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Alison Brooks awarded as a Royal Designer for Industry

Alison Brooks has been awarded as a Royal Designer for Industry, regarded as the highest honour a UK designer can receive.

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Alison Brooks has been awarded as a Royal Designer for Industry, regarded as the highest honour a UK designer can receive.

The award celebrates substantial contribution for rethinking design for positive social, economic and environmental impact and only 200 designers can hold the title at any one time.

Alison Brooks was recognised for design excellence and innovation in urban regeneration and masterplanning, and public buildings for the arts, higher education and housing. She said “I look forward to contributing to the brilliant RSA programmes, exchanging knowledge and supporting their design education mission.”

 

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The RSA
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Studio Manager

Alison Brooks Architects is looking for a studio manager with at least 5 years experience in an architectural practice to join our team in Kentish Town. Alison Brooks Architects is an award-winning architectural practice with an international reputation for delivering design excellence and innovation in projects ranging from urban regeneration and masterplanning to public buildings for the arts, higher education and housing.

The Studio Manager is responsible for the efficient, effective and safe management of the Practice and ensure the well-being of staff and clients, and the successful smooth running of the office including HR, IT, Facilities and managing the office administration.

 

Duties will include, but not limited to:

  • Human Resources; including recruitment, staff appraisals, managing HR files, inductions, training, benefits and managing staff leave (holidays, TOIL, maternity & paternity leave etc.)
  • IT management; including liaison with external IT support, monitoring backup systems, software licenses, managing printers & printer supplies and maintenance contracts
  • assistance with petty cash & credit card reconciliation
  • monitor and ensure timesheets are complete, monitor staff holidays and maintain HR files in the office project and resource management system (Rapport3)
  • managing and maintaining the Quality Management System including ISO 9001 scheduling audits
  • overview of health & safety including fire marshalling
  • ensure company policies are maintained and updated accordingly including the practice handbook
  • maintain excellent office standards, ensuring a tidy environment at all times
  • oversee ad-hoc projects e.g. office renovations, desk moves
  • maintaining company supplier contracts
  • reception duties; including answering calls, greeting clients, preparing meetings, managing office supplies, equipment and post
  • minute taking for practice management meetings
  • arranging CPDs
  • travel arrangements for teams

 

Skills & Experience

  • at least 5 years office management experience within an architectural practice
  • proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel
  • InDesign and Photoshop would be an advantage
  • excellent verbal and written communication with a strong attention to detail
  • highly organised, proactive & professional
  • ideally the candidate will be trained in first aid

Alison Brooks Architects is looking for a studio manager with at least 5 years experience in an architectural practice to join our team in Kentish Town. Alison Brooks Architects is an award-winning architectural practice with an international reputation for delivering design excellence and innovation in projects ranging from urban regeneration and masterplanning to public buildings for the arts, higher education and housing.

The Studio Manager is responsible for the efficient, effective and safe management of the Practice and ensure the well-being of staff and clients, and the successful smooth running of the office including HR, IT, Facilities and managing the office administration.

 

Duties will include, but not limited to:

  • Human Resources; including recruitment, staff appraisals, managing HR files, inductions, training, benefits and managing staff leave (holidays, TOIL, maternity & paternity leave etc.)
  • IT management; including liaison with external IT support, monitoring backup systems, software licenses, managing printers & printer supplies and maintenance contracts
  • assistance with petty cash & credit card reconciliation
  • monitor and ensure timesheets are complete, monitor staff holidays and maintain HR files in the office project and resource management system (Rapport3)
  • managing and maintaining the Quality Management System including ISO 9001 scheduling audits
  • overview of health & safety including fire marshalling
  • ensure company policies are maintained and updated accordingly including the practice handbook
  • maintain excellent office standards, ensuring a tidy environment at all times
  • oversee ad-hoc projects e.g. office renovations, desk moves
  • maintaining company supplier contracts
  • reception duties; including answering calls, greeting clients, preparing meetings, managing office supplies, equipment and post
  • minute taking for practice management meetings
  • arranging CPDs
  • travel arrangements for teams

 

Skills & Experience

  • at least 5 years office management experience within an architectural practice
  • proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel
  • InDesign and Photoshop would be an advantage
  • excellent verbal and written communication with a strong attention to detail
  • highly organised, proactive & professional
  • ideally the candidate will be trained in first aid
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Architecture Masters

Alison Brooks was interviewed by Owen Wainhouse for episode 11 of Architecture Masters, the new podcast from the London Festival of Architecture. In this episode Alison talks about her early experience, her career, current projects and housing in Britain.

