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Working in 73 cities across 8 countries
Applying our ingenuity to over 190 projects
Engineering specialist spaces for 165 educational and research faculties
The education sector continues to show significant global growth, in developed markets like the UK and US, as well as South East Asia and the Middle East. Urbanisation and the role of technology are playing increasing roles in how people learn and collaborate, with increased crossover between the worlds of work and education.
Whether on a city, campus or building scale, the physical realm of education links into many other typologies, including cultural, sport, leisure, research and offices, with an increasing recognition that the ‘spaces between’ often provide the greatest value in enhancing student and researchers’ experience and outcomes.
As ever, we have delivered a fantastic range of projects this year, including four RIBA National Award winners as well as awards from the Public Design Commission, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and the Structural Engineers Association of New York, and AIA Los Angeles. Highlights include the ‘Living Laboratory’ that is the Urban Sciences Building at Newcastle University and the Brown University Engineering Research Centre. The sheer range of schemes in this diverse sector range from the LEED Platinum University of California Santa Barbara, heritage buildings from the 19th century (Yale University and the Fry Building at the University of Bristol) through to Denys Lasdun-designed buildings from the 1960s (the University of East Anglia and the Institute of Education at UCL) as well as projects at some of the US and UK’s most prestigious schools.
Looking forward, significant project wins in 2018 include the Temple Quarter Enterprise Digital Campus in Bristol, where our masterplanning team has shaped its vision, and our education buildings team is now designing the buildings. We are also working on Arizona State University’s Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building VII, a new innovative research facility that will focus on research around the ‘Food, Energy and Water’ theme.
Alongside campus and building analysis tools, recent initiatives include leading a unique set of events which aim to investigate how the physical environment can assist with student mental wellbeing. With a rapid increase in mental health issues being reported amongst students across the globe, we have been undertaking sprint events in some of our key university locations, with a view to gain a better understanding of how the physical environment affects mental health – look out for one held near you in the next year.