Our research will examine the work of our practice, TAKA Architects, both complete and ongoing. The ambition is that through the process of uncovering motivations we will become more aware of why we practice. We think a practice should be embedded in its time, place and culture. Currently we are making a close examination of the role of architectural reference in our work - as it applies to a specific design process and how we use reference to signify or represent certain values. Through drawing, we are analysing the ‘place’ of the practice.