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13 Feb | Breaking Ground

This week’s Telegraph Luxury Magazine features Alison talking to Caroline Roux alongside other ground breaking female architects –  Farshid Moussavi, Eva Jiricna, Stephanie Macdonald, Jee Liu and Sadie Morgan.

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This week’s Telegraph Luxury Magazine features Alison talking to Caroline Roux alongside other ground breaking female architects –  Farshid Moussavi, Eva Jiricna, Stephanie Macdonald, Jee Liu and Sadie Morgan.

“Last year Alison Brooks completed one of the UK’s most stunning private houses, in the Wye Valley. She added a black-clad extension to an 18th-century farmhouse, and inside has created the ideal setting for her client’s huge collection of tribal artefacts. ‘It’s been a 10-year project,’ she says. ‘It’s amazing to work so closely with a client, because you are telling their story. But I bring the same care to social housing. I’d never design anything I didn’t want to live in myself.’

Brooks has built theatres, galleries, and was the first woman to design a major addition to an Oxford college. The Cohen Quad at Exeter College, completed in 2019, is an extraordinary S-shaped building with internal cloisters composed of spruce fins.”…

Photographs by Tereza CERVENOVA Styling by Tara GREVILLE

 

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4 Feb 2021, 5pm (GMT) Alison Brooks is presenting at the Chamber of Architects Milan

Join us live for a virtual visit to #Milano 4 Feb 5pm (GMT), 6PM (CET). Alison Brooks is presenting s part of a series entitled “The Contribution of Women in Contemporary Architecture: The British Example”.[more..]

Join us live for a virtual visit to #Milano 4 Feb 5pm (GMT), 6PM (CET). Alison Brooks is presenting s part of a series entitled “The Contribution of Women in Contemporary Architecture: The British Example”.

For more details visit the hosts website Chamber of Architects of the Province of Milan‘ .

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Thamesmead Waterfront Development Competition

Alison Brooks Architects are pleased to have been selected for the Thamesmead Waterfront Development longlist as part of an inspirational and multifaceted team led by Prior + Partners with Arup, West 8, The Place Bureau, Turner.Works, Marc Koehler Architects, JA projects, Schulze+Grassov, Soundings, and Sage Culture.[more..]

Alison Brooks Architects are pleased to have been selected for the Thamesmead Waterfront Development longlist as part of an inspirational and multifaceted team led by Prior + Partners with Arup, West 8, The Place Bureau, Turner.Works, Marc Koehler Architects, JA projects, Schulze+Grassov, Soundings, and Sage Culture.

The ‘Town of Tomorrow’ competition, organised by Colander Associates Limited, will select a visionary and strategic masterplanner to work with the housing association Peabody and its joint venture partner Lendlease on the 100ha scheme. More than 70 applications were received.

More details can be found on AJ’s website

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26 Jan 2021, 11am | Festival of Higher Education

On the 26th January Alison Brooks and Professor Sir Richard Trainor, Rector (Head) of Exeter College will present to the Festival of Higher Education.

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On the 26th January Alison Brooks and Professor Sir Richard Trainor, Rector (Head) of Exeter College will present to the Festival of Higher Education.

Alison will talk about the Exeter College Cohen Quadrangle, Oxford, her aspirations in creating a scholarly home and how the building offers uplifting environments in which to work, think and co-exist.

Sir Richard will talk about how the collegiate quad has proved a resilient academic model, not least during the pandemic, paying special attention to the innovative impact of the building’s Learning Commons on the student and staff experience.

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Cohen Quad – Winner in the 2021 Civic Trust Awards

Delighted that our Cohen Quad, Exeter College, Oxford been selected as a winner in the 2021 Civic Trust Awards. One of only 40 successful National / International projects.[more..]

Delighted that our Cohen Quad, Exeter College, Oxford been selected as a winner in the 2021 Civic Trust Awards. One of only 40 successful National / International projects.

The design for the Cohen Quad is based on three key architectural strategies: the journey, places of gathering, and the qualities of home.

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Alison Brooks juror for the Camden Highline

Alison Brooks is a juror for the international Camden Highline Competition. The 5 shortlisted teams are being interviewed 19th January 2021! There will be a new park and linear walk linking London’s Camden Town to King’s Cross on a still-active railway viaduct. Entries were received from across the globe to address the “creative tensions that exist between an urban environment and the natural world”.

Alison Brooks is a juror for the international Camden Highline Competition. The 5 shortlisted teams are being interviewed 19th January 2021! There will be a new park and linear walk linking London’s Camden Town to King’s Cross on a still-active railway viaduct. Entries were received from across the globe to address the “creative tensions that exist between an urban environment and the natural world”.

