It's not just about designing buildings, it is about making place; infrastructure, landscape, scale and orientation are equal partners.

Civic

This is what we do; since Austin-Smith:Lord was founded in 1949 we’ve been deeply involved with public buildings and public realm: civic architecture.

Just as our public institutions are both a statement of our governance and civility, so are the buildings that house them physical markers within the townscape – “turn left at the town hall, right at the station and you’ll see the courts, just past the park gates.”

It’s not just about designing buildings, it is about making place; infrastructure, landscape, scale and orientation are equal partners. We’re interested in museums and cultural buildings, education and transportation facilities, social housing and public offices. But we also have respected experience with law and order buildings, health centres, youth clubs and libraries, markets, and market squares, cemeteries and parks. And that’s as it should be: it all works together.

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