Image: The Exchange, shared workspace, Somerset House



May 2019

AOC's designs for The Exchange in the Grade I listed Somerset House have been approved by Westminster City Council.


The scheme converts 6,500 sq ft of the New Wing at Somerset House into a diverse range of workspaces with a café and performance space, meeting rooms, Skype booths and a new connection to an unused external terrace.  A new steel mezzanine inserted within the historic fabric provides 15 percent more workspaces. 


AOC won the invited competition for the project in 2018.  The proposals are based upon light-touch archaeology, removing past linings where they prevent usefulness and creating openings where light and access are needed.  The significance of existing elements was assessed on both heritage and material value.  The café and performance space include a contemporary interpretation of the New Wing’s original painted terrazzo columns with a matching laser-cut lino floor.  By retaining high quality elements from a range of pasts, the new Exchange has a distinct spatial character that is redolent of its history but is a loose enough collage to ensure new residents can claim it as their own.


AOC are working closely with the Somerset House team to curate and coordinate the installation of work in the Exchange produced by artists and makers working on the site. 


The scheme is supported by the Mayor of London’s Good Growth Fund.  Construction works have commenced, and the Exchange is due to open in October 2019.



Image: Main Library, Roedean School



April 2019

South Downs National Park have given planning permission and listed building consent for AOC's transformation of the Grade II listed Main Library at Roedean School.  The designs include a new three storey wall for books and the display of objects from the school archive, a new mezzanine to increase study area and the opening up of adjacent office spaces to create new reading nooks. 



Image: Museum as prototype, Bethnal Green, AOC & GTF, 2018



March 2019

AOC have won an international competition to be lead designers for the £13.5m transformation of the V&A’s Museum of Childhood in East London. 


First opened in Bethnal Green in 1872, the building will become a museum of design and creativity for children, families and young people, a site where the V&A’s collections will be activated to build creative confidence in future generations. 


The redevelopment of the Grade II* listed 'Brompton Boilers' includes the design of three galleries and the visitor experience.  Working with children, schools, families, visitors and non-visitors from the local community, AOC will collaboratively develop their designs to create a public building that is both an essential civic space for Bethnal Green and a physically and socially interactive museum for multi-generational and inter-cultural audiences.


AOC's team includes Graphic Thought Facility, Gillieron Scott Acoustics, DHA, Price and Myers, P3r and Historic Building Consultants.  They will deliver the £3.9m fit out, working closely with De Matos Ryan, architects of the £3.3m base build.


Philippa Simpson, V&A Director of Design and FuturePlan: “The V&A are thrilled to be working with AOC on this seminal project. Their response to our challenging brief outlined an exciting and ambitious approach to working openly with our community and our wider audience, as well as a deep understanding of the museum as a vehicle for social change. They will play a critical role in realizing the V&A’s mission to create a museum filled with joy and optimism, a place where everyone can see the potential of design to change the world.”



Image left: Fiona Banner, Beagle Punctuation, 2011

Image right: David Musgrave, Animal, 1998




25 October 2018 - 3 March 2019

Good Grief, Charlie Brown!, an exhibition designed by AOC, has opened at the Embankment Galleries, Somerset House.  The show brings together original Peanuts comic strips by Charles M. Schulz with existing and commissioned work from a wide range of contemporary practitioners who have been inspired by the cartoon.  The exhibition, curated by Claire Catterall, explores the impact of the comic strip on the contemporary cultural landscape, uncovering the social, political and philosophical complexities told through the four-panel comic strip. Contributors include Fiona Banner, Mel Brimfield, Mira Calix, Steven Claydon, Marcus Coates, Ryan Gander, KAWS and David Musgrave. Graphic design by Fraser Muggeridge Studio.


Review in the Guardian.



Image: The extension to the Grade 1 listed building creates a new wing to Gladstone's 'country home for studying and research', and reinstates the front lawn, model by AOC / Vogt



June 2018

AOC have been shortlisted in the RIBA competition for Gladstone's Library to create a new extension and re-develop the existing Grade I listed building and landscape. 


Gladstone's Library is the UK's only Prime Ministerial Library and is unique in being a residential Library.  Founded by Gladstone in 1889, its aim is to be 'the place to go' for debate, research and comment on the political, spiritual and cultural values that Gladstone stood for, with an explicit aim to show how his ideals still have currency today. The new public building provides exhibition space, accessible archives, a cafe and conference facilities, creating a new cultural hub in Hawarden, Flintshire.


AOC's team includes Vogt Landscape, MRDA Conservation, Momentum, Synergy Consulting and the Heritage Bureau.



Image: Planometric of gantry and welcome space at first floor, AOC



May 2018

AOC and Haworth Tompkins have been shortlisted to design the Victoria and Albert Museum's new Collection and Research Centre.  The £25m redevelopment of the former Olympic Broadcasting Studios in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London will allow the public to access the V&A's world-class collections, creating a physically and socially interactive public building - a 'fun palace' for the 21st century. 


AOC's team includes Charcoalblue, David Goodwin, Graphic Thought Facility and DHA Designs.



Image: Approach from east, AOC



May 2018

AOC have won the RIBA competition to design a new community centre for Shinfield, near Reading, Berkshire. The £2.3m project will create a coherent public building and landscape, integrating the historic village centre to the south with the new retail development to the north. 


