Video: Sheppard Robson Underlines Importance of Hand Sketching

Our friends at Crane.tv have brought you the personal insights of Dan Burr and Lee Bennett of Sheppard Robson on the innumerable merits of hand sketching in the design process. The architects describe the process of designing within a team and communicating ideas to clients through simple and powerful visuals. Explaining their current projects, the two discuss the various roles of computer generated drawings versus hand drawings, and the instrumental value a single drawing could have in shaping a client-designer relationship, or the entire trajectory of a project.

Lee Bennet muses, “When you’re working with a computer, there’s a machine in the way. When you’re drawing, its an instant connection between your brain and the paper, and there’s something kind of instant about it, and magical.”

Siemens HQ in Masdar City / Sheppard Robson

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Architects: Sheppard Robson
Location: Masdar City – Abu Dhabi –
Area: 22800.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Paul McMullin, Huffton + Crow, Nicole Luettecke

AJ Ranks the UK’s 100 Top Architecture Practices

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Foster + Partners has been named the UK‘s biggest architecture practice for the third year running in the annual AJ100 run by the Architects’ Journal. The list of the top 100 architecture practices in the UK, based on the number of fully qualified architects employed, was announced at an awards ceremony last night in London.

In the past year Foster + Partners has almost doubled its lead at the top of the list, with its 290 architects putting it 87 ahead of second-place rival BDP, showing how the practice dominates the architecture world not just culturally, but also in terms of business size.

See the top 10 UK practices, as well as the results of the accompanying AJ100 Awards, after the break

St Ambrose College / Sheppard Robson

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Architects: Sheppard Robson
Location: Wicker Lane, Hale Barns, Altrincham, Greater Manchester,
Building Costs: £24 m
Area: 11,600 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Hufton+Crow, David Ardill

BBC New Broadcasting House / HOK

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Architects: HOK, MacCormac Jamieson Prichard, Sheppard Robson
Location: London, England, United Kingdom
Area: 484.375 ft2
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of HOK

The Avenue / Sheppard Robson

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Architect: Sheppard Robson
Location: Manchester, UK
Project Manager: Gardiner & Theobald
Structural Engineer: Capita Symonds
M&E Engineer: Grontmij
Quantity Surveyor: Mooney Kelly
Main Contractor: Lend Lease
Client: Allied Properties
Project Area: 5,000 sqm
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Hufton+Crow

Lancaster Institute for the Contemporary Arts (LICA) / Sheppard Robson

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Architect: Sheppard Robson
Location: , UK
Client: Lancaster University
M&E Engineer: Hoare Lee
Structural Engineer: SKM Consulting
Contractor: Morgan Sindall
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 4,900 sqm
Photographs: Hufton+Crow

Carabanchel 19 / Sheppard Robson

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Architect: Sheppard Robson
Location: , Spain
Client: Empresa Municipal De La Vivienda y Suelo
Contractor: Prasi
Project Year: 2006
Project Area: 7,600 sqm
Photographs: Dennis Gilbert