HLM Architects have launched their new internal Tech Hub, with Associates Russell Whitby and Mike Edwards promoted internally to assume the roles of Technical Directors, based in London and Cardiff respectively.
Inspired and driven by Board Director Mick Scherdel, the new Tech Hub has been implemented to promote high quality design and technical excellence more effectively across the business by sharing knowledge, learnings from experience and best practice when it comes to innovative design solutions, materials and systems. This Hub will also generate technical forums and reviews both internally and externally to ensure we are challenging ourselves to deliver the very best we can.
Mike Edwards was promoted to Associate at the start of the year and as an Architectural Technologist with close to three decades of production information experience at all RIBA stages, has consistently headed up major projects ranging from £5 – 250 million. Based in Cardiff, he has in-depth knowledge of the education, emergency services, commercial, defence and leisure sectors, and is a certified Passive House Designer. Among his recent work is Pencoedtre High School, a stand-out project that has been recognised as a finalist in multiple industry awards. As Technical Director, Mike’s responsibilities will encompass regional and sector guidance on regulatory compliance, quality procedures, research and development and standardisation.
Russell Whitby joined HLM’s London studio as an Associate Architect in 2018. Now with over 22 years’ senior experience on a vast range of projects covering everything from the education and residential to the office and infrastructure sectors. Russell is accomplished in all aspects of project delivery from concept to completion and his strengths include designing inspirational and creative new learning environments along with managing large design teams and projects through all RIBA design stages. Together with Mike, he will work closely with the HLM Tech Hub Board Sponsor Mick Scherdel to lead on all aspects of the Hub’s development to support the practice’s growing portfolio and technical expertise.
Richard O’Neil, Chair, said:
“I’m delighted to announce these key promotions, which serve to highlight the incredible talent, passion and expertise of our team and our commitment to investing in our people. Through our ‘One Studio Culture’ and collaborative environment, the Tech Hub will help to foster continuous improvement and innovation across all studios, sectors and disciplines, and I’m confident that Mike and Russell’s expertise and leadership will prove invaluable to the evolution of the practice.”
Some of the key goals of the initiative are to maintain a common, consistent baseline approach to design deliverables, provide insights and guidance to inform industry standards and regulatory development, raise awareness of the technical issues facing our business and industry – and work collaboratively towards solutions by identifying areas for improvement and innovation. Additionally, the Tech Hub will be a platform and pathway for personal and professional development, also acting as a catalyst for R&D ideas and implementation.