Event: Rethinking the way we design and work 
Event: Rethinking the way we design and work 

‘Rethinking the way we design and work’ was the theme of a day held by Haworth Tompkins focusing on the Architects Declare emergency goals and commitments. We acknowledge that addressing the AD goals will require an important change in our design process, and in our studio, and this was an excellent opportunity to get everyone in the office involved in the discussion. The HT team was joined by excellent speakers and facilitators (Roderic Bunn/Boom Collective, Caroline Cole/Colander Associates, Joel Gustafsson/Max Fordham, Judit Kimpian/ESA, Will South/Etude, Michael Pawlyn/Exploration, Joe Iles/Ellen MacArthur foundation and Simon Sturgis/Targeting Zero) exploring several key topics.


- Regenerative design
- Life cycle design: embodied carbon + circular economy
- Design impact: operational carbon + fabric performance
- Design feedback: Post-occupancy + benchmarking
- Advocacy: the importance of advocating for change


There was fantastic energy and enthusiasm in the room and the results of the day, which we will be sharing over the coming weeks, will guide our next steps both in our design work and in our studio.



We are signatories of Architects Declare, and these are the actions we are taking in response to those commitments

Advocacy: The London Energy Transformation Initiative 

Haworth Tompkins are an organisational supporter of the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI), a network of over 250 built environment professionals who are working together to put London on the path to a Zero Carbon future. LETI have lobbied for policy change and their recommendations have been included in emerging London Policy. These recommendations include energy use disclosure, use of updated carbon factors and whole life carbon assessments for referable schemes.

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Project: The Den - a low-carbon portable, community theatre 

Minimum environmental impact and social equity are at the heart of the design that composes this super-lightweight theatre.

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Advocacy: Architects Declare 

The twin crises of climate breakdown and biodiversity loss are the most serious issue of our time. Buildings and construction play a major part, accounting for nearly 40% of energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions whilst also having a significant impact on our natural habitats.

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Event: Exploring Doughnut Economics 

Steve Tompkins and Beatie Blakemore recently attended a workshop at Hawkwood College led by Kate Raworth and Juliet Davenport, looking at how businesses can meet the needs of people within the means of the planet. The workshop explored the principles of ‘Doughnut Economics’ – a concept developed by Kate Raworth that has been widely influential amongst sustainable development thinkers, progressive businesses and political activists. Juliet Davenport is founder and CEO of renewable energy supplier Good Energy.

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Project: Offsite construction for Osco Homes 

Transportation associated with construction site activities, material delivery and waste removal account to just under 40% of total energy use within the construction industry. At Baycliff Road our houses are constructed off site as separate wall, floor and roof cassettes and then assembled on site in typically around 12 hours per house. The construction period on site is much shorter than a traditionally built project and relies on considerably fewer deliveries to site and vehicle movements.

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Studio: HT appoints Head of Sustainability & Regenerative Design 

Diana Dina has recently joined Haworth Tompkins to help develop and lead the practice’s sustainability and regenerative design strategy, balancing practical in-house support/training, external advocacy and independent research. Diana will work closely with the Directors, the Associates and the HT Sustainability Team to focus on progressing a vision and strategy for sustainable and regenerative design and practice including the education of staff, developing and reporting on sustainability metrics, maintaining sustainability resources, and greening the practice operations.

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