AY Architects is a London-based studio recognised for the quality of its designs and award winning buildings.
We aim to realise meaningful and sustainable architecture through intimately engaging with sites, people and materials, and by committing ourselves to a reflective process of drawing and making that involves research, experimentation and creative collaboration. Attention to context, craft and economy, as well as a broader concern about architecture’s connection to art and the city are important to us.
As a small studio, we develop specific ideas and design processes that strive to closely match the unique situation of each of our projects, whether small or large, in the cultural, educational, residential or public realm sectors. We continually explore the social purpose of buildings, whether they are temporary or more enduring constructions, and like self-initiating projects that may galvanise incremental change.
We have lectured and exhibited internationally, including at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, University of Quebec in Montreal, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland in Dublin, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, École spéciale d’architecture in Paris, CEPT University in Ahmedabad, the Technical University of Delft, the Royal Institute of British Architects and Royal Academy in London, and the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.
In 2007 we were shortlisted for the Building Design Young Architect of the Year Award and in 2009 our Ruskin Park House received a ‘Don’t Move Improve Award’ for the Best Use of Concrete from New London Architecture.
Our festive installation House of Flags was selected by the Greater London Authority and erected on Parliament Square to celebrate the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In 2013 Montpelier Community Nursery won a RIBA National Award and the Stephen Lawrence Prize for the best building in the UK with a construction budget under £1 million. Despite its small size and modest budget, the building was also mid-listed among the 20 very best buildings competing for the 2013 Stirling Prize and was Highly Commended by Camden Design Awards.
In 2014 we were Building Design Small Project Architect of the Year Award Finalist, while Yeoryia was nominated and shortlisted for the Architects’ Journal Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award.
AY Architects is a Limited Liability Partnership and RIBA Chartered Practice.