Squire & Partners, SAWA and Buro Happold: design, engineering and local resources united for the Agri-Tech center in Cambodia

Squire & Partners, SAWA and Buro Happold: design, engineering and local resources united for the Agri-Tech center in Cambodia


In these fast-paced and ever-changing times, architecture has adapted to new building technologies and complexities to meet today’s global needs. Teams of experts from all fields, architecture, engineering, construction and a long list of professionals, come together to bring these solutions to our built environment. At ArchDaily, we have highlighted these actors in the architecture that we organize and publish every day, but we often encounter other types of projects, in which we identify different needs, and ways of building in certain places and communities, which also require a highly qualified team approach, specific local techniques and knowledge that deserves to be shared.

In this edition of ArchDaily Professionals video interviews, we spoke to Tim Gledstone, partner at Squire & Partners, Edward Dale-Harris founder of SAWA (Socially Active Workshop Architecture) and Matthew Duckett, principal structural engineer at the engineering firm and of infrastructure Buro Happold . The three experts came together to design and build the community agricultural technology center in Krong Samraong, Cambodia, for the Green Shoots Foundation.

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The Agri-Tech Center provides training in agricultural technologies, efficient and low-cost farming methods and technological practices to children and adults in the local community, also facilitating entrepreneurial opportunities. It is a perfect example of how an interdisciplinary team of professionals, architects and engineers can work with a local community of entrepreneurs, farmers, young residents and volunteers, to make a valuable addition to the region.

Courtesy of Squire & Partners + SAWA
Courtesy of Squire & Partners + SAWA
Courtesy of Squire & Partners + SAWA
Courtesy of Squire & Partners + SAWA
Courtesy of Squire & Partners + SAWA
Courtesy of Squire & Partners + SAWA

Squire & Partners is an award-winning architecture and design firm based in London, with a wide range of projects in the UK and around the world, of varying scales and programmes. Their portfolio includes projects that combine traditional construction methods, emerging technologies and careful attention to detail.

For the Agri-Tech Center, they partnered with SAWA, a collective of design professionals with an ecologically and socially sensitive approach to their architecture, building with and for communities. As co-architects, SAWA and its founder, Edward Dale-Harris, took on the role of humanitarian consultants.

Courtesy of Squire & Partners + SAWA
Courtesy of Squire & Partners + SAWA

The project is also part of Buro Happold’s Share Our Skills program, an initiative in which the company’s engineers donate their skills for free to communities that need them most and cannot afford the fees. Buro Happold, led by Matthew Duckett, while collaborating throughout the design process, specifically provided sustainability engineering, facade engineering and structural engineering.

Courtesy of Squire & Partners + SAWA
Courtesy of Squire & Partners + SAWA
Courtesy of Squire & Partners + SAWA
Courtesy of Squire & Partners + SAWA

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Abdul J. Gaspar