 

Alison Brooks was interviewed by Owen Wainhouse for episode 11 of Architecture Masters, the new podcast from the London Festival of Architecture. In this episode Alison talks about her early experience, her career, current projects and housing in Britain.

 

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Architecture Masters
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The Smile wins the World Architecture Festival 2017 ‘Display’ award The Smile

The Smile has been awarded the World Architecture Festival’s 2017 Display Award after a vigorous judging process in Berlin on 15 November.

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The Smile has been awarded the World Architecture Festival’s 2017 Display Award after a vigorous judging process in Berlin on 15 November.

Alison Brooks Architects 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 in 2016, and was inhabited and explored by the public. The spectacular, curved, tubular timber structure measured 3.5m high, 4.5m wide and 34m long and was effectively a beam curving up at both ends. Showcasing the structural and spatial potential of cross-laminated American tulipwood, The Smile was the first ever ‘mega-tube’ made with construction-sized panels of hardwood CLT.

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World Architecture Festival
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BIM Coordinator

Alison Brooks Architects is recruiting a BIM Coordinator with a minimum three years experience to join its studio in Kentish Town, London.

Alison Brooks Architects are internationally recognised for producing high quality architecture that inventively responds to the context and culture of each project. Our architects provide a bespoke service to each client, working collaboratively with world-class expert consultants to provide a fully integrated design service, and as such candidates must possess – at a minimum the experience, skills and technical expertise set out below:

Key tasks and responsibilities

Working with ABA’s core Team, the candidate will:

  • set up ABA’s BIM Standards
  • ensure the team complies with BIM Standard and BIM Execution Plan
  • responsible for the review of the BIM outputs/objectives agreed with the design, commercial and production teams
  • manage licences and software updates
  • set  up new project structures, Revit files and workflows
  • amend and create Revit templates and parametric families i.e. doors, windows, balconies and other bespoke façade’s elements
  • review consultants Building Information Models – both visual interrogation and detailed interrogation utilising specialist software
  • organise and lead BIM coordination meetings to review clashes
  • ongoing development of in-house BIM capabilities within our technical department
  • provide support to design management team throughout a project
  • support on BIM specific processes and procedures where required
  • produce BIM training documentation for internal and external use

Skills and experience

  • relevant design degree in the UK or overseas
  • advanced Revit user with three/five years’ experience of using Revit as part of a larger team of at least three-five people
  • strong understanding and enthusiasm towards the wider implications of BIM for the construction industry, with specific experience of the standards set to meet BIM Level two
  • an interest in the development of BIM in our industry is essential
  • experience of using other related software including: AutoCAD, Navisworks and  Adobe Creative Suite
  • experience of COBie or other Information Exchange formats
  • specification writing – NBS

The candidate will be based at our Highgate studio and must be eligible to work in the UK.

Alison Brooks Architects is recruiting a BIM Coordinator with a minimum three years experience to join its studio in Kentish Town, London.

Alison Brooks Architects are internationally recognised for producing high quality architecture that inventively responds to the context and culture of each project. Our architects provide a bespoke service to each client, working collaboratively with world-class expert consultants to provide a fully integrated design service, and as such candidates must possess – at a minimum the experience, skills and technical expertise set out below:

Key tasks and responsibilities

Working with ABA’s core Team, the candidate will:

  • set up ABA’s BIM Standards
  • ensure the team complies with BIM Standard and BIM Execution Plan
  • responsible for the review of the BIM outputs/objectives agreed with the design, commercial and production teams
  • manage licences and software updates
  • set  up new project structures, Revit files and workflows
  • amend and create Revit templates and parametric families i.e. doors, windows, balconies and other bespoke façade’s elements
  • review consultants Building Information Models – both visual interrogation and detailed interrogation utilising specialist software
  • organise and lead BIM coordination meetings to review clashes
  • ongoing development of in-house BIM capabilities within our technical department
  • provide support to design management team throughout a project
  • support on BIM specific processes and procedures where required
  • produce BIM training documentation for internal and external use

Skills and experience

  • relevant design degree in the UK or overseas
  • advanced Revit user with three/five years’ experience of using Revit as part of a larger team of at least three-five people
  • strong understanding and enthusiasm towards the wider implications of BIM for the construction industry, with specific experience of the standards set to meet BIM Level two
  • an interest in the development of BIM in our industry is essential
  • experience of using other related software including: AutoCAD, Navisworks and  Adobe Creative Suite
  • experience of COBie or other Information Exchange formats
  • specification writing – NBS

The candidate will be based at our Highgate studio and must be eligible to work in the UK.

