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Design principles


We follow Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) principles in how we work, engage, and collaborate with others.

Our sister charity, Charushila, is a

signatory to the UN’s Global Compact.

We prioritise reduction of material use, followed by reuse and then recycling to try to achieve zero waste. We care about the impact of our projects on wildlife and vegetation. Our designs are inspired by nature and natural materials. We are not afraid to experiment with traditional and innovative materials.

We use client and community engagement, and participatory design as part of the design process. We work with some of the most vulnerable people such as women, children and older people. 

In our work with others, we follow good governance in all our transactions. We also have policies such as equal opportunities, working with vulnerable people including children, complaints, and ethics.


Awards and recognition

  • Order of the British Empire for services to architecture, 2021

  • Drawings in the RIBA collection, 2021

  • Atkins Inspire Award for Inspirational leadership, 2008

  • Women Into Business Award, House of Commons, 2002

  • Ford Diversity Award, 2002

  • Londoner: making a difference, 2002

  • Marley Environmental Award, 1993

  • Queen’s award for Training, 1993

  • UIA:UNESCO International design award, 1987

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