Sketching, modelling and harnessing new data and analytical tools for architecture.

We established Pilbrow & Partners with the ambition to develop a design approach that fully integrates the latest available resources in technology, modelling and data. Design innovation and insight is central to our work and we harness a wide spectrum of evaluation tools to assist in research, appraisal and optimisation.

We believe in the power of in-sourcing: developing our own tools and systems gives us an in-depth understanding of the implications of alternative design approaches. We can work faster, with greater accuracy and we can deliver better results for our clients. The opportunity for architects to harness the power of new analytical and data resources is enormous and we believe the practices that do so will thrive.

Our working methodology has changed our engagement all three stages of work: allowing us to interrogate and contribute to the brief, to better understand the opportunities and constraints of the site and to evaluate and analyse the merits of alternative design approaches.


Ralf Lindemann
Catherine Jenkins

We have invested in in-house modelling capabilities to provide accurate real-time feedback on development options. Developed by our research group led by Ralf Lindemann, in-house capabilities such as daylight/sunlight analyses and pedestrian wind comfort analyses, are now being used routinely across all new jobs in the office.

From concept to detail, our work is developed through 3D modelling. The accuracy and completeness of context information is critical to efficient design. Using laser scanning, we build accurate 3D local context models that are placed within our wider city model. We overlay information about the site’s historical development, planning context and surrounding proposals through research undertaken by our in-house planning team led by Catherine Jenkins. We integrate transportation and pedestrian movement models to understand site accessibility and publicly available data on issues such as air quality to understand its environmental quality. This research draws on 3D mapping technology and Geographic Information System (GIS) software.

However, sketching remains fundamental to the work of the practice. Our architectural staff sketch to explore, share and develop their concepts. By sketching, we simultaneously conceptualise and develop a design at multiple scales, be it the city, a masterplan, an urban block or a fine detail, creating well considered and holistic architecture. While developing a concept, sketching allows us to convey the experiential qualities of our ideas to our clients and consultants.