Wood Awards 2020: A Treasured Wooden Object

In celebration of the 2020 Wood Awards, Alison Brooks shared ‘A Treasured Wooden Object’ with Disegno Works.

“These carved maple wood scrolls, each about 30cm long, hang as a pair on a wall in my living room. They formed part of my mother’s collection of 18th- and 19th-century “Canadiana”, which is the unassuming name for the art of Canada’s early settlers.”

Read the full article at the Wood Awards website.

Wood Awards 2020

Alison Brooks Architects named Dezeen Architect of the Year 2020

We’re delighted to receive this recognition from Dezeen’s international jury and honoured to be in the company of NADAA, Studio Gang, MAD, Lever Architecture and Carl Fredrik Svenstedt Architect.

With huge thanks to all our clients and colleagues for supporting our work and practice ethos outlined in our statement.

With very best wishes!

Alison Brooks & the ABA Team




The judges said that the practice is “conscious and questioning, and adopts a public interest approach and that this is the direction we want architecture to move towards”. They described Alison Brooks Architects as “a groundbreaking practice with great ethos – particularly the way that they question both norms and the profession itself.”

The Dezeen awards aim to identify the world’s best architecture, interiors and design, as well as the studios and the individual architects and designers producing the most outstanding work. This year the awards received more than 4,300 entries from over 85 countries across five continents.



Dezeen Awards

Alison Brooks Interview for The Davidson Prize

Alison Brooks is honoured to be judging The Davidson Prize 2021,  along with fellow judges Thomas Heatherwick (Heatherwick Studio), Michelle Ogundehin, Narinder Sagoo (Foster + Partners), and Sonia Solicari (Museum of the Home).

Each year entrants are asked to consider a different aspect of the home, starting with future ways of working. Amanda Baillieu (Archiboo Awards, Developer Collective)  asked Alison how architects should rethink housing design. Read the interview on the link.

The Davidson Prize

Atoll Spa Hotel at the BauNetz magazine

Alison Brooks Architect’s Atoll Spa Hotel has been selected by design magazine BauNetz as one of the Best Hotels and Restaurants in the World from the last 20 years.

The Helgoland hotel is featured alongside ten other magnificent places to add to the post lockdown to-do-list, including Philippe Starck’s Sanderson Hotel in London; ‘Under’, Snøhetta’s underwater restaurant; and Hotel Puerta America, Madrid, where each floor was designed by luminaries such as Zaha Hadid, Norman Foster, David Chipperfield or Ron Arad.


Exeter College Cohen Quad is a Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist 2021

We are very proud to see Exeter College Cohen Quad as a Civic Trust Awards Regional Finalist 2021. Congratulations to our fellow finalists and best of luck!

Cohen Quadrangle is Oxford University’s first fully inclusive and barrier free quad. A reinvention of the ‘collegiate quadrangle’, the new Cohen Quad expands Exeter College’s 700-year-old campus with undergraduate and graduate living accommodation for 90 students, seminar rooms, auditorium, special collections archive, café, JCR and Learning Commons.