Monthly Archives: May 2019

dRMM committed to Architect Declare Initiative - 30-05-2019

dRMM, along with 16 other winners of the RIBA Stirling Prize winners, has signed an open letter declaring a climate and biodiversity emergency, making a commitment to positive action in response and inviting all UK architectural practices to add their names. 

Climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are the most critical issues of our time, and if we are to meet the needs of our society without destroying our environment we need to design buildings, cities and infrastructures that are regenerating and self-sustaining.

Prof. Sadie Morgan said “As architects we are able to shape the built environment through the buildings and infrastructure we design and the places we create.

As pioneers in the use and development of engineered timber dRMM has always advocated low carbon materials, the re-use of materials and utilising new technologies to mitigate some of the climate issues we are facing.  However, materials alone are not enough, we all need to commit to the use of regenerative design principles which look beyond the current zero carbon goals.

We have a responsibility to lead the industry in finding solutions to the climate and biodiversity crisis we are facing and drive real change in our environment, and we urge everyone within the construction industry and across Government to support this initiative.”

As founding members of the initiative we will seek to:

  • Raise awareness of the climate and biodiversity emergencies and the urgent need for action amongst our clients and supply chains.
  • Advocate for faster change in our industry towards regenerative design practices and a higher Governmental funding priority to support this.
  • Establish climate and biodiversity mitigation principles as the key measure of our industry’s success: demonstrated through awards, prizes and listings.
  • Share knowledge and research to that end on an open source basis.
  • Evaluate all new projects against the aspiration to contribute positively to mitigating climate breakdown, and encourage our clients to adopt this approach.
  • Upgrade existing buildings for extended use as a more carbon efficient alternative to demolition and new build whenever there is a viable choice. 
  • Include life cycle costing, whole life carbon modelling and post occupancy evaluation as part of our basic scope of work, to reduce both embodied and operational resource use.
  • Adopt more regenerative design principles in our studios, with the aim of designing architecture and urbanism that goes beyond the standard of net zero carbon in use.
  • Collaborate with engineers, contractors and clients to further reduce construction waste.
  • Accelerate the shift to low embodied carbon materials in all our work.
  • Minimise wasteful use of resources in architecture and urban planning, both in quantum and in detail.

dRMM is committed to further strengthen our working practices to create architecture and urbanism that has a more positive impact on the world around us. 

If you would like to join us in making this commitment visit www.architectsdeclare.com

We’re hiring Part II and Part III architects - 15-05-2019

We’re looking to hire talented and ambitious RIBA qualified (or equivalent) Part II Architectural Assistant’s and Part III Project Architect’s to join our growing team and work on a diverse, innovative and exciting range of projects.

Part III Project Architect – with experience of running projects and a high level of design competency, you will organise the work of the project team, oversee team members and engage with project-running duties. Fluency in Revit, MS Office and Adobe Creative Suite is essential. To read the full job description and find out how to apply for the role visit our Part III Architect dRMM Vacancies page.

Part II Architectural Assistant – you will work as part of a project team, research and develop architectural and technical solutions, prepare CAD drawings, schedules, reports and visualisations, and coordinate designs with other consultants. Fluency in Vectorworks and Revit, SketchUp and Adobe Creative Suite is essential and a high level of design competency and good model-making skills are required. To read the full job description and find out how to apply visit Part II Architectural Assistant dRMM Vacancies page.

The deadline for submitting your CV for both roles is 3rd June 2019.

dRMM is an equal opportunities employer. 

SADIE WINS ‘FEMALE ARCHITECTURAL LEADER OF THE YEAR’ AWARD - 14-05-2019

We are delighted Sadie has won the inaugural ‘Female Architectural Leader of the Year’ at the Building Design awards on 1st May 2019.

Alongside her role as a Director of dRMM, Sadie’s involved in a number of advisory roles including Chair of the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two; National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) Commissioner and Chair of the NIC Design Group; Mayor’s design advocate for the Greater London Authority’s ‘Good Growth by Design’ agenda; non-executive director of the Major Project Association and most recently non-executive director of U+I to oversee delivery of their commitments to community engagement in PPP projects.

These roles coupled with her involvement in giving the next generation a more powerful voice through her professorship at the University of Westminster and the NIC’s Young Professionals Panel, were the reasons the judging panel selected Sadie as the inaugural winner of the award. They said that among an impressive field she had stood head and shoulders above the other contenders and that she had set a high bar for future years.

What’s impressive is how she is using her agency across lots of political and academic interests, balancing teaching and advocacy for the built environment at a political scale, not even Zaha Hadid would have been influencing politically like this.”

The award recognises Sadie’s work as an advocate raising awareness of the role architects play in creating a better quality built environment, making a real difference to the public perception of architecture and the place of women within the profession and being a positive role model for the industry.

Sadie commented: ‘I’m honoured to have won the award and be recognised for my role in championing the importance of good design at the highest political level. I believe it is incumbent on all of us within the profession to help deal with some of the big issues of the day. We need architects as problem solvers to be part of these conversations.

Elizabeth Hopkirk’s BD Online article ‘Why Sadie Morgan is a role model for us all’ she writes, “Some will question the value of a female-specific award in 2019… whether or not you agree, two things are indisputable. Sadie Morgan has set the bar high as the first winner. And she would have won had the award been open to everyone.”