About

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.

Approach

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.

Awards

2018 Shortlisted: Blueprint Awards Best Residential
2018 Shortlisted: BD Young Architect of the Year Award
2018 Longlisted: Dezeen Awards
2018 Shortlisted: Archiboo
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

Press

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

Clients

“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

Team