Everything we do is related to positively addressing the challenges created by this continued population rise, set against a backdrop of climate change, sea level rise and a global exhaustion of earth’s natural resources. Howard Gilby established the Green studio in 1990 after a successful career with Sir Norman Foster and Partners working in Hong Kong, Paris, Manchester and London.
Initially the Green studio specialized in working on complex sites bringing together relevant appropriate expertise to unlock the maximum potential of any project. On reflection this was holistic sustainable planning consultancy before the topic of “sustainability” was discussed or understood. Key to the success of this work was consultation and brief development with the client, end users, local community groups etc., often questioning the low density, the zoning planning legislation, or the wider transport / energy policies. Much of this work was community engagement, organizing workshops, consultation events, fund raising campaigns and exhibitions, generally establishing a collective shared vision with a viable sustainable business plan.
This developed into a decade of work exploring the green engineering of future cities, working at a variety of scales in a variety of climatic conditions, within a variety of political and economic contexts with clients in both the public and private sectors. We passionately believe that the key to true sustainability is education and where appropriate, the empowerment of local communities to manage and maintain their own place.
Green9 ltd now brings together 35 years of experience in the construction and education sectors to offer a unique architectural service at the edge of a spectacular future world.
Plant it, nurture it, grow it, enjoy it, and utilize it, again and again. And teach others how to do the same.