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    We relish complexity. With carefully crafted architecture, we turn challenging sites into buildings with a distinct identity.
  • architecture-policy
    We design policy as well as buildings. Inspired by our founder’s work at CABE, our thinking advances best practice.
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    Creativity-led. Community-led. Drawing on the DNA of the neighbourhood, we create welcoming places for people.

Mae News

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Stag Lane receives planning permission Project Update

Our scheme for Stag Lane, located in the Putney Vale Estate, has received planning approval from Wandsworth Council. The building provides two distinct types of housing, 11 homes for general needs and 10 homes for adults with physical and learning difficulties. Building on our work in the Health & Care sector, the four-story block will be arranged around two circulation cores and will have a staff room and office, communal living spaces and access to a shared resident courtyard.

January 2017
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Alex Ely rides to MIPIM Cannes for charity Practice News

Mæ principal, Alex Ely is taking part in the charity cycle to MIPIM Cannes, a 6-day 1500km cycling event taking place on the 9th of March 2017. The ride is organised by Club Peloton with its main grant recipient being the children’s charity Coram. We are all cheering him on at the studio. Read more about his motivation on his sponsor page here and if you're a cycling enthusiast, keep up with his training progress on twitter

February 2017
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Kingsdown Avenue Appointment Project Update

Mæ, alongside a selected group of architects, have been appointed to deliver a provision of houses on infill sites across Croydon as part of the £270 million Smaller Site Programme by Croydon Council's private development company, Brick by Brick. Mæ have made a proposal for a new estate masterplan at Kingsdown Avenue, pictured, comprising 34 dwellings that create a frontage to Montpelier road on the sloped site.

November 2016

Refurbish / Reinforce / Remodel Research News

Alongside the Chancellor’s forthcoming Autumn statement we anticipate a Government strategy on Estate Regeneration. This follows the Prime Minister's proposal back in January to extend life chances across Britain, with the goal to radically transform 100 estates across the country. 

In this short documentary, Alex Ely describes three avenues for transformation being developed by Mæ. 'Refurbish' looks at the reuse and renovation of existing stock, ‘Reinforce’ proposes infilling as a means to intensify and sustain a neighbourhood, and ‘Remodel’ offers a vision of how to positively regenerate failed estates. Each approach aims to improve the quantity and quality of housing on those estates, and to improve the life chances of those who live there.

November 2016 Watch on Vimeo
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Mæ Talks Practice News

Mæ Principal Alex Ely will be speaking at the following events over the next few months:

'Outstanding Housing for an Ageing Population' on October 24th at Notting Hill Housing's Older Person's conference

'The Housing Shortage and Effects on Building Design' on October 26th at London Build

'The Future of Housing' on November 15th at ArchitEx 2016 in Liverpool

October 2016
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Passivhaus and Estate Regeneration Research News

Passivhaus is an energy performance standard, which employs a fabric first approach, reducing carbon emissions by reducing space heating demand through simple, but high performance building envelope, rather than meeting a larger demand through renewable energy sources. Find out how Passivhaus design is reconciled with high density urban design in our case-study on sustainability.  

October 2016 View Article
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That's Not Me Practice News

Exploring the idea of “London living for a generation defined by who they are, not how old they are”, That's Not Me is an exhibition by PegasusLife that illustrates an alternative approach to building for the New Generation of retirees. The exhibition features Mæ's Grenadier House alongside projects by Duggan Morris Architects and Sergison Bates. At the NLA, The Building Centre, 26 Store Street London WC1E 7BT from Monday 3 October – Friday 28 October.

October 2016 Find out more
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Mæ projects featured in the Government's Estate Regeneration National Strategy Project Update

The Government's Estate Regeneration National Strategy aims to support local partners to improve and accelerate estate regeneration schemes to deliver more and better quality housing, drive local growth and improve outcomes for residents. Our Hillington Square scheme in King's Lynn and Agar Grove scheme in collaboration with Hawkins\Brown have both been featured as examples of good practice in the case-studies report. Read more in the official report here

December 2016
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Mæ Studio, photographed by Marc Goodwin, featured on ArchDaily and Dezeen Practice News

Marc Goodwin, photographer at Archmospheres, has shot London-based architecture offices in a global photographic series giving insight into where architects work. 

Our studio, based in a shared office building in Clerkenwell, is featured as part of the London series and has been published on ArchDaily and on Dezeen. Digital images of our projects pictured here, courtesy of Forbes Massie.

November 2016

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