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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.

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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.

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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 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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We are delighted that Yeoryia has been appointed Curator of Ireland’s representation at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition in the Venice Biennale 2016. Yeoryia will work closely with the Commissioner of the project Niall McLaughlin Architects to explore architecture’s role in understanding, representing and designing spaces for people with Alzheimer’s. The project, entitled ‘Losing Myself’, responds to the Biennale’s overall theme REPORTING FROM THE FRONT, set by Alejandro Aravena. It will comprise a central architectural piece for Venice, an on line project bringing together different scientific disciplines, and a social media campaign extending the influence of the Biennale piece to a broader audience.

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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.

Montpelier Community Nursery has been Highly Commended in the 2013 Camden Design Awards.

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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 is short-listed in the ‘People’s Choice’ category of the 2014 Camden Design Awards.

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!

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