About DRU

About DRU

The Design Research Unit has shaped the nature of our physical surroundings and design culture for over six decades. Since 2004, the DRU has been an integral part of Scott Brownrigg – raising the standard of our work with leading-edge thinking, research and collaboration.

Founded in 1943 by Herbert Read, Misha Black and Milner Gray, DRU was the first consultancy to combine expertise in architecture, graphics and industrial design.

It’s not an exaggeration to say the DRU has influenced the way generations of people interact with the urban environment.

Our focus is building from the original ethos of the DRU. Today “Research – discovery – intelligence – knowledge – disseminate,” has become ‘Imagination – shifting boundaries – recognition – appropriateness – conversation/communication – return on investment.’”

Building on this extraordinary legacy, the DRU is Scott Brownrigg’s knowledge base. A think tank, a place to break rules and drive change across the industry – the Design Research Unit informs all levels of our design process, how we seek out opportunities and collaborations.

"The Design Research Unit informs all levels of our design process"

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The global pandemic of the COVID-19 virus is changing the world. It will change the way in which we live, work and socialize together, even after we return to normal conditions – whatever that new ‘normal’ might be. A fundamental question being asked is how can we limit the spread and impact of future epidemics? We are addressing this question, by diverting the efforts of our Design Research Unit into exploring this topic through our global staff in the UK, New York, Singapore and Amsterdam. We are also calling on others within the profession, academia and research world to join them in researching how this can be achieved.

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