Our Work

Our work is focused on supporting communities, organisations and networks to work together on the design of buildings, open spaces, homes and neighbourhoods.

We work openly and collaboratively across disciplines and sectors to develop research, projects, events and practical resources. We are committed to sharing the learning from our work to help affect change for people, places and practice.


OUR AREAS OF WORK




1

IMPROVING
PLACES

We enable a wide range of people and organisations to work together to shape places, such as the design of new housing, revitalising a green space or transforming a community building.

Our independent, hands-on support helps to build confidence and capacity, to inspire, and to give people the agency to improve the quality of their neighbourhoods.

2

INNOVATING
PRACTICE

We inject new approaches and processes that enhance the social and economic impact of designing places and inform policy and practice.

Our support empowers organisations to rethink their culture and practice to support a more open, engaging and collaborative approach to shaping places.

3

ACTION
RESEARCH

We undertake action research with partners across sectors and disciplines to explore the value and impact of empowering design practices in supporting people and places.

Through our collaborations with partners and the communities engaged with our research, we develop and share new knowledge, tools and resources.

4

SUPPORTING
DIALOGUE

We create and facilitate interactive events and activities that help people from different backgrounds and professions work together and learn from each other.

We also share our work on empowering design practices at conferences, workshops, lectures and other events that explore the connections between people and places.


WHO WE WORK WITH AND WHAT THEY SAY ABOUT US




Community groups and organisations
Third sector organisations and membership bodies

Design and planning professionals
Academic and educational institutions

Housing providers
Developers

Local authorities
Government and policymakers

Affinity Sutton has worked with The Glass-House on various initiatives over the last couple of years. This has brought significant benefits in terms of introducing fresh ways of thinking about how we engage with our residents and how this can positively influence the future shape and feel of our neighbourhoods. Matt Parsonage, Head of Neighbourhood Investment, Affinity Sutton
Matt Parsonage, Head of Neighbourhood Investment, Affinity Sutton

If you’d like to talk to us about how we can help, please get in touch.