AY Architects is a London-based studio committed to design excellence and the delivery of quality buildings in the educational, cultural and residential sectors.
We make innovative and sustainable architecture through intimately engaging with our clients and collaborators and by following design processes that focus on research, iterative modelling and experimentation. We pay attention to craft, economy, and the unique cultural context of our projects—whether small or large, permanent or temporary.
We are experienced in the delivery of excellent and innovative school buildings, having completed in the London Borough of Camden six educational buildings and building extensions in the last five years. Eleanor Palmer Science Lab has won a RIBA London Award for delivering a new building typology for teaching science and technology subjects (STEAM/STEM) to young children. Our self-initiated Montpelier Community Nursery is an exemplary nursery that embraces ecology, landscape and the local community. It has won a RIBA National Award and the Stephen Lawrence Prize for the best building in the UK constructed under £1 million. Despite its modest size, the building was also mid-listed for the Stirling Prize and was Highly Commended by Camden Design Awards.
We are deeply interested in the public purpose of architecture and its connection to art and the city. We have designed a range of exhibitions, public squares and installations, including House of Flags, commissioned by the Greater London Authority, which was erected on Parliament Square during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
We are consistently producing beautiful homes. Dartmouth Park House radically alters the terrace house typology to promote outdoor living, elegantly detailed timber areas, and a sun-bathed interior; it has won a RIBA London Award, been nominated for the House of the Year Award, and shortlisted for the Stephen Lawrence Prize. Ruskin Park House incorporates vertical and horizontal cuts and insertions to bring daylight and a new materiality in its interior. It has received a ‘Don’t Move Improve Award’ for the Best Use of Concrete from New London Architecture.
AY Architects have lectured and exhibited internationally, including at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, University of Quebec, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, École spéciale d’architecture in Paris, CEPT University in Ahmedabad, TU Delft, the Royal Institute of British Architects, Building Centre and Royal Academy in London, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, and the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.
In 2014 we were Building Design Small Project Architect of the Year Finalists while Yeoryia was nominated for the Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award.
AY Architects is a Limited Liability Partnership and RIBA Chartered Practice.