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.
Yeoryia is an invited speaker at this year’s World Architecture Festival (WAF) taking place in Amsterdam from 28 – 30 November 2018. Her talk will address the theme of architecture, education and identity in a panel chaired by Jerónimo van Schendel Erice and with co-presenter Peter Magyar. WAF is the only architecture event where keynote talks from the industry’s most influential figures sit alongside live crit presentations and judging of award finalists. For a detailed programme please visit this link.
We are pleased to announce Yeoryia’s presentation at the Architectural Association for Critical Practice: Rethinking Clients, the first of a series of conversations ‘which brings together leading European architectural practitioners that, through their projects and attitudes, challenge the conventions of contemporary practice’. The other presenters are Peter Swinnen (CRIT), Maarten Gielen (Rotor) and Giles Smith (Assemble). Organised by Love di Marco, Tobias Hentzer Dausgaard and Arya Arabshahi. Monday 12 November, 6.30-8.30pm, Architectural Association.
Yeoryia is honoured to be invited to be one of the judges responsible for judging this year’s RIBA President’s Silver Medal, as well as the Serjeant Award for Excellence in Architectural Drawing and the SOM Foundation Award for RIBA Part 2. The RIBA President’s Medals Student Awards are considered the most prestigious and long-lasting awards in architectural education in the world. Fellow judges in this year’s panel, chaired by the RIBA’s Director of Education David Gloster, include Alex de Rijke and Eva Franch i Gilabert. The winners will be announced at a ceremony taking place on 4 December 2018 at the Royal Institute of British Architects in London.
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.
The Eleanor Palmer Primary School Science and Technology Lab is nearly completed. We are looking forward to seeing the building as a fully inhabited learning environment, used and enjoyed by the school’s community.
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.
Forthcoming Lecture for the Cyprus Architects Association by Yeoryia Manolopoulou, AY Architects, titled ‘Evolving’: Wednesday 28 March, 7pm, Cultural Centre ETEK, Nicosia.
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.
We are excited to see construction of three of our buildings currently progressing on site for two exemplary schools in Camden. From the top: Eleanor Palmer Primary School Science Lab; Camden School for Girls 6th Form Building; and Camden School for Girls Main Building.
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.