It has been a good year for Scott Brownrigg, which has risen seven places since last year by adding 33 architects to its 2015 total of 80 – nearly half as many again. At least some of its growth was thanks to its acquisition last August of GMW Architects, a venerable practice that in recent years had developed particular expertise in airport design. Despite this reputation, its name has disappeared, subsumed into the larger brand.
Scott Brownrigg also opened its first US office, in New York, which was expected to win work in the interiors and office fit-out market. Just over 6 per cent of the practice’s total fee income last year was delivered through overseas offices but, with this latest move, one can expect that figure to increase.
Scott Brownrigg works in a wide range of fields, including offices, mixed use, transport, residential and education. It has had a strong relationship with North Hertfordshire College, designing a number of buildings on its Stevenage and Letchworth campuses. These include two Da Vinci Studio Schools, for 14 to 19-year-olds, which combine lessons with enterprise and practical experience. The practice has also worked on the masterplan for a new nuclear power station next to Sellafield in Cumbria.
One notable aspect of Scott Brownrigg is its attitude to research. It runs its own study unit, looking at design, sustainability, and technological, economic and sociological factors. It works in collaboration with external organisations and twice a year produces its own research publication, iA: Intelligent Architecture.
Appropriately, Scott Brownrigg became main sponsor of this year’s Association of Architectural Educators conference, an international peer-reviewed forum on design education, which took place at the Bartlett. The practice is also active with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust, which helps disadvantaged young people to develop potential careers in architecture.