AY Architects is a London-based architectural practice, recognised for the quality of its designs and award winning buildings.
We aim to produce compelling and sustainable architecture with a cultural and social purpose. We do this through intimately engaging with place, people, history and materials, and by committing ourselves to a reflective process of design that involves research, experimentation and creative collaboration. Attention to craft, light, economy, and the environmental and social experience of places, as well as a broader concern about architecture’s connection to art and the city are important to us.
AY Architects is being involved in a diverse range of projects in the cultural, educational, residential and public realm sectors. As a small studio, we develop specific ideas and design processes that strive to closely match the uniqueness of each one of our projects. We continually explore the social purpose of buildings, whether they are small and temporary or more enduring constructions, and like self-initiating localised projects that may galvanise incremental change.
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.
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 .
AY Architects is a Limited Liability Partnership and RIBA Chartered Practice.