colourful carved elephants figurines and tea containers on display within Cafod office

Making the complex simple has been part of our culture since we formed Black in 2003. Our London based practice searches out logical solutions that respond to complex sites and challenging briefs. We begin by listening to our clients, recording and then responding to their needs with thoughtful architecture. Our work doesn’t focus on a style or an architectural image, but about how we can create sustainable buildings that improve the lives of those using them.

This approach to wellbeing has enabled us to work with charitable bodies and social housing providers, but equally resolve the needs of both national and international commercial businesses. At the core of this thinking is a desire to create spaces that react responsibly to their context and deliver buildings which use resources responsibly.

Who we work with is important to us, as is the ethics of our partners who supply services such as banking, utilities and cleaning. These business choices have influenced our work to date and guide our future plans. Our focus is on finding innovative ways through teamwork to resolve problems which benefit both our clients and those who use their buildings. Skills learnt from our private, third sector and public work influence each other, allowing wider benefits to inform all our work.

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