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    Creativity-led. Community-led. Drawing on the DNA of the neighbourhood, we create welcoming places for people.
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    We design policy as well as buildings. Inspired by our founder’s work at CABE, our thinking advances best practice.
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    We relish complexity. With carefully crafted architecture, we turn challenging sites into buildings with a distinct identity.

Mae News

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Social Housing Exhibition featuring Mæ schemes travels to New York Research News

We're excited to announce that two Mæ schemes will again form part of an exhibition on Social Housing, curated by Karakusevic Carson Architects and travelling stateside to New York's Center of Architecture. The exhibition draws together 25 case studies by a new generation of practices that are transforming affordable housing across Europe. Our Agar Grove Estate scheme for London Borough of Camden and our Hillington Square regeneration project in King's Lynn for Freebridge Council are both featured in the exhibition and in an accompanying book of the same title. 

The exhibition runs from 15th Feb 2018 through to the 19th May 2018 at the Center for Architecture in New York.

January 2018 View Exhibition details here
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Mæ granted planning consent for creative Arts and Community centre in Fulham Project Update

Mæ has received unanimous approval at planning committee for the Sands End Arts and Community Centre scheme in Fulham, London. The centre will be set within its own garden space and aims to provide rooms and spaces suitable for a variety of activities including social and educational functions, clubs, meetings and events. 

The centre is intended to relate to, and serve local people, to promote social integration within the community, and to provide a local focus to combat social isolation. Image courtesy of Forbes Massie.

January 2018 View Project
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Focus for 2018 Project Update

Urban growth and housing supply might not be at the top of the Government’s agenda at the moment but our chronic lack of affordable housing is not going away. In 2018 we will be redoubling our effort to lead in the field of placemaking and housing design and will continue to influence policy through Alex’s role as Mayor’s Design Advocate and our commitment to responding to emerging policy papers. 

We believe that we will only tackle our housing crisis with this mix of top-down big thinking balanced alongside community-led initiatives. At Mæ, we constantly seek to develop ideas about placemaking at both the macro and the micro scale; working with clients and partners committed to successful regeneration and good growth.

January 2018 Read more about our Focus for 2018 here

The Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition Video Project Update

We were invited by Malcolm Reading Consultants, the competition organisers, to expand on our shortlisted first stage proposals through video.

In our video, made in collaboration with One Works, AKT II, Planit-IE, Tyrens and Max Fordham, we describe our proposal of a new type of place – Urcadia – an ecologically rich urban settlement that takes the form of a ‘New Living Campus’. We propose integrating placemaking and infrastructure to create the UK’s leading growth network. 

Read more about our submission here.

October 2017 Watch on Vimeo
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Alex Ely speaks at the Building Centre's Making Wellbeing Symposium Practice News

As part of the Building Centre's exhibition Making Wellbeing: from birth to death on until the 26th January 2018, Alex Ely took part in a debate on how architects can design for wellbeing and equality, alongside Peter Barber and Sarah Wigglesworth. 

Discussing our approaches as a practice to human-centred design, the event was chaired by Peg Rawes, co-author of Equal By Design, and was followed by a chaired panel discussion and audience Q+A

December 2017 Watch the debate here
171109 Morden College Planning Consent

Mæ secures planning for innovative day-care centre at Morden College Project Update

Mæ has gained planning consent for the John Morden Centre at the Grade I listed Morden College in Blackheath south-east London. The day-care centre and health facility has been designed to sensitively engage with the existing context of the College and will bring together facilities currently spread across the site into a well connected innovative building.

November 2017 View Project
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Londonon Practice News

Londonon is a rolling research and residency programme in cities around the globe, an initiative which Mæ are excited to get involved with. 

Collaborating with fellow London based architecture practices, we pool resources, question, collaborate, make and experience, to broaden our minds, expand our reach and widen our worldview, following the prime minister’s triggering of Article 50.

The first leg of the international research programme was launched on the 23rd of October at a week-long workshop with Carl Turner Architects, Coffey Architects, Duggan Morris Architects, Gort Scott, Haptic Architects and Mæ as participants.

October 2017 Find out more about Londonon here
170712 Mayors Design Advocate

Alex Ely enlisted by Mayor of London as one of 50 Design Advocates for Good Growth Programme Practice News

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched his Good Growth by Design programme to enhance the design of buildings and neighbourhoods for all Londoners. In his first major intervention on this topic, the Mayor is calling on London’s architectural, design and built environment professions to help realise his vision of London as a city that is socially and economically inclusive as well as environmentally sustainable.

To support the Mayor’s ambitions and ensure development across London is high-quality, 50 Design Advocates will work with City Hall and councils on the programme including Alex Ely, principal at Mæ. The Mayor’s Design Advocates will provide expertise and guidance to the programme and related Mayoral policies, helping the Mayor and his agencies to set an example, by ensuring the highest standards in projects commissioned by the GLA Group.

July 2017 Read A City for all Londoners which sets out the Mayor’s vision for Good Growth

Refurbish / Reinforce / Remodel Research News

Following the Government’s Estate Regeneration National Strategy initiative, we commissioned a film exploring three approaches to Estate Regeneration; Refurbish / Reinforce / Remodel.

This follows the Prime Minister's proposal back in January 2016 to extend life chances across Britain, with the goal to radically transform 100 estates across the country. 

In our 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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