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*Surface to Air Architects win new commission for Holy Cross Primary School in Hammersmith and Fulham through WIRED joint venture

Surface to Air's 'Architecture 2.0' business model combines consultancy, design and events. The practice is directed by Holly Porter, who finds new ways to engage with clients' real issues.

Consultancy - we create estate strategy, design guides, design briefs and outline design concepts. We have consulted on over 200 schools in the last three years, and we are advising on over 2 billion pounds worth of projects for contractors such as Laing O'Rourke and the Boroughs of Hammersmith and Fulham, Hillingdon and Camden .

Design - we believe you can create something beautiful with very little money if you approach projects intelligently. Our consultancy work helps us to understand our clients, and therefore informs our design work, which we always approach from inside-out. We believe in honesty with all our clients - if sometimes the solution to their problem is not a new building, we will say so. Every project is unique, therefore we do not have a set style.

Events - the events we are commissioned to organise allow us to engage creatively with our clients, peers and stakeholders outside of project constraints. Recent events we have been commissioned to run include 'School Eco-pavilion' at Start London, Clarence House this September, and the 'Design for Education' charrette at the RIBA for 15 UK school and young practices.

We have a joint venture, WIRED Architects, with Pringle Brandon LLP. WIRED combines Surface to Air's track record in schools and public education design, with PBLLP's expertise in refurbishment, ICT integration and workplace planning.