St. Hilda's and St. Hugh's School
© Peter Aaron
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With design expertise and technical knowledge gained from decades of experience, the firm is structured to combine the production capabilities of a large firm with the personal attention that only a mid-size firm can consistently offer. The partners lead an interdisciplinary studio comprising thirty staff members including highly skilled architects, as well as preservation, sustainability and interior design specialists. The partners and their design team bring a multi-faceted approach that encompasses research, engagement, contextual analysis, technological innovation, and architectural and interior design. MBB is adept at structuring a highly collaborative design process, leveraging the strengths of all team members to create well-coordinated and cost-effective design solutions. MBB’s practice is characterized by meticulous and innovative programming, a thoughtful and perceptive allocation of space, and a focus on natural light and materiality as critical design elements.
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