AY Architects was founded 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, at which point they gradually started collaborating.Between 1999 and 2003 they were founding members of the collaborative design studio Tessera. The two partners direct the practice and work closely on the design development, research 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, Kaliope 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, and 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 was co-designer and curator of the Irish Pavilion for the 15th International Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. Yeoryia directs the design and research development of our projects from concept to final design, leading the necessary explorative 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.