Practice Philosophy

Our approach to architecture and conservation is based on a number of linked ethical principles:

We see a caring approach as the key to quality in design. We seek to redeem places that fall short of the ideal, reclaiming through our designs something of the harmony and delight of the original, unspoiled creation, anticipating the perfection of the world to come, and contributing to the health and wellbeing of all who experience our buildings. Our aim as architects is to use all the building arts and sciences to communicate visual interest and pleasure.

Based on these principles, our environmental policy favours sustainable traditional techniques and healthy natural materials, although we are positive about innovation. We believe that buildings should be easily accessible to and usable by all their potential users, including those with disabilities. Construction can be a dangerous activity and a keen awareness of Health and Safety is also a vital ingredient of our approach.

As conservation specialists and buildings historians, our practice of architecture is conditioned by a keen awareness of the time dimension. We see authenticity as the key to quality in historic building conservation, reflected by respect for the integrity, value and authenticity of historic places as part of our heritage, and as an historical record.

We see an historical perspective, allied with scientific research and education, as essential for both heritage conservation and exciting innovative design. We actively encourage education and high standards of design and conservation by involvement in committees and training initiatives.

Our approach is consistent with the principles advocated by the main international conservation charters, including the Venice and Burra Charters, as well as the SPAB Manifesto, British Standard 7913, English Heritage’s Conservation Principles and Historic Scotland’s Stirling Charter.

We are always ready to discuss our philosophy and welcome constructive comments and discussion.