AY Architects was established by architects Anthony Boulanger and Yeoryia Manolopoulou in 2006. Initially, Anthony worked as an architect in the US and Austria and Yeoryia in Greece. In 1996 they met as postgraduates at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where they gradually started collaborating. Before AY Architects, they were founding members of the architectural studio Tessera (1999-2003) which focused on the design of public spaces. The two partners direct the practice and work on the design, research and delivery of all our projects.
Anthony Boulanger, Partner BArch, MArch, ARB, RIBA
Anthony first trained as an architect in the USA, obtaining his Bachelors of Architecture from Roger Williams University in Rhode Island in 1990. He then moved to Austria, practicing there from 1990 until 1996, most notably with Viennese design practice Atelier Auboeck and Karasz. After finishing an MArch at the Bartlett in 1997, he worked in London with Ian Ritchie Architects until 2005. During this period he was involved in several high profile projects, including the Plymouth Theatre Royal (shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2003), the London Regatta Centre, as project architect on CrossRail Isle of Dogs Station, Shepherd Bush Green Regeneration and Potters Field Residential Development, London. Between 1999 and 2003 Anthony also co-run the design studio Tessera. Currently, he is a Lecturer at the University of Westminster, where he is lead tutor of MArch Design Studio 16. Anthony leads the design, management and delivery of our projects, closely working through all their phases from start to end.
Yeoryia Manolopoulou, Partner DipArch, MArch, PhD, ARB
Yeoryia received her Diploma in Architecture at the National Technical University in Athens where she worked with Moraitis Architects and Biris Architects. She came to London in 1996 to complete an MArch (Distinction) and one of the first PhDs by Architectural Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Between 1999 and 2003 she co-run the design studio Tessera and in 2006 she co-founded AY Architects. Yeoryia is Professor of Architecture and Experimental Practice at the Bartlett, UCL. She is author of the book Architectures of Chance (2013) and founding editor of the Bartlett Design Research Folios (2015). In 2014 she was nominated Emerging Woman Architect of the Year while in 2016 she was co-author and curator of the Irish Pavilion for the 15th International Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Yeoryia directs the design and research of our projects from concept to final design, working through the necessary drawing and making processes in the studio.
St John Walsh, Architect BScArch, BArch, PgDiph, ARB
After graduating with a first class honours degree from University College Dublin, St John gained considerable experience working with Donaghy & Dimond Architects on a wide range of projects including private, public & listed buildings in both the UK and Ireland. He was project architect on both Inchicore National School & the Gate Lodge extension in Rathfarnham, respectively awarded RIAI Awards for Best Educational Building & Domestic Extension in 2015. Prior to this, he worked with Scott Tallon Walker Architects on the award-winning St. Patricks Place Development in Cork and briefly, with Walters & Cohen Architects in London.
Torris Kaul Varøystrand, Architectural Assistant BArch
Torris completed his BArch at the Aarhus School of Architecture in 2014. During his first year out he worked with leading Norwegian practice JVA Architects and briefly with the Danish studio Arkitema Architects. Through his extra-curricular design research projects, often dealing with relationships between nature and culture in sensitive environments, Torris has received various travel and project grants, most notably from the Norwegian Arts Council (2009 and 2014). Currently in his second year out, he will continue his postgraduate studies (MArch, RIBA II) at The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, in 2016.
Eleanor Rose Connolly, Architectural Assistant BArch, MA
Eleanor completed her Masters in Architecture at the Royal College of Art where she was awarded the Jonathan Speirs Scholarship for her design research into colour, light and longevity. Her work has been exhibited at the London Festival of Architecture (2017), the Mall Galleries (2016) and the RIBA (2016). She participated in the ‘life of clay’ exhibition at the RIBA with ceramic works from ‘pipe up’, a group project produced by her RCA studio ADS6 in collaboration with Darwen Terracotta and Grymsdyke Farm. At the RCA Eleanor also organised the lecture series ‘LOT’ and collaborated with the Architecture Foundation on their event ‘What’s that thing?: British Public Art.’ Prior to joining AY Architects, she held positions at Dezeen and Hawkins\Brown. In 2013 she graduated from her undergraduate studies with a first class honours degree from the University of Nottingham where she has worked as an undergraduate studio tutor.