publications

Cohen Quad Building Study: “A genuine evolution of the collegiate tradition.” Exeter College Cohen Quad

Ben Flatman of BD praised the building, stating that, “(the) Cohen Quad is a living manifestation of what the contemporary, inclusive, Oxford college has become.”

To read the full commendatory article, click here.

Ben Flatman of BD praised the building, stating that, “(the) Cohen Quad is a living manifestation of what the contemporary, inclusive, Oxford college has become.”

To read the full commendatory article, click here.

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House of the Year Cover Feature for House and Garden Magazine Windward House

“It is not so surprising that you end up with the best house when you work with the best architect,” opened client David Clifford in House and Garden’s commendatory article.

Read the full feature here.

“It is not so surprising that you end up with the best house when you work with the best architect,” opened client David Clifford in House and Garden’s commendatory article.

Read the full feature here.

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Cohen Quad featured in Architektur Fachmagazin Exeter College Cohen Quad

The Exeter College Cohen Quad was featured in the May / June issue of achitektur fachmagazin.

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The Exeter College Cohen Quad was featured in the May / June issue of achitektur fachmagazin.

“Mithilfe von Licht und Transparenz, hochwertigen Materialien und diversen informellen Treffpunkten realisierten die Architekten rund um Alison Brooks einen Campus, der für weit mehr als nur akademische Leistung steht. Sie hoffen, dass die nächsten Generationen den Bildungsbau nutzen, um eine Zukunft voller Menschlichkeit, Inklusion und Empathie zu schaffen. Nun liegt es an den künftigen Hochschülern der Eliteuniversität, diese Vision in die Tat umzusetzen – der architektonische Grundstein scheint mit Cohen Quad erfolgreich gelegt zu sein.”

English translation:

“With the help of light and transparency, high-quality materials and various informal meeting places, Alison Brooks Architects created a campus that stands for much more than just academic achievement. They hope that the next generations will use the educational building to create a future full of humanity, inclusion and empathy. Now it is up to the future students of the elite university to put this vision into practice – the architectural foundation stone seems to have been successfully laid with Cohen Quad.”

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Cultural Formations Featured in Varsity

“Deftly combining explorations into local history and collective memory with a celebration of modern architectural craft, ABA envisions a diverse urban environment in which buildings are shaped by, and for, their community.”

Varsity‘s Zoe Turoff penned this glowing review of our recent exhibition ‘Cultural Formations’.

“Deftly combining explorations into local history and collective memory with a celebration of modern architectural craft, ABA envisions a diverse urban environment in which buildings are shaped by, and for, their community.”

Varsity‘s Zoe Turoff penned this glowing review of our recent exhibition ‘Cultural Formations’.

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FT | Wanted: more architectural careers designed for women

“Culturally, we still expect women to bear the primary role of childcare and running a home.” – in conversation with FT, Alison Brooks reflects on the career-structure problem for women architects.

“Culturally, we still expect women to bear the primary role of childcare and running a home.” – in conversation with FT, Alison Brooks reflects on the career-structure problem for women architects.

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Azure | Alison Brooks Architects: Cultural Formations – Selected Works 2002-2022

“One of the most exciting and innovative contemporary architectural practices, Alison Brooks Architects is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at Clare Hall.” – Azure

“One of the most exciting and innovative contemporary architectural practices, Alison Brooks Architects is the subject of an upcoming exhibition at Clare Hall.” – Azure

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Dezeen | Alison Brooks’ ‘intriguing and distinguished’ farmhouse extension named UK’s best new home

A celebration of domestic life shared with an extraordinary collection of art, our house impressed the judges as a “complete piece of architecture – beautifully executed and considered.” 

A celebration of domestic life shared with an extraordinary collection of art, our house impressed the judges as a “complete piece of architecture – beautifully executed and considered.” 

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House & Garden Top 100

Alison Brooks Architects was named as one of House & Garden Top 100 Interior Designers & Architects.

Alison Brooks Architects was named as one of House & Garden Top 100 Interior Designers & Architects.

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The Observer | Rowan Moore | Buildings this good should be available everywhere: Oxford unveils two new quads

“From its big, sheltering roof to its little desk windows, Alison Brooks Architects’ new quad for Exeter College, Oxford is a tour de force that puts people first.” — Rowan Moore for the Observer

“From its big, sheltering roof to its little desk windows, Alison Brooks Architects’ new quad for Exeter College, Oxford is a tour de force that puts people first.” — Rowan Moore for the Observer

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The AJ | Alison Brooks wins 2021 Manser Medal – AJ House of the Year

Windward House by Alison Brooks Architects has won the Manser Medal for the best completed house in the UK, part of the AJ Architecture Awards.

‘This rework of an existing house and new extension, connecting out to a sequence of walled gardens, deeply impressed the judges as a complete piece of architecture – beautifully executed and considered’, writes Rob Wilson, for the Architect’s Journal

Windward House by Alison Brooks Architects has won the Manser Medal for the best completed house in the UK, part of the AJ Architecture Awards.

