Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks Architects



Alison is the first UK architect to have won the UK’s three most prestigious awards for architecture – the Stirling Prize for Accordia Cambridge, with Fielden Clegg Bradley Studios and Maccreanor Lavington (2008), the Manser Medal for Salt House (2007), and the Stephen Lawrence Prize for Wrap House (2006). Her most recent schemes, Tribeca Housing Development in Liverpool, and the Herringbone Houses, have received a Housing Design Award and a 2008 RIBA Award respectively.

Expanding her focus to public and arts buildings, ABA has recently won international competitions for the Bridgwater Performing Arts Centre (2008) and the Folkestone Performing Arts Centre (2005), due to open in December 2008. ABA is undertaking masterplanning, housing and mixed use commissions throughout the UK, and the practice has recently been selected for the London Development Agency Architecture, Landscape and Urban Design Framework Panel. Alison Brooks was a keynote speaker at the 2008 International Conference in Barcelona.

Born in Welland, Ontario (Canada), and educated at the University of Waterloo (BArch 1988) Alison Brooks moved to the UK in 1989. A successful 7 year partnership with Ron Arad Associates produced their acclaimed Chalk Farm Studios, London’s two Belgo Restaurants and the Tel Aviv Opera’s free-form interior architecture. In 1996 she formed ABA to pursue larger scale public, urban and housing projects. Her first large-scale commission, the Atoll Hotel Helgoland, won several industry awards and was described by the Architectural Review as setting a benchmark in new hotel design. This project was followed by a series of extraordinary UK residential commissions for which Brooks gained her worldwide recognition.

Brooks runs her 18 strong practice from studios in Kentish Town, London with co-director Dominic McKenzie. She is a Unit Master at the Architectural Association and has taught and lectured internationally. She has served as juror for the RIBA Awards, The Housing Design Awards and the Young Architect of the Year Awards in which she was a finalist in 1999. She is a member of the Southwark Design Review Panel, the Cabe National Design Review Panel, and is an external examiner at Bath and Lincoln Universities.


Alison Brooks Architects