Central to the practice and teaching are the ideas and values of the Scottish Polymath Sir Patrick Geddes (generalist thinker and educationalist; 1854-1932). The practice ethos belongs firmly to the Scottish tradition established by Geddes in terms of principles, approaches and working methods. In doing so the work seeks to interpret the interface between practice, research and teaching. The generalist approach encourages a broad spectrum of work from single dwelling houses, arts projects to urban studies developed along Geddesian lines of enquiry.

‘….there is arising anew the most real and vital of all educational developments – that of starting from the local experience, seeing our world, and taking part in i…….Observe how people live and work: and this as far as may be by sharing in their work and life, from hills down to sea and back again…..So – as I have been saying all along – get beyond books, and even ball games, and into active survey, always growing and extending, of the real world around you. And seeking out, and finding out, what your life can best do to help in that, to be of service to it…..’ Patrick Geddes