A compelling story told with sincerity, can evolve into a narrative that reinforces a vision and a shared sense of mission. That, in turn, can lead to a long and great legacy. This is the power of story.
Your story, involving a meaningful interaction with HarrisonStevens, can deliver on our core value of Legacy. HarrisonStevens has an engaging story; from the Founding Directors’ common experience in strong, delivery led Scottish Landscape Architect practices, executing exciting pragmatic environments, a solution focused approach that is embedded in the communities within which we work, and rational design and landscape planning principles that sit at the heart of our story. It is our shared passion for design and construction, a desire to define our own future and to embrace the opportunity that shape the practice, our values and our great team.
Making the story of your project, or your next career move with HarrisonStevens is something we are passionate about writing with you. The power of storytelling is not a monologue however but a dialogue. You will form an integral part in that narrative that we will help to scrip with you to retain ownership of your legacy.
As a Client or Collaborator of HarrisonStevens, through listening to your briefing, and with a process we refer to as a PACT, Priorities, Assurances, Context and Timeframe, you will be challenged to define the working title and contents of the main players in your story. These are the critical objectives and priorities not only for the whole project but for the role the external environment plays within the building or infrastructure briefs.
For HarrisonStevens, this often embeds the site history and always the context of the spaces we design. As with our award-winning work at Holyrood north, drawing the Edinburgh Crags into the space with century-old devices such as the ‘borrowed landscape;’ or the award-winning Inverness Campus, laying out a 36 ha design embedded in the highland landscape typologies for the capital of the Highlands. The already award-winning Wavegarden Scotland draws from the bedrock its site was quarried from to create an impactful and exemplary biodiversity net gain country park and leisure destination. In our recent community led design projects in Kincardine, Fort Augustus and Wester Hailes, for example, we listen to the community agreeing on priorities and setting out the PACT to define the future change in their place.
Ian Connelly, former president of the RIAS describes our Holyrood North project as ‘a stunning 21st Century development which provided pleasure in walking around both the open and enclosed spaces and shows immaculate attention to detail’
The Landscape Institute described our Holyrood North project as ‘Extremely well embedded in the local context. Thoughtful Design with high quality detailing’
As a team member, joining our Studio, that PACT is replaced with a PIP, Personal Improvement Plan. Working closely with team members to write their story. Helping set goals, plan and implement their own Personal Improvement Plan, the structure of their Story. This seeks to reinforce the open mindset approach to learning, with stumbles corrected in collaboration, and then celebrated as a learning opportunity for all, and not hidden and chastised.
Whether through a PACT or PIP, making your words understandable and inspirational requires elements such as anecdote, mnemonic, metaphor, storytelling, and analogy in ways that connect the essence of a message with both logic and emotional attachment.