ABOUT COMMON GROUND WORKSHOP
Common Ground Workshop is a London-based architectural studio which harnesses creative energy through evolving collaborations that put clients, end users and communities at the heart of the project.
Our goal is to create lasting networks between local professionals and a broad range of industry leaders to enrich and drive value into our work. The studio is situated within a dynamic hybridised workspace, art’s and retail space based at ‘Common E2’, and we believe that access to this continuously-evolving community greatly enriches our own process of design development and informs the quality of our design work and project consultancy.
The studio has a unique design approach that combines extensive experience of commercial space operation with a strong design sensibility and understanding of the application of materiality. We holistically understand the process of project management and development, from creating an initial brief and a vision for your site to consulting with you on the commercial side of running a new business and securing a premises, and are in a unique position to help guide you through every stage of your project and to get you off to the best possible start.
OUR STUDIO AT THE COMMON E2
As industry leaders in commercial hospitality and workspace design our studio can be seen to be at the forefront of hybridised, flexible and agile workspace. Utilising finely crafted movable partitions and modularised flexible storage, ‘Common E2’ is now a dynamic cafe, art’s and retail space in that also incorporates agile workspace for ‘Common Ground Workshop’. The space promotes a breakdown of the hitherto siloed approach to workspace design, and the practice operates within of a burgeoning community that includes local design professionals and other industry leaders, who intermingle with customers and visitors.
Utilising a wealth of commercial experience and operational expertise Common Ground Workshop have been commissioned to undertake a wide variety of alternative workspace, community and event space, and hybrid retail schemes. These range from creating flexible incubator gallery and studio space to working with property developers on sites across London on placemaking and community focused public realm enhancement.
WHY COMMON GROUND WORKSHOP
At Common Ground Workshop we strive to create a bespoke experience for every new project for our prospective and existing clients, and we believe that a successful outcome stems from a strong working partnership and a deep understanding of each project’s unique context.
We pride ourselves on the following core values:
We understand that our clients ambitions and needs must never be compromised. A large proportion of our work comes through repeat business and we believe that this is testament to our client focused working ethos.
We believe in the strength of our design ability and work with our clients ambitions to create imaginative yet rational architectural solutions
We believe that imagination and design creativity must maximise the potential of but never exploit our clients budget
We have in-depth experience in delivering all design and documentation Work Stages
We have delivered projects from feasibility and concept design stage to practical completion
We have ongoing site detailing and site management experience
We are continually developing construction skills education material for CPD lectures, and working with universities to help nurture the next generation of architectural professional
We have completed building projects in the United Kingdom, and Australia
We believe that every project is unique and respond to the environment, climate, location, brief, and client’s requirements in a unique way
We avoid repetition and the recycling of ideas
We are developing a dialogue of new ideas and approaches through competition submissions and bids
Mark Sciberras is originally from Melbourne, Australia and educated at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane where he qualified with a Bachelor of Built Environment and a Bachelor of Architecture in 2001.
Mark graduated with first class honors and went on to win the RAIA university medal. Relocating to London in 2006, Mark worked on several masterplanning, cultural, commercial, retail and residential projects with high profile award-winning practices before setting up Common Ground Workshop in 2013.
Mark’s interests also include exploring new opportunities through collaborations with other creative disciplines such as musicians, visual artists, graphic designers, product, fashion designers and performers.
Juan Guilmar Baldoni
Senior Architectural Designer
Juan Guilmar Baldoni is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. His academic background includes a MA in Architecture and Urbanism with a major in Visual Arts. During the final year of his degree, Juan worked on various architecture, masterplanning and landscaping projects, while also undertaking art collaborations and composing music with his own band.
Juan relocated to London in 2017 and joined Mark Sciberras of Common GroundWorkshop. Juan has contributed to the design of residential and commercial projects in North East and South East London and currently the lead designer on a farmhouse estate in Hertfordshire.
Juan's design sensibility is imbued in the development and production of different design ideas, and the relationship between architecture and arts fields where he enjoys spending his spare time exploring exhibitions, contemporary art galleries and artist practice / studios. This is where Juan gathers much of his inspiration.
Jack is a UK registered architect having obtained his professional qualification in practice from The Bartlett in 2011, and joined Common Ground Workshop as a Director in 2019.
Having worked in key roles at multiple award-winning practices Jack brings a substantial amount of experience in residential, commercial refurbishment & new-build, and masterplanning sectors across all scales. He has extensive design, construction and project management experience and is also a professional mentor, working to date with architects and students at universities across London including the Royal College of Art, Westminster and London Southbank, and at the University of Kent.
Jack specialises in design within challenging urban and rural contexts, and has successfully obtained planning permission for a number of flagship residential and commercial schemes across the UK.
Carine has experience working on large scale projects within the commercial, hospitality and media sectors across several regions, including the UK, Singapore and Malaysia, where she is originally from.
Prior to joining Common Ground Workshop, Carine worked on a diverse range of commercial projects within Central London and a 33-acre holiday resort masterplanning project in Cornwall. Carine's portfolio abroad includes MediaCorp Headquarters (the national broadcast centre of Singapore) and the Mass Rapid Transit in Kuala Lumpur. Her experience working alongside the Pritzker Prize Laureate Fumihiko Maki on the MediaCorp project has provided her with critical international design exposure on architecture and planning.
During her Masters studies at Oxford Brookes University, Carine's final year project was shortlisted in the RIBAJ Eye Line Top 50 Entries. Carine was also one of the set designers of the Chinese Theatre Group Cantonese Production while pursuing her Bachelors studies at the University of Melbourne in Australia.