The head of HOK, Andrew Barraclough, became a head teacher for a day in order to give advice to a comprehensive school in Chingford, Essex, which is about to undergo a rebuilding programme; the head teacher went to HOK's Oxford Circus offices to see how architects work and to take part in a design brainstorm. What happens next will be interesting, judging by a report of the exercise in the Financial Times. At HOK head office, project architect Stefan Jakobek and his team reckon they have cracked the design problem by adding a storey to one block and releasing space across the school.
Barraclough was more radical. 'Flatten it and start again, ' was his diagnosis. Perhaps Peter Cook, who has just started a consultancy with the firm, can mediate?