Monthly Archives: December 2019

Sadie Morgan to receive OBE for Services to Design Advocacy - 28-12-2019

“Having dedicated my career to promoting design integration within UK projects at every scale, this recognition validates and gives tangible credence to the value I believe great design can bring to a country. I am beyond honoured.”

Prof Sadie Morgan MA(RCA), FRIBA, OBE

dRMM Co-Founding Director Sadie Morgan has received an OBE for services to design advocacy in the New Year Honours List, released today. Sadie has championed socially useful architecture as part of her dRMM directorship for over two decades. She has since also held roles at the highest level within national architectural education (President of the Architectural Association; Professor of Professional Practice, University of Westminster); the UK transport and infrastructure (Design Chair, High Speed Two; Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission); the UK housing sector (Board Member, Homes England); as well as within the realm of place-making and community development (Mayor’s Design Advocate, Greater London Authority; Non-Executive Director, U+I; Non-Executive Director, Major Projects Association; Founder, Quality of Life Foundation).

Throughout all her roles, Sadie makes a passionate case for an alternative human perspective to balance economic arguments. Her strength in combining the pragmatic needs of complex projects with the everyday needs of the communities and places has characterised her impact on the wider design industry.

Sadie’s dRMM leadership alongside Alex de Rijke, Philip Marsh and Jonas Lencer has been recognised for the creation of architecture that is innovative, high-quality and socially useful – once again bound by an aspiration to make people’s lives better. As a practice, dRMM has promoted sustainable materials and construction since its inception, advocating for stronger collaboration between designers and manufacturers, as well as for the use of engineered timber as a material with exemplary sustainability credentials. dRMM’s award-winning work is often the focus of Sadie’s extensive lecturing both nationally and internationally. She also consistently discusses the role of architects in society and the importance of infrastructure that connects to people and places.

Sadie sits on competition jury and advisory panels including the RIBA National Awards Advisory Panel and represents the profession in the media through radio, TV appearances, articles and columns. In 2017, she was named ‘New Londoner of the Year’ at the New London Awards for her work in “championing the importance of design at the highest political level”. In 2019, she won the inaugural ‘Female Architectural Leader of the Year’ at the BD Architect of the Year awards and the ‘AJ100 Contribution to the Profession’ award, voted for by the members of the AJ100 list. Sadie was recently awarded a RIBA Honorary Fellowship for her contribution to the advancement of architecture, sustainable communities and the education of future generations.

“My career has been defined by collaboration – I am grateful to my fellow directors, colleagues, and team for their collective spirit, talent, and shared desire to elevate the importance of design. I am also thankful for the support I receive from my family and friends, who have constantly reinforced my drive to promote gender diversity at every level within this great industry.

Prof Sadie Morgan MA(RCA), FRIBA, OBE

Sowing seeds of change: dRMM gives the gift of green - 10-12-2019

dRMM believes everybody can make transformational change and that right now change needs to be about tackling the climate and biodiversity crisis. For this reason, our 2019/20 holiday gift symbolises our desire to energise, empower and enlist our network to help make the change we believe can happen. This follows months of positive research and climate action, both in the studio’s capacity as an Architects Declare signatory, as well as in its day-to-day operations.

People are waking up to the impact we have on ecosystems and the biodiversity of species, as well as to the fact that plant and animal life are deteriorating at alarming rates. Even this season’s resilient ambassador – the Norwegian Spruce – is not immune to the effects of our rapidly changing climate.

We believe that working at local levels can make a tangible difference in mitigating our environmental crisis. That’s why we are giving out flower and plant seeds as gifts this season, encouraging our valued clients, collaborators and friends to bring joy back to their personal communities through the process of local re-greening.

Let it grow, let it grow, let it grow!

dRMM holiday seed-bombs and packets have been made in-house by our own team members, using sustainably sourced materials and delivered to their new owners either by hand or via green delivery methods. Recipients will be gifted with a collection of varied seeds, each ready for planting indoors in the winter or outdoors at springtime. Seed-bombs and packets will contain a mix of wildflowers and grasses – selected for ease of cultivation and to give a long flowering season. All species included occur naturally across the UK.

