We are proud to announce Yeoryia’s leading role in the creation of the 2022 Series of the Bartlett Design Research Folios (UCL 2008-2022). Yeoryia conceived and founded this publication in 2011, publishing the first Series with 38 books in 2015 and the second Series with 28 books in 2022. This is a widely respected architectural publication project that aims to unpack the process of making architecture (rather than only its outcome) while evidencing the value of research that is embedded in buildings, drawings, models, performances and installations. Beyond a very limited number of printed books, the extended and ongoing Series is available online on free and open access.
The Eleanor Palmer Primary School Science Lab is a Winner of a Camden Design Award, 2022. These awards celebrate exceptional buildings, particularly ‘the excellent design that is being delivered in projects across all sectors of the built environment in Camden’. The judges commented: ‘This design demonstrates the role design can play in providing genuinely life changing learning experiences for children. The STEAM Lab at Eleanor Palmer Primary School is elegant and efficient, treats children as mature young people and provides the backdrop for genuinely exciting learning opportunities, experimentation and risk taking. The design demonstrates what can be achieved on a tight budget through ingenuity, control and skill.’
Yeoryia is invited to give a lecture at the Center for Didactics of Art and Interdisciplinary Education of the University of Applied Arts, Vienna. Her lecture will be part of a lecture series that aims ‘to know, discuss and test the most diverse positions, research foci, interests and expertise of female art didacticians’. Her presentation, entitled ‘Scores, Ensembles’, will discuss productive explorations of ‘the open architectural score’ in collaborative architecture and design projects and will be attended by a cross-disciplinary audience. DETAILS: Lecture Series: Bits and Bites, 3 May 2022, 3pm (Vienna time) / 2pm (UK), Join Zoom-Meeting https://dieangewandte-at.zoom.us/j/66500065839 Meeting-ID: 665 0006 5839
We are pleased to share the news that the Eleanor Palmer School Science Lab, a single-storey timber building in Camden, was recently Highly Commended in the 2022 Civic Trust Awards. The judges commented that ‘The building and the team who created it show how far you can go with a small-scale community building’. Special thanks to our client, the Eleanor Palmer School community, and our collaborators, structural engineers Price & Myers and environmental and building services engineers Ritchie+Daffin.
We are delighted that Eleanor Palmer Primary School Science Lab is a 2022 Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist. The Civic Trust Awards scheme is the longest standing built environment awards scheme in Europe, committed to recognising ‘outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment’ in ‘projects that have made a positive contribution to the local communities they serve’. Applicants will be notified in January whether they will be successful further on a National/International level.
On Sunday 12th September 2021, 1-5pm, Eleanor Palmer Primary School Science Lab will open to the public as part of Open House. The design of the Lab is an example of AY Architects’ philosophy of a holistic approach to passive environmental design and designing for well-being for schools. It illustrates how architecture can help to reduce the reliance on energy-consuming equipment. As an integrated passive design approach, the servicing of the building is kept very simple and environmental control is provided within the building fabric, by the use of façade and roof openings and the use of natural light and air. The objective is to create a healthy and comfortable environment, easy to control, where environmental factors generate a meaningful part of the architecture. For more information and to book a tour by the architects, please access this link.
Yeoryia’s project ‘Open Scoring in Architecture’ has been shortlisted for a RIBA President’s Award for Research 2020 in the Design & Technical Category. These awards celebrate the best research in the fields of architecture and the built environment in the world. Yeoryia’s project takes as a starting point the experimental workshop LATTICE that she run at UQAM in Montreal in 2017, exploring the possibilities that emerge within a group of designers who welcome plurality and performance in their practice via the use of an architectural score. One of the advantages of open scoring in architecture is the way in which it encourages both autonomy and collaboration, increasing the range of ideas, experiences and opportunities available to designers. As an architectural method, it grounds design on a condition of social experience and shared authorship. By foregrounding the process rather than the outcome in architectural design; by opening up this process to a social embodiment of time between actors, materials and tools; and by deliberately acknowledging its production within a collective, open scoring in architecture has the capacity to fundamentally change the ways in which architecture is taught and practiced as a social activity and understood as a social artefact.
