Anthony Boulanger and Yeoryia Manolopoulou met in London in the late 1990s when they gradually started collaborating. Between 1999 and 2003 they were founding members of the collaborative design studio Tessera. Now, as founders and partners of AY Architects, they direct our studio and the research, development and delivery of all our projects.
Founding Partner, BArch (USA), MArch (UCL), 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 practiced in Austria from 1990 to 1996, most notably with the Viennese Atelier Auboeck and Karasz. After finishing an MArch at the Bartlett, UCL, in 1997, he worked with Ian Ritchie Architects until 2005. During this period he was involved in several high profile projects, including the Plymouth Theatre Royal (Stirling Prize Shortlist, 2003), the London Regatta Centre, as project architect on CrossRail Isle of Dogs Station, Shepherd Bush Green Regeneration and Potters Field Residential Development. He is a Lecturer at the University of Westminster, where he leads MArch DS16. Anthony directs the design and management of our projects, closely working through all their phases from start to end.
Founding Partner, DipArch, TCG (Greece), MArch (UCL), PhD (UCL), ARB
After receiving her Diploma in Architecture at the National Technical University in Athens, Yeoryia worked in the studios of Moraitis Architects, Kontozoglou Architects and Biris Architects. She came to London in 1996 to complete an MArch and one of the first PhDs by Design at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Yeoryia is Professor of Architecture and Experimental Practice at the Bartlett, UCL, author of the book Architectures of Chance and founder of the series Bartlett Design Research Folios. In 2014 she was Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Finalist while in 2016 she co-designed and curated the Irish Pavilion for the Venice Biennale. Yeoryia directs the design and research development of our projects from concept to final design, leading the necessary explorative processes in the studio.
Architectural Assistant, BArch, MArch
James studied his undergraduate degree at the University of Plymouth, winning the prize for best design project in his second year followed by a nomination for the RIBA bronze medal for his third year project, a proposal for the edge of the Plym estuary. Subsequently, he worked on competitions and large scale housing projects at large and medium sized practices in London before gaining his Master of Architecture(RIBA Part II) at The Bartlett, UCL. His final thesis project proposed an alternative future of the HS2 led development of Euston Station. James has participated and led teams in international summer schools in Switzerland and Italy and is currently a practice mentor at the Royal College of Art.
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.
Selected Collaborators and Past Team
Torris Kaul Varøystrand
Eleanor Rose Connolly