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Senior Architect

Alison Brooks Architects is recruiting a senior architect with at least five years experience post RIBA Part-III to join its London team. 

Alison Brooks Architects are internationally recognised for producing high-quality architecture that inventively responds to the context and culture of each project. Our architects provide a bespoke service to each client, working collaboratively with world-class expert consultants to provide a fully integrated design service, and as such candidates must possess, at a minimum the below experience, skills and technical expertise:

Experience and knowledge

  • ARB registered architect
  • a minimum of five years post RIBA Part-III experience in the UK
  • experience leading large, complex projects
  • experience leading teams through RIBA Stages one-seven
  • experience on multi-residential/mixed-use projects desirable
  • thorough knowledge of UK building regulations and planning procedures
  • strong technical expertise and knowledge of current construction methods
  • contract administration and site experience
  • experience writing specifications – NBS

Technical skills

  • advanced Revit user
  • excellent design skills
  • advanced InDesign & Photoshop
  • strong attention to detail
  • construction detailing
  • excellent coordination and organisational skills
  • excellent verbal and written communication

The candidate will be predominantly based at our Highgate studio but may be required to travel and be based on site as and when necessary. Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.

Please email a CV and concise portfolio in a PDF format not to exceed 5MB. We will not accept hard copies.

Alison Brooks Architects is an equal opportunities employer.

Alison Brooks Architects is recruiting a senior architect with at least five years experience post RIBA Part-III to join its London team. 

Alison Brooks Architects are internationally recognised for producing high-quality architecture that inventively responds to the context and culture of each project. Our architects provide a bespoke service to each client, working collaboratively with world-class expert consultants to provide a fully integrated design service, and as such candidates must possess, at a minimum the below experience, skills and technical expertise:

Experience and knowledge

  • ARB registered architect
  • a minimum of five years post RIBA Part-III experience in the UK
  • experience leading large, complex projects
  • experience leading teams through RIBA Stages one-seven
  • experience on multi-residential/mixed-use projects desirable
  • thorough knowledge of UK building regulations and planning procedures
  • strong technical expertise and knowledge of current construction methods
  • contract administration and site experience
  • experience writing specifications – NBS

Technical skills

  • advanced Revit user
  • excellent design skills
  • advanced InDesign & Photoshop
  • strong attention to detail
  • construction detailing
  • excellent coordination and organisational skills
  • excellent verbal and written communication

The candidate will be predominantly based at our Highgate studio but may be required to travel and be based on site as and when necessary. Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK.

Please email a CV and concise portfolio in a PDF format not to exceed 5MB. We will not accept hard copies.

Alison Brooks Architects is an equal opportunities employer.

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US Modernist Radio #31 – Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks was interviewed by US Modernist Radio’s George Smart on her career development, her achievements and also on the development of housing in Britain.

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Alison Brooks was interviewed by US Modernist Radio’s George Smart on her career development, her achievements and also on the development of housing in Britain.

US Modernist Radio talk and laugh with people who enjoy, own, create, dream about, preserve, love, and hate Modernist architecture, the most exciting and controversial buildings in the world.

The podcast is free to download from iTunes.

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US Modernist Radio Podcast
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Ely Court selected as EU Mies Award 2017 finalist Ely Court

ABA’s Ely Court has been selected as one of just five finalists from a shortlist of 40 for the prestigious 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. [more..]

ABA’s Ely Court has been selected as one of just five finalists from a shortlist of 40 for the prestigious 2017 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture – Mies van der Rohe Award. Ely Court is a 43-dwelling mixed-tenure scheme for London’s South Kilburn Estate Regeneration Masterplan for Brent Council.

The European Commission and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe announced the five finalists at a press conference on 15th February at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion.

Stephen Bates, architect and Chairman of the Jury said: “Our instincts could be summed up by the words of Peter Smithson: ‘things need to be ordinary and heroic at the same time’. We were looking for an ordinariness whose understated lyricism is full of potential”. 

