AY Architects is a collaborative London-based architecture studio, committed to the design of distinctive environments for people to live, work and learn in.
We make meaningful and sustainable architecture through intimately engaging with our clients and expert collaborators and by following design processes that address the unique cultural and environmental contexts of sites. Our work is highly site-specific, adapting and transforming places in beautiful and resourceful ways. We are deeply interested in architecture’s relation to communities and its capacity to communicate publicly broader ideas while offering memorable human experiences.
We deliver inspiring school buildings, having completed in the London Borough of Camden six educational buildings and building extensions in the last five years. Eleanor Palmer Science Lab won a RIBA National Award as a new building type for teaching science and technology subjects (STEM/STEAM) to primary school children. Our self-initiated Montpelier Community Nursery is an exemplary nursery that embraces the local community. It won a RIBA National Award and the Stephen Lawrence Prize for the best building in the UK constructed under £1 million. Despite its modest size, the building was also mid-listed for the Stirling Prize and was Highly Commended by Camden Design Awards. Two further building extensions for Camden School for Girls have been recently constructed for £1,4 million.
We design and adapt homes with imagination. Dartmouth Park House radically alters the terrace house typology to promote outdoor living, elegantly detailed timber components and a sun-bathed interior; it won a RIBA London Award, was nominated for a House of the Year Award and shortlisted for the Stephen Lawrence Prize. Ruskin Park House incorporates vertical and horizontal cuts and insertions to bring daylight and a new materiality in its interior. It received a ‘Don’t Move Improve Award’ for the Best Use of Concrete from New London Architecture.
Our architectural competition entries put forward radical design proposals to address urgent issues of climate change, landscape, heritage and art. A range of exhibition designs and installations, including House of Flags commissioned by the Greater London Authority and erected on Parliament Square during the London Olympic and Paralympic Games, complete our portfolio.
AY Architects have lectured and exhibited internationally, including at the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York, University of Quebec, the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland, École spéciale d’architecture, CEPT University in Ahmedabad, TU Delft, the Royal Institute of British Architects, The Building Centre and Royal Academy in London, the National Museum of Contemporary Art in Athens, and the 15th International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale.
In 2014 we were Building Design Small Project Architect of the Year Finalists while Yeoryia was nominated for the Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award.
AY Architects is a Limited Liability Partnership and RIBA Chartered Practice.