HOW we'll COLLABORATE

 
Existing house with southern sun blocked by dark trees, before architectural re-design

Before - dark trees block southern sun in Cardiff, South Wales

The house with new tower capturing high-level sunshine, after architectural re-design
interior of new tower, designed after empathetic listening, to re-organise the house's core
New light tower designed with understanding of sun to capture southern sunshine into the house's core

After - link tower captures high-level sunshine into reorganised core

... COLLABORATING to CREATE

I’m at a first on-site meeting with you, my new client, or maybe a telephone advisory session.

We talk at length, because from long experience I know that listening, empathy and mutual understanding of the client's vision, desires and lifestyle is what generates great architectural design that's collaborative, loved and enduring (nice Listening Architects article here).

And I look carefully at any existing buildings and at the site – its slopes, boundaries, neighbours, trees, sun, view.

A picture of collaborative empathy - creating the perfect design
The architectural design appears from understanding the client's vision

His perfect present - a writing retreat - the Temple of Diana - in Bath

And then we wait –

for that mysterious 5 second burn called Collaborative Creativity, when the outline of a perfect all-including architectural design appears, which fulfils all of the above, plus usually a whole lot more in unimagined benefits. No need to generate multiple-choice alternatives, when everyone can see that the original nails it.

Tight budgets, tricky sites, neighbours, Planners and other 'difficulties' are all food to this miracle.

The more layers of Reality that are brought into play, the richer our collaborative share in the Synthesis (another word for Creativity) when suddenly it's all possible.

And so, from that inspiring start, I join in your adventure.

In the progress of an architectural design there are many such collaborative creative moments, large and small.

And there's also a whole raft of simply practical changes, refinements and choices that we come up with along the way.

As footnote, I'd say it's fine if you, as client feel you want to leave the Creativity, the architectural design, to me.

Yes, it's my job, but still at the end of the day we realise what a collaborative achievement it's really been!

 

 
New kitchen/diner architectural extension creates bright space, an inner city oasis
Classy new kitchen/diner extension - architectural design in empathy with the client's desires and vision
Collaborative Creativity - the outline of a perfect architectural design appears
Existing ****house before architectural replacement

Space clearing and extension creates a classy kitchen/diner ...

A bright oasis in the inner city - Birmingham

Bright diner interior, understanding the client's lifestyle, after space clearing and extension

... replacing dim sculleries and brick ****house

... COLLABORATE like THIS

Once upon a time, the work of Architecture seemed simple -

  "My mission is to create

That's still it, but nowadays enriched with two added essentials:

Click the 3 items to see what I mean
Software aids understanding of Ecobuilding Technology in architectural design
Buildable economic architectural design
A modern light working space created after listening to the client's living vision