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We are pleased to announce that Dartmouth Park House is in the RIBA’s selection of finalists for the 2018 Stephen Lawrence Prize awarded to the best new project in the UK with a construction cost of under £1 million. The building is also a contender for this year’s RIBA House of the Year Award and has already received a RIBA London Regional Award. The design challenges and reinvents the Victorian house with brave spatial moves that carve the building and with intimately crafted insertions that entirely transform it. In 2013 AY Architects were Winner of the Stephen Lawrence Prize with Montpelier Community Nursery. The winner of this year’s Stephen Lawrence Prize will be revealed at the RIBA’s Stirling Prize awards ceremony on 10 October.

Dartmouth Park House is Winner of a RIBA London Award. The RIBA Awards are regarded ‘as the most valued architecture awards’ in the UK, reflecting an unrivalled ‘commitment to designing buildings for the improvement and enhancement of people’s lives’. The jury which visited the building praised it as ‘a very successful reinvention of the Victorian house’ and an ‘unusual and exotic home’ reflecting the clients’ personal interests. Beginning as a modest conversion of an over-developed terraced house, the project became an ambitious redevelopment of the entire building, including a courtyard, a 3-floor void with a theatrical staircase, and a sense of warmth and continuity achieved by using crafted timber elements throughout interior and exterior spaces. For the jury’s full commentary after visiting the building, please visit this RIBA link.

We will contribute to an international architecture seminar in Rome, examining research connections between Italian and British architectural design, history and theory. The event is organised by the Bartlett, UCL, and the Roma Tre University, directed by Peg Rawes and Alessandro Totti, and with presenters including Francesco Careri, Pippo Ciorra, Jonathan Hill, ATIsuffix, Studio Superfluo, 2A+P/A among others. Details: ‘Speculative Architectural Materialisms’: a one-day seminar from 10.00-17.30, 26 April 2018, at Palazzo Argiletum, Facoltà di Architettura, Università ROMA TRE, Rome.

The Dartmouth Park House has been shortlisted for a RIBA Award. These awards are ‘regarded internationally as a mark of excellence, recognising the best architecture and architects’. Throughout April all shortlisted schemes will be visited by a jury and the winners will be announced at a ceremony at the RIBA on 15 May.

Yeoryia and Anthony are invited by the Architectural Association of Ireland to give a lecture at Trinity College Dublin as part of AAI’s public lecture series next week: 7.15pm, 8 March 2018, JM Synge Theatre, Arts Building, Trinity College dublin. For more information please visit this link.

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.

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We 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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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!

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

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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.

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

Ruskin Park House has won ‘Best Use of Concrete’ category for the ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ Competition organised by New London Architecture and sponsored by Time Out magazine and Elle Decoration. The project is exhibited at The Building Centre from 08/12/09 – 24/04/10.