Labics is committed to the involvement of the senior principals in the development of each project through every stage. To this end, the design process — from initial ideas and sketches through to design development and production drawings — takes place within the office even when drawing on the skills of specially chosen external consultants.
The studio is structured into teams, selected to meet the specific demands of each individual project and reflecting its unique scale, complexity, and geography. Every project is led by one of the two founding partners and supported by a senior architect responsible for the day-to-day management of the project. During every phase of the design, the senior architects are in turn supported by architects and designers of specialized skills, facilitating the focused development of the scheme. The flexibility of these project teams enables Labics to manage both national and international projects in collaboration with highly qualified consultants who are local to the project.
Consistent with the office’s focus on research, considerable attention is dedicated to the early design phase, from the initial analysis of the program brief and project context through to the development of initial concepts. During this phase, the team makes extensive use of study models and images, while testing dimensional, functional, and environmental data. Work during this phase is a rigorous and iterative process, allowing the continuous development and evaluation of the scheme before culminating in a final proposal that gives form to the preliminary concept. Through conjecture, testing, and evaluation, the first phase represents an accumulation of understandings that provide a framework for the design during the subsequent stages of the design process.
The aim of this methodology is to reveal the core essence of the project and to reach a solution that fully considers all the forces influencing the project – aesthetic issues, functional requirements, economic matters, client culture, ethical position, and environmental awareness.
In other words, the Labics methodology demands that we engage all the factors that, when addressed in a rigorous and appropriate manner, enable the practice to transform a building into a tailor-made piece of architecture.