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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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Londonon: rolling research and residency programme Research News

On 16th February, the collective of participants of the Londonon research programme (Carl Turner Architects, Coffey Architects, Duggan Morris Architects, Gort Scott, Haptic Architects, and ) assembled at the mid-point of Waterloo Bridge to celebrate the launch of the inaugural European workshop to harness the collective knowledge of those practices involved.  

Londonon was formed to ask questions of how we can reach out and look beyond our small island. Londonon is a self-funded research and residency programme in cities around the world, starting in Europe. We are pooling resources to question, collaborate, make and experience, to broaden our minds, expand our reach and widen our worldview. Each Londonon practice nominates a researcher in the field, for each week long study period as we travel the globe.

The inaugural international research trip to El Ejido, led by Coffey Architects, is focussed on how light and climate shape how we make and inhabit cities. It is hoped through this approach, we are able to reveal the qualitative aspects of EL Ejido with a specific analysis of how the climate and light have defined this area as it is today. In demystifying intensification in El Ejido, Londonon can overlay relevant conditions onto London to better understand our current issues and constraints.

March 2018 Read more about the research programme here
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Celebrating newly-qualified Architects at Mæ Practice News

We're proud to announce that Michael Phipps and Eoin Murphy have succesfully achieved their Part III qualifications from London Metropolitan University and have now started the ARB process to becoming newly-qualified to practice as Architects at Mæ. A massive well done to both. 

February 2018
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Alex takes part in 1500km Cycle to MIPIM 2018 Practice News

2017 saw our Principal Alex Ely depart on his first-ever MIPIM charity cycle. He has made the same commitment this year, signing up to raise even more for charity.

A big thank you to those who have already sponsored Alex including Online Reprographics, Modular Clay, Graphisoft, Techrete, 4D, ISG and Planit IE. You can spot their logos on Alex's cycle jersey during the ride which will take place from 8th - 13th March.

February 2018 Help raise funds for Coram

Neave Brown: Building a Legacy Practice News

Neave Brown will remain an inspiration and example to us at Mæ as a champion of thoughtful and well designed housing. In October 2017, three months before his death, Neave Brown received the Royal Gold Medal for architects – the greatest accolade for an architect for a lifetime of work.

Our principal Alex Ely features in this specially commissioned short film about Neave Brown, pioneering architect of social housing. Video courtesy of Proudfoot and RIBA.

February 2018 Watch on YouTube
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Mæ attend TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge launch of ArkDes and British Embassy Housing Design Exchange Practice News

We have been invited to take part in the Housing Design Exchange: London/Stockholm, a collaborative project between the Swedish Centre for Architecture and Design, ArkDes, and the British Embassy.

Coinciding with the visit of TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Stockholm earlier on this month, ArkDes has launched this initiative which will see Mæ, vPPR and Lynch Architects come together with 3 Swedish architectural practices for a vibrant exchange of knowledge and ideas in relation to the similar housing design, development, and provision challenges faced by both cities.

We're delighted to be a part of this international programme which will culminate in a public seminar to be held in Stockholm on the 27 March.

January 2018 Read more about the exchange here
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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
171219 Wellbeing Ae Talk

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

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