Practice Approach

Approach

We start each project with an openness and agility that engages with our clients’ specific requirements and aspirations, identifying how the power of design can be harnessed to deliver positive change.

Led by the practice’s partners, our approach empowers and encourages the collective dialogues that have shaped the practice for over 80 years, drawing together expertise across different building typologies, technical knowledge and design skill.

Consistency is driven by the practice’s Design Review Group, which analyses every project at key stages of its design development. Objective criteria—such as cost and value, environmental design and the broader aspects of sustainability—are reviewed alongside more subjective design principles, such as appropriateness to context, composition and form. This scrutiny and debate ensures design quality is achieved across all projects, with the design review process playing an integral part of our quality assurance and is linked to our ISO 9001 accreditation.

This philosophy leads to an architectural language that is always evolving and bespoke to a project’s brief. It is given coherence and continuity by a design process that challenges convention and an ambition to deliver a meaningful design solution that exceeds expectations. Depending on the context and brief, our designers have the confidence to successfully balance rigour and restraint with boldness and flair.

Empowering culture: The practice’s collegiate approach—developed over generations—is driven by dialogue rather than a single voice. Our Design Review Group epitomises this culture of conversation while driving consistency and rigour, reviewing projects at key stages of development and delivery.

Empowering culture: The practice’s collegiate approach—developed over generations—is driven by dialogue rather than a single voice. Our Design Review Group epitomises this culture of conversation while driving consistency and rigour, reviewing projects at key stages of development and delivery.

Fresh thinking: Our lineage of pushing boundaries dates from the practice’s inception in 1938 through to today, reflecting our ambition to engage with pertinent societal issues. Our founding principles of innovation and sustainability continue to shape the practice’s work – embodied by the UK's first net zero-carbon house (left) and use of pioneering timber construction techniques at the Hardman Square Pavilion (right).

Fresh thinking: Our lineage of pushing boundaries dates from the practice’s inception in 1938 through to today, reflecting our ambition to engage with pertinent societal issues. Our founding principles of innovation and sustainability continue to shape the practice’s work – embodied by the UK's first net zero-carbon house (left) and use of pioneering timber construction techniques at the Hardman Square Pavilion (right).

 Experience and expertise: The scale of the practice, diversity of skills, and breadth of experience gives Sheppard Robson the dexterity to work on projects large or small, specialist or mixed typology—from briefing to delivery, and urban scale to the finest interior detail.

Experience and expertise: The scale of the practice, diversity of skills, and breadth of experience gives Sheppard Robson the dexterity to work on projects large or small, specialist or mixed typology—from briefing to delivery, and urban scale to the finest interior detail.

 Activity-driven interiors: We place listening at the heart of the design process and believe that an ethos of co-creation is fundamental to making designs that are useful, relevant, and support to the precise activities of the people that use the spaces we create.

Activity-driven interiors: We place listening at the heart of the design process and believe that an ethos of co-creation is fundamental to making designs that are useful, relevant, and support to the precise activities of the people that use the spaces we create.

Responsive design: Our design process foregrounds observation and analysis from than outset, responding to specific client needs and the unique context of each project—rather than working from preconceptions. This actively shapes our architectural language, as in the self-shading facades of 245 Hammersmith Road that are tuned to its orientation as well as harnessing natural light to create dramatic, uplifting spaces as in the rooflight at Hounslow House.

Responsive design: Our design process foregrounds observation and analysis from than outset, responding to specific client needs and the unique context of each project—rather than working from preconceptions. This actively shapes our architectural language, as in the self-shading facades of 245 Hammersmith Road that are tuned to its orientation as well as harnessing natural light to create dramatic, uplifting spaces as in the rooflight at Hounslow House.