Enfield Intergenerational Living Competition

During an exciting competitions' season, we are happy to have been shortlisted with 4 other talented teams for Enfield Council & Metropolitan Thames Valley Housing's 'Intergenerational Living' competition. It’s also exciting to be joining forces with our collaborators, Studio Gil. The contest looks for proto-type designs for a nominal site in the Merdian Water development area.

Edward Mann Stage 2 Consultations

We are really proud of our team’s hard work having managed to issue our ‘remote consultation’ material for this project yesterday, in the middle of a few important competition deadlines. This is for a local authority client who has always supported us. This estate infill explores a deck-access mansion block typology based on Richard Norman Shaw’s Albert Hall Mansions, with decorative motifs, like reclaimed timber ‘dwarf’ columns and polychromatic terracotta and faience. The site is highly constrained by an existing refuse store, a sub-station, a main sewer and a mechanic’s yard  between it and the DLR viaduct. Here’s one of our emerging views.

Croydon Housing Competition

We are pleased to be shortlisted by Brick by Brick / Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust for their Croydon housing competition. Our conceptual proposal highlights the direct economic impact of equity in supply-chains, when funded by diverse taxpayers. We believe there’s plenty of hard work and creative talent to go around.

Good Growth by Design – Recovery Roundtable 

David is participating in a policy roundtable hosted by the GLA’s  Executive Director for Good Growth, Philip Graham on specific impacts of COVID-19, as part of his role as a Mayor’s Design Advocate for London.

Public Practice roundtable – ‘Engaging communities’

David is taking part in the Public Practice roundtable event, ‘Engaging Communities’.

RIBA ‘Recovery Roadmap’ podcast

Catch the discussion David joined on the RIBA’s ‘Recovery Roadmap’ podcast about, ‘Understanding clients and your market’ with Jerene Irwin and Thomas Bryans.

Leya’s RIBAJ/LFA feature

We are immensely proud of Tahin ‘Leya’ Khan from our office, who is featured (the first of many!) in both the RIBAJ  and LFA as, ‘London Festival of Architecture goes digital’ marks the official launch of the Muslim Women in Architecture network. Collage credit, Muslim Women in Architecture.

Negroni Talks #24 Stand & Deliver

Fascinating discussion about architects and money with a thoughtful panel, hosted by Alpa Depani as part of the ‘Negroni Talks’ series hosted by Fourth Space and sponsored by Campari.

LFA ‘Reimagining Butler’s Wharf’ Competition Judging

David is very excited to join the judging panel for the London Festival of Architecture and Butler’s Wharf Riverside Trust competition to enhance the riverside promenade at Butler’s Wharf. The site is less than a mile from where he went to school in Bermondsey. The competition is open to architects, landscape architects, designers and design artists. Photo credit, Steven Ehrlich.

New Architects 4

We are beyond proud to be included in the Architecture Foundation’s influential ‘New Architects 4’, as one of the UK’s best emerging practices. This means a lot to us. We are especially proud to be visible as role models for young and future architectural practitioners.

Rest in Peace ‘TY’

Benedict ‘Ty’ Chijioke was a contemporary of mine who I first met at 6th form college. He was an immensely talented musician, but also a funny and cerebral man. I last saw him across road in the week before lockdown a short walk from my home. I was in a hurry and he was deep in conversation, so I decide to catch-up with him another time. He was admitted to intensive care within a week and never left King’s College Hospital. RIP, brother… David.

Built by Us  ‘Start-Up Stories’ – ‘Building Client Relationships’

It was great to share our experiences this month with a webinar and discussion event organized by our friends at Built by Us. This was part of their Shape Mentoring programme supporting diverse and emerging built environment entrepreneurs. (Because people often say we don’t exist).

RIBAJ Magazine interview

We are grateful to Helen Castle of RIBAJ for her profile of David, which was published in the latest issue of the magazine.

Judge for World Architecture News Awards 2020

David is delighted to have been invited by World Architecture News to join the judging panel for their 2020 Awards.

EMC Consultations

We’ve held our first community consultation events for Edward Mann Close. The most surprising thing was talk of a periscope (unprompted!) to compensate for loss of north view towards the DLR viaduct.

Skinny house validated for a Pre-App date

Currently on our drawing board, this project comprises our client’s personal response to the affordable housing crisis by establishing her own de facto housing association on a skinny site at the side of her home. Our proposed extension to her 1980’s PoMo home will help tenants to save through substantially reduced rent for up to a year. The extension footprint is under 2.7m at its broadest, the approximate width of 3 Japanese Tatami mats. We are exploring decoratively shaped, hardwearing cork as a cladding material. There is a periscope. Obviously.

St. Albans Design Review Panel

David has been appointed onto the St. Albans Design Review Panel. The city and district form a growing part of Hertfordshire with an aging population. Straight into it with a couple of large strategic schemes.

Old Willows Close feasibility study starts

We have been appointed to do a feasibility study for the extension of an existing travellers’ site in Bow, exploring additional pitches and a community centre. It is on land released by TfL as part of a Crossrail ventilation shaft. One of our most intriguing programmes so far this allows us to explore inclusive typologies of accommodation for an under-provided for group of Londoners.

Waterloo Gardens Information Event

Straight into it after design freeze just before Christmas, with an estate-wide community information event. Thanks to Ian Chalk Architects as the council’s design advisers.