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Department of Architecture


Alison Brooks (Architect, Alison Brooks Architects)


Brooks is one of the UK’s most highly awarded and internationally acclaimed architects. Born and educated in Canada she moved to London in 1988. Since founding her practice in 1996 she has emerged as one of the UK's most inventive architects with works encompassing urban design and housing, higher education buildings, private houses and public buildings for the arts. In addition to receiving over 50 awards for design achievement she is the only UK architect to have received all three of the profession's three most prestigious architectural awards: the RIBA Stirling Prize, the Manser Medal and the Stephen Lawrence Prize.

Alison Brooks' unique architectural approach springs from invested research into specific geographies, climate and cultures of each project so that her design solutions to emerge as both unique and relevant to the constituencies they serve. This is beautifully exemplified by her recently completed Cohen Quadrangle at Exeter College, Oxford. The first Oxford College to be designed by a female architect, this building demonstrates the conceptual rigour, sculptural quality and ingenious detailing that is her practice trademark.  

She has recently won major high-profile commissions for mixed-use residential towers in London, Vancouver and Moscow. In the arts sector, she is currently designing an art gallery for one of Cambridge's largest Colleges. Brooks taught at the Architectural Association from 2008-2010 and in 2018 was appointed as the John T. Dunlop Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard GSD. She lectures internationally and is currently a visiting professor teaching a Master’s Studio at ETSAM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid. She serves as a Trustee of Open City and recently published an overview of the practice’s work entitled ‘Ideals, then Ideas’. In 2016 Alison Brooks was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from her Alma Mater, the University of Waterloo, Canada.

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Wednesday, 9 June, 2021 - 15:00 to 16:00
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