Practice Day 2018

Archadia held its annual practice day on 3rd July at the RIBA award winning workspace The Foundary in Vauxhall. The day allowed the office to reflect on this year’s achievements, review our long and short-term goals, share knowledge from seminars and evaluate the service we are giving our clients.

Director Mark Slater discussed our business plan, asking if we need to make changes to this and how it might better support our practice vision, this inspired a passionate conversation between the whole team. Director Jean Hanna and Associate Sophie Morley showed how we can continue to keep at the forefront of specialist housing design. They presented material from recent learning events and workshops on Dementia friendly design drawing on the work of Stirling University and HDRC (Housing Dementia Research Consortium) reflecting on how this research informs our design practice. We concluded the morning with Associate Ewan Green leading discussions on our internal design review process, highlighting the value of these sessions and how they can be better integrated into projects.

In the afternoon the team visited a number of notable developments in Vauxhall from social housing at Vauxhall City Farm by Base architects to an extra care housing scheme by Fosters on the Thames. We explored the Caruso St John prize winning Newport Street Gallery, as well as admiring the architecture the team used the Stirling University Iridis mobile app to review how dementia friendly the design is. In contrast to the modern skyline of Vauxhall we ended for a drink at the 1700’s old concert hall, Brunswick House.

Practice day allowed us to reflect, speculate to the future of Archadia and the exciting prospects in the years to come. We were able to work hard, as well as enjoy the lovely weather in London.