A beautifully engineered building is more than just a sustainable one.
Yes, we always aim to reduce a building’s impact on the environment, reduce the carbon footprint, and improve building performance. But a successful building should also have a positive impact on the wellbeing of the building’s occupants. It should improve their state of mind. This is the best advertisement for sustainable design.
Where possible, I aim for a passive design solution in my work. By reducing mechanical and electrical plant, and utilising the amazing properties of air and structural materials, it’s possible to greatly reduce energy use. All this contributes to creating a harmonious and comfortable environment for the building user.
I’ve worked on a variety of projects, from historical buildings to new developments, theatres to schools. My specialty is building physics modelling but I work across the entire M&E discipline. I've also lead much of the work we've done with Virtual and Augmented Reality at the Practice. I love my job and I love finding the balance between the application of first principles and embracing new technologies.
Finding the compromise that results in a building that works better for the environment and better for the occupant is greatly satisfying.