Practice

Introduction

Purpose

We are Mæ • Architects • Urban designers • Researchers • Policy makers.

Our purpose is to design buildings and places that uplift the human spirit. Founded by Alex Ely, Mæ is a Stirling Prize winning practice at the forefront of sustainable, resilient and socially conscious architecture and urbanism; creating work that exists in harmony with the planet and enriches culture and society.

Our work is guided by three principles:

- Social - we create inclusive, welcoming places together with the people who use our buildings,

- Sustainable - we respond positively to the climate emergency, designing resilient, low-carbon architecture,

- Spatial - we go beyond conventional thinking to make imaginative, affordable spaces that exceed people’s expectations.

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These principles influence three business goals, which shape our governance and oversight of design, quality, health & safety and environmental responsibility. The goals are:

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Mæ Zero: Our ambition is to create exemplary, pioneering circular and environmental buildings. Each new project aims to develop learning and build research and know-how in order to propel us forward in this goal.

Mæ+: We will continue to be the industry leader for low-cost / high-quality housing; developing the DNA genetic sequence for good housing, using research, POE data and automation we intelligently plan and test our buildings

Mæ B: We plan to grow as a business that profits with purpose and as a shared business; building social value & social capital for our clients and communities we serve, we are aiming to become a B-Corp balancing profit with people and the planet.

Specialists at the forefront of housing, health & care and social infrastructure we design at all scales. From the city to the living room, we apply integrated thinking to deliver resilient architecture for the long-term.

We are on the path to become a B Corp certified company and we adhere to our Impact Statement and Code of Ethics

Mæ is a RIBA Chartered Architecture Practice and a member of the London Practice Forum. We are an ISO 9001 and 14001 accredited practice and are accredited with the Living Wage Foundation and the Mayor of London's Good Work Standard. We are an Architecture Foundation sponsor, a Paradigm Network Partner and support Open City Accelerate.

For more information about our book 'Towards a Resilient Architecture' click here.

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Team

Senior Team

Associates & Architects

Awards

Practice Awards

  • 2022 Public & Social Housing Architect of the Year - Winner
  • 2021 Social Impact Architect of the Year - Finalist
  • 2019 Housing Architect of the Year - Finalist
  • 2018 Housing Architect of the Year - Finalist
  • 2017 Archiboo Web Awards Best use of Social Media - Winner
  • 2017 Archiboo Web Awards Best use of Video - Finalist
  • 2016 Housing Architect of the Year - Finalist
  • 2016 Archiboo Web Awards Best Written Content - Finalist
  • 2014 Housing Architect of the Year - Finalist
  • 2013 Housing Architect of the Year - Finalist
  • 2012 Home Group Innovation in the Workplace Award
  • 2008 Next Generation Architects Award
  • 2007 Constructing Excellence New Generation Award
  • 2007 Next Generation Architects Award

Project Awards

Sands End Arts & Community Centre
  • RIBA Stirling Prize - Shortlist 2022
  • RIBA National Awards - Winner 2022
  • RIBA London Awards Building of the Year - Winner 2022
  • RIBA Regional Awards - Winner 2022
  • RICS Awards - Shortlist 2022
  • AJ Awards - Winner 2021
  • Structural Timber Awards Architect of the Year - Winner 2021
  • Civic Trust Awards - Regional Finalist 2021
  • Wood Awards - Shortlist 2021
  • AJ Retrofit Awards - Shortlist 2021
  • Dezeen Awards - Longlist 2021
  • New London Awards Culture & Community - Winner 2018
Agar Grove Estate – Agar Place
  • RIBA National Awards- Winner 2023
  • RIBA London Awards - Winner 2023
  • Housing Design Awards - Winner 2022
  • RICS Regional Awards - Winner 2022
  • Camden Design Awards - Winner 2022
  • Inside Housing Development Awards - Winner 2022
  • New London Architecture Awards - Winner 2021
  • Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Building Performance Award - Winner 2020
  • Sustainability and Overall Winner Awards (Phase 1a) - NLA Awards 2019
  • The Mayor’s Award for Good Growth – London Planning Awards 2019
  • The Mayor’s Award for Sustainable and Environmental Planning – London Planning Awards 2019
  • Housing Design Award - Winner 2015
  • The Sunday Times British Homes Awards - Commendation 2015
Agar Grove Estate – Hazelbury Way & Agar Grove
  • RIBA National Awards- Winner 2023
  • RIBA London Awards - Winner 2023
  • Housing Design Awards - Winner 2022
  • RICS Awards - Winner 2022
  • Camden Design Awards - Winner 2022
  • Inside Housing Development Awards - Winner 2022
  • New London Architecture Awards - Winner 2021
  • Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) Building Performance Awards - Winner 2020
  • Sustainability and Overall Winner Awards (Phase 1a) - NLA Awards 2019
  • The Mayor’s Award for Good Growth – London Planning Awards 2019
  • The Mayor’s Award for Sustainable and Environmental Planning – London Planning Awards 2019
  • Housing Design Awards - Winner 2015
  • The Sunday Times British Homes Awards - Commendation 2015
Brentford Lock West
  • RIBA National Awards - Winner 2019
  • RIBA London Regional Awards - Winner 2019
  • RIBA London Regional Awards - Winner 2018
  • New London Architecture Awards - Shortlist 2019
  • Inside Housing Development Awards - Winner 2018
  • The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2018 - Winner Apartment Development of the Year
  • The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2018 – Winner Development of the Year
  • The Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2018 – Homebuilder of the Year
  • In-house Customer Satisfaction Gold Awards - Winner 2018
  • RIBA Neave Brown Award - Shortlisted 2019 (Keelson Gardens)
  • AJ Architecture Awards - Shortlisted 2019
  • Brick Awards - Finalist 2018
  • Housing Design Awards - Finalist 2015

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