Like many towns and villages in the south-east of England, Shinfield is experiencing rapid residential development; by 2026 this rural settlement will have the same population as the City of Ely and the Town of Dorchester. The growing community will be invited to actively engage in the development of the new building to ensure it meets their evolving needs, a bespoke design for a unique 21st century neighbourhood.

Shinfield Parish Council chair Peter Hughes said: "We were looking to build a community centre that would stand the test of time, fit in with its surroundings, and be something we could be proud of.  We received five very different designs and our panel chose the design that answered all the main points in the brief and delivered the iconic design we were seeking.  AOC, will now be appointed to take the building through to planning permission and construction."

AOC's team includes Momentum and Ritchie+Daffin.



Photograph: Gareth Gardner



16 May - 27 August 2018

Return of the Past, an exhibition designed by AOC and Fraser Muggeridge Studio, has opened at the Soane Museum. Curated by Owen Hopkins it shows a selection of pivotal works by CZWG, Jeremy Dixon, Terry Farrell, John Outram and James Stirling/Michael Wilford.  Drawings, models, images, replicas and fragments of actual buildings are displayed in the galleries and adjoining Soane-designed period interiors, forging a rich, complex dialogue with the Museum and Soane’s own relationship to the architectural past. Reviews and related press in The Times, Observer and FT.


"the exhibition successfully demonstrates that what has sometimes been considered gaudy and ostentatious is actually rather considered, careful and craftful."

The Times



Image: Joseph Banks bartering with a Māori for a lobster. Watercolour and pencil by Tupaia (1769), British Library ref. ADD MS 15508, folio 12



27 April - 28 August 2018

James Cook: The Voyages, an exhibition designed by AOC and Fraser Muggeridge Studio, has opened at the British Library. Maps, artworks and journals from the voyages sit alongside newly-commissioned films offering contemporary perspectives. Drawings by the Polynesian high priest and navigator Tupaia, who accompanied Cook to New Zealand and Australia, will be displayed together for the first time. Jonathan Jones review in The Guardian.



Image: Somerset House Studios by AOC, Westminster.  At the Studios opening Mayor Sadiq Khan launched his Creative Land Trust to support London’s artists through affordable creative workspace across the capital.



March 2018

AOC have been selected to be on the Mayor of London's Architecture and Urbansim Panel (ADUP), on the Engagement, Local Regeneration and Design Advice Panel (Lot 9).

The Architecture and Urbanism Panel is a pre-approved panel selected from over 1,100 submissions of built environment consultants. The panel is available for EU-compliant pre-qualification by most public bodies, including London boroughs, local authorities outside London and housing associations.

The GLA setup the Architecture and Urbanism Panel with Transport for London (TfL) to advise London's public sector on how to deliver the best quality building and design work. The Panel’s job is to support the Mayor's regeneration programmes and priorities, as well as other public sector-funded projects in London.




January 2018

AOC have been shortlisted in the RIBA competition to design a new community centre in Shinfield, Berkshire for Shinfield Parish Council and Wokingham Borough Council.  The new public building will accommodate a diverse range of uses, including a cafe, meeting rooms, library and children's centre.  Developed in close collaboration with local residents the new building will reassert the importance of the village green, providing a coherent centre of culture for a rapidly growing population.



Image: Hall of Archives,

The National Archives, Kew

Design by AOC, image by Darcstudio




October 2017

AOC has won a publically tendered contract for the proposed £8.5 million redevelopment of The National Archivespublic spaces within its landmark complex in Kew, west London.


A multi-disciplinary team led by the London-based practice came out top of an unnamed shortlist of five rival teams to land the contract to deliver a major overhaul of the iconic brutalist building.

The project will see the creation of a new ‘Hall of Archives’ providing improved public access to the nation’s archives, a new flexible gallery space and improved public facilities. 


Caroline Ottaway-Searle, Director of Public Engagement at The National Archives said: “The National Archives is changing.  As a destination of national significance we want to offer an environment that is distinctive, vibrant and welcoming. We want to create flexible memorable spaces for more people to engage with our nation’s history, opening up our unrivalled collection as never before, and doubling visitors. At Kew (and beyond) we want to provide stimulating and rewarding experiences for researchers, families, students, volunteers and communities, bringing fresh insights and challenging the way that people think about archives.


AOC have an impressive track record delivering inspirational museum and archive projects, helping institutions to improve public engagement with their collections.  We are delighted they are now our design partner and will be an essential member of our team as we turn our vision into reality.




September 2017

AOC have been appointed to develop a masterplan for Roedean School, Brighton.  The renowned independent girls school is undergoing significant changes, with a growing population, improvements in academic results and the development of a more holistic education for the girls. We are working closely with the school to develop a strategic development plan for the school's Grade 2 listed campus in the South Downs National Park.  A phased delivery plan will ensure the evolving needs of the school community are met through considerate refurbishment and strategic new build.



Image: 4th floor balustrade, Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place



July 2017

AOC have been shortlisted to develop a proposal for the new Clore Learning Centre at the Grade II* listed headquarters of the Royal Institute of British Architects, 66 Portland Place, London.


The project will deliver a dedicated studio, study room, terrace and display area to deliver hands-on, creative activities for diverse audiences, including children and families, young people and students, adults and lifelong learners. The exemplar learning centre aims to bring together the knowledge and expertise of RIBA Learning and Clore Duffield Foundation and will showcase the value of good design for effective teaching and learning. The design competition, organised by RIBA Competitions, received 47 Expressions of Interest and 5 teams have been shortlisted.



