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 builders and users 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 Royal Armouries Museum, new galleries at the Tower of London,, Spa School for young people with autism, St Saviour's & St Olave's Secondary, and Walk in the Olympic Park, a curated route with landscape installations for the London 2012 Olympics.
Current projects include the Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff; a residential development for Cambridge University's new urban extension; a low carbon masterplan for new homes, community centre and public realm in south London; and a new gallery space for the Wellcome Trust’s UK headquarters.
The practice has won numerous architectural competitions and has been internationally published and exhibited, including a solo exhibition at the British School in Rome, the Venice Biennale 2008, Arch Moscow 2011 and Buenos Aires Biennale 2011. 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 sit on a number of UK design review panels and contribute to contemporary architectural culture through writing and public debate.