Completion of fabrication of patterned glass reinforced concrete [GRC] panels for Camden School for Girls main building extension. The panels will extend across the whole length of the extension, giving the school entrance, main gallery and staff spaces a distinct presence.

A view of our timber building for the Eleanor Palmer Primary School Science Lab in Camden as it progresses on site with the triangulations of the roof taking shape. Lifting half of the roof segments up aims to bring good daylight in the interior, enhancing the classroom environment. The additional height will give good spatial proportion and generous room for science and technology experiments.

AY Architects have been shortlisted for the final phase of The Lansdowne Club Courtyard Design Competition. The building in Berkeley Square originated as Lord Bute’s residence in 1761, designed by Robert Adam, but has undergone several and significant changes since then. Few of the original rooms have remained untouched. Adam’s First Drawing Room and Great Eating Room are now displayed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Metropolitan Museum respectively while a number of diverse in character rooms and features remain in the building and create an eclectic atmosphere. The new scheme will include a retractable roof above the courtyard in the heart of the The Lansdowne Club and support the necessary operations for indoor/outdoor dining across all seasons. The successful design will aim to ‘deliver an elegant and delightful structure that will become a destination in itself’. Final competition results will be announced in December 2017.

We are delighted that Montpelier Community Nursery opens its doors to the public on Sunday 17 September, 1-5pm, as part of Open House London 2017. Yeoryia and Anthony will host visitors and talk about how the project was initiated, funded and built. Montpelier Community Nursery has won a RIBA National Award and the Stephen Lawrence Prize, and it was also mid-listed for the Stirling Prize in 2013. For more information and travel advice please visit the Open House London page here.

Currently Recruiting: We are looking for a Part II architectural assistant with a minimum of two years of experience or for a recently qualified architect. We will be delighted to hear from committed, skilled and experienced applicants. Hard copy applications, sent by post, are preferred. AY Architects is an equal opportunities employer.

We are delighted to be participating in this year’s London Festival of Architecture through a group exhibition at the Clerkenwell Gallery. Out exhibit ‘Ministry of Transport’ displays a large personal photographic collection of burnt out vehicles found in the boroughs of Hackney and Tower Hamlets between 1999 and 2002. The setting within which the vehicles are photographed describes East London at a particular time, when it was in its early phases of gentrification, while the violent act of burning evokes associations with contested and tragic incidents in the capital and other parts of the world today. Opening Hours: 12.00 – 17.30, Tue 27 June – Sun 2 July.

Yeoryia is invited to lead an international design studio at the School of Design, University of Quebec in Montreal, as part of its Design International week between 6-13 May. Guest studio leaders come from a range of practices and are asked to expose students to different ways of thinking about design at the scale of the object, building and the city. Yeoryia will lead her studio under the title Lattice and explore drawing as and through construction. The week will start with a series of public lectures in which Yeoryia will present the work of AY Architects.

We are delighted to be giving two further lectures this month at University College Cork and the University of Lincoln. The first one will trace selected works by AY Architects with a focus on the passage from drawing to construction and drawing again; the second will discuss critical design.

Two forthcoming talks by Yeoryia with Niall McLaughlin about their recent collaboration that explores dementia, architecture and drawing, particularly through the contrast between the architect’s intention for a building and its subsequent inhabitation. Losing Myself represented Ireland at the 2016 Venice Biennale. Held on 27 February, 4.00-7.00pm at the UCL Bartlett School of Architecture as part of the Bartlett Research Exchange: Health, Wellbeing and the Built Environment event; and on 6 March, 12.30-1.30pm at the Wellcome Trust, London. 



Dartmouth Park House has been completed. We will upload photographs of the finished project onto this page shortly.

New Architects_cover3_smallWe are pleased to announce AY Architects’ inclusion in New Architects 3, the ‘definitive survey of the best emerging architectural practices in Britain today’, edited by The Architecture Foundation and published by Merrell. Copies can be ordered here.


‘Losing Myself’ represents Ireland at the 2016 Venice Biennale. The project, created collaboratively by Yeoryia Manolopoulou and Niall McLaughlin, involves a multimedia installation and ongoing research about architecture and dementia. The Pavilion was opened by the Irish Ambassador for Italy Bobby McDonagh, followed by an introduction by Raymond Ryan, Curator of the Heinz Architectural Centre, Carnegue Museum of Art, Pittsburgh. It will be open to the public until 27 November 2016. For more information visit our website, documentation on vimeo, coverage by ArchDaily and WIRED.

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AY Architect’s Flutes is exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016 in a twofold display of a prototype and a drawing study.  A 248-year-old institution, the Summer Exhibition presents ‘art created by everyone from emerging artists to the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture’. 13 June – 21 August 2016.



We are participating in the exhibition ‘Letters to the Mayor’, which runs from 29 April to 24 May in the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York. The exhibition presents letters written by a group of international architects who address 10 key political leaders around the world.

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Yeoryia’s book Architectures of Chance published by Ashgate as part of the ‘Design Research in Architecture’ series is now out and will be formally launched in the autumn. Copies are sold on Amazon and the RIBA.


Montpelier Community Nursery has won an RIBA London Regional Award and an RIBA National Award. It is among the 52 buildings long-listed for the 2013 Stirling prize.

Montpelier Community Nursery is one of the 20 buildings in the UK mid-listed for the coveted Stirling Prize!


AY Architects is one of the six finalists in the Small Project Architect of the Year category of Building Design Magazine’s 2013 Young Architect of the Year Awards.

Montpelier Community Nursery is the Winner of the 2013 RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize, awarded at last nights Stirling Prize ceremony for the best building in the UK with a construction budget under £1m. Congratulations to everyone who was part of this enduring project!


Our ‘3D herringbone’ installation for Moss Bros can be seen in their Regent Street shop front from April 16th until May 6th.


The Architects’ Journal review of Montpelier Community Nursery by Sarah Wigglesworth (Volume 237, Issue 11, 21/03/13, p 44-49). See the article online.


Our House of Flags, opposite the House of Commons, unities and celebrates the 244 nations participating in the London Games.