Image: Marble Hall, Clandon Park House, National Trust




June 2017

AOC shortlisted for Clandon Park restoration


We are delighted to announce that Sergison Bates Architects and AOC Architecture have been shortlisted in the National Trust’s International Design Competition, which aims to restore and reimagine Clandon Park, the Trust’s Grade I listed, 18th-century Palladian house, near Guildford in the south-east of England, which suffered a major fire two years ago.

Our team, which includes Philip Hughes Associates, Tavernor Consultancy, Price & Myers, Ritchie+Daffin, Tom Stuart-Smith and Graphic Thought Facility, is one of six finalists and will now enter the final second stage of the competition.

Before the fire, Clandon was one of only five surviving buildings in England by Giacomo Leoni (c. 1686–1746), and was considered to be one of the most complete examples of his work. The last major restoration work at Clandon was undertaken by the trust in the late 1960s by John Fowler, the most experienced decorator of his day.

The house’s brick superstructure, the Speakers’ Parlour, and architectural features in its celebrated Marble Hall survived. Six hundred artefacts were rescued on the night of the fire and others, removed from the debris, await conservation. The charity aims to bring the house – widely considered to be a masterwork – and its collection, back to life through new uses.

The Trust envisages a sensitive and thoughtful restoration of some of the principal state rooms on the ground floor along with the introduction of new gallery spaces for imaginative programming and expanded visitor facilities on the upper levels.
The competition has been organised by Malcolm Reading Consultants.




Image: Saturday 13 May 2017

The Guardian, p43



May 2017

Nathan and Ellie Billings are the first customers for AOC's custom build littleBIG house at Heartlands, Cornwall. Having reserved their plot with Carillion igloo they chose our Essential house, customised it, selected add-ons and worked with us to develop a number of bespoke elements.  Due to be completed by local builders Cathedral by the end of the year the Billings' new semi-detached house provides 1,450sq.ft arranged over three storeys for £300,000.  The 4 bed home includes a bespoke open plan kitchen diner, a distinct barrel vaulted loft and a roof terrace overlooking the park and World Heritage Gateway Site.



Image: Tournament of Ancient Sports on Foundation Day 1957, 'Dartington Hall, The History of an Experiment', Victor Bonham-Carter, Phoenix House (1958)




April 2017

AOC and Henley Halebrown have been appointed to work collaboratively on a feasibility for the Dartington Estate in Devon. We look forward to working in this remarkable landscape.



Image: Sixth Form Learning Commons, Roedean School, Brighton




March 2017

AOC have completed a Sixth Form Centre at Roedean School, Brighton.  The Grade 2 listed Keswick Hall has been redeveloped to provide an expansive learning commons, a common room, kitchen and study rooms.  The Arts & Crafts hall had a new timber mezzanine and stair place inserted to create a diverse range of spaces for individual and group study as well as assembly and performance.  Our congratulations to the sixth form girls who achieved the school's best ever A-level grades this year.



Image: Claremont Chapel,

44a Pentonville Road, Islington 1828



Feb 2017

Following competitive interview AOC have been appointed by the Crafts Council to redevelop the Grade 2 listed Claremont Chapel in Islington, London to create a new 'Common Place for Craft'.  The Crafts Council was established in 1971 and is the leading voice for craft in the UK.  The new home for craft will allow visitors to see their National Collection for Contemporary Craft, discover new makers, explore the archives and engage through debates, events and performances. 




25 Jan 2017

The £7m Southwark Park Primary School has been published in the Architects' Journal as a building study with review by Laura Mark and photographs by David Grandorge.

"Southwark Park Primary School is complex and challenging, demonstrating the practice’s approach to rigorous, thoughtful architecture...The new hall is a little gem."




January 2017

The final phase of AOC's masterplan for Nunhead Green is on site with 14 new private homes due for completion this year.  Designed by AOC, delivered by Citystyle, the new build terrace houses and apartments complete the fourth side of the historic village green in the London Borough of Southwark. The masterplan's new council housing is due for completion this spring.  The Green, the community centre adjacent to the new housing, has been longlisted for the RIBAJ's MacEwan Award that recognises 'architecture for the common good'. 




1 December 2016

Making Nature: How we see animals, an exhibition designed by AOC, opens at Wellcome Collection, London.  'Swashbuckling' curated by Honor Beddard the show charts the changing way in which humans order, display and look at the non-human world. The final room, developed in collaboration with curator Richard Pell at Pittsburgh's Centre of PostNatural History, looks at how humans have intentionally 'made' nature.  The exhibition consists of over 100 objects including contemporary works by Abbas Akhaven, Allora & Calzadilla, Edwina Ashto, Marcus Coates, Herman de Vries and Phillip Warnell. Reviews in the Guardian, the Spectator, Timeout and Wired. Show ends 21 May 2017.




24 November 2016

The Beazley Design of the Year exhibition open's at the Design Museum, London, featuring The Green by AOC.




1 November 2016

Geoff Shearcroft will be giving a lecture, "Impractical Completion' at The Media Lab, Norwich University of the Arts, Tuesday 1 November 2016, 5.45pm.  The lecture is part of the 'Diverse Practice' series, a collaborative venture between Norwich University of the Arts and the Norfolk Association of Architects, supported by RIBA East.




