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Siza Talks 2022

Wed, 11/16/22
Porto, Portugal
Porto, Portugal
Alison Brooks participated in The Álvaro Siza Talks 2022 last week, speaking at the Auditório de Serralves in Porto alongside international architecture and design talent.

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Alison Brooks participated in The Álvaro Siza Talks 2022 last week, speaking at the Auditório de Serralves in Porto alongside international architecture and design talent.

The theme proposed for this year’s edition of the Talks, “Conversations with Time”, explored the role of the passage of time in the design process and life of buildings.
International design talents such as David Chipperfield, Carla Juaçaba, Momoyo Kaijima, Juan Navarro Baldeweg, João Mendes Ribeiro and José María Sánchez García presented their work at the event.
Wed, 11.16.22
Porto, Portugal
Porto, Portugal
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Porto, Portugal
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www.serralves.pt
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Alison Brooks Features at the Monterey Design Conference

Headlining alongside an impressive list of international design talents, Alison Brooks featured as a keynote speaker in Monterey, California for CAIA’s famed Monterey Design Conference.

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Headlining alongside an impressive list of international design talents, Alison Brooks featured as a keynote speaker in Monterey, California for CAIA’s famed Monterey Design Conference.

Learn more about the event and speakers by clicking here.

 

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Opening Keynote Speech ‘Transformations’ Cadence Exeter College Cohen Quad

Fri, 09/30/22
Samsung KX
Samsung KX

Alison Brooks spoke for the American Institute of Architects, kicking off a 3-day conference focused on London, King’s Cross and its transformations since the last AIA London Conference in 2014.

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Alison Brooks spoke for the American Institute of Architects, kicking off a 3-day conference focused on London, King’s Cross and its transformations since the last AIA London Conference in 2014.

Alison Brooks presented her work with a talk entitled ‘Context in Architecture.’ Cadence, Cohen Quad and the LSE Global Hub design proposal were all covered as case studies.

Fri, 09.30.22
Samsung KX
Samsung KX
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Samsung KX
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www.aiauk.org
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“A Genuine Evolution of the Collegiate Tradition.” Exeter College Cohen Quad

Ben Flatman of BD praised the Exeter College Cohen Quad in his recent building study, stating that, “(the) Cohen Quad is a living manifestation of what the contemporary, inclusive, Oxford college has become.”

To read the full commendatory article, click here.

Ben Flatman of BD praised the Exeter College Cohen Quad in his recent building study, stating that, “(the) Cohen Quad is a living manifestation of what the contemporary, inclusive, Oxford college has become.”

To read the full commendatory article, click here.

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Unity Place Shortlisted for Four Design Excellence Awards Unity Place

Our 100% social housing project completed for Brent Council last year, Unity Place has been shortlisted for an NLA award, a WAF award, an AJ award and a Housing Design award.

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Our 100% social housing project completed for Brent Council last year, Unity Place has been shortlisted for an NLA award, a WAF award, an AJ award and a Housing Design award.

With collaborators Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and Gort Scott, the fully barrier-free scheme has transformed the South Kilburn Estate through providing bright, robust and spacious apartments for all tenants.

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Shortlisted London School of Economics Design Proposal Revealed London School of Economics Global Hub

We are pleased to reveal our design for the LSE Firoz Lalji Global Hub and Institute for Africa. Collaborating with Nigerian practice Studio Contra, Alison Brooks Architects were one of six finalists chosen to prepare designs from 190 international submissions.

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We are pleased to reveal our design for the LSE Firoz Lalji Global Hub and Institute for Africa. Collaborating with Nigerian practice Studio Contra, Alison Brooks Architects were one of six finalists chosen to prepare designs from 190 international submissions.

Our proposal aims to express the cultural, economic and environmental significance of Africa on one of London’s most prominent civic stages, Lincoln’s Inn Fields.

These readings underpin our primary urban approach: subtly curved symmetrical facades that embrace their context, sculpted terra cotta cladding that echoes clay-based architectural traditions, and stepped massing, emphasizing rootedness and heft.

 

 

 

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Green Light for Lot 4 Lot 4

Planning permission has been granted for the 88 unit, mixed typology ‘Lot 4’, our latest addition to the Eddington, Cambridge master plan.

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Planning permission has been granted for the 88 unit, mixed typology ‘Lot 4’, our latest addition to the Eddington, Cambridge master plan.

Our architectural approach takes inspiration from the eclectic collegiate clusters around Cambridge, where varying but related architectural styles lie in harmony. Responding to the neighbourhood with new colour, detail and massing, a range of tenures and typologies is envisaged to support a diverse and engaged community.

Visit the project page here.

 

 

 

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Mass Timber Planning Permission Success Homerton College

Planning permission has been granted for our net zero carbon Homerton College, Cambridge Entrance Building.

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Planning permission has been granted for our net zero carbon Homerton College, Cambridge Entrance Building.

Alison Brooks Architects’ scheme is inspired by the Homerton College campus, its architectural eclecticism and its Arts & Crafts legacy. In the tradition of the Arts & Crafts house, a sheltering and protective Verandah makes a clear gesture of welcome toward the Hills Road approach.

Key to our design is an expressed timber frame and its inherent sequestered carbon. Timber proved appropriate for this pavilion-like entrance building; limited beam spans lead to a very rational structural grid and a pure overall form. Glulam columns, beams and ribbed CLT floorplates will create an environment of primarily warm, natural materials that will enhance this building’s acoustic, tactile and olfactory qualities.

