Solving spaces &
Evolving Workplaces.


Great design, delivered well.

Complex problems, solved simply.


A large proportion of our work comes under the banner of 'workplace design' - but what does that mean? Most people associate this with office design, but that’s not always the case. What we actually do is work with our clients to solve the design challenges of the places and spaces they work, wherever that may be. It could be a 20-storey office block, or it could be a recording studio, a military base, a university building or an engineering workshop. Workplace design doesn’t always have to mean desks, chairs and overbooked meeting rooms.

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More than just workplace designers.


Key to our success are the analytical and visual tools we invent to help communicate ideas. We have developed in-house software that can visualise property teams' estate data and drawings within a game engine environment. Here they can be intuitively explored and presented, globally and easily.

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We have taken the inscrutable backbone of space planning, the space budget, and transformed it into an interactive online tool for users to participate in scenario planning live. Might not sound like much, but it allows us to work alongside our clients to accurately forecast future models, together.

We are also developing live tracking and 3D visualisation of occupancy, based on wifi signals - also pretty nifty.




iDEA in motion? We certainly are.


Increasingly, and especially this year, we are supporting our projects and clients by producing videos and animations to summarise developing strategies and design development. These add to the content we edit, host and manage on our project comms portals, providing further conversations and involvement between clients, staff and consultants.

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You should check us out on YouTube and Instagram to see more of iDEA in motion. Whilst you're at it, check us out on LinkedIn too - just search @designedbyidea to find us.




University challenge, accepted.


We have cemented our position as niche briefing and accommodation masterplanners across the HE sector. Having worked with over a dozen of the UK's top universities, we currently have live projects with the universities of Hull, Manchester, King's College, Royal College of Art and UCL. These range from a full design scheme for the RCA, to accommodation masterplanning and strategy for c. 600,000m2 at UCL.

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This is a sector where we have benefited from client retention and client referral. Great work, delivered well. Complex problems, solved simply.




Perfectly formed.


For a practice of our size, we're proud to trumpet our range of clients and projects, but why not take a look for yourself.


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  • #throwbackthursday 

Throwback to our collaboration with @macmillancancer 

Through a detailed analysis of their existing ways of working, we helped Macmillan Cancer Support design an environment to align with their future vision: a workplace that supports the cause and represents the brand, enabling staff to work flexibly within a sustainable environment that understands their need and supports a greater range of work activities. 

We launched a bespoke all-staff survey to investigate how, when, where and with whom staff worked. This quantitative data was matched with qualitative input from a series of face-to-face interviews and workshops. The output from all of this analysis culminated in design recommendations for the future of their HQ and a set of working principles to bring it to life.

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  • Amazing and beautiful exhibition at Somerset House - Contemporary African Art Fair 2021 #art #contemporaryart #154ArtFair #somersethouse #london
  • Can you hear me Annie?
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Now that partial normality has resumed at our offices, our first aides are completing the all important first aid at work re-qualification courses.
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  • As well as a product, Convene is our own go-to for our own internal news & updates. Integrated with calendars, emails and server structure it provides a single point of access for everything iDEA, including: 
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⚡️Updates - where we’re going and who we’re seeing. Keeping everyone informed from wherever they are.
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⚙️ Resources - a live library of all the day-to-day branded material to help us design cohesive material, quickly and simply.
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💡 Inspiration - The things we’ve seen and want to share. A collaborative area for everyone to have their say.
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🌎 Ethos - a space to cement our values and outlook. Somewhere to drive conversation about where we go next. 
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Of course, this is just how we use it - but if any of this chimes with you, feel free to get in touch. How might you Convene?

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  • After working on Old Admiralty Buildings for nine years, it is awesome to see the occupied building. Biased admittedly but what a blend of modern and heritage. .
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  • Fantastic factory visit to check on the progress of our fire doors for the DfE. Very impressive processes and happy people too! Great stuff.  @shadboltinternational
  • MOD Lyneham is some establishment - home of the Defence School of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering - part of the Defence College of Technical Training. Great to be there and see the EMP project progress. 
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