Helen Groves leads BDP’s education sector in the south west and works with the Bristol and Winchester studios. She is constantly challenging the way education clients think about learning spaces and showing how this leads to the creation of schools and university buildings of a kind unprecedented ten years ago.
Her approach is epitomised in Hampden Gurney School, which was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize.
"Participating in the Battle was a little like entering a Bombay train at rush hour - it's a plunge into a swirl of wildly differing notions of how people should arrange themselves in a really tight situation. When you eventually emerge, you find that you're in a different place from where you started - and that you've been thoroughly energised from the journey. I can't wait to take the trip again next year."
Naresh Fernandes, editor-in-chief, Time Out India