Last week the three practices of Architects4Education came together for one of our regular peer review sessions, to discuss our recently completed projects, and to talk about what we have currently on the drawing board. This unique collaborative approach allows us to share our experiences of best practice, and to review our designs to take on a ‘second opinion’ – ensuring that our clients get the best possible quality design.
In the following (3 minute) video John Lyall introduces a few video clips from the evening:
We are passionate about schools achieving the best possible quality in school design, and an evening like this allows us to discuss in depth the lessons that we have learned in our wide experience of schools work to date. Architects rarely get this opportunity – the closest one often gets is reading about a new school in the architectural press, or of course visiting a completed school. Both of these methods miss so many of the rich lessons a design team learns during the design process – the decisions made; the views of the teachers, school head and local community; the options not progressed - and the reasons why – and many more.
This video gives just a flavour of the projects discussed – we also talked about several more confidential projects – including a new primary school for Barking in East London, and our work as Client Design Advisor for Northamptonshire Academies – which could not be included online – but which also helped to further our collective knowledge.
The evening was also a great opportunity to get together and share a glass of wine!
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