“In Pursuit of Efficiency”

Sustainable innovation has been a founding principle of the practice, and is fully integrated into our designs and business processes. From designing the first zero carbon home to delivering the greenest office building in the Middle East, our track record of improving the efficiency of buildings and spaces is significant and far-reaching.

Our approach to design is driven by the fundamental belief that sustainability should not compromise function or beauty. Good design should be informed by an ambition to improve efficiency and reduce the building’s carbon footprint and consequently the impact on climate change.

No building, space or place can be considered well designed if it does not positively contribute to environmental, social and economic sustainability. Our design process is robust but flexible to allow a bespoke response to a client brief and context. Our experience and belief in the value of sustainable design enable an intuitive response, which is supported by a rigorous process that harnesses the benefits of BIM and performance analysis.

The practice’s design process is not limited to targeting specific green credentials, but instead pushes the boundaries of performance and efficiency of the built environment. We measure our carbon footprint and feed post-occupancy data back into the design process, providing measured design solutions for our clients.

Annually, the practice calculates its own carbon emissions and follows an environmental programme to set targets for improving the efficiency of our offices year-on-year.

(“In Pursuit of Efficiency” was the title of an article in the Architects’ Journal by Felix Mara about the Siemens Middle East HQ.)

Alan Shingler
The practice’s approach is underpinned by fully integrating a sustainable design methodology that balances efficiency and performance with form.

Alan Shingler RIBA

Partner, Head of Residential

Lighthouse

Lighthouse

Watford, UK

Residential

An early concept sketch by Alan Shingler showing the passive design strategies for the Siemens Middle East Headquarters

An early concept sketch by Alan Shingler showing the passive design strategies for the Siemens Middle East Headquarters