26 October 2016

The launch of Somerset House Studios, designed by AOC.  The former Inland Revenue offices in the New Wing of Somerset House have been transformed into an experimental workspace for artists, makers and thinkers.  The Studios provide 36,000sq.ft of studios, rehearsal rooms and exhibition spaces for a growing community of Residents.  The connecting corridors and lobbies have a generous provision of resident displays, bespoke furniture, lighting and power to enrich the social life of the new creative community and nurture new collaborations. Studio 01, the first public exhibition features work by Laturbo Avedon, Gareth Pugh, Inés Cámara Leret, Superflux and others and is open from 27 October - 6 November 2016.





September 2016

The Green has been nominated for the Design Museum's Beazley Designs of the Year award, one of twelve projects selected from around the world in the Architecture category. The project will be exhibited at the Design Museum's inaugural exhibition at it's new home in Kensington in November 2016.






17 September 2016

Geoff Shearcroft will be meeting visitors at The Green, Nunhead as part of Open House London this Saturday 17 September.  For more details see listing here.




12 June 2016

The Green, Nunhead's community centre, celebrated it's official opening with ribbon cutting, new wave taekwondo, zumba, choirs and cake.  Speakers at the event included Southwark Councillor Fiona Colley, Cabinet Member for Finance, Performance and Modernisation, who said: “We are incredibly proud of the stunning new building, which the council has supported from day one, both financially and practically. It is obvious to anyone living in the area that we have helped revitalise Nunhead in recent years, with the regeneration of the shopping parade, the building of new council homes, and AOC's transformation of Nunhead Green with its new community centre. The Green is a fantastic example of what can be achieved when the council works hand in hand with the community, transforming what was a dirty and derelict space into a lively and loved focal point for the community.”




May 2016

The Green, the new community centre in Nunhead designed by AOC, is being enjoyed by the public, taking part in a diverse range of activities, and the national press.  Reviews by Rowan Moore in  The Observer, Dieter Kleiner in ArchitectureToday (cover) and Jay Merrick, in the Architect's Journal: "The community centre is contextually coherent, formally witty, materially engaging, and socially inclusive".



1 April 2016

Tom Coward presented his paper ‘Putting The Green back into the Green’ in Taipei at the Inheriting the City: Advancing Understandings Of Urban Heritage international conference, organised by the Ironbridge International Institute of Cultural Heritage, University of Birmingham and National Taiwan University.



Image: Girls dancing, Roedean Assembly Hall, 1907 (Roedean Archive)




March 2016

AOC have been appointed by Roedean, the independent girls school in Brighton, to develop a new Learning Commons.  The project involves the redevelopment of the 1898 Grade 2 listed Arts and Crafts buildings by John Simpson, to create a family of new spaces for the school community to come together, learn and create.  The brief and designs are being developed in close collaboration with staff and pupils with a view to creating a shared commons in which all members of the school have a sense of ownership.  


Image: Public Foyer, The National Archives (formerly Public Record Office), Kew, opened 1976

Document PRO 62/4



February 2016

Construction has commenced on Phase 1 of AOC's masterplan for the Public Space Programme at The National Archives in Kew, London.  The 5 year phased project will create a series of new public spaces in Q1, the brutalist building by the Property Services Agency completed in 1976, the same year as Lasdun's National Theatre. The designs will provide improved access to the UK government's collection of 11 million documents, nurture the archives' diverse community and develop a distinct, contemporary character for one of the nation's oldest cultural institutions.



January 2016

AOC feature in 'New Practices 3: Britain's Best Emerging Practices', the definitive survey of the best British architects to have set up practice in the ten years since 2005.  The book provides both practical information on how to get the most out of the client/architect relationship and an overview of the architecture scene in the UK.  Published by Merrell in association with the Architecture Foundation and designed by John Morgan Studio it's available for pre-order.




1 December 2015

Geoff Shearcroft & Tom Coward will be giving a lecture, 'An Architecture of Things' as part of the Home Works series at The CASS, London Metropolitan University




14 October 2015

Tom Coward will be giving a lecture at the School of Architecture & Landscape, Kingston University London.




October 2015

AOC's redevelopment of Nunhead Green for the London Borough of Southwark has been awarded a Green Flag Award, the benchmark national standard for the best parks and green spaces in the UK. The designs were developed as part of an extensive community engagement process exploring new futures for the neighbourhood and were funded by the Mayor of London's Outer London Fund (OLF round 2) and Pocket Parks Fund.  AOC co-ordinated a number of works by local artists, including Rob Turner's welcome mat and Arthur DeMowbray's fox.  The improvements to the Green are part of AOC's long term plans for a contemporary village green at Nunhead, including The Green community building (open Autumn 2015) and Nunhead Green family housing for One Housing Group. 




September 2015

The first two phases of AOC's designs for Judith Kerr Primary School have been completed and the school has opened for the start of the new academic year. The 1960s concrete-framed building in Herne Hill, Southwark, was formerly a research science laboratory building for Kings College London.  Careful demolition and internal restructuring have created a custom fit learning environment, with a diverse range of spaces to meet the unique requirements of this 2 form entry free school. The character of the old building has been dramatically enhanced through considered paintwork, both inside and out.  Phase 3 is due for completion this winter.


