Sensitivity: to context, to place, to needs, to brief, client, budget and deadline.

It drives everything.

In architecture it’s not enough to envisage a building from the outside – you have to know how it will feel to stand inside. It’s not enough to see: one has to hear, touch and smell, and not just from this angle but from all angles, and not just from your point of view, but hers and his and theirs. You have to know how it fits into the fabric of its surroundings, understand its role in the landscape and vice versa. If buildings and places are to be loved and appreciated by all who stand before them; if they are to draw people to and through them, engaged and galvanised, not once but again and again, then one has to understand and answer diverse and often conflicting needs. And that needs thought.

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