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Grant Associates showcases 20 years of collaborative design with London exhibition

Grant Associates is to showcase 20 years of collaborative design work with an exhibition at architect Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios’ West London base, 4 to 29 June 2018.

Collaborative by Nature will be open to the public and feature a selection of projects presented by Grant Associates in partnership with Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBStudios) and communication design agency Thomas Matthews.

The three design studios have collaborated on a range of projects inspired by nature, ecology and conservation ever since they worked together on The Earth Centre in Doncaster in 1997 – the year in which Andrew Grant founded Grant Associates.

Other collaborative projects by the trio include RIBA Stirling Prize-winning housing scheme Accordia in Cambridge, and Singapore’s internationally acclaimed Gardens by the Bay.

The exhibition will also feature on-going collaborative projects such as Bath’s pop-up art event Forest of Imagination and a conservation project to protect the blue-eyed black lemur in Ankarafa Forest, Madagascar. In addition, Thomas Matthews will showcase its initiatives into cleaning up ocean plastic and FCBStudios will share its work on the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Collaborative by Nature is a free event that will be held between 9am and 5.30pm from 4-29 June, coinciding with the London Festival of Architecture, at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, 20 Tottenham Street, London W12 4RG.

“This is an exhibition that tracks our respective journeys into collaborative design, each one representing a new level of ambition for addressing national and global environmental issues. Design without collaboration is boring. Working together with individuals with different perspectives but a common goal is not only hugely enjoyable but it delivers better solutions. It is quite something to reflect on more than 20 years of design collaboration with Thomas Matthews and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. In that time we have refined our respective approaches to sustainable design but we always know the next project will deliver a surprising and exciting outcome.”

Andrew Grant, founder and director at Grant Associates

“Being 20 years old as a studio is such an achievement and to be able to celebrate it with our long-time collaborators who have been present for all that journey is momentous. Our best work comes from the process of collaborative discussion and sketching. The stories of these studios weave in and around each other in a glorious supportive way. We have continuously pushed each other to find the very best solutions for our clients in creativity and sustainable practice. It’s like having the best ‘phone a friend’ list in the business!”

Sophie Thomas, founder and director at Thomas Matthews

“So much comes from mutual trust and synergy. If we didn’t know each so well and enjoy working together we might not have achieved all we have done.”

Peter Clegg, senior partner, Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

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