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Alison Brooks on RIAI Gold Medal jury

Alison Brooks will be on next year’s Gold Medal jury for The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. This is the premier award for architecture in Ireland, which is awarded for a building completed within a defined three year period.

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Alison Brooks will be on next year’s Gold Medal jury for The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland. This is the premier award for architecture in Ireland, which is awarded for a building completed within a defined three year period.

Brooks will serve alongside Louise Cotter, Michael McGarry (Chair), Michael Pike, Roisin Heneghan, Seán O’Laoire, Simon Wall and Tom Maher.

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The Guardian’s best architecture of 2016 Ely Court

Rowan Moore of The Guardian chose our Ely Court project in Kilburn to represent the best of architecture of 2016.

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Rowan Moore of The Guardian chose our Ely Court project in Kilburn to represent the best of architecture of 2016.

 “The best news in the not-entirely-cheerful year of 2016, architecturally speaking, is that the finest new housing is being built by local authorities. Projects such as Alison Brooks’s Ely Court for the London borough of Brent, or similar works in the boroughs of Camden, Hackney and elsewhere, are showing that council homes do not have be the grim monoliths of legend. They are well considered and humanly scaled, with hospitable shared spaces, balconies you might actually want to sit on and other small but significant details. As central government is showing glimmers of realisation that volume housebuilders cannot meet the country’s needs alone, developments like these are part of the answer.

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The Guardian
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Women In Architecture Campaign

We are proud to announce that Alison Brooks Architects are a partner of the Women In Architecture Campaign. The 2017 awards are open for entries now!

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We are proud to announce that Alison Brooks Architects are a partner of the Women In Architecture Campaign. The 2017 awards are open for entries now!

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Architectural Review
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New Zealand Institute of Architects Conference 2017

Thu, 02/9/17
ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland
ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland (map)

Alison Brooks will speak at the national conference of the New Zealand Institute of Architects 2017. It runs from 9–11 February 2017 in Auckland.

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Alison Brooks will speak at the national conference of the New Zealand Institute of Architects 2017. It runs from 9–11 February 2017 in Auckland.

The theme, in:situ, is about architecture and the contexts in which it occurs – physical and intellectual, geographical and typological, social and historical. It has a wide focus on the forces and circumstances that influence architects’ work and their careers. The conference speakers traverse much of the contemporary architectural terrain. They work on a wide range of projects of varying scales in very different places, and have built diverse and accomplished careers. In doing so they have responded to the changing nature of practice and proved the continuing relevance and importance of the role of the architect.

Thu, 02.9.17
ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland
ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland
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ANZ Viaduct Events Centre, Auckland (map)
Website
www.insitu.nzia.co.nz
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‘Making New Places’ roundtable in Oxford Barton Park

Thu, 11/24/16 , 12:30
Oxford Town Hall
Oxford Town Hall (map)

Alison Brooks discussed our Barton Park project at a roundtable themed ‘Making New Places’ at Oxford Town Hall.

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Alison Brooks discussed our Barton Park project at a roundtable themed ‘Making New Places’ at Oxford Town Hall.

This event focussed on the high level of detail, planning, legislative constraints, placing a special spotlight on the process from inception through to design of the Barton Park development in Oxford. Topics included identifying the key initiatives and challenges, the planning framework for growth, setting design principles, the architects perspective and the community feeling to look at key learnings and what makes good design.

Speaker panel:

  • Alison Brooks, Creative Director, ABA
  • Glynn Mutton – Development Manager, Hill Developers
  • Alexis Butterfield – Associate Partner, Pollard Thomas Edwards
  • David Edwards – Executive Director, Oxford City Council
  • Clare Harrison – Senior Programme Manager, Grosvenor
  • Paul Comeford – Director, Aecom
  • Dr Riette Oosthuizen – Partner, HTA Design LLP
  • Jon Rowland – Chair, BOB-MK Urban Design Network
Thu, 11.24.16 , 12:30
Oxford Town Hall
Oxford Town Hall
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Oxford Town Hall (map)
Website
bobmk.org.uk
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Best House Design at British Homes Awards Bath Western Riverside

Alison Brooks Architects has won the Best House Design category at the Sunday Times British Homes Awards. The award was given for ABA’s Bath Western Riverside scheme with developer Crest Nicholson.

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Alison Brooks Architects has won the Best House Design category at the Sunday Times British Homes Awards. The award was given for ABA’s Bath Western Riverside scheme with developer Crest Nicholson.

