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  • Urban Design Mae Architects
    Creativity-led. Community-led. Drawing on the DNA of the neighbourhood, we create welcoming places for people.
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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.
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Mae News

170919 Archiboo Award Win2017

Mæ wins Best use of Social Media at Archiboo Web Awards Practice News

We're delighted to have won the award for the Best use of Social Media in Architecture at the Archiboo 2017 Web Awards. The Awards seek to celebrate companies using the online space to communicate great architecture in interesting and accessible ways. Mæ's win was announced at a ceremony held at the recently opened White Collar Factory. 

Follow us on our social channels here: InstagramTwitterPinterest or LinkedIn

September 2017
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Mæ submits 1000 home scheme for planning Project Update

We have submitted for planning our Grahame Park regeneration scheme. Grahame Park is the largest housing estate in Barnet, north-west London. Mæ is acting as masterplanner and lead architects on its regeneration.

Having worked closely with the local authority, the residents and the housing association, our plans for the latest phase of the regeneration will comprise 1,083 homes of mixed-tenure as well as a library, an Anglican Church, community hub, health centre, children’s centre and local retail and commercial units.  

Planning marks the culmination of five years of work, having started with a commission to review a stalled project. We are pleased to have been able to develop a new vision for the estate, subsequently working to progress the project to planning – building on our ideas of a ‘place of type'.

July 2017 View Project
170911 Ajarch Awards

Grahame Park shortlisted for AJ Architecture Masterplan of the Year Award Project Update

Mæ's Grahame Park Estate Regeneration masterplan has once again been shortlisted for an award of excellence. This time, we are proud to be finalists for an AJ Architecture Masterplan of the Year Award. In its inaugural year the awards hosted by The Architects' Journal will highlight the very best projects across a range of key categories – from community schemes and cultural projects to tall buildings and workplace designs.

Results will be announced in a ceremony on the 7th of December.

September 2017 View Project
170904 Mae Oxford To Cambridge Connection Ideas Competition

Mæ on shortlist for Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition Project Update

Big ideas for a big subject, we're pleased to be shortlisted for the Cambridge to Oxford Connection: Ideas Competition – integrating placemaking with infrastructure in one of the UK's leading growth regions with One Works, AKT II and Planit-IE

September 2017 Find out more about the competition here
170808 Ihd Awards 2017

Mæ's Grahame Park scheme Finalist for an Inside Housing Development Award Project Update

We're excited that our 1,083-home Grahame Park scheme has been shortlisted for an Inside Housing Development Award in the Best Affordable Development category. Brick by Brick's Croydon Smaller Sites programme, a collaborative programme which we are involved in alongside other practices, has also been shortlisted in 4 categories.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony in November.

August 2017 View Project
170807 Archiboo Web Awards

Refurbish / Reinforce / Remodel shortlisted for Best use of Video at Archiboo Web Awards Practice News

Our film on Estate Regeneration has been shortlisted for an Archiboo Web Award. The awards seek to celebrate companies and individuals using the online space to communicate great architecture in interesting and accessible ways. 

Following the Government’s Estate Regeneration National Strategy launch, we commissioned this film which explores the three avenues for transformation that we are developing. Our aim was polemical, critiquing the Government’s policies by using our practice’s housing exemplars to inform housing debate and initiate positive change.

As well as our shortlisting in the category for Best use of Video, we have also been shortlisted in the Best use of Social Media category. For updates follow us on our channels: Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or LinkedIn

August 2017 Watch the full film 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
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Mæ projects featured in the Government's Estate Regeneration National Strategy Project Update

The Government's Estate Regeneration National Strategy aims to support local partners to improve and accelerate estate regeneration schemes to deliver more and better quality housing, drive local growth and improve outcomes for residents. Our Hillington Square scheme in King's Lynn and Agar Grove scheme in collaboration with Hawkins\Brown have both been featured as examples of good practice in the case-studies report. Read more in the official report here

December 2016

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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