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20 Jan 2021 | Lecture to the Cross-border Canada ― USA Visual Arts and Built Environment Program

6pm EST, 11pm GMT

You have the chance to join students from VABE at Alison Brooks’ lecture by registering, free of charge on VABE’s website

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You have the chance to join students from VABE at Alison Brooks’ lecture by registering, free of charge on VABE’s website

Visual Arts and the Built Environment [VABE] is a unique combined, and cross-border program, between the School of Creative Arts [SoCA] at the University of Windsor (Windsor, Ontario) and the School of Architecture at the University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit, Michigan). The program offers undergraduate students a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a general BA in Visual Arts with 4 years of combined study at two university institutions

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4 Feb 2021 | Webinar Conference on Women British Architects

Alison Brooks is a keynote speaker at the next Webinar Conference on Women British Architects organised by Milan Foundation of the Chamber of Architects in collaboration with the Media Partner Editorial Group Design Diffusion World. Tune in on February 4, 2021, at 4:30 pm. 

Alison Brooks is a keynote speaker at the next Webinar Conference on Women British Architects organised by Milan Foundation of the Chamber of Architects in collaboration with the Media Partner Editorial Group Design Diffusion World. Tune in on February 4, 2021, at 4:30 pm. 

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Alison Brooks Architects Named as One of Britain’s Top Ten Architects in this Month’s Avontuura

Alison Brooks Architects named as one of Britain’s top 10 architects in this month’s Avontuura alongside Adjaye Associates, Foster + Partners, Heatherwick, Zaha Hadid, and others.

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Alison Brooks Architects named as one of Britain’s top 10 architects in this month’s Avontuura alongside Adjaye Associates, Foster + Partners, Heatherwick, Zaha Hadid, and others.

“There’s a timelessness to Alison Brooks Architect’s work that I find quite interesting. First and foremost, their designs are beautiful; but the creativity and research-driven aspect of their practice are what I find most interesting. Their buildings are sensitive to their place while speaking concurrently to their future, and each project has a sculptural quality to it that isn’t lost in detailing. Some of their more well-known work includes the Quarterhouse in Folkestone and Exeter College Cohen Quad in Oxford (pictured).”

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Ceri Edmunds Judging The Photographers Network Award

Our Associate Ceri Edmunds is one of the judge’s in this year’s  Photographers Network Award.[more..]

Our Associate Ceri Edmunds is one of the judge’s in this year’s  Photographers Network Award.

This award has launched three categories of competition, each with a unique theme and unified goal to find the best architectural photography being created around the world.

For more information and to enter the competitions, please visit The Photographers Network’s website.

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Wood Awards 2020: A Treasured Wooden Object

In celebration of the 2020 Wood Awards, Alison Brooks shared ‘A Treasured Wooden Object’ with Disegno Works.

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In celebration of the 2020 Wood Awards, Alison Brooks shared ‘A Treasured Wooden Object’ with Disegno Works.

“These carved maple wood scrolls, each about 30cm long, hang as a pair on a wall in my living room. They formed part of my mother’s collection of 18th- and 19th-century “Canadiana”, which is the unassuming name for the art of Canada’s early settlers.”

Read the full article at the Wood Awards website.

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Wood Awards 2020
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Alison Brooks Architects named Dezeen Architect of the Year 2020

We’re delighted to receive this recognition from Dezeen’s international jury and honoured to be in the company of NADAA, Studio Gang, MAD, Lever Architecture and Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect.

With huge thanks to all our clients and colleagues for supporting our work and practice ethos outlined in our statement.

With very best wishes!

Alison Brooks & the ABA Team

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We’re delighted to receive this recognition from Dezeen’s international jury and honoured to be in the company of NADAA, Studio Gang, MAD, Lever Architecture and Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect.

With huge thanks to all our clients and colleagues for supporting our work and practice ethos outlined in our statement.

With very best wishes!

Alison Brooks & the ABA Team

 

 

JUDGES’ COMMENTS

The judges said that the practice is “conscious and questioning, and adopts a public interest approach and that this is the direction we want architecture to move towards”. They described Alison Brooks Architects as “a groundbreaking practice with great ethos – particularly the way that they question both norms and the profession itself.”

The Dezeen awards aim to identify the world’s best architecture, interiors and design, as well as the studios and the individual architects and designers producing the most outstanding work. This year the awards received more than 4,300 entries from over 85 countries across five continents.

 

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Alison Brooks Interview for The Davidson Prize

Alison Brooks is honoured to be judging The Davidson Prize 2021,  along with fellow judges Thomas Heatherwick (Heatherwick Studio), Michelle Ogundehin, Narinder Sagoo (Foster + Partners), and Sonia Solicari (Museum of the Home).

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Alison Brooks is honoured to be judging The Davidson Prize 2021,  along with fellow judges Thomas Heatherwick (Heatherwick Studio), Michelle Ogundehin, Narinder Sagoo (Foster + Partners), and Sonia Solicari (Museum of the Home).

Each year entrants are asked to consider a different aspect of the home, starting with future ways of working. Amanda Baillieu (Archiboo Awards, Developer Collective)  asked Alison how architects should rethink housing design. Read the interview on the link.