Malgorzata Omilanowska, art historian, former Minister of Culture in Poland and member of the Jury, said: “social housing, memory and the problem of context and new constructions in the old city centres have proven to be important to us as a Jury. The finalist works show the problematic of our time; what has happened in the last year reveals the really deep problem of populism and the lack of memory. These 5 projects show the problem that we face as citizens, not only as architecture specialists, but as members of today’s society.” 

Anna Ramos, Director of the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, said: “The Jury’s selection consolidates the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture—Mies van der Rohe Award as a strategic element by which to promote research into, debate on and dissemination of contemporary architecture in Europe. Issues such as collective housing, the complexity of the European city—both contemporary and historical—and the ability of architecture to create symbolic spaces provide us with the opportunity to extend the debate on the finalist works beyond architectural circuits, because they respond to the concerns of today’s European society.”

The Prize is awarded biennially to works completed within the previous two years. The principal objectives are to achieve a thorough understanding of the transformation of Europe’s built environment; to recognize and commend excellence and innovation in the field of architecture and to draw attention to the important contribution of European professionals in the development of new ideas, the clients who support them and the citizens that enjoy them. The Jury will visit the five works in April and the Prize Winner and the Emerging Architect Winner will be announced in Brussels on 16th May. The process will culminate with the Awards Ceremony on 26th May at the Mies van der Rohe Pavilion, marking several days of Open Doors throughout Europe during which sites of the shortlisted works will be open for visits by the general public.

The four other finalists are:

  • deFlatKleiburg, Amsterdam, by NL Architects and XVW architectuur, Amsterdam
  • Kannikegården, Ribe, by Lundgaard &Tranberg Architects, Copenhagen
  • Katyn Museum, Warsaw, by BBGK Architekci, Warsaw
  • Rivesaltes Memorial Museum, Rivesaltes/Ribesaltes, by Rudy Ricciotti, Bandol

 

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EU Mies Award
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La Biennale di Venezia Exhibition Ely Court City (e) State Kilburn Quarter Durham & Gloucester Court

Sat, 05/28/16
Palazzo Mora
Palazzo Mora (map)

ABA is participating in the Time-Space-Existence exhibition at the Palazzo Mora, along with 100 other established and emerging practices from a range of countries and cultures. In the exhibition ‘City(e)State’, Alison Brooks Architects documents the evolution of state-sponsored housing architecture as a reflection of the social, economic and political values of the day.

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ABA is participating in the Time-Space-Existence exhibition at the Palazzo Mora, along with 100 other established and emerging practices from a range of countries and cultures. In the exhibition ‘City(e)State’, Alison Brooks Architects documents the evolution of state-sponsored housing architecture as a reflection of the social, economic and political values of the day.

The exhibition uncovers qualities found in Britain’s monumental urban housing estates, and how these have become synonymous with economic and social segregation. These are examined in relation to four specific urban paradigms found in a north London neighbourhood: 1890s suburb; 1960s modernist estate; contemporary masterplan; and intensified, ‘ideal’ future.

The practice considers housing design to be the most fundamental form of city-building, constituting urban form, civic space and community identity as well as the intimate space of dwelling. ABA’s own work in housing explores new typologies, identities and hybrid uses as vehicles for urban transformation.

“As catalysts for social diversity and inclusiveness, housing architecture can be reconceived as civic buildings of the everyday,” says Alison Brooks, principal and creative director of ABA. “A strategy of proactive council involvement as commissioners and stewards of urban design offers an alternative model for development to purely market-led regeneration.”

The Venice installation will include ABA’s ongoing work with the London Borough of Brent on the regeneration of South Kilburn Estate, one of north London’s largest modernist housing estates. Here, the Council is leading a 15 year masterplan to reintegrate the community, its architecture and public spaces into the fabric of the city. The Council’s plans new projects embed diversity, with a 50/50 mix of social and private housing. Ten London architects have been working in the regeneration including three competition winning schemes by Alison Brooks Architects.

“Our three South Kilburn projects – one complete, one under construction and one planned – recharge streets as a forum for public life framed by higher density, equitable housing. Our work supports the local authority’s renewed commitment to delivering long-term social and urban value.” says Brooks.

“Time Space Existence” at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition, 28 May – 27 November 2016. Palazzo Mora, Str. Nuova, 3659, 30121 Venezia, Italy.

