Our in-house researchers support our design teams. Apart from the standard architectural evaluation we investigate projects from an intellectual point of view.
An emerging research programme presently in the studio is semiotics, which explores how meaning is created and communicated. It investigates how visual and linguistic signs create meaning. Interpreting these signs enables us to understand our society and its architecture.
How real and virtual technologies embedded within design environments can improve energy saving and how we can create smart buildings.
Beyond sustainability, we are interested in how advanced geometry, 3d printing and material research can lead to new architectural forms and spaces. Working together with our international partners, we have developed the UAE’s biggest mosque dome for the Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan Mosque. This 80 meter diameter dome is a steel structure poised to radically question the idea of having columns in the space for a mosque’s praying area.