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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 manage complexity. With carefully crafted architecture, we turn challenging sites into buildings with a distinct identity.
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Mae News

Alex Ely interviewed for The Leadership Council podcast Practice News

The Leaders Council of Great Britain and Northern Ireland talks to leadership figures from across the nation in an attempt to understand this universal trait and what it means today.

Alex Ely, our Founding Director, was invited to discuss leadership and his thoughts on how he approaches this responsibility at Mæ.

Lord Blunkett, chairman of The Leaders Council, said the podcast is an opportunity to 'sit down with someone who really gets how their industry works and knows how to make their organisation tick. Someone who's there day in day out working hard and inspiring others. That's what leadership is all about.'

February 2020 Read more
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Mæ take part in 'Public Architecture – Future for Europe' at Moscow’s Schusev State Museum of Architecture Practice News

We are taking part in the European Cultural Centre exhibition 'Public Architecture - Future for Europe' (January 31st - May 10th) at Moscow's Schusev State Museum of Architecture.

We will be showing our work and ideas alongside more than 40 European architecture firms and academics committed to developing alternative approaches and new architecture which respects European cultural heritage.

The exhibition is curated by the European Cultural Centre, an organisation devoted to the promotion of cultural exchange, and will offer ideas and models on urban development, city planning and environmental concerns.

Our participation in the exhibition is part of a series of events connected with our publication 'From City to Room, A manifesto for better living.'

January 2020 Read more
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From City to Room, A manifesto for better living Research News

We have published a new research and practice book 'From City to Room, A manifesto for better living'.

The book offers an introduction to the integrated thinking that we believe is necessary to solving today's urban, social and environmental challenges. It aims to demonstrate in simple terms, ways to create better places, buildings and homes. It takes as its premise the journey from the large scale to the small, and from the city to each individual room.

The publication forms part of a series of talks and events surrounding this theme.

December 2019
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RIBA Presidents Medals 2019 Practice News

Huge congratulations to our talented architectural assistants Alice Hardy, Kate Ivinson and Tatiana Light who were all nominated for the RIBA President's Medals. Alice and Tatiana were nominated for the Silver and Bronze Medals, whilst Kate was nominated for the Dissertation Medal.

Following the awards ceremony their projects will be displayed at the RIBA in Portland Place, before touring thoughout the UK and internationally.

December 2019 Read more
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Housing regeneration in Europe: an opportunity for architecture and architects Practice News

On Friday 15th November Alex Ely will be speaking as part of an international seminar at Politecnico di Milano, Italy.

The seminar is inspired by the increasing number of projects and architectural practices dealing with spatial, typological and technical innovation connected to the regeneration of existing buildings all over Europe.

Exploring different experiences surrounding the regeneration of existing collective housing, peripheral areas and fragile contexts, along with the unconventional reuse of non-residential, underused or abandoned buildings; delegates will discuss a range of issues including typological innovation in relation to contemporary practices, layout articulation, the image of the building, participation of inhabitants, and the effects that these projects can produce on an urban scale.

November 2019 Read more

John Morden Centre Project Update

Construction is well under way at the John Morden Centre in Blackheath with the project on course for completion in the summer of 2020.

The project uses sustainable and modern methods of construction including cross-laminated timber throughout, and creates a day care centre for residents of Morden College. It brings together facilities currently spread across the college site into an innovative, characterful new building designed to tackle social isolation among older residents by providing spaces to interact.

October 2019 View Project
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New Associates Practice News

We are very pleased to announce the promotion of Romain Muller, Nadine Wagner and Michael Dillon to the position of Associate.

Michael leads our research and development team and is instrumental to our teaching unit at London Met University. Nadine currently leads our technical team and defines best practice in this area, in addition she runs a number of high profile projects including Knight's Walk and Lisson Arches. Romain leads our sustainable and environmental design team and is currently running our Morden College and Aylesbury Estate projects, creating high quality places for older residents.

We are looking forward to the exceptional specialist knowledge that these new members will bring to our senior management team.

October 2019
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Architect's Journal Student Prize 2019 Practice News

Congratulations to our architectural assistants Tatiana Light and Alice Hardy following their success in this year's Architect's Journal Student Prize.

Alice was nominated for the post-graduate prize, while Tatiana won the student undergraduate category with a project that the judges described as ‘a well-judged and beautifully put together set of pages that are very convincing, as well as being a mature piece of work with good clarity in architectural design.’ They added that ‘the project had its own identity while responding to its context and broader history'.

September 2019 Read more
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Londonon takes part in the Oslo Architecture Triennale 2019 Research News

For the past few weeks the Londonon team have been busy researching, writing, and assembling 'Regrowth Degustation', a publication which forms our collective contribution to the 2019 Oslo Architecture Triennial.

Londonon is a collaborative rolling research programme comprising 6 London-based architecture practices - Coffey Architects, Gort Scott, Haptic, Mæ, Morris and Company and Turner Works.

The theme of this year's triennale is degrowth: a philosophical, economic and political movement offering and encouraging different ways of thinking and the exploration of alternative strategies of economy than those dependent on consumerism and capitalism.

September 2019 Read more

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