Sat, 05.28.16
Palazzo Mora
Palazzo Mora
When
Where
Palazzo Mora (map)
Website
www.palazzobembo.org
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ABA shortlisted for 3 Housing Design Awards Ely Court Bath Western Riverside Veteran Oak Quarter

Alison Brooks Architects have been shortlisted for Ely Court and Bath Western Riverside and Veteran Oak Quarter (North West Cambridge Lots M1 & M2).

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Alison Brooks Architects have been shortlisted for Ely Court and Bath Western Riverside and Veteran Oak Quarter (North West Cambridge Lots M1 & M2).

Winners will be announced at an evening ceremony led by the housing and planning minister in London on 11th July.

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HDA website
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The Guardian

Alison Brooks’s comments were featured in ‘Architects speak out about industry sexism in tributes to Zaha Hadid’.

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Alison Brooks’s comments were featured in ‘Architects speak out about industry sexism in tributes to Zaha Hadid’.

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Full Article
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Severn Place

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Talk: Brick Works!

Tue, 06/16/15 , 10:30
The Building Centre, London, UK
The Building Centre, London, UK (map)

ABA’s Nelson Carvalho spoke at The Brick Development Association’s inaugural Design Day Brick Works at the Building Centre, London.

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ABA’s Nelson Carvalho spoke at The Brick Development Association’s inaugural Design Day Brick Works at the Building Centre, London.

Design Day Brick Works is a meeting of contemporary architecture, specialist contracting and artistic interpretation: all focused on brick.  It is a high-profile event conceived by the BDA as the champion for current and future use of brick products.

The central focus will be an exploration of the creative potential for brick in contemporary architecture.  Designers as diverse as Jo Morris of Duggan Morris, Alfred Munkenbeck from Munkenback and Partners and Stirling prize winner Alison Brooks will consider their own interpretations of the material amongst a host of other architectural speakers while leading contractors discuss the practical challenges faced in turning the designs into reality on site.

Speakers:

  • Alison Brooks, Alison Brooks Architects
  • Jo Morris, Duggan Morris
  • Alfred Munkenbeck, Munkenback and Partners
  • Adam Brown, Landolt + Brown
  • Alexis Harrison, ARUP
  • Jonathan Dawes, Cottrell and Vermeulen architects
  • Pete Croney, Swift Brickwork
  • Paul Dewick, Boxmoor Construction
  • Dennis Ansell, Ancon

Artists:

  • Alex Chinneck
  • Fernando Casasempere
  • Iain Howlett
  • Damelza Watts
  • Maki Suzuki
Tue, 06.16.15 , 10:30
The Building Centre, London, UK
The Building Centre, London, UK
When
Where
The Building Centre, London, UK (map)
Website
www.buildingcentre.co.uk
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The Guardian Kitchen Stool

“Brooks and De Pass’s design has an elegant silhouette and a curved indentation in the seat.”

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“Brooks and De Pass’s design has an elegant silhouette and a curved indentation in the seat.”

Alison Brooks’s collaboration with Felix De Pass Homes was featured in an article entitled: ‘Big names and fresh talent creating ‘wish list’ designs in wood’.

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Article
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Grand Designs Lens House

“Brooks completely remodelled the house interior, as well as designing two extensions: one on the side, for the owners’ photo agency business, and the other on the upper-ground floor for the living room, projecting out like a lens to frame views of a majestic walnut tree in the garden.”

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“Brooks completely remodelled the house interior, as well as designing two extensions: one on the side, for the owners’ photo agency business, and the other on the upper-ground floor for the living room, projecting out like a lens to frame views of a majestic walnut tree in the garden.”

ISBN
17420695
Publisher
Media 10 Ltd
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Bronte Fielding South Kilburn Estate

Bronte Fielding South Kilburn Estate granted planning permission.

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Bronte Fielding South Kilburn Estate granted planning permission.

This development will form part of Phase 2a of Brent Councils ambitious South Kilburn regeneration masterplan. The scheme will provide 229 new mixed tenure dwellings replacing the existing Bronte House and Fielding House towers.

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ABA completes Wildspace

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Phaidon Atlas of 21st Century World Architecture Accordia Masterplan Accordia Sky Villas Accordia Brass Building

This definitive compendium of worldwide contemporary architecture features Accordia.

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This definitive compendium of worldwide contemporary architecture features Accordia.

ISBN
978-0714848747
Publisher
Phaidon Press
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