Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is an architectural and urban design practice with an international reputation for design quality, for pioneering environmental expertise and a progressive architectural approach.

In Brief

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios have experience in designing for education, housing, workplace, masterplanning and urban design as well as places for art and the creative reuse of historic buildings.

We started small 40 years ago and continue to be committed to social and humanistic values in our work. We are proud to have delivered acclaimed buildings and take part of dialogue on place, heritage and climate change We believe excellence in design can facilitate change, improvement and transformation in society.

 

Design

From large-scale urban design to the all-important incidental spaces in our buildings, architecture can have a positive impact on society and humanity. We create buildings and spaces that develop our culture and enhance our communities. It’s also a way of life for us and gives us a platform from which to engage in wider political issues from a cycling culture to a stance on creative education and an approach to heritage in the built environment.

Place

Our architecture comes from a response to place. This includes the physical and environmental context, its history and its potential futures. We blend typologies to create places for people that add to their surroundings. Using the technologies of our time we craft the material language and form which express the particularities of an urban site or a rural landscape. Working with a sense of place we create and recreate bespoke and imaginative places where people can thrive.

Sustainability

The practice was founded in 1978 with a specific ambition to produce environmentally and socially responsive design. This ethos has flourished and developed and FCBStudios continues to have a holistic approach, at the forefront of low energy design, working with heritage and existing environments, One Planet Living and the Declare Climate Change Agenda. Through our knowledge of the performance of the buildings we have designed, we provide solutions to support the imperative transition to a zero-carbon economy.

Ethos

Our architecture is rooted in a humane modernism that is socially progressive and environmentally responsible. Our work starts with forensic research on the, often multiple, uses for the building and its physical environment. Creating engaging spaces internally and sensitivity to external surroundings. Our architectural language is pluralist, generated by context – of its time and of its place. Each design having its own character and identity with a shared sensibility towards materials and the craft of making.

Community

Social and environmental responsibility is at the heart of our practice. We are committed to designing communities at home and abroad that support sustainable lifestyles and accommodate different patterns of living, learning and working. Our buildings aim to provide a strong sense of identity for their users.

We actively support community and educational projects in East Africa through our own charity,The Feilden Foundation.

Research

Our priority is helping clients make great architecture that serves their particular needs and responds in a vital way to its context. We work in collaboration with like-minded consultants and we have global connections with organisations and charities that enable us to share our skills and test evolving knowledge about sustainable design, changing approaches to city dwelling and our requirements of our homes and workplaces. We invest in a wide programme of research which enables us to be inventive and to find new, unexpected solutions as well as learning from projects in use.

Making

We enjoy the ‘making’ of buildings: crafting light, space and form to create memorable and functioning places. We continually explore new developments in the technology of materials and, whether working with traditional craftsmen or design subcontractors, we believe strongly in creative collaboration.

Modelmaking plays an important role in design development at FCBStudios, and is considered integral to the design process. The practice has workshops across its studios, providing state of the art facilities accessible to all.

Health and Wellbeing

The impact of buildings on our health goes beyond light and ventilation. Research shows that building design contributes to the success of medical treatment, that the relationship with nature and the development of a sense of community have had a strong impact on the success of housing developments and the success of creating a healthy office environment is proven. We bring this learning not only into our health projects, but to create healthy communities.  

Collaboration

A collaborative multidisciplinary shared way of working is the key to successful projects, both internally within our open studio culture and externally with our clients, consultants and contractors. We actively work with wider stakeholders as participants, not only to ensure practicality and economy but to ensure we produce designs that are owned and loved. Our architects regularly engage in teaching and research maintaining links and exchanging ideas and experience with peers, academics and the next generation.