Old Peckham Library

We are pleased to have been appointed in collaboration with our friends Studio Gil as architects for the Old Peckham library infill site. The project comprises a community centre with new social housing above. The existing community space currently runs as a food bank and vital community hub for PECAN, part of the London Community Resource Network. It is on a highly constrained but prominent site facing the Stirling prize winning new Peckham library.  We are collaborating with a diverse wider consultant team.

A.Do.P selected as an 'AJ100 Disruptor'

We are enormously proud to have been selected among 25 Architects’ Journal ‘AJ100 Disruptor’ practices. In a progressively redistributive way, the selected ‘disruptors’ highlight smaller practices and networks who are challenging the norms of traditional practice in their drive to work in a more socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable manner.

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.

Brent Cross South Competition

We were delighted to be invited in August as one of 3 teams competing to design a new messaging marker for Argent’s Brent Cross South development. The proposed structure is also intended to house the development’s new primary sub-station. The marker is located at the Staples Corner gyratory, the point of arrival into London from the M1 motorway. As such our brief was for the marker to have a presence analogous to that of Anthony Gormley’s ‘Angel of the north’. The approach of our proposal was for a hollow decorative ‘Trinocle’, with a honeycomb backed stone veneer rain-screen, encasing large programmable screens displaying curated digital art; local/atmospheric information; and, commercial messaging at high and low levels. Below the substantial transfer structure at the base is the bomb-proof sub-station enclosure. While we didn’t win this time, it was a pleasure to be involved with two other really strong teams and a really encouraging client.

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.

Old Willows Close Feasibilty Study

Our feasibility study for additional pitches and a community centre for an Irish travellers’ community in Bow, East London has allowed us to focus on an unusual architectural & placemaking typology. We’ve found many communities have a relationship to decorative accents and ornament as a part of their heritage. We’ve been establishing conversations using traditions as a lens into their way of life.

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.