About Us

Studio Polpo is a Sheffield based social enterprise architectural practice.

We work at the intersection of a number of disciplines to create objects, structures, research and initiatives that can be taken-on and built-upon by others.

Why a social enterprise?

All our projects are underpinned by our ethical values and a genuine desire to work towards social, environmental and economic sustainability. For this reason we are constituted as a social enterprise, and use any profit we generate to allow us to help organisations get projects off the ground, as well as starting initiatives that we believe will benefit the city. Current examples include feasibility studies for ROAR in Rotherham, and the Sheffield CLT.

What do we do?

We Design & Make. We work at scales from fixings and furniture, to new buildings and the refurbishment of old or existing structures. Our architectural expertise informs our approach to smaller arts-led projects, and our involvement in making, testing and building at smaller scale informs the detailed thinking on larger projects.

We Research. We test, play and experiment with materials, working with fabricators, suppliers and our colleagues at Chopshop CNC to inform our designs. We also investigate, analyse and collate information for dissemination to our clients and the wider public to facilitate positive change, for example in our work for Portland Works.

We write. This helps us to reflect on and learn from what we have done, as well as sharing & discussing this with others, and we have written and spoken in a number of places both academic and non-academic. Most of our writing can be found here.

Who do we work with?

We work with a range of organisations and individuals from artists, to social housing providers and the NHS. Most of our work is in collaboration with others, and we believe that engaging with people from different disciplines and backgrounds makes our work more interesting.