Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers who made it possible to open up our studio and the enchanting Waterloo City Farm as a part of London Open House this weekend!
Edmund Fowles has authored an article discussing how the impact of carbon-rich technologies that launched the modernism and high-tech movements, now fuel climate change. Accordingly, a reset to sustainable, low-tech design is now imperative. Thanks to input from Structure Workshop, Skelly & Couch, Mae Architects and Practice Architecture. You can read the full article here.
We are very proud to announce our studio has been verified as net zero carbon for operational energy under the UKGBC framework. Thank you to Max Fordham who undertook the verification assessment, and to our net zero working group who produced our in-house report. This is an important milestone towards our commitment to the RIBA 2030 Climate Challenge targets. We are continuing this work with an embodied energy analysis we hope to share soon. For more information on how to become net zero, see the UKGBC resources available here.
It is a real honour for The Weston, Yorkshire Sculpture Park to be awarded a Civic Trust Award this year alongside so many inspiring projects contributing to our built environment and society. See all the winners here.
We are delighted to launch our new visual identity designed by A Practice for Everyday Life, commissioned to encapsulate our approach to design, with a focus on materiality, detailing and craft. Central to the new identity is a bespoke typeface designed by the APFEL Type Foundry, in addition to a comprehensive set of templates, both digital and print, and update to our website.
Wood Work is the Building Centre’s online lunch-time talks series, featuring international designers and their wood inspired projects. Our Associate, Ingrid Petit, will be kickstarting the series by presenting our project, Waterloo City Farm in London, on Wednesday 10 February. A link to the lecture and more information here.
Our project, The Weston, a gallery and visitor centre at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, has been nominated alongside many amazing entires for the 2022 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture. Check out all the projects here – finalists to be announced in March.
We are very proud of our Associate Ingrid Petit who has been nominated for the prestigous MJ Long Prize, named in memory of inspirational architect, lecturer and writer Mary Jane (MJ) Long, as a part of the AJ/AR’s W Awards 2021. Ingrid has demonstrated her incredible talent, patience and persistence particularly as Project Architect on two of our recently completed works, The Fratry in Carlisle, and Pinewood School in Wiltshire.
The prize winners will be honoured during the virtual W Awards week which commences on Monday 8 March to coincide with International Women’s Day.
As 2020 comes to a close we reflect on what an unprecedented year this has been for us all and it has certainly reframed the way we think and work. However we are pleased to be able to celebrate many positive moments this year in spite of the challenging circumstances. An enormous thank you to all our amazing team, clients, collaborators and friends for supporting us through this year. We hope everyone stays safe and healthy over the holiday period!
It is an honour to be included on the AJ 40 under 40 list alongside an incredible cohort of inspiring and energetic, young architects.
Launched in 1985, the inaugural 40-strong list of budding stars included David Chipperfield, Sunand Prasad, Will Alsop, Amanda Levete – then as co-founder of Powis & Levete – and Allies and Morrison founders Bob Allies and Graham Morrison.
Other up-and-coming names chosen over the years for the prestigious list include Denise and Rab Bennetts of Bennetts Associates, Louisa Hutton and Matthias Sauerbruch of Sauerbruch Hutton, and the founders of what was then Feilden Clegg Design. The last 40 under 40 cohort, 15 years ago, included David Adjaye, Amin Taha, AOC, DSDHA, Anna Liu and the late Gareth Hoskins.
See all those selected for 2020 here.