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    Creativity-led. Community-led. Drawing on the DNA of the neighbourhood, we create welcoming places for people.
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    We design policy as well as buildings. Inspired by our founder’s work at CABE, our thinking advances best practice.

Mae News

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Mæ's Grahame Park scheme Finalist for an Inside Housing Development Award Practice News

We're excited that our 1,083-home Grahame Park scheme has been shortlisted for an Inside Housing Development Award in the Best Affordable Development category. Brick by Brick's Croydon Smaller Sites programme, a collaborative programme which we are involved in alongside other practices, has also been shortlisted in 4 categories.

Winners will be announced at a ceremony in November.

August 2017 View Project
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Mæ submits 1000 home scheme for planning Project Update

We have submitted for planning our Grahame Park regeneration scheme. Grahame Park is the largest housing estate in Barnet, north-west London. Mæ is acting as masterplanner and lead architects on its regeneration.

Having worked closely with the local authority, the residents and the housing association, our plans for the latest phase of the regeneration will comprise 1,083 homes of mixed-tenure as well as a library, an Anglican Church, community hub, health centre, children’s centre and local retail and commercial units.  

Planning marks the culmination of five years of work, having started with a commission to review a stalled project. We are pleased to have been able to develop a new vision for the estate, subsequently working to progress the project to planning – building on our ideas of a ‘place of type'.

July 2017 View Project
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Refurbish / Reinforce / Remodel shortlisted for Best use of Video at Archiboo Web Awards Practice News

Our film on Estate Regeneration has been shortlisted for an Archiboo Web Award. The awards seek to celebrate companies and individuals using the online space to communicate great architecture in interesting and accessible ways. 

Following the Government’s Estate Regeneration National Strategy launch, we commissioned this film which explores the three avenues for transformation that we are developing. Our aim was polemical, critiquing the Government’s policies by using our practice’s housing exemplars to inform housing debate and initiate positive change.

As well as our shortlisting in the category for Best use of Video, we have also been shortlisted in the Best use of Social Media category. For updates follow us on our channels: Instagram, Twitter, Pinterest or LinkedIn

August 2017 Watch the full film here

Refurbish / Reinforce / Remodel Research News

Following the Government’s Estate Regeneration National Strategy initiative, we commissioned a film exploring three approaches to Estate Regeneration; Refurbish / Reinforce / Remodel.

This follows the Prime Minister's proposal back in January 2016 to extend life chances across Britain, with the goal to radically transform 100 estates across the country. 

In our 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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Alex Ely enlisted by Mayor of London as one of 50 Design Advocates for Good Growth Programme Practice News

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has launched his Good Growth by Design programme to enhance the design of buildings and neighbourhoods for all Londoners. In his first major intervention on this topic, the Mayor is calling on London’s architectural, design and built environment professions to help realise his vision of London as a city that is socially and economically inclusive as well as environmentally sustainable.

To support the Mayor’s ambitions and ensure development across London is high-quality, 50 Design Advocates will work with City Hall and councils on the programme including Alex Ely, principal at Mæ. The Mayor’s Design Advocates will provide expertise and guidance to the programme and related Mayoral policies, helping the Mayor and his agencies to set an example, by ensuring the highest standards in projects commissioned by the GLA Group.

July 2017 Read A City for all Londoners which sets out the Mayor’s vision for Good Growth
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Croydon Smaller Sites Programme wins New London Award Practice News

2017’s New London Award Winners have been announced and we are thrilled that Brick by Brick have won on the Housing category with their Croydon Smaller Sites Programme which features schemes from ourselves as well as our architect collaborators; HTA Design, Pitman Tozer, Stitch, vPPR, Mikhail Riches and Coffey Architects.

An outstanding effort by all, we are delighted to have been announced as Winners alongside such a great team.

July 2017 Read more
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The Estate of Today and Tomorrow Pamphlet Research News

2017’s London Festival of Architecture (LFA) highlights included the guided walking tour that we organised investigating the Estate of Today and Tomorrow. 

During the tour, we reflected on the historical evolution of large housing schemes and the current work on estates and estate regeneration. To frame our research, we created a pamphlet that provides a graphic overview of two existing estates and our current work, drawing up a comparison around themes such as the built form, density, history and policy.

June 2017 Download our LFA 2017 Pamphlet here
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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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