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    We relish complexity. With carefully crafted architecture, we turn challenging sites into buildings with a distinct identity.
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    We design policy as well as buildings. Inspired by our founder’s work at CABE, our thinking advances best practice.

Mae News

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Kingsdown Avenue Appointment Project Update

Mæ, alongside a selected group of architects, have been appointed to deliver a provision of houses on infill sites across Croydon as part of the £270 million Smaller Site Programme by Croydon Council's private development company, Brick by Brick. Mæ have made a proposal for a new estate masterplan at Kingsdown Avenue, pictured, comprising 34 dwellings that create a frontage to Montpelier road on the sloped site.

November 2016

Mæ's MyTerrace work featured on BBC Artsnight Practice News

Mæ's interactive model has been featured on BBC Artsnight where V&A's architecture curator Kieran Long visits the At Home in Britain exhibition at the RIBA Architecture gallery. Here, he explores the future of the home, notably the terrace house, with Alex Ely, Principal at Mæ. 

June 2016 Missed out? Watch full episode on BBC Store
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Mæ Studio, photographed by Marc Goodwin, featured on ArchDaily and Dezeen Practice News

Marc Goodwin, photographer at Archmospheres, has shot London-based architecture offices in a global photographic series giving insight into where architects work. 

Our studio, based in a shared office building in Clerkenwell, is featured as part of the London series and has been published on ArchDaily and on Dezeen. Digital images of our projects pictured here, courtesy of Forbes Massie.

November 2016

Refurbish / Reinforce / Remodel Research News

Alongside the Chancellor’s forthcoming Autumn statement we anticipate a Government strategy on Estate Regeneration. This follows the Prime Minister's proposal back in January to extend life chances across Britain, with the goal to radically transform 100 estates across the country. 

In this short documentary, Alex Ely describes three avenues for transformation being developed by Mæ. 'Refurbish' looks at the reuse and renovation of existing stock, ‘Reinforce’ proposes infilling as a means to intensify and sustain a neighbourhood, and ‘Remodel’ offers a vision of how to positively regenerate failed estates. Each approach aims to improve the quantity and quality of housing on those estates, and to improve the life chances of those who live there.

November 2016 Watch on Vimeo
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Mæ Talks Practice News

Mæ Principal Alex Ely will be speaking at the following events over the next few months:

'Outstanding Housing for an Ageing Population' on October 24th at Notting Hill Housing's Older Person's conference

'The Housing Shortage and Effects on Building Design' on October 26th at London Build

'The Future of Housing' on November 15th at ArchitEx 2016 in Liverpool

October 2016
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Passivhaus and Estate Regeneration Research News

Passivhaus is an energy performance standard, which employs a fabric first approach, reducing carbon emissions by reducing space heating demand through simple, but high performance building envelope, rather than meeting a larger demand through renewable energy sources. Find out how Passivhaus design is reconciled with high density urban design in our case-study on sustainability.  

October 2016 View Article
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That's Not Me Practice News

Exploring the idea of “London living for a generation defined by who they are, not how old they are”, That's Not Me is an exhibition by PegasusLife that illustrates an alternative approach to building for the New Generation of retirees. The exhibition features Mæ's Grenadier House alongside projects by Duggan Morris Architects and Sergison Bates. At the NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street London WC1E 7BT from Monday 3 October – Friday 28 October.

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At Home in Britain: Designing for the House of Tomorrow Practice News

Mæ is one of six architects taking part in the RIBA Exhibition ‘At Home in Britain: Designing for the House of Tomorrow’ on until the 29th August at the RIBA. Alex Ely will be taking part in a tour of the exhibition from 7pm on Tuesday 12th of July at the Architecture Gallery at 66 Portland Place, taking a closer look at Mæ's MyTerrace design. Tickets can be purchased here

May 2016 Read more
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Architect of the Year 2016 shortlisting Practice News

Mæ have been shortlisted for the BD Architect of the Year Awards 2016. For the third year running we are pleased to have been recognised for our work in Housing. Winners will be announced on the 9th March 2016

January 2016 Read more

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