Once planted, the seedlings from our seed-bombs and seed packets will root into the ground over a period of two to three weeks. They will then slowly grow into mature plants and eventually produce more seeds for germination. Each seedling will need water, adequate temperature and a good position to grow in in order to flourish.

New year, new goals

Buildings and construction account for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the UK, and subsequently have a significant impact on our natural habitats. But we are working to change that.

dRMM has championed sustainable materials and construction since the studio’s inception, with our practice pioneering the use of engineered timber in the UK from as early as 1995. But we know there is still much to be done, and our team looks forward to entering 2020 with an even greater focus and solidarity to conserve and restore our planet.

Only by working together can we begin to reconstruct the world. We therefore would like to wish all our collaborators, clients and friends a wonderful holiday period, and thank them for their ongoing support over the years in helping us to champion sustainable construction.

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dRMM director Sadie Morgan awarded RIBA Honorary Fellowship - 06-12-2019

dRMM director Sadie Morgan is among five champions of architecture announced for 2020 RIBA Honorary Fellowships. The prestigious accolade is awarded every year to people who have made a contribution to the advancement of architecture, sustainable communities and the education of future generations.

Aside from her role as dRMM Co-Founding Director, Sadie is involved in a number of advisory positions including chairing the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two and being one of ten commissioners for the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC). She has been instrumental in setting up the NIC’s Design Group which will place design at the heart of all new major infrastructure projects. In 2017, Sadie was chosen as a Mayor’s design advocate for the Greater London Authority and became a non-executive director of the Major Project Association. She is a non-executive director of U+I, overseeing delivery of their commitments to community engagement in PPP projects.

In 2019, Sadie Morgan was appointed as a member to the Homes England board, the UK government’s housing accelerator. She most recently founded the Quality of Life Foundation – a new independent body aimed at raising people’s quality of life and wellbeing through the improvement of the built environment. In 2017, she was named New Londoner of the Year by the NLA for her work championing the importance of design at the highest political level and most recently she won ‘Female Architectural Leader of the Year’ at the BD awards and AJ100 Contribution to the Profession.

The 2020 RIBA Honorary Fellowships awards will be presented at a special event at Portland Place in February 2019. dRMM would like to congratulate Sadie as well as her fellow 2020 recipients, namely: Pam Alexander OBE, Professor Yolande Barnes, Jude Kelly CBE, and Morag Myerscough.

Double wins for dRMM talent at the RIBA President’s Awards - 04-12-2019

dRMM is both proud and delighted to announce Finbar Charleson and Findlay McFarlane‘s success last night at the RIBA President’s Medal Awards, with Finbar receiving a Commendation for the Silver Medal, and Findlay winning the RIBA Prize for Sustainable Design at Part 2.

The President’s Medals are the RIBA’s oldest awards and are regarded as the most prestigious prizes in architectural education globally. Last night, Finbar and Findlay – both members of dRMM’s team – were recognised for their remarkable project work submitted over the past year.

Findlay’s work, titled Blotting Ornithologics: The Calcutta Institute of Aviculture, proposes a new educational institution that prioritises the logics of birds to challenge human lines of territory, bringing together a spectrum of wetness that blurs air, water and land. Meanwhile, Finbar’s project – London Euston – presents a case for engineered timber as a sustainable material through the design of a market hall and wintergarden above the new rail infrastructure of Euston Station.

Blotting Ornithologics: The Calcutta Institute of Aviculture – Findlay McFarlane, Part 2 Project 2019, Edinburgh School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, Edinburgh, UK

London Euston – Finbar Charleson, Part 2 Project 2019, Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, London, UK

The entire dRMM team would like to congratulate Finbar and Findlay for their well-deserved win!