"Perhaps it's a comment on recent trends in interactive museum design but the space feels hugely innovative, exciting and participative, with scarcely a touchscreen, web portal or QR code in sight.  It will be surprising if this model of going back to the collections with plenty of analogue pursuits in a comfortable space won't be replicated by other museums."


Museums Journal

Review of Wellcome Collection's Reading Room, July/August 2015



August 2015

The Reading Room at Wellcome Collection has been shortlisted for Best Public Building in London at the New London Architecture Awards 2015. It continues to be widely published, including reviews in April 2015 World of Interiors and the July/August 2015 Museums Journal. 




July 2015

AOC have been appointed by One Housing Group to develop detailed designs for the Nunhead Green housing scheme.  The scheme for 14 units received planning permission from Southwark Council in September 2013 and includes 8 family homes and 6 apartments. 




Image: Ebbsfleet Chalklands 

by Sarah Cook, Unit 13



26 June - 4 July 2015 

Unit 13's proposals for Ebbsfleet Custom Build New Town are on show at The Cass Summer Exhibition 2015.  The postgraduate architectural design studio, taught by AOC's Geoff Shearcroft and Josh Wyles, have developed a masterplan for the Eastern Quarry in the Ebbsfleet Valley, located 18 minutes east of London by HS1 train.  The studio's extensive research into the surrounding areas has allowed them to propose a new town with a distinct character that is integrated with the existing communities. A range of custom build development models are proposed, allowing a greater diversity of homes to accommodate contemporary needs and aspirations. The studio has benefited from input from custom build experts from UK and Europe and has been supported by igloo.




May 2015

LittleBig House, the custom build home designed by AOC, has been introduced to the public at a taster event at Heartlands, Cornwall.  The home is one of six being offered to customers who buy a serviced plot on the 54 home development by Carillion-igloo, the HCA's biggest custom build pilot. The house incorporates a big double-height space, its location chosen by the residents to provide either a generous central living space, a messy front lobby or a rear garden room.  It can be further customised in layout, materials and loft type. The house is designed to be built by local builders with local materials; at Heartlands they will be built by Cathedral Builders, a well-established Cornish firm based in Truro. LittleBig House will be officially launched this autumn.




April 2015

Works on the North West Cambridge development for the University of Cambridge are progressing well, as a disused farm by the M11 is transformed into an urban extension with 3000 homes. AOC, as part of a team with CVA and SWA, have designed Lot 4 of AECOM's award-winning masterplan, with 70 apartments and houses for post-graduate students.  Planning was granted in September 2014 and construction commences soon.




March 2015

AOC's Southwark Park Primary School is now complete and the school have moved in to their redeveloped campus.  The two form entry primary school includes a new hall, 'living room', early years centre with covered play and a series of external teaching 'rooms'.  The Grade 2 listed building (1874), one of E.R.Robson's early London Board Schools, has been extensively redeveloped to provide a diverse range of teaching rooms appropriate to the needs of the contemporary curriculum.



February 2015

The Reading Room at Wellcome Collection, designed by AOC with graphics & Companion by Objectif, opens to the public. Dr Simon Chaplin, Wellcome's Director of Culture & Society, gives an in-depth interview with the Londonist exploring the evolution of this participative and open access gallery. Ken Arnold, Wellcome's Head of Public Programmes, talks to Blueprint about the "collaborative visual dreaming" made possible by getting designers on board early in the project.  Further reviews in Icon, Blueprint, Nature and The Telegraph.




January 2015

AOC project architect Jonny Pugh was master of ceremonies at the topping out of The Green, a new community centre on Nunhead Green in the London Borough of Southwark. Nunhead Voice, the community group who will be running the centre, joined local councillor Fiona Colley, officers from Southwark Council and the team from Neilcott Construction to enjoy the new spaces. The works are progressing well and the centre is due to open later this year.




December 2014

After two years development, testing and public prototyping the new Reading Room at Wellcome Collection designed by AOC, hosted it's first visitors during a series of test events.  The socially participative gallery on the 2nd floor of Septimus Warwick's neo-classical headquarters on Euston Road, London, opens to the public in February 2015. Initial reviews by the Financial Times and RIBA Journal.


  November 2014
We are delighted that our Bonhôte House has been shortlisted for Interior of the Year in the Icon Awards 2014, Icon Magazine’s annual celebration of the best in architecture and design from Britain and across the world.

20 October 2014
Tom sits on the panel at the Royal Academy's 'Material Concerns: A New Question or an Age Old Dilemma?'.  The event is a collaboration between the RA Architecture Programme and P.E.A.R for the launch of Volume 7.


14 September 2014
Our redevelopment of Nunhead Green is launched with an open-air cinema screening. One of the Mayor's Outer London Fund projects, the renovation of the Green creates a series of new social and playable spaces, embedded with locals' art and inhabited by local wildlife.
July 2014
AOC win the international competition to extend Cardiff's celebrated Chapter Arts Centre.

14 May 2014
Geoff lectures at Newcastle University on 'Curating and constructing', exploring the relationship between design and curation in our residential, exhibition and public projects.


March 2014
AOC's Bonhôte House is featured in the April 2014 edition of World of Interiors.

31 May 2013
Daisy and Geoff both elected to the London Borough of Hackney Design Review Panel.


4 May 2013
Daisy and Erin lead the first phase of public consultation on the redesign of Nunhead Green.


13 Feb 2013
Tom joins Stephen Hodder (RIBA President-elect) and Maria Smith (Studio Weave) to debate the future of the profession at Plymouth School of Architecture.


