We seek to understand the nature of the spaces we are designing from the perspective of the people that will inhabit them. Our success in engaging stakeholders is founded on a commitment to listening.
Peddle Thorp’s four facets of effective engagement:
- Respect: We’re respectful of our clients and stakeholders’ expectations and gain an in-depth appreciation of how they will use or occupy the buildings we design.
- Open mind: We do not impose pre-conceived design solutions, but rather consult widely and listen to feedback. As a result, we avoid repetitious or unimaginative design solutions.
- Common language: Peddle Thorp gets to know our clients’ business in detail so we can adopt the same language as stakeholders. When everyone involved is communicating with a shared understanding of terms and contexts, it boosts clarity and reduces misunderstandings.
- Collaborative workshops: Rather than bombard stakeholders with complex information in a highly-structured meeting format, we encourage a fluid process that lets small, mixed groups discuss ideas and opportunities. We promote participation and a collaborative hands-on design process that encourages ownership of the project and a more robust discourse of pros and cons.