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The Davidson Prize
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Atoll Spa Hotel at the BauNetz magazine

Alison Brooks Architect’s Atoll Spa Hotel has been selected by design magazine BauNetz as one of the Best Hotels and Restaurants in the World from the last 20 years.
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Alison Brooks Architect’s Atoll Spa Hotel has been selected by design magazine BauNetz as one of the Best Hotels and Restaurants in the World from the last 20 years.

The Helgoland hotel is featured alongside ten other magnificent places to add to the post lockdown to-do-list, including Philippe Starck’s Sanderson Hotel in London; ‘Under’, Snøhetta’s underwater restaurant; and Hotel Puerta America, Madrid, where each floor was designed by luminaries such as Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, David Chipperfield or Ron Arad.

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BauNetz
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Alison Brooks Judging Design Educates Awards 2021

Alison Brooks is honoured to be on the judging panel for the Design Educates Awards 2021.
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Alison Brooks is honoured to be on the judging panel for the Design Educates Awards 2021.

The awards recognize, showcase, and promote globally the best ideas and implementations of design that educate.

Alison is on the 2021 judging panel alongside other influential names in architecture such as Prof. Toyo Itō (Toyo Ito & Associates), Prof. Farshid Moussavi (FMA), and David Basulto (ArchDaily).

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Exeter College Cohen Quad is a Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist 2021

We are very proud to see Exeter College Cohen Quad as a Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist 2021. Congratulations to our fellow finalists and best of luck!

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We are very proud to see Exeter College Cohen Quad as a Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist 2021. Congratulations to our fellow finalists and best of luck!

Cohen Quadrangle is Oxford University’s first fully inclusive and barrier free quad. A reinvention of the ‘collegiate quadrangle’, the new Cohen Quad expands Exeter College’s 700-year-old campus with undergraduate and graduate living accommodation for 90 students, seminar rooms, auditorium, special collections archive, café, JCR and Learning Commons.

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Read Alison Brooks’ Interview with the University of Waterloo Magazine

University of Waterloo magazine has published an interview with Alison Brooks where she talks about her book ”Ideals then Ideas” and how the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored and reinforced her studio’s ultimate purpose, which is ”improving the quality of life for everybody.”

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University of Waterloo magazine has published an interview with Alison Brooks where she talks about her book ”Ideals then Ideas” and how the COVID-19 pandemic has underscored and reinforced her studio’s ultimate purpose, which is ”improving the quality of life for everybody.”

”At the end of the day, it’s about trying to make the world a better place. In architecture, we are physically forming the places where people will live, work and play, and so there is a responsibility in that. You must bring joy, bring your ideals and bring that magic to solving problems that impact a lot of people.”

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University of Waterloo Magazine
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17 Nov 2020 | CTBUH Live-Streaming Three City Conference

On November 17Alison Brooks will be presenting alongside esteemed colleagues from around the world, including Lord Norman FosterMun Summ Wong, and Patrik Schumacher, to discuss what the future of cities could look like post-COVID.

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On November 17Alison Brooks will be presenting alongside esteemed colleagues from around the world, including Lord Norman FosterMun Summ Wong, and Patrik Schumacher, to discuss what the future of cities could look like post-COVID.

Could we emerge from this pandemic committed to creating more sustainable and resilient urban environments? View the program and join this great event on the link.

In the second quarter of 2020, much of the world’s office workforce transitioned to working from home. But many homes were never intended to double as workspaces; childcare takes on entirely new, daunting dimensions; and the lack of traffic into central business districts is severely damaging local economies. A panel of leading experts discusses how they’ve dealt with the work-from-home surge in their own lives and companies, and how we’ll work next.

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Windward House Shortlisted at AR House Awards

We’re delighted to have our project Windward House recognised on the AR House Awards shortlist among other 14 fantastic private houses from around the world.

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We’re delighted to have our project Windward House recognised on the AR House Awards shortlist among other 14 fantastic private houses from around the world.

The winner and commended projects will be announced online at the end of November and published in the December 2020/January 2021 issue of The Architectural Review.

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Athena Wins the Evening Standard New Homes Awards

We’re absolutely delighted to have received the Evening Standard New Homes Award in the Development of Outstanding Architectural Merit category for our scheme Athena. We designed 143 new homes, as part of Cambridge University’s exceptionally ambitious North West Cambridge Development.

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We’re absolutely delighted to have received the Evening Standard New Homes Award in the Development of Outstanding Architectural Merit category for our scheme Athena. We designed 143 new homes, as part of Cambridge University’s exceptionally ambitious North West Cambridge Development.

The 150-hectare urban extension masterplanned by Aecom includes university and market housing, a primary school, research space plus community facilities such as a nursery, a doctors’ surgery, community center, supermarket, and retail units, and open green space.

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