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Biennale Meets ROMA

Fri, 06/3/22
ROMA KG Campus Burgau, Germany
ROMA KG Campus Burgau, Germany

The ‘Home Ground’ installation will be exhibited at the ROMA KG campus in Burgau, Germany until November.

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The ‘Home Ground’ installation will be exhibited at the ROMA KG campus in Burgau, Germany until November.

We are glad to be featured in this exhibition alongside models by Peter Pichler Architecture, Michael Maltzan Architecture, Storia Na Lugar, LOVE Architecture, Kozo Kadowaki, Enlace Arquitectura, Daniel López-Pérez, and Reiser + Umemoto.

Fri, 06.3.22
ROMA KG Campus Burgau, Germany
ROMA KG Campus Burgau, Germany
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ROMA KG Campus Burgau, Germany
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roma-campus.de
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Planning Permission Granted for International Quarter London IQL Park Place

A unanimous decision was cast in favour of the 350-unit new development, adding to one of London’s newest neighbourhoods.

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A unanimous decision was cast in favour of the 350-unit new development, adding to one of London’s newest neighbourhoods.

The organic, sculpted tower geometry with stepped ‘park ledges’ allows greenery to climb the towers in a spiraling movement. The two towers’ distinctive, faceted forms capture and reflect light dynamically throughout the day and are softened by swept cornices that emphasize each park ledge as the forms rise toward the sky.

Supporting a new mixed use neighbourhood culture, our scheme’s ground floor incorporates retail and services spaces, a community project space and a ‘super-lobby’ that expands into a co-working space.

Sustainability is at the heart of this project; our towers’ bespoke blue-glazed, undulating terra-cotta cladding is not only evocative of the character and craftsmanship found in early 20th century towers, but is thermally stable, reduces heat gain and is fully recyclable.

Alison Brooks commented, ‘This project has been a rare opportunity to rethink the nature of residential towers in London, how they can contribute to life of the street and how they can act as neighbourhood catalysts.’

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Cohen Quadrangle Wins RIBA South Building of the Year Exeter College Cohen Quad Fitzhugh Auditorium

We are honored to announce that the Cohen Quadrangle for Exeter College Oxford has been awarded RIBA South Building of the Year from a very strong list of 2022 RIBA South Award winners.

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We are honored to announce that the Cohen Quadrangle for Exeter College Oxford has been awarded RIBA South Building of the Year from a very strong list of 2022 RIBA South Award winners.

The RIBA commented that, ‘(the) Cohen Quadrangle is an S-shaped building that succeeds in accommodating a very complex brief on a constrained site in a conservation context, and it does so with ambition and vigour.’

We congratulate our Client, Exeter College, and everyone involved in the making of this exceptional building. Conceived as a place of gathering, the scholarly home will serve the College’s undergraduate, graduate and teaching communities for generations.

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Alison Brooks Closing Keynote Speaker at Banffsessions

Fri, 05/6/22
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada

Alison Brooks will be the closing keynote speaker at the Alberta Association of Architects’ BanffSessions conference.

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Alison Brooks will be the closing keynote speaker at the Alberta Association of Architects’ BanffSessions conference.

The theme of the conference is ‘ADAPTATIONS’. Brooks’ presentation will focus on context, authenticity, generosity, civicness and beauty.

Visit the conference homepage here.

 

 

 

Fri, 05.6.22
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada
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Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta, Canada
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Alison Brooks Architects shortlisted for LSE’s new Global Hub London School of Economics Global Hub

Alison Brooks Architects, with Studio Contra based in Nigeria, have been shortlisted from close to 200 international expressions of interest to design the final ‘set piece’ academic building for the London School of Economics.

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Alison Brooks Architects, with Studio Contra based in Nigeria, have been shortlisted from close to 200 international expressions of interest to design the final ‘set piece’ academic building for the London School of Economics.

The new 12,540 square-metre academic building will house the Firoz Lalji Global Hub and will feature various mixed-use spaces.

Cindy Walters, who is acting as RIBA architect adviser the the LSE, said: ‘The shortlist is a rich and balanced mix of extraordinary talent, who have all placed environmental sustainability front and centre of their aspirations for the project. the selection process has been rigorous and inclusive and reflects the ambition of the exceptional client that the LSE has become.’

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Cultural Formations Featured in Varsity

“Deftly combining explorations into local history and collective memory with a celebration of modern architectural craft, ABA envisions a diverse urban environment in which buildings are shaped by, and for, their community.”

Varsity‘s Zoe Turoff penned this glowing review of our recent exhibition ‘Cultural Formations’.

“Deftly combining explorations into local history and collective memory with a celebration of modern architectural craft, ABA envisions a diverse urban environment in which buildings are shaped by, and for, their community.”

Varsity‘s Zoe Turoff penned this glowing review of our recent exhibition ‘Cultural Formations’.

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Rubicon on 2022 Housing Design Awards Shortlist Rubicon

Rubicon, for Hill, has been shortlisted in the 2022 Housing Design Awards. Currently on site, Rubicon will signify a unique new urban character for North West Cambridge’s southern fringe that has diversity, adaptability and cycling based urban living at its heart.

Rubicon, for Hill, has been shortlisted in the 2022 Housing Design Awards. Currently on site, Rubicon will signify a unique new urban character for North West Cambridge’s southern fringe that has diversity, adaptability and cycling based urban living at its heart.

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