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AOC is a practice of architects and designers based in East London. Established in 2005 we have gained international recognition for our inventive inquiry, participatory practice and characterful designs. We have a distinct reputation for high quality public buildings, cultural institutions and residential projects located in sensitive contexts.

We are committed to a generous architecture that is particular, participative and valuable.


We invest great effort in understanding our clients’ needs and desires through a collaborative and immersive brief development process. We do not have a house style, preferring instead to explore the social and cultural context of each situation to develop appropriate formal responses. We use the associative and sensory qualities of materials, embracing pattern, texture and colour, to create communicative and suggestive spaces.


We are passionate, not possessive, about our designs and encourage the input of users and builders to make them better. We embrace the complexities of reuse and are consistently creative in achieving higher levels of environmental performance.  We relish the challenges of delivery and have worked with public and private sector clients and a broad range of procurement mechanisms to transform the familiar into the extraordinary.

Our completed work includes a diverse range of buildings, as well as exhibitions, public realm, landscapes, interiors, temporary installations and neighbourhood masterplans.

Recent projects include The Green, a low carbon community centre for a local residents group, part of our masterplan for Nunhead, a south London village; Spa School for young people with autism; St Saviour's & St Olave's Secondary School; the Reading Room at Wellcome Collection; new galleries at the Tower of London; and Walk in the Olympic Park for London 2012.


Current projects include the redevelopment of The National Archives at Kew; a residential development for the University of Cambridge's North West Cambridge development; a new Learning Commons at Roedean School, Brighton; and LittleBig House, a custom build home at Heartlands in Cornwall, the HCA's largest custom build housing project.


The practice has won numerous architectural competitions and has been internationally published and exhibited, including the Venice Biennale 2008. Our work is nourished through research and collaborations with experts, academics and students. The directors teach in London, lecture in Europe and USA and have been the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Professors at Yale. They currently sit on design review panels for Berkshire, Hackney and Southwark and contribute to contemporary architectural culture through writing and public debate.