Emerging PAD studio Manifesto:
(with acknowledgement of Bruce Mau)
- We believe that no single statement deserves to be number one. It implies a heirarchy; a paradigm we reject in favour of collaboration, networks, transparent and dynamic models of working.
- We are convinced that architecture holds the potential to enhance the human condition in all that we do. And it does.
- Our clients are at the heart of everything we do. We listen and collaborate.
- Our work is rooted in the particularity of place.
- Those roots represent pad values that enables design to respond to the particular conditions of clients, place and project brief.
- We work in a world of flux and shifting condition. Our deeprooted values provide stability yet facilitates dynamic response to flux.
- We celebrate each design voyage in its complexity, challenge and non-linear nature that reacts to circumstances and conditions as they emerge.
- PAD studio embeds the concept of sustainable design in everything we do. It is not a discreet or applied condition and we strive to extend the debate into the realms of beauty and the poetic.
- Our values and work are steered by a strong ethical compass.
- We all teach in schools of architecture and that is core to our development; ‘we teach best what we want to learn .’
- In a world of white noise – silence stands out more (thanks ben)
- Eleven provides a space for breath and reflection.
- Our key words contain; intensity – dedication – collaboration – fun – exploration – making – testing – balance – learning - ethical - development – process – humility – place …(there are of course others)
- We immodestly suggest that we are modest.
- We are constantly aware of what we need to learn and to educate.
- We are constantly innovating and developing in our practice in process, representation and communication.
- Purposely blank.
- We consistently share and love to be shared with.
- Our work is informed by work and theory. In theory we return to the root of the word – ‘to observe and to speculate upon.’
- We have meerkat tendancies – we pop our heads up to become aware of movements in culture, architecture, music, theatre, dance, politics and economics - these are all constantly on our radar.
- At one with nature and mankind.
- We are mindful that we need to look from a distance to see the trees that make up the forest.
- There must be a narrative.
- Architecture is a means of giving form to the storyline.
- We are not conformists.
- We are storytellers and there is room within our story for others.
- Life experience makes for a richer plot.
 ‘Illusions: The Adventures of A Reluctant Messiah.' - Richard Bach (1998)