Shortlisted London School of Economics Design Proposal Revealed

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.




Declan Walker

Green Light for Lot 4

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.




Declan Walker

Mass Timber Planning Permission Success

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.

Declan Walker

Biennale Meets ROMA

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
ROMA KG Campus Burgau, Germany

Cohen Quad featured in Architektur Fachmagazin

The Exeter College Cohen Quad was featured in the May / June issue of achitektur fachmagazin.

“Mithilfe von Licht und Transparenz, hochwertigen Materialien und diversen informellen Treffpunkten realisierten die Architekten rund um Alison Brooks einen Campus, der für weit mehr als nur akademische Leistung steht. Sie hoffen, dass die nächsten Generationen den Bildungsbau nutzen, um eine Zukunft voller Menschlichkeit, Inklusion und Empathie zu schaffen. Nun liegt es an den künftigen Hochschülern der Eliteuniversität, diese Vision in die Tat umzusetzen – der architektonische Grundstein scheint mit Cohen Quad erfolgreich gelegt zu sein.”

English translation:

“With the help of light and transparency, high-quality materials and various informal meeting places, Alison Brooks Architects created a campus that stands for much more than just academic achievement. They hope that the next generations will use the educational building to create a future full of humanity, inclusion and empathy. Now it is up to the future students of the elite university to put this vision into practice – the architectural foundation stone seems to have been successfully laid with Cohen Quad.”

Subscribe to Austrian magazine, or read the online article here.

Declan Walker