AY Architects was co-founded by 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.
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, Anthony is a Lecturer at the University of Westminster, where he is lead tutor of MArch Design Studio 16.
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. In 2014 she was shortlisted for the AJ Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award. Yeoryia is Director of Architectural Research, teaching the MArch Unit 17 studio and supervising design-led PhDs at the Bartlett. She is author of the book Architectures of Chance (2013) and founding editor of the Bartlett Design Research Folios (2015). She was the curator of the Irish Pavilion for the 15th International Exhibition at the 2016 Venice Biennale.
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.
Sophie Cole, Architect BArch, MArch, ARB
Sophie graduated from the University of Westminster with Distinction and the Dean’s Drawing Prize for her thesis project. Before joining AY Architects, she worked with Architype on educational buildings, including one of the first Passivhaus schools in the UK. She was also founding member of Studio Bark, responsible for residential projects with excellent environmental performance, such as the Springfield House which achieved a Code 6 Sustainable Homes certificate. Sophie has on-going collaborations with Grymsdyke Farm for designing and fabricating large scale installations, including for the London Olympics, the Danish Architecture Institute and the 2013 Roskilde Festival.
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.