‘This rework of an existing house and new extension, connecting out to a sequence of walled gardens, deeply impressed the judges as a complete piece of architecture – beautifully executed and considered’, writes Rob Wilson, for the Architect’s Journal

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Alison Brooks Architects selected as one of the 25 best architecture firms in London

The platform for architecture and design Archello selected Alison Brooks Architects as one of the 25 best architecture firms in London, alongside Foster + Parners, Zaha Hadid Architects, and others.

The platform for architecture and design Archello selected Alison Brooks Architects as one of the 25 best architecture firms in London, alongside Foster + Parners, Zaha Hadid Architects, and others.

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Monocle | Care to take a seat

Alison Brooks is featured in Monocle reflecting on ‘Kitchen Stool’, a collaboration with Felix de Pass for the 2014 London Design Festival. Manufactured by Benchmark, the design in solid American Cherry was partly inspired by Alison’s childhood in Ontario.

Alison Brooks is featured in Monocle reflecting on ‘Kitchen Stool’, a collaboration with Felix de Pass for the 2014 London Design Festival. Manufactured by Benchmark, the design in solid American Cherry was partly inspired by Alison’s childhood in Ontario.

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Architectural Record: Snapshot

“Alison Brooks Architects re-imagines the age-old Oxford quadrangle to create a light-drenched space for students and faculty to gather.” — Ilana Herzig, Architectural Record
“Alison Brooks Architects re-imagines the age-old Oxford quadrangle to create a light-drenched space for students and faculty to gather.” — Ilana Herzig, Architectural Record
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The AJ | Alison Brooks wins Homerton College contest

Alison Brooks Architects has won an invited two-stage competition to design a porters lodge and entrance to Homerton College in Cambridge.

Alison Brooks Architects has won an invited two-stage competition to design a porters lodge and entrance to Homerton College in Cambridge.

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Dezeen | Alison Brooks Architects unveils mass timber entrance block for Cambridge college

“Alison Brooks Architects‘ design was the winning entry of a competition held by Homerton College that called for a pioneering example of sustainable design.” — Lizzie Crook, Dezeen

“Alison Brooks Architects‘ design was the winning entry of a competition held by Homerton College that called for a pioneering example of sustainable design.” — Lizzie Crook, Dezeen

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The Sunday Times Home | Hugh Graham | New Build Better

“Some successful modern examples that could give ersatz Regency a run for its money include Alison Brooks Architects’ Newhall Be (…) terraced houses in jet-black timber that echoes weatherboarded barns, but with sculptural roofs that add a sense of fun.” — Hugh Graham
“Some successful modern examples that could give ersatz Regency a run for its money include Alison Brooks Architects’ Newhall Be (…) terraced houses in jet-black timber that echoes weatherboarded barns, but with sculptural roofs that add a sense of fun.” — Hugh Graham
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The Effect Magazine: The return of the curve: inside 2021’s curved furniture trend

“Alison Brooks Architects’ Cadence project in King’s Cross, London is one sign that curves exert a fascination. Since buildings are with us for longer than furniture trends, they’re a reliable barometer of how tastes are evolving” — Dominic Lutyens for Effect Magazine

“Alison Brooks Architects’ Cadence project in King’s Cross, London is one sign that curves exert a fascination. Since buildings are with us for longer than furniture trends, they’re a reliable barometer of how tastes are evolving” — Dominic Lutyens for Effect Magazine

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Building London | BBC Radio 3

For the ‘Building London’ episode, Alison Brooks joined Eric Parry (Eric Parry Architects) and presenter Laurence Scott to discuss the development of London, as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

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For the ‘Building London’ episode, Alison Brooks joined Eric Parry (Eric Parry Architects) and presenter Laurence Scott to discuss the development of London, as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

Follow the link to revisit the episode → https://bbc.in/3xM70oF

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The AJ | Venice Architecture Biennale 2021: more framework than built work

“Meanwhile Alison Brooks shows a small cityscape of current urban projects, with each building’s model lifted away from its ground floor, which read Nolli plan-like, showing how their communal spaces act as thresholds and connectors out to the public realm.” — Rob Wilson

“Meanwhile Alison Brooks shows a small cityscape of current urban projects, with each building’s model lifted away from its ground floor, which read Nolli plan-like, showing how their communal spaces act as thresholds and connectors out to the public realm.” — Rob Wilson

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Wallpaper | Venice Architecture Biennale 2021: a year late but somehow right on time

“Future Assembly is a collective exhibition in the Central Pavilion, Giardini, which is part of the main show. It is a collaboration between artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Sebastian Behmann’s Studio Other Spaces and six co-designers. The installations explore the answer to the question: What could a multilateral assembly of the future look like?”  — Amah-Rose Abrams

“Future Assembly is a collective exhibition in the Central Pavilion, Giardini, which is part of the main show. It is a collaboration between artist Olafur Eliasson and architect Sebastian Behmann’s Studio Other Spaces and six co-designers. The installations explore the answer to the question: What could a multilateral assembly of the future look like?”  — Amah-Rose Abrams

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