This mixed use scheme, located on the banks of the River Avon in Bath, is conceived as three ‘variations’ on the Bath Crescent housing typology, consisting of fourteen large family houses, six mews houses, six apartments, and a cafe. A Semi-detached villa crescent, a terraced crescent and a mews crescent are arranged as sculptural stone objects on an elevated riverside plinth.

Photography: Paul Riddle

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British Homes Awards
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Cohen Quad’s shimmering roof emerges Exeter College Cohen Quad

Scaffolding is being taken down, revealing the shimmering curved steel roof at ABA’s new 6000 m² Cohen Quad, which will expand Exeter College’s 700 year old campus in the heart of Oxford.

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Scaffolding is being taken down, revealing the shimmering curved steel roof at ABA’s new 6000 m² Cohen Quad, which will expand Exeter College’s 700 year old campus in the heart of Oxford.

The new quad will house undergraduate and graduate living accommodation for 100 students, a lecture hall, seminar rooms, social learning spaces, archive, café, roof terraces, offices and fellows’ accommodation.

Student rooms and fellows studies are enclosed by patterned stainless steel that folds across wall and roof surfaces, sitting on a stone clad ‘base’ that houses the quads’ public spaces.

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RIBA and Cornwall Architectural Trust Lecture

Fri, 11/11/16
Falmouth Maritime Museum
Falmouth Maritime Museum (map)

Alison Brooks will deliver the 2016 RIBA and Cornwall Architectural Trust Lecture on 11th November at Falmouth Maritime Museum.

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Alison Brooks will deliver the 2016 RIBA and Cornwall Architectural Trust Lecture on 11th November at Falmouth Maritime Museum.

Fri, 11.11.16
Falmouth Maritime Museum
Falmouth Maritime Museum
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Falmouth Maritime Museum (map)
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cornwallarchitecturaltrust.org
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The Smile The Smile

‘The Smile’ was open from 10am – 9pm, 17 September until 12 October 2016, at the Chelsea College of Art Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground.

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‘The Smile’ was open from 10am – 9pm, 17 September until 12 October 2016, at the Chelsea College of Art Rootstein Hopkins Parade Ground.

Alison Brooks Architects has collaborated with The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), Arup and the London Design Festival to present this cross-laminated tulipwood structure.

The Smile is one of the Festival’s Landmark Projects, which can be inhabited and explored by the public. The spectacular, curved, tubular timber structure measures 3.5m high, 4.5m wide and 34m long and is effectively a beam curving up at both ends. Showcasing the structural and spatial potential of cross-laminated American tulipwood, Alison Brooks’ concept is the first ever ‘mega-tube’ made with construction-sized panels of hardwood CLT.

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Alison Brooks interview on BBC World Service The Smile

Alison Brooks spoke about The Smile to Vincent Dowd, Arts Correspondent of the BBC World Service on World Update at 10:06am on Friday 23.09.16.

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Alison Brooks spoke about The Smile to Vincent Dowd, Arts Correspondent of the BBC World Service on World Update at 10:06am on Friday 23.09.16.

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BBC World Update
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ABA wins two Housing Design Awards, including the 2016 Mayor’s Award Ely Court Veteran Oak Quarter

Alison Brooks Architects won two Housing Design Awards, including the 2016 Mayor’s Award for Ely Court, which forms part of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration masterplan. The other was a Project Award for the Veteran Oak Quarter, which forms part of Cambridge University’s exceptionally ambitious North West Cambridge Development.

 

Alison Brooks Architects won two Housing Design Awards, including the 2016 Mayor’s Award for Ely Court, which forms part of the South Kilburn Estate Regeneration masterplan. The other was a Project Award for the Veteran Oak Quarter, which forms part of Cambridge University’s exceptionally ambitious North West Cambridge Development.

 

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Housing Design Awards
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Guardian reviews Ely Court Ely Court

“Thanks to the enlightened thinking of Brent council and Alison Brooks Architects, a notorious London estate that featured in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth is now the site of some of the best housing in the neighbourhood,” writes Rowan Moore in his review for the Guardian / Observer.

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“Thanks to the enlightened thinking of Brent council and Alison Brooks Architects, a notorious London estate that featured in Zadie Smith’s White Teeth is now the site of some of the best housing in the neighbourhood,” writes Rowan Moore in his review for the Guardian / Observer.

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Guardian / Observer article
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