Mar 2013
AOC win the Outer London Fund (OLF) project to improve and relandscape Nunhead Green.


Jan 2013
The Bonhote House, a four storey home in Stoke Newington, completed and photographed by Tim Soar.


Nov 2012
Spa School is shortlisted for a Brick Award in the Best Education Building category.


Sep 2012
AOC complete Phase 2 of Langley Hall Primary Academy, the £2.3m refurbishment of a Grade 2-listed building to create a new 2 form entry primary school as part of the first wave of free schools.
18 Jul 2012
AOC announced as part of the University of Cambridge's preferred architect team - working on Lot 4 with Cottrell & Vermeulen Architecture and Sarah Wigglesworth Architects - for Phase 1 of the North West Cambridge Development.
8 May 2012
AOC one of 18 practices featured in Lucy Bullivant's new book 'New Arcadians: Emerging UK Architects'.
4 May 2012
Geoff has returned to his childhood roots by being appointed as a member of the Berkshire Regional Design Panel.
3 May 2012
Tom gives AOC's take on 'green' architecture at the Building Centre, alongside Adam Khan, Bere & Civic Architects, and with Ellis Woodman chairing.
25 Apr 2012
AOC shows our Birkbeck Island project at JAA Studio's Ten Plus One show at The Gopher Hole, alongside FAT, BIG, Duggan Morris, MVRDV, you&me plus more.
19 Apr 2012
AOC's new building for St Saviour's & St Olave's School in Southwark is on Building Design's 'Drawing Board' (£) this week.
10 Apr 2012
AOC Commended in the World Architecture Network '21 for 21' Emerging Practices awards.
23 Mar 2012
Daisy chairs a panel session on neighbourhood planning for a Design Council CABE & Planning Advisory Service conference.
19 Mar 2012
Geoff speaks on MIlton Keynes and its character at an International New Towns Institute masterclass for visiting Dutch officials.
15 Mar 2012
Tom lectures to the Student Architecture Society at the University of the West of England.
14 Mar 2012
Daisy's desk exposes itself in Building Design for the Architects' Desk feature (£). (NB. Daisy is not an architect.)
10 Mar 2012
AOC shortlisted for North-West Cambridge Extension project, on Cottrell and Vermeulen's team with Sarah Wigglesworth Architects.
8 Mar 2012
Daisy joins panel at Roca London Gallery for discussion of gender equality in architecture, with Kathryn Firth, Joanna van Heyningen, Pernilla Ohrstedt and Elsie Owusu.
1 Mar 2012
Geoff writes for the RIBA Journal on why Brunel's Swindon is the post-suburban city for the twenty-first century.
23 Feb 2012
Geoff lectures at Canterbury School of Architecture on 'new towns, the new civic and the joys of copying' with Charles from FAT and Beatrice Galilee.
17 Feb 2012
Daisy goes to Brussels to help judge the 3rd (Re) Nouveaux Plaisirs d'Architecture comp for the Centre International pour  la Ville, l'Architecture et le Paysage (CIVA).
13 Feb 2012
Tom gives a lecture as part of UCLA's Conversations on the City series: 'Ideas Upon Ideas Upon Ideas'.
9 Feb 2012
Daisy lectures at Oxford Brookes on AOC's participatory and collaborative influences and approach.
31 Jan 2012
Cany Ash and Robert Sakula write about AOC's 'mannerist and witty' new building for Southwark's Spa School in February's Architectural Review (£).
27 Jan 2012
New AHMM/ Galliford Try library and cultural centre, working to an AOC design brief, planned for Willesden Green (£).
26 Jan 2012
Tom joins the Architects for Health design charette hosted at South Bank University, contributing to a seminar on 'making spaces for children' and discussing with students their proposals for Guy's and St Thomas's Hospital.
6 Jan 2012
Geoff reviews Cottrell & Vermeulen's Broadway School in Birmingham for Building Design (subscription required).
2 Dec 2011
AOC's Spa School reviewed as Building Design's in-depth weekly building study (subscription required).
11 Oct 2011
Geoff gives a lecture, 'Towards a Popular Architecture, Maybe' at the opening of the 13th Buenos Aires International Biennal of Architecture at the Auditorio Buenos Aires, while our work is on display at the Biennial's exhibition in the Centro Cultural Recoleta from 3rd to 30th October.
3 Oct 2011
AOC move to a new and larger studio on the top floor of 49 Columbia Road, east London.
19 Sep 2011
AOC contribute to 'A Few Friends' at Testbed 1 by Will Alsop during London Design Week, decorating a series of five columns in the space adjacent to the new Doodle Bar.
12 Sep 2011
Langley Hall Primary Academy, a redeveloped Grade 2 listed building in Berkshire, is completed on time, with this new free school opening its doors to its first intake.
5 Sep 2011
Our new building for Spa Secondary School for young people with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) completes on time, with staff and pupils moving in for the start of the academic year.
29 Aug 2011
AOC give their public lecture 'Sampling and Synthesizing' at the Paul Rudolph Hall, Yale School of Architecture, USA.
25 Aug 2011
AOC take up their position as the Louis I. Kahn Visiting Assistant Professors at the Yale School of Architecture, teaching the advanced design studio 'Restoring Public Possessions' and seminar series 'People Making Places'.
23 Jun 2011
Planning approval is granted for our new building at St. Saviour's and St Olave's Secondary Girls' School, SE1, delivered as part of the 4Futures Southwark Schools for the Future programme.
6 Jun 2011
AOC successfully gain full planning approval for the redevelopment and refurbishment of a terraced house in N16, Hackney.
