29 September 2009 : Can information systems improve business?

The 29th of September forum was held at the Building Centre in Central London. The general topic of the forum was to discuss how information management systems can improve business operations and the process of adoption of an information management system.


  • Jon Tricker, Associate Director at Urban Initiatives, spoke about Cubic Interactive's Rapport3
  • Jasper Pinnington, IT Manager at Scott Wilson, spoke about internally-developed IT systems
  • Thomas Bagley, Office and System Manager at Rick Mather Architects spoke about UnionSquare Workspace
  • Terry Nichols, Director of Emerging Technologies at HOK talked about Newforma

Rapport3 at Urban Initiatives : Jon Tricker

Jon explained the reasons behind Urban Initiative's choice of Rapport3 and went on to explain how the implementation process had proceeded and what benefits their new information system was providing.

Jon's presentation. Click to start the movie.

Internal IT information systems at Scott Wilson : Jasper Pinnington

Jasper explained how the internal IT systems at his engineering group had evolved over time to assist in their professional tasks. In his talk Jasper considered the balance of technology with the professional services that technology should be in the service of, and introduced some open-source and free technology that has been used to meet particular aims.

Jasper's presentation. Click to start the movie.

Workspace at Rick Mather Architects : Thomas Bagley

Tom spoke about how the practice had gone about adopting Union Square's Workspace and what benefits having such an information system had brought them.

Tom's presentation. Click to start the movie.

Newforma at HOK : Terry Nichols

Terry's presentation covered HOK's use of Newforma and how the use of the Newforma system integrated with their other applications and systems across their different offices. Terry went on to focus on some of the key aspects of Newforma from his office's point of view.

Terry's presentation. Click to start the movie.

After the presentations a short question and answer session was held.


  • Jon Tricker, Urban Initiatives
  • Jasper Pinnington, Scott Wilson
  • Tom Bagley, Rick Mather
  • Terry Nichols, HOK
  • David Appel, Feilden Clegg Bradley
  • Tim Bates, Newforma
  • Stuart Bell, Unionsquare
  • Denise Borsi, McDowell + Benedetti
  • Peter Bowles, Alan Baxter
  • Laura Cobb, Cartwright Pickard
  • David Coleman, Urban Practioners
  • Joe Courts, Oce
  • Dan Crane, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners
  • Nigel Davies, Evolve Consultancy
  • Andy Edwards, Cubic Interactive
  • Caroline Habgood, Hawkins Brown
  • Duncan Hartop, Cubic Interactive
  • Phil Hegarty, Oce
  • Neil Hughes, Hayes Davidson
  • Simon Johns, Broadway Malyan
  • Phillip Lam, ksr Architects
  • Jose Llerena, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners
  • Alet Mans, Hopkins
  • Sami Mansour, Prime-Meridian
  • John Milsom, Fletcher Priest
  • Patrick Nee, Hopkins
  • Matthew Nickerson, UnionSquare
  • Liz Parr, Allies and Morrison
  • Monica Parrot, Gensler
  • Chris Poulton, Wilkinson Eyre
  • Mark Redmond, Clifford Tee + Gale
  • Stuart Rising, Oce
  • Justin Smith, Hopkins
  • Ben Stratton-Woodward, Exposure
  • Chris Taffs, Oce
  • Graham Thomas, John Robertson Architects
  • Pete Walsham, Axomic
  • Tony White, Michael Sparks Associates

About the Forums

Campbell-Lange Workshop (CLW) runs forums on a regular basis. The forums provide an informal environment to discuss ideas, approaches and ways to improve working practices while keeping abreast of changes in the the worlds of design and IT.