learning opportunities across our studios.
Creating social value is a circular process, and the design process doesn’t end as people move in. By carrying out post-occupancy evaluations (POE) with users, we can find out how a building performs, understand what’s working well, and unlock what could be improved. The lessons we learn then inform our next project, completing the circle and instilling more value into the early stages of design.