The B/OS practice is driven by the pursuit of quality – a belief that our surroundings directly influence the quality of our lives, whether in the workplace, at home or the public spaces and structures in between. It is not just buildings but urban design that affects our wellbeing. We are concerned with the physical context of a project, sensitive to the culture and climate of their place. We have applied the same priorities from housing to education to furniture.
The B/OS philosophy and values that inspire every project are the same regardless of scale or size. This explains why no detail is too small in its importance for the B/OS practice and why the same amount of care and attention will be lavished on the design of a door handle, a tap, or a piece of furniture.
These, after all, are the elements of the environment that we physically touch every day of our lives. The B/OS practice believes the quality of a project is not necessarily related to how much it costs, but rather how wisely the resources of time and money are spent. The setting of standards is more about an attitude of mind in defining goals and honouring commitments. In that sense the most important things have not changed - in particular the philosophy of quality and optimism at the most personal of levels.
The B/OS practice was formed in 1994 when Andrew Bull and Michael O'Sullivan, having recently returned from practice in Europe and Asia respectively, decided to combine forces to attend to the larger projects coming into the B/OS practice. Glenn Watt joined in 1999 after a long and expansive career as a sole practitioner. The portfolio of work demonstrates an extensive array of projects with national and international clients spanning a broad spectrum of budgets and building technologies. The firm consists of three principals and three architects, and eight graduate architects/model makers.