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TC CUADERNOS 163: Alison Brooks Architects


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TC CUADERNOS 163: Alison Brooks Architects. Architecture 2004- 2024


Alison Brooks (Guelph, Canada, 1962) has become one of the most internationally recognized British architects, winning the United Kingdom’s three major architecture awards: the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Manser Medal, and the Stephen Lawrence Prize.

This 386-page monograph charts her extensive and detailed career over the past 20 years, with each project extensively documented with photographs, drawings and construction details.

Brooks’ work, developed since the founding of her studio in 1996, is characterised by a sensitive and rigorous approach to each project, in which the specificity of the context plays a leading role.

Much of Brooks’ career has focused on the residential field. She has completed over 2000 dwellings in the UK, characterised by spatial generosity, energy efficiency and the creation of communities.

Her educational and cultural projects also stand out, with notable examples such as the Cohen Quad at Exeter College, Oxford, the Folkestone Performing Arts Centre and the famous Smile Pavilion. In all of these projects the search for versatile, permeable and stimulating spaces for interaction and learning is evident.

Her career has been characterised by an exquisite sensitivity to materials and construction details, working with a limited palette of materials to give coherence to her work. She pursues a careful formal plasticity and spatial richness, creating expressive forms but serene and balanced spaces.

In short, Alison Brooks’ work is characterised by a sensitive reading of context, innovation rooted in the memory of place, and a search for architecture based on materiality, craftsmanship and human scale.



On the Essence of Alison Brooks’ Architecture
Ricardo Meri de la Maza

Interview Jose Maria de Lapuerta and Alison Brooks

VXO House, London UK
Accordia Sky Villas, Cambridge UK
Accordia Brass Building, Cambridge UK
Salt House, Essex UK
Wrap House, London UK
Quarterhouse Performing Arts Centre, Folkestone UK
Newhall Be, Harlow Essex UK
Mesh House, London UK
Windward House, St Briavels Gloucestershire UK
Ely Court, Social and Urban Transformation in South Kilburn London UK
Unity Place, Final Stage of South Kilburn’s Regeneration London UK
Exeter College Cohen Quad, Oxford UK
Knight’s Park Athena, Cambridge UK
The Smile, London UK
Cadence, London UK
Recasting, Venice Italy