13 Sep 2010
October issue of Icon Magazine features cover story on AOC and our "immersive, allusive way of working with cities".
1 Jul 2010
AOC's pattern for The Lift exhibited in The Aram Gallery's annual 'Prototypes and Experiments' show, this year focusing on trials and experiments into details of buildings, rather than models of whole projects, as a way of gaining insight into the architect's imagination.
23 Apr 2010
The Independent names AOC as one of "Britain's most gifted younger architectural practices", praising Hearth House as a "beautifully tailored architectural game".
23 Apr 2010
'Building Blocks' exhibition opens at Fargfabriken in Stockholm, including a house designed by AOC with children from Friars Primary School.
30 Mar 2010
Daisy judges the RIBA Awards 2010 for the East region alongside Russell Brown and Norfolk architect Michael Innes.
9 Feb 2010
Daisy and Tom showcase AOC's work alongside Italian practice Ma0 as part of the Architecture Foundation's London_Rome Conversation series.
15 Jan 2010
AOC's Chatley Lodge shortlisted in the AJ's Small Projects 2010.
2 Dec 2009
Tom joins a discussion panel on school design at the Education Now virtual conference.
01 Dec 2009
The RIBA's 'Picture This' exhibition – 175 images of remarkable RIBA competition winning projects, featuring AOC – opens at the Architecture Centre, Bristol.
20 Nov 2009
Tom talks in Stockholm at the 'Critical Spaces of Today' Seminar on contemporary theories and practices of planning, urbanism, architecture and geography, organised by the Swedish Association of Architects.
4 Nov 2009
Gill speaks about our recently completed north London family home as part of the Building Centre's 'Concrete Elegance' event.
19 Oct 2009
Daisy works as a Local Community Advisor for the Civic Trust Awards 2010, assessing shortlisted entries in the London Borough of Newham.
17 Oct 2009
AOC's animation on social housing for the Fabian Society debuts as part of the Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art's 'Think Tank' exhibition.
20 Sep 2009
Vincent leads the fifth annual walking tour of the Seven Hills of Croydon as part of Open House weekend.
13 Sep 2009
AOC's No.1 Lower Carbon Drive dollshouse goes on exhibition at the Building Centre, London 14 Sept – 17 October.
11 Sep 2009
AOC picked out by ES Magazine as one of a new generation of practices challenging the old guard of Starchitects.
10 Jul 2009
AOC features in the RIBA's 'Picture This' exhibition at CUBE, Manchester, celebrating the RIBA's 175th anniversary with images of 175 RIBA competition winning projects.
1 Jul 2009
Daisy becomes an accredited Building For Life Assessor
26 Jun 2009
Geoff and Daisy, with Richard Grayer of Balfour Beatty, share insights into communicating the BSF design process with participants on London Met's School Design CPD course.
21 Jun 2009
AOC named by The Observer as part of "the young generation with a vision to build Britain".
15 Jun 2009
Tom contributes to the first issue of architectural fanzine P.E.A.R. with an essay of copy and duplication
11 Jun 2009
Daisy argues in defence of mass housing targets – and wins – as part of the RIBA Building Futures Debate Series 2009.
4 Jun 2009
AOC's "We have Great Expectations" phasing model for Charles Dickens Primary School features at this years Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.
1 May 2009
Daisy selected as one of the new intake of CABE Enablers.
9 Apr 2009
AOC exhibit two projects at the Building Centre's London Yields Urban Agriculture exhibition – Monsanto New Garden City and Croydon Roof Divercity
1 Apr 2009
AOC named by Icon Magazine as one of 20 architects who are transforming the future and changing the way we work.
26 Mar 2009
Geoff introduces George Lucas' THX 1138, part of Building Futures' Vu-topia weekend film series at the Barbican.
25 Mar 2009
AOC – working with Mae Architects - win the contract to deliver urban design training for local authority planning and highways officers for Urban Design London.
06 Feb 2009
Tom is inspired by Lucy the Elephant in Building Design.
16 Jan 2009
Daisy goes to Berlin, invited by the Baupiloten and Jean-Philippe Vassal, to lecture on participation methods for the Architecture Design Innovation Programme at the Technical University.
11 Dec 2008
Robert Venturi shows AOC and their students his seminal Vanna Venturi House, whilst cameras roll for the upcoming documentary 'Learning from Bob & Denise'.
10 Dec 2008
Geoff, Vinny, Tom and students from their 'Learning from Milton Keynes' studio at London Metropolitan University interview Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown at their office in Philadelphia.
18 Nov 2008
AOC's exhibition 'Cultural Approaches' opens at the British School at Rome, with accompanying lecture from Daisy and Tom, as part of the 'London-Rome: Work in Process' series.
5 Nov 2008
The Transform Schools consortium, with AOC as one of its five architects, is appointed by the London Borough of Southwark as selected bidder for the £200 million Southwark Schools for the Future programme.
16 Oct 2008
AOC shortlisted for the Young Architect of the Year Award 2008.
14 Oct 2008
The Lift is immortalised in icing by cake supremo Rachel Mount.(Image courtesy of Lift.)
3 Oct 2008
AOC propose a Croydon Rooftop Future Non-Future, for The Contemporary Unbuilt Architecture of London exhibition at the Architectural Association, 6 –29 October 2008.

