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Hawkins\Brown wins AJ100 Best use of Technology prize

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Hawkins\Brown has been recognised for its innovations at various stages of the design process

Amid all of the noise surrounding new developments in BIM or virtual reality, it can be easy to lose track of one of the fundamental roles that technology can play for architects: streamlining ‘the crappy jobs’ (as one judge called them) and freeing up more time that can be put back into the design process. Hawkins\Brown has demonstrated a deep awareness of this. 

The jury praised what was a ‘very effective demonstration of a number of innovations at various stages of the design process’. These ranged from a piece of ‘briefing’ software and the writing of custom scripts to automate dull and repetitive tasks in CAD software to the supplementing of WikiHouse software with parametric software in the design and CNC production of a series of ‘sheds’ for the Here East project, or the use of a ‘spandreliser’ to generate façade patterns. 

Particularly impressive was the analysis into the impact these seemingly simple initiatives had on staff wellbeing

All of this is supported by the appointment of design champions and internal CPD sessions, both of which the jury felt helped bring technology into the everyday life of the practice, helping deal with what the firm had identified as the increasing specialisation of architecture graduates.

Particularly impressive, however, was the level of analysis into the impact these seemingly simple and common-sense initiatives had not only on profitability but on the wellbeing and satisfaction of staff.  

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Hawkins\Brown’s data-driven flexible parametric design tool developed with Wikihouse

Hawkins\Brown’s data-driven flexible parametric design tool developed with Wikihouse


  • AHR
  • Allies and Morrison
  • Foster + Partners
  • Grimshaw
  • HTA Design


  • Chris Boyce, director and founder, Assorted Skills + Talents*
  • Mike Fairbrass, creative consultant
  • Robin Nicholson, member, Cullinan Studio
  • Maria Smith, director, Interrobang Architecture and Engineering
  • Jon Astbury, assistant architecture editor, The Architects’ Journal 

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