The practice undertakes research programmes in urban design, architecture and construction.

Andrew Wright is currently coordinating a cross-industry initiative to improve and promote collaborative practice in construction. The project has drawn together wide-ranging multidisciplinary, inter-practice experts who have all delivered collaborative success. A high-level client advisory group and a broad range of institutes and educators are contributing to the work. The aim is to develop a methodology and tools that support collaboration and disseminate outputs to increase understanding and facilitate rollout of the collaborative process.

AWA has been awarded a number of contracts for the DETR, the DTI and BIS in relation to integrated sustainable architectural design. All of which have had excellent officer feedback. BIS cited the final 'Responsive Form' report as the best submission they had ever received under the TSB programme.

Andrew was selected as a panellist for the European Commission research programmes and AWA were commissioned as the architectural illustrator for the Urban Task Force's final report 'Towards an Urban Renaissance'.

All design work in the office is underpinned by the research work.