The 2020 RIBA Silver Medal (for the best design project produced at RIBA Part 2) was awarded to Anthony’s student Robert Beeny for his Devil’s Valley Geothermal Co-operative. This project is situated in an area of Tuscany, the Devil’s Valley, which has become known for its production of renewable and geothermal energy over the past century. To protect the livelihood of local communities relying on that energy source, Robert proposes a new rural self-build development, powered by a geothermal well, with a pipeline and manufacturing spaces cascading down the valley landscape. Robert was taught by Anthony Boulanger along with Callum Perry and Stuart Piercy at DS16 at the University of Westminster.
Yeoryia has published a chapter in Arts & Dementia: Interdisciplinary Perspectives (De Gruyeter, 2021), a book edited by Ruth Mateus-Berr and L. Vanessa Gruber. Her chapter, titled ‘Performing the Architectural Plan’, examines the neurobiological perspectives of allocentric and egocentric spatial referencing, how they interplay in the human brain, and how their function changes during Alzheimer’s disease. It discusses a collaborative mode of drawing that reconsiders the gap between representation and occupation, incorporating in the architectural plan ‘lines of inhabitation’.
We have recently completed a major extension and remodelling of the Main Building for Camden School for Girls. The intervention includes an entirely new entrance building, a gallery area, a dinning hall, a staff area and associated landscaping. The project adds to the School’s identity, providing significant improvements in terms of operations, security and quality of experience.
We have recently completed an extension and remodelling of the Sixth Form Building for Camden School for Girls. We have improved spaces in the existing building and added a two story extension to accommodate a new common area, a quiet study room, and a new classroom. This is one of two building projects that AY Architects have recently realised for Camden School for Girls.
Eleanor Palmer Science Lab has been Highly Commended in Wood Awards 2019 in the ‘Education and Public Sector’ category. The jury who visited the building commended the design of its wooden primary and secondary structures, internal linings and built-in furniture, and how all these elements make a children’s ‘haven’ in a challenging site next to a busy road.
Eleanor Palmer Science Lab is shortlisted for a Wood Award 2019. ‘The Wood Awards is the UK’s premier competition for excellence in architecture…. The Awards aim to recognise, encourage and promote outstanding design, craftsmanship and installation using wood’. The Winners will be announced in November 2019.
Eleanor Palmer Science Lab, built for Eleanor Palmer Primary School in Camden, has won a RIBA National Award. It is one out of only five school buildings awarded a National RIBA Award and the only state school building in the country that has won it. The RIBA National Awards ‘are given to buildings across the UK recognised as significant contributions to architecture’. A list of the winners with jury quotations can be found here.
Eleanor Palmer Science Lab, built for Eleanor Palmer Primary School in Camden, has won a RIBA London Award. This is a model building for flexible and adaptable STEM/STEAM teaching for young children. The RIBA jury noted: ‘this small wooden structure answers its programmatic and architectural brief with aplomb… An empathetic client/architect relationship has resulted in the creation of a delightful, multi layered, beguilingly fresh new building typology for primary school children to engage their curiosity and enjoyment of the sciences. An excellent example of simple, thoughtful passive environmental design and a notable achievement for everyone involved.’ For their full quotation, please access the RIBA webpage.
Two architecture tours of Dartmouth Park House have been organised by OPEN CITY. The tours will be hosted by the owners and AY Architects and take place on 11 April 2019. Ticket purchases will be in support of OPEN CITY’s education programmes. For more details please visit this link.
Eleanor Palmer Science Lab has been shortlisted for a 2019 RIBA London Regional Award. The shortlisted schemes, which were chosen from 200 entries, will be visited by a jury throughout March and April with the winners announced at an awards ceremony at the RIBA on 15 May. To watch a film describing our building, please visit vimeo.
We have moved to a new home in Kentish Town, full of creative practices and character. You will find us at Studio 15, The Dove Centre, 109 Bartholomew Road, London NW5 2BJ.
Our new Vimeo account has just been launched. Visit this link to see films about some of our recent projects, including the Eleanor Palmer Science Lab and the Dartmouth Park House.
We are excited to be designing a detached single family house in the Graven Hill development near Bicester, the UK’s largest self build community. A composition of two intersecting volumes has been developed in close conversation with the owners. Our design responds to the specific conditions of a corner site, mediating between the street environment and back garden. Materials and construction will be economic and intentionally seek a raw aesthetic that will make little distinction between internal and external surfaces.