Our aim is to improve people’s lives by reimagining the city in which we work, live and play. The studio is collaborative, innovative, informed and aspirational. We work at all scales, from bespoke private homes to commercial developments; urban renewal to masterplans. We are an RIBA chartered practice.
Environmental impact is a key consideration in our work. We take a research-based, fabric first approach to sustainability that carefully considers the embodied energy of materials and the energy performance of our buildings in use. Director Ben Ridley is a Certified Passivhaus Designer.
We take pride in a tailored and personal approach. We listen to our clients, seek elegant answers to their questions and add unexpected value through creative design. The success of each project is driven by a precise management of budget, programme and quality, resulting in a smooth and reliable process from initial concept to completion.
Our studio has a three team structure. This allows each project to be run by a focused and energetic group, yet simultaneously benefit from the skills and experience of the wider office. Together we understand the complexities of projects in London: we relish the challenge of working with constrained sites, complex stakeholder groups, and heritage buildings.
We offer a unique Healthy Homes design service. We seek to create homes that benefit both from the improved air quality and thermal comfort of Passivhaus construction, whilst using low VOC and natural materials wherever possible to create a healthy indoor environment.
|2019||Shortlisted: London Construction Awards|
|2018||Shortlisted: Blueprint Awards Best Residential|
|2018||Shortlisted: BD Young Architect of the Year Award|
|2018||Longlisted: Dezeen Awards|
|2018||Shortlisted: London Construction Awards|
|2017||RIBA Journal Rising Stars Cohort|
|2017||Shortlisted: BD Housing Architect of the Year Award|
|2017||Shortlisted: LFA / GLA Silvertown Competition|
|2016||Shortlisted: AJ Small Projects Award|
|2016||Shortlisted: Architizer A+ Awards|
|2016||Shortlisted: AJ Retrofit Award|
|2015||Shortlisted: NLA Don’t Move Improve Award|
|2019||Sep: Open House – Dartmouth Park House|
|2019||Aug: Dezeen – North London House|
|2019||Jul: Dwell Magazine – Brook Green House|
|2019||Jul: ArchDaily – North London House|
|2019||May: DOMUS – North London House|
|2018||Sep: Open House – Holland Park House|
|2018||Aug: RIBA Journal – North London House|
|2018||Jul: Dwell Magazine – Holland Park House|
|2017||Jun: The Architects Journal – Silver-Smithy|
|2017||May: Grand Designs – Bethnal Green House|
|2017||Jan: Dezeen – Bethnal Green House|
|2016||Nov: Evening Standard – Bethnal Green House|
|2016||Nov: Grand Designs – Highbury House|
|2015||Jan: The Architects Journal – Dartmouth Park House|
|2014||Nov: The Architects Journal – Hackney Housing|
|2014||Jun: Dezeen – Highbury House|
|2014||Apr: Design Milk – Islington Flat|
|2014||Jan: Evening Standard – Islington Flat|
|2013||Nov: Grand Designs – Lambeth House|
“AFL combine bold, innovative artistic talent with strong practical considerations in their approach. Truly a fantastic team of architects” – Wecca Ltd, Westminster
“We engaged AFL after having unsuccessfully tried with two previous architects to gain our planning approval. AFL’s planning application was approved at the first round” – Luisa Affuso, Islington
“We are simply thrilled with the outcome. AFL fully delivered on the brief and our home feels modern, while in keeping with the period building” – Jackie & Adrian, Camden
“AFL played a vital role in making my development a reality, as part of a very strong design team that ultimately won our crucial approval at appeal.” – Ken Yong, Greenwich
“We decided to hire and work with AFL because of their competence, reliability and team-oriented work. We will certainly work on further projects in London with AFL” – Moritz Gruppe GmbH, Berlin