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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.
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    We relish complexity. With carefully crafted architecture, we turn challenging sites into buildings with a distinct identity.
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Mae News

180815 Age Friendly Housing

Mæ’s Somerleyton Road extra-care scheme featured in RIBA Age-friendly Housing book Research News

Our Fitch Court scheme on Somerleyton Road in Brixton is featured as one of fifteen European best-practice case studies in the RIBA’s new book.

Co-written by Julia Park, architect and head of housing research at Levitt Bernstein and Jeremy Porteus, founder of Housing LIN and a long-time Mæ-collaborator, the publication reflects on the urgency to deliver suitable, accessible and adaptable new homes to meet changing needs.

Praised in the publication as fostering a community-led and inter-generational approach to design for older people, our Somerleyton Road project for LB of Lambeth provides 65 apartments for those aged over 55, as part of a wider masterplan.

You can purchase the book at the RIBA bookshop and receive money off until 31st Dec 2018 with this special offer

August 2018 View Project
180704 Nla Win Sands End

Sands End Arts and Community Centre wins a New London Award Project Update

We’re absolutely delighted that our Sands End Arts and Community Centre has won at the New London Awards 2018. Our win is recognised in the unbuilt section of the Culture & Community category at the awards which seeks to champion the best examples of civic projects for local residents and international visitors.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to all of our collaborators on this project, especially to the local community in Hammersmith & Fulham, of whom our Centre will primarily serve.

July 2018 View Project
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Brick Awards 2018 shortlisting for Brentford Lock West Block E Project Update

A shortlisting at the Brick Awards 2018 adds to the list of recent accolades for our Brentford Lock West Block E project. Our Phase 2 scheme uses brick to create a building of mass and presence and has been recognised for an award in the Large Housing Development category.

Taking a simple yet robust attitude towards materials and detailing, we selected an earthy palette of brick that provides depth and character as well as complementing both the historic setting and materials from Phase 1 of the development.

The Brick Awards are run by the Brick Development Association and showcases the very best examples of clay brick in the UK's built environment. Results will be announced at an Awards ceremony on the 8th of November 2018.

August 2018 View Shortlist
180516 Riba Brentford Win

Brentford Lock West Block E wins at the RIBA London Regional Awards 2018 Project Update

Brentford Lock West Block E scheme has won a RIBA London Regional Award 2018. Drawing inspiration from the local environment, our ambition was to create a vibrant canal-side residential community. 

We designed pavilion buildings with distinct saw-tooth roof forms that enhance the skyline and bring light into the upper floors. Deep façades create versatile outdoor loggias and homes have landscaped courtyards that act as a threshold to the street. Our scheme forms part of the second phase of a three phase development project beside the Grand Union Canal, which has been awarded a Customer Satisfaction Gold Award. Read more about our project here.

May 2018 View all RIBA winners
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Brentford Lock West Block E features twice on British Homes Awards 2018 shortlist​ Practice News

We're pleased that our Brentford Lock West Block E project features twice in the Sunday Times British Homes Awards 2018 shortlist in the Apartment Development of the Year and the Development of the Year (up to 100 homes) categories. Block E provides 42 high-quality homes within a set of pavilion buildings to create a vibrant canal-side residential community with shared streets, promoting local interaction and encouraging walking and cycling. 

Results will be announced at an Awards ceremony on the 20th of September 2018.

July 2018 Read more
180704 Transport Systems Catapult

Mæ's Cambridge to Oxford Corridor ideas feature in Transport Systems Catapult​ exhibition Project Update

We will be attending a symposium for an exhibition of ideas for the future of the Cambridge – Oxford growth corridor at the Transport Systems Catapult this month. 

Ideas were developed in response to a national competition run by the National Infrastructure Commission. We worked alongside One Works, AKT II, Max Fordham and Planit-IE on our proposals, which integrates placemaking and infrastructure to develop a city Campus model that can house 250,000 people in 12 clusters, within a range of densities along the corridor.

The exhibition shares our big idea, alongside others shortlisted, and will be open to all from the 5th of July.

July 2018 Read more
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Croydon Smaller Sites Programme wins a Housing Design Award Project Update

We're really happy to be part of the winning team at the Housing Design Awards 2018. Our win is a great combined effort from all collaborators on the Croydon Smaller Sites Programme including Mikhail Riches, Coffey Architects, Pitman Tozer Architects, stitch and vPPR Architects, alongside facilitators Brick by Brick Development and Common Ground Architecture

The Croydon Smaller Sites Programme features our Kingsdown Avenue project (pictured) which draws on neighbouring typologies to create a scheme with a modest character, carved into the grassy hillside.

July 2018 View all winners here
170712 Mayors Design Advocate

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

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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