Michael Woodford

Projects Director

BSc (Hons), MSc, RIBA

Michael Woodford has worked with Alison Brooks for over ten years and has been instrumental in building the practice’s knowledge, 3d Design skills and ethos of architectural achievement.  He is currently Director at ABA’s London office where he is responsible for finance, operations and has a role overseeing the delivery of Alison Brooks Architects projects, monitoring resourcing, design progress, quality and adherence to project programmes.  Michael brings a wealth of international design collaboration and project management experience to Alison Brooks practice leadership.

Michael is responsible for liaising with clients and project managers to ensure the smooth running of projects through planning and construction phases. He ensures that the highest standard of professionalism and documentation is maintained across all ABA projects. Michael is responsible for fee and contract negotiations and plays a major role in the strategic development of the practice, acquisition of new work, recruitment, operations and is an ABA Board member. As Architect and Project Director Michael has proven experience of the design and delivery of large scale award winning education, residential and hotel projects.

Michael was educated at the University of Bath and the Technical University of Delft joining Alison Brooks Architects in 2003. He was made Associate in 2006.  As Associate he was Project Architect responsible for several award-winning projects including the Herringbone Houses and Stirling Prize Shortlisted Newhall Be. Michael played a key role as design architect on several of ABA’s competition-winning schemes including Folkestone Quarterhouse.  As Director Michael has contributed to many of ABA’s significant education, masterplan and residential projects including Exeter College Cohen Quad, the North West Cambridge urban extension and projects in Bath, Cambridge and London.

During his career Michael has worked for international award-winning practices including Mecanoo and Concrete Architectural Associates in the Netherlands. Between 2007-2010 Michael was project architect from planning through construction for the 230,000sqft £55m Manchester Metropolitan University Business School and during planning for the £15m Aston University Engineering Academy.

From 2010-2012 Michael was project leader for the international design hotel chain Citizen M. Whilst at Concrete Michael was responsible for two hotels in New York. CitizenM Times Square at Contract Administration phase and the concept design for CitizenM Bowery.