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.


Find out more about us
  • #throwbackthursday I hear you say...⁠
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How about this from last year when we worked with @meta4dance to create a stunning dance film, highlighting our work at Old Admiralty Building.⁠
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Go and enjoy the full movie on our youtube channel.⁠
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  • Lighting, Lighting, Lighting!⁠⁠
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  • An exciting opportunity has arisen for a full-time programming analyst to join our creative team of experienced developers and designers. You’ll work on the cutting-edge web applications and 3D estate modelling tools we use to deliver our award-winning services.

We enjoy a collaborative working environment with our multi-disciplined design colleagues within a relaxed flat organisational structure, so you’ll need to be comfortable liaising directly with our MD, colleagues and clients alike.

You'll need to be able to hit the ground running and be a good fit for our team of dynamic professionals, complementing their enthusiasm, innovation and talents with your own, whilst enjoying the unique working environment and friendly atmosphere we've cultivated over the past 27 years.

Successful candidates based either in our Shropshire office or our London office in Somerset House.

Experience in developing GIS tools or supporting Architecture or Design practices would be advantageous.

If you think you’re a good fit for our company but don’t have all the required skills or experience, we’d still welcome your application.

Required Skills:
✅ Commercial experience of object-oriented programming
✅Database design
✅Software design patterns
✅Strong, standards-compliant HTML & CSS
✅Good working knowledge of JavaScript
✅Understanding of Git
✅Ability to work autonomously and collaboratively

Desirable Skills:
✔️Ruby on Rails
✔️Unity
✔️C#
✔️Python
✔️React, Ember, Next.js, Three.js or D3.js
✔️NoSQL databases such as MongoDB
✔️Deployment tools, such as Docker and Kubernetes
✔️TypeScript
✔️Experience in code reviews, pair programming, testing methodologies and agile development methodologies
✔️GIS or spatial analysis
✔️Data analysis & visualization (e.g. Tableau / Jupyter)

Benefits:
💷Competitive Salary
🏖20 days holiday (incrementing with service)
🍲Home-cooked meals (Mon-Thurs in our Shropshire office)
🎓Training/personal knowledge fund
🍾Regular social activities
🧐Research and Development opportunities
🚲Cycle scheme
📈Profit sharing

Send your CV with a covering letter FAO Christine Dunne via our website contact. Salary upon application. Please enquire for more details.
  • Simple animations are key to showcasing certain zones.⁠⁠
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  • Working with some different render styles to present options to our clients. The ability to flick back and forth and promptly make decisions proved very handy.⁠⁠
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  • Heading over to Dublin to catch up on a project I started 2 years ago. #design #designstudio #studio #interior #process #interiors #designs #interiordesign #designer #designers #architecture #interiorinspo #designinterior #workplace #workspace #workinprogress #wip #workday #office #designer #designers #creative #shropshire #somersethouse #london #designedbyidea #iDEA
  • And on the other side to our last post here is the depth of tech that we can utilise to explore the workspace.⁠
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  • We love a good bit of tech, but sometimes the good old pen and paper do the job just right. ⁠
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