Oct 2008
AOC named as one of the new generation of architects "who will define the physical fabric of our cities for the next 30 years" in 'Hatch', the new book from AJ editor and critic Kieran Long.

14 Sep 2008
AOC's exhibit Polyopoly Venezia opens to the public in the 'Experimental Architecture' exhibition at The Venice Biennale.
16 Aug 2008
The Lift opens in Shoreditch Park for London's Shoreditch Festival.
4 Jul 2008
Geoff meets Geoff Manaugh, author of BldgBlog, at Storefront for Art and Architecture's pop-up venue in Exhibition Road, South Kensington, as part of the London Festival of Architecture.
26 Jun 2008
The Lift opens in Festival Square at London's Southbank Centre for the second part of the Lift Festival 2008.
12 Jun 2008
The Lift, a demountable theatre and meeting space designed by AOC, opens in Stratford for the Lift Festival 2008.
9 Jun 2008
AOC show their cutting pattern for the Lift at the 240th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, from 9 June until 17 August.
22 May 2008
Tom works with students from Harwich High School and METAL developing a future map of Harwich for their 'Rough Guide Project'.
16 May 2008
AOC selected to represent the UK in the Italian Pavilion at the 2008 Venice Architecture Biennale.
10 May 2008
Geoff and Vinny collaborate with artists David Dixon and Jon Adams to mark out Tate Modern's Turbine Hall as part of an Architecture Inside-Out design workshop.
  9 May 2008
Geoff leads a workshop on sustaining schools with Tessa Jowell and the Sustainable Schools Networking Forum for SE21 and SE22 in Dulwich, Southwark.
9 May 2008
Tom explains 'my home must fit me' to the crowds exploring No. 1 Lower Carbon Drive at Grand Designs Live.
  18 Apr 2008
Daisy acts as a jury member for the AIA Excellence in Design Awards 2008.
  Mar 2008
Vincent argues for a varied and open architecture in Architectural Review Quarterly.
Feb 2008
AOC's redevelopment of Charles Dickens Primary School gains planning permission from Southwark in 8 weeks.
  12 Jan 2008
AOC tell the Financial Times about space-standards, the semi-d and second-hand suits.
  25 Nov 2007
AOC named as one of 10 rising stars of Art & Design in The Observer / Courvoisier Future 500
  18 Oct 2007
AOC's Crown Terrace is featured in AJ's 'pattern-book' of contemporary terraced housing types.
  28 Sep 2007
AOC are short-listed for the development of the Museum of Garden History.
  23 Sep 2007
Daisy sits on BD’s Cool Wall panel with Lee Mallett, Ellis Woodman and Alan Leibowitz at 100% Design.
  23 Sep 2007
AOC exhibit recent work at Casa Décor in Covent Garden.
  15 Sep 2007
AOC’s Janet Summers Early Years Centre is open as part of Open House London.
  23 Aug 2007
AOC are one of six practices in the AIA's 'New London Practices' exhibition, New York.
  22 Aug 2007
Vinny discusses the joys of practising in London with 6a, Carmody Groake and drdha at the AIA’s ‘New Practices London: Milieus and Methods’ event on Madison Avenue, NY.
  4 Aug 2007
Daisy & Geoff present the Lift project at the Thinking Metropolis 2007 biennial event in Copenhagen.
  Jul 2007
AOC win the open design competition to redevelop the Royal Armouries, Leeds.
  27 Jun 2007
The AOC-designed soapbox maze opens for a month in the Ballroom of the Festival Hall, South Bank Centre.
  25 Jul 2007
Geoff interviews Derek Walker, chief architect of Milton Keynes, at BDP as part of the AF Gold lecture series.
  23 Jun 2007
Tom makes his wish for London 2012 at the AF's Debate for London, Tate Modern.
  20 Jun 2007
Vinny argues 'Is London full?' at the Building Futures debate.
  Apr 2007
Vinny guides the masses on a most egg-cellent adventure as guest editor for the London Architecture diary.
  Mar 2007
AOC shortlisted for the redevelopment of the Royal Armouries, Leeds.
  Mar 2007
AOC's blueprint for a petrol-free London published in GQ style and exhibited at the Architecture Foundation's Yard Gallery.
  Mar 2007
AOC's two Elephant and Castle housing schemes exhibited at the Ideal Home Show's exhibition of exemplar housing, 'In My Backyard'.
  Mar 2007
AOC gain planning permission for a residential development in a LB Haringey Conservation Area in 6 weeks.
  Mar 2007
AOC's master design feasibility for 400 new homes in Peckham goes before the Southwark Design Panel.
  Feb 2007
Lift approve AOC's briefing development and design commences on the Lift New Parliament, completion due June 2008.
  Dec 2006
AOC win competition for feasibility to master design an £80m mixed use development in Peckham, including 400 new homes.
  Dec 2006
AOC win two new buildings through competition at the Elephant and Castle – a £2.7m mixed use block and five new terrace homes.
  Jul 2006
AOC's new Early Years Centre at Friars hits the cover and is the featured building in the AJ.