elevation sketch concept study

Our design process begins with a deep understanding of the users’ needs, that then is translated into spaces and spatial relations. In every phase, our intention is to motivate the client, to inspire and enhance their vision.

We structure this process with the client at the centre.

REQA’s completed schemes are a considered expression of the context fused with an understanding of appropriate scale and materials. This method can be used in all project typologies.

Conservation of an Old School House with an extension
A new mixed-use urban development with accommodation overlooking the sea situated along the promenade in Newcastle


It all starts with a conversation. The first task is to help clients articulate their brief. Through meaningful dialogue, we can fully understand what is design critical, paramount for the project.

This is a great place to start. We develop designs that are flexible and offer avenues for change, without deviating from the original concept. Our preference is to facilitate design review sessions. We can unpack the proposal, engage with a client as well as review the restrictive conditions - budget, time, etc. REQA work to ensure our clients understand the consequence of design choices.

Consistent client interaction forms the basis of a stable project and functional architecture.

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Good architecture responds to the surrounding for which it is intended. Adaption and integration into the site is a valuable exercise to complete. Our contextual research provides an understanding of site conditions and knowledge of the local territory. The analysis helps shape a project narrative and provides a direction to take.

REQA use this as the platform to develop the design through various techniques - mood boarding, sketch design, form and massing mock-ups.

Our first instinct on every commission is to seek opportunities for innovation. Potential solutions will always be reasoned; experience has shown innovation is best balanced with pragmatism. This ensures decisions and our proposals will add value and are achievable for our clients.

Building construction detail modelled in diagram
site plan development sketch


REQA champion various methods of visual communication to describe the projects’ architecture. Depending on the project typology, client or audience, we can present a design using sketches, 3D models, digital mock-ups and rendered visuals.

We explore different methods essential to explain the thought process in design. These allow clients to explore what is possible. We active look forward at the latest computer applications to open up new possibilities for our clients and team.

Visual presented to illustrate concept ideas and design intentions
Visual presented to illustrate concept ideas and design intentions.


We don’t believe in hierarchy, everyone on our team is invited to contribute their thoughts to assist in design development. REQA rely on internal and external collaborators to bring expertise to a project.

The scheme will always benefit from a trusted team with a robust skillset. Our goal is to harness the experience and knowledge and encourage all project partners to achieve the best results.

Basic diagrams give our collaborators scope to shape their input and add expertise.
Basic diagrams give our collaborators scope to shape their input and add expertise.


We blend aspiration with realism. REQA work to achieve high-quality architecture with the realistic expectations set out in the brief or budget.

A high standard for all collaborators is a given to ensure we all share the best results possible and positively contribute to our built environment.

Bespoke roof design for a mixed-use development in Newcastle.
Bespoke roof design for a mixed-use development in Newcastle.

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