1st Edition

Collective Action! The Power of Collaboration and Co-Design in Architecture

By Rob Fiehn, Kyle Buchanan, Mellis Haward Copyright 2023
    144 Pages
    by RIBA Publishing

    Buildings cannot be built without people working together. Architects collaborate with other disciplines, other architects and even with the public. These take place every day, across multiple planning and design stages. Small or emerging practices often suffer from a lack of resources, but what if we pooled our collective resources, sharing knowledge and experiences? Collaborative architecture begins in the design studio, and the relationship between academia and practice can create a symbiosis that is fundamental to the careers of young and more established architects. It provides a space to develop and test approaches outside of routine commercial pressures, using research to yield new approaches that further the impact of the architecture sector more widely. By cooperating, we can facilitate a good design process can lay the foundation for a better form of architecture that provides greater diversity and a plurality of voices. This volume showcases how practices have the potential to adapt, remain resilient and harness collective power to become greater than the sum of their parts. The future is bright for architects if they can unite. Take Collective Action! Features: Sarah Ahmed, Marc Cairns, Alasdair Ben Dixon, Amy Francis-Smith, Lanre Gbolade, Stephen Hill, Khuzema Hussain, Lacol, Matthew Morris, Chris Nasah, David Ogunmuyiwa, POoR Collective, Retrouvius, Dhruv Adam Sookhoo, Samuel Stair, Tomas Tvarijonas, Dr Joe Jack Williams, WIP Collaborative and Siri Zanelli.

    Strategies for Collaborative Research in Architectural Practice By Dhruv Sookhoo

    Co-Design Tools: Regenerating Communities By Kyle Buchanan and Sarah Ahmed, Archio

    Getting to Grips with Embodied Carbon By Dr Joe Jack Williams

    Feilden Clegg Bradley Community and Collaborative By Abigail Coover, Bryony Roberts, Elsa Ponce, Lindsay Harkema, Ryan Brooke Thomas, Sera Ghadaki and Sonya Gimon

    WIP In-sourcing By Khuzema Hussain, Siri Zanelli, Alasdair Ben Dixon and Tomas Tvarijonas

    Collective Works Building a Dream Team By Marc Cairns and Samuel Stair

    New Practice Delivering Collaborative Projects By David Ogunmuyiwa

    ArchitectureDoingPlace and Karakusevic Carson Collective Action in a Climate Emergency By Matthew Morris

    ACAN Changing the Narrative for Collective Impact By Lanre Gbolade

    Paradigm Network An Inclusive Way Forward By Amy Francis-Smith

    Building Housing to Build Community By Lacol

    Collaboration for a Home By Retrouvius & Archio

    Bringing Home to the Unknown By POoR

    Collective Final Word: Co-producing the Future By Stephen Hill


    Rob Fiehn is Chairman of the Board of the Museum of Architecture, a Committee Member of the London Society, a Board Director for the Blackhorse Workshop in Walthamstow and a trustee of the DKUK gallery in Peckham.

    Kyle Buchanan is a Director at Archio and a passionate and skilled architect, who was named RIBA South West Project Architect of the Year 2018.

    Mellis Haward is a Director at Archio, as well as an A J Architects Award Judge, Civic Trust Awards Assessor, a member of the Urban Design London Environmental Design Review Panel and a Design Council Specialist Expert.