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18 April 2019

Young Architect of the Year 2019 - Shortlist

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for BD’s Young Architect of Year Award 2019.

Our submission included a few of the key projects which have been defining moments for us and have played a huge role the development of our design philosophy. This can be best summarised as a desire to configure the raw elements of architecture (generosity of plan and section, tectonic rigour, bold materiality, and innovative use of technology) to distil a sense of clarity in our projects which appeals to the intuitive. We believe a strong sense of place is engendered through an innate understanding of the spatial hierarchy, which allows people inhabit our designs with a degree of ease and ownership.

The projects we included are a testament to the successful application of our design principles. They showcase a range of scales and uses, yet have a consistency of approach that results in legible, carefully-balanced environments, that retain a sense of warmth and vibrancy. Whether that be the nurturing of a community in an award winning student space (Chapter Living, King’s Cross); using ambitious building technologies to transform an underused courtyard into an auditorium (Nido, Spitalfields); or creating rigorously detailed contemporary housing on a tight mews site (Battersea Square Mews).

Our recent work has culminated in the proposal for Theo + Oskar’s House, which came about after winning an international design competition. We have embraced pre-fabrication technology to respond to the evolving needs of two brothers with a progressive degenerate disease. TCA are one of the first practices to use an engineered timber diagrid in a residential setting. The result is a light-filled, column-free, uplifting environment that has the flexibility to adapt to the challenges the boys will face in the future. We hope to build on this legacy of innovation and become leaders in using the latest technologies to facilitate the creation of buildings with an intrinsic spatial clarity.

The winner will be announced on the 1st May. We have our fingers crossed and also wish all of the other amazingly talented practices the best of luck!!