Neighbourhoods by Design

The BDR are collaborating with Procter and Matthews Architects to develop a handbook for community groups wanting to engage with the development of their neighbourhoods.

The work is commissioned by The Glass-House and forms part of a wider programme of work to deliver Neighbourhood Planning support as outlined by recent government policy.


UK_Finland Exchange

The Architecture Foundation recognised the BDR as an innovative alternative architecture practice and invited us to put forward a portfolio of work for consideration to take part in a UK_Finland architectural exchange.

AHRC PhD in Community Led Design

The BDR in collaboration with The Glass-House have secured an AHRC funded PhD studentship into Community Led Design. The PhD forms part of the Connected Communities call that the AHRC have put forward.


Buildings by Design Courses

BDR have completed two ‘Buildings by Design’ courses for The Glass-House Community-Led Design. In February BDR went to Newcastle to work with groups from the North East who have a building project in their community. In March we went to Trafford Hall National Communities Resource Centre to work with a group from Cheshire to bring different stakeholders together in creating a vision for refurbishing their community centre.

For more about our work with The Glass-House visit our project page. For more about the The Glass-House see their website and blog.

Building Tomorrow Article

A Lesson in School Design, has been published in the inaugural ‘Building Tomorrow’ publication. The BDR team, led by Prue Chiles, authored the article identifying recent trends in school research and design. The piece weaves together theĀ  strands of research, design and practice that underpins the work of the BDR.

The article can be viewed on Building Tomorrow, Issue 1, Autumn 2010, pages 61-62. An online version of the journal can be viewed here.

BDR Presentation at the University of Portsmouth

BDR Director, Prue Chiles, delivered a presentation to staff at the School of Architecture at the University of Protsmouth, who have recently established a project office/design research unit. Prue presented a range of BDR projects, exploring the approaches, practices and mehtodologies.

Mission Addition [pictured above] is one example of an innovativeĀ  collaborative Design and Build project based on maths principles, developed with teachers and pupils.

New Live Projects Website Launched

The Sheffield School of Architecture [SSOA] Live Projects website and archive is now online. The BDR has been instrumental in establishing the Live Projects programme and facilitated many of its projects over the last 10 years!

Recent projects include: Sustainable Tourism, Pakhtoon Schools, The Whirl