Alison Brooks

Creative Director

BES, BArch, Doc Eng (Hon Causa), RIBA

Alison Brooks, Principal and Creative Director of Alison Brooks Architects, is recognised as one of the leading architects of her generation. She has developed an international reputation in the 20 years since founding her practice in London in 1996. Her architecture has attracted international acclaim for its conceptual rigour, sculptural quality and ingenious detailing.

Her approach, based on research into the specific social, cultural and physical contexts of each project, has led to a portfolio of award-winning architecture encompassing urban design, housing, education and buildings for the arts. She continues to produce architecture of distinct identity, sensitivity to its users and relevance to its place.

Named by Debrett’s/The Sunday Times as one of ‘Britain’s 500 Most Influential’, Alison Brooks is the only UK architect to have won all three of the UK’s most prestigious awards for architecture: the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize, the RIBA Manser Medal and the RIBA Stirling Prize.

In 2012 Alison Brooks and her team were awarded Architect of the Year and Housing Architect of the Year. She was awarded 2013 Woman Architect of the Year by the Architect’s Journal in recognition of her work in housing, regeneration and education.

Alison Brooks’ belief in the transformative social role of architecture underlies a commitment to new models for housing and urban design. With over 2000 homes under construction across the UK, her groundbreaking live-work development at Newhall, Essex was shortlisted for the 2013 Stirling Prize and was Supreme Winner of the Housing Design Awards.

Alison Brooks was a member of Government Advisory Panel, the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment, is a CABE / Design Council National Design Review Chair and Trustee of Open-City and has recently been selected to join the Mayor of London’s Design Advocacy Panel. Currently a member of the RIBA Awards Group, she was juror for the 2011 Stirling Prize and the 2010 Lubetkin Prize. Alison Brooks has taught at the Architectural Association as Diploma Unit Master and served as External Examiner at the Universities of Bath and Lincoln. She is currently External Examiner at the Architectural Association and the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Her work has been twice featured in the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture.

Research projects include the Audi Urban Future Award; ABA’s City of Collaborative Mobility was exhibited at the VIth Venice Architecture Biennale and the New York Festival of Ideas for the New City. She recently exhibited the practice’s urban design work at the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale, City(e)State. Alison Brooks lectures internationally on architecture and urbanism.