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.
|2018||Shortlisted: Blueprint Awards Best Residential|
|2018||Shortlisted: BD Young Architect of the Year Award|
|2018||Longlisted: Dezeen Awards|
|2018||Shortlisted: London Construction Awards|
|2018||Winner: BUILD Best for Private House Extensions|
|2017||RIBA Journal Rising Stars Cohort|
|2017||Shortlisted: BD Housing Architect of the Year Award|
|2017||Winner: Sustainable Building Awards|
|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||May: DOMUS – North London House|
|2019||Apr: Good Homes Magazine – Holland Park 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
“As a busy London building contractor, we work with many architectural practices and find AFL to be one of the most professional, thorough and straightforward firms to work with” – Get Turner Ltd, London
“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