enquiry_by_design_rv1We are firm believers of   ‘joined up thinking’ and collaborative methods of working between our multi-disciplinary team, our clients and stakeholders of projects.  This is why we use the Enquiry by Design process and Sustainable Communities Framework for the majority of our projects. This approach results in more sustainable design outputs and minimises time and money typically lost through bureaucracy and costly legislative procedures.   

Each client and project has a different set of parameters and contexts, which can often be sensitive and political. We listen carefully to our clients to gain an understanding of these nuances, and then with them develop a carefully crafted process bespoke to each project.


Studio LK delivers designs and strategies for sustainable development, placing stakeholder engagement at the heart of its work. The Enquiry by Design process and workshop methodology is an important tool in developing sustainable communities and buildings, delivering plans based on enduring design principles and developing the place-making skills of all participants in the workshop process.

This process brings together key stakeholders to collaborate on a vision for a new or existing place, building or community of any scale, and Studio LK leads and facilitates the workshops. This includes facilitation and mediation of key local issues with for example community groups, officers and other key stakeholders as well as teaching of the key principles behind sustainable development.

Every issue that is discussed in the workshop is tested by being drawn.  In these sessions, Studio LK’s technical experts are used in disciplines that may range from architecture to landscape and transport, to work alongside local experts including for example historians, business owners and wider neighbours.  The participants share their respective expertise and, in the process of learning from one another, inform the design. The result is stakeholder buy-in and ownership of the project at an early stage of the process.

Each collaborative design workshop is tailored to suit local needs and the nature of the project, no matter how big or small. Studio LK believes that effective and continuous stakeholder engagement and co-design in the planning process leads to greater empowerment and leadership for all with an interest in the project, which are essential elements of success and sustainability. It also reduces or eliminates litigious costs typically incurred during the planning process by developers and financers, and evolves a design that delivers short, medium and long term financial gains.

We use a Sustainable Communities Framework and Enquiry by Design process for the majority of our projects. This approach results in more sustainable design outputs and minimises time and money typically lost through bureaucracy and costly legislative procedures.



A sustainable and holistic community is one that meets the diverse needs of existing and future residents by balancing the social, natural, financial and built components, or assets, of a place, building and/or community.

Rather than focus on one specific component of sustainability, it is important for all components to be addressed holistically, to achieve true sustainability. The ‘Egan Wheel’ opposite, from ‘The Egan Review: Skills for Sustainable Communities’, sets the basis for a sustainable community, whether it be in an urban space or a building, that not only invests responsibly in their local assets, but does so in a sustainable way, thus providing the base for a vibrant and lasting environment.

We gather local knowledge through a sustainable community ‘filter’ and form the vision, plans and supportive strategies for development proposals on the basis of this information.