Research & Writing

We don't just design buildings, we set standards, shape opinion and contribute to books and papers, guidelines and reports. Our work has been in press and it's helped influence government thinking. Our efforts are directed towards making policy more practical and effective, campaigning for quality and fairness, finding creative ways to solve specific problems, and reflecting on lessons learned from nearly 50 years in practice.

  • Books/Reports

One Hundred Years of Housing Space Standards: What now?

Part history, part insight and part opinion, this is perhaps the most detailed and contextual analysis of housing space standards that exists, and certainly the most current. Written by Julia... Read more

  • Books/Reports

Future proofing housing supply

As part of one of the Housing Forum Working Groups, Project Architect Zohra Chiheb collaborated with housebuilders, housing associations and local authorities, as well as other architects, to produce the... Read more

  • Opinion

Why Manchester’s new design guidance is something to be celebrated

From our window in the soon-to-be St. John’s Quarter, we can see a skyline peppered with cranes at work on numerous sites across Manchester. Our informal ‘crane survey’ tallies with... Read more

  • Opinion

Julia Park: BD’s housing columnist

The best thing about writing a column for BD is the added incentive to stay up to date and make time to think about what’s going on. In such busy... Read more

  • Design Guides

NHF Housing Standards Handbook

The National Housing Federation describes itself as the voice of affordable housing in England and part of its role has always been to promote good design and champion standards. Housing is... Read more

  • Books/Reports

Altered Estates

London’s failure to keep up with the demand for additional homes has renewed interest in regenerating existing housing estates – to not only increase the quantity of homes but also... Read more

  • Books/Reports

Superdensity: The Sequel

As the scope and concentration of development in London continues to rise, we see an increase from ‘superdensity’ to what we have dubbed ‘hyperdensity’ – surpassing 350 homes per hectare.... Read more

  • Housing Policy

Easi-Guide: London Housing Standards

This is the latest in our series of ‘Easi-Guides’ to summarise and break-down complex housing policy. This particular guide, written by Julia Park, our own Head of Housing Research, offers... Read more

  • Books/Reports

Housing Design Handbook: A Guide to Good Practice

Written by one of our founders, David Levitt, this handbook interleaves our work with many other examples of UK and European practice to provide a firm foundation in the practicalities... Read more

  • Design Guides

New Council Housing in Enfield

It’s been almost fifty years since we last saw large-scale ‘council-built housing’. From the 70’s this role effectively passed to housing associations, but following changes to borrowing restrictions, many local... Read more

  • Housing Policy

Our Response to the Housing & Planning Bill 2015

If approved, the Housing and Planning Bill will have a significant impact on housing across the country, and not necessarily for the better. We welcome the fact that the government... Read more

  • Books/Reports

The Professionals’ Choice: The Future of the Built Environment Professions

This book examines issues such as codes of professional ethics and how an increasingly commercialised world shifts levels of trust. Andy Jobling, our Technical Manager, contributed the chapter entitled Regulatory... Read more