Architects manage change. Everyday, what we do, is about changing the environments within which we work. For every situation there are extremes of possible change, from wholesale renewal to minor adjustment. Our office's starting point is to seek firstly the minimum adjustment in each situation and only when necessary to extend that remit to a more dramatic contribution.
So too with organisations. In these incredibly difficult times many organisations have required to change in response to the economic context. For architectural practice the degree of that change is subject to the ebb and flow of the timing of projects. We are no different.
We would like to think of our most recent change as more of an adjustment. This has come about with one of our colleagues Mel Goode relocating to London, stimulating some internal reorganisation.
We operate a dual vertical and horizontal hierarchy in the office. Horizontally we like to think anyone can work on the full range of projects across the office. Although not always practical, the opportunity to experience a wide variety of work is important to us. At the same time we operate a vertical CoG strategy (Centre of Gravity) which allows us to interrogate and explore in more technical detail areas of particular skill. This is lead by experienced and committed senior members of staff and manifests itself in seminars, writing and thinking. This is where some adjustment has taken place.
With Mel Goode leaving Eilidh Henderson has joined Nicola Walls to lead our Arts and Culture team building on our exhibition and performance experience, Jamie Hamilton has joined Karen Pickering in the Creative Workspace team promoting the diverse and exciting potential of the everyday spaces in which we work and Iain Monteith will work with Paul Sutton in our Design Support team, continuing to promote the technical and aesthetic excellence of all our projects.
More dramatically we have begun to establish a new CoG led by Ana Cristobal and Sarah Jane Bogle which seeks to reinforce the unity of architectural intervention between inside and outside. More will emerge as we explore this position.
It is often said that in order to stay the same you need to change. Perhaps here we can say that through change we can achieve an adjustment that allows us to continue to extend, refine and improve what we do.