6a architects (Stephanie Macdonald, Tom Emerson, founded in 2001) illustrate in their projects a sophisticated experience of space, light and material, also using locations throughout their history. Their work is surprising through its sovereign sense of lightness and originality, without disowning any of its sobriety.
Stephanie Macdonald, studied Fine Arts at the Portsmouth School of Art. Following a scholarship in Japan, he studied architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the Royal College of Art and the University of North London. His experience before moving to private professional practice includes working with Tom Dixon and collaborations with Glasgow artists. He has lectured to the new creative industries in Berlin representing the ICA and the British Council.
Tom Emerson studied architecture at the University of Bath, the Royal College of Art and the University of Cambridge. He combines his professional practice with teaching at the Architectural Association in London. He has published articles on architecture, literature and art, and has taught at several architecture and art schools, including the Chelsea School of Art at the University of Cambridge, the ICA and the Royal College of Art.
Philippe Prost, after dedicating to research for ten years or so, was called for help in 1991 on a 15-year long adventure at the citadel of Belle-Ile-en-Mer. Today, he has gathered a team of about fifteen professionals as passionate and demanding as he is to work with in the long-term.The main features of their work are the respect for the site’s history and geography, a deep analysis of the programme issue, a constructive approach, the choice of sustainable materials, and finally a regular presence on the construction site.
The notions of memory and context are at the root of all the projects they carry on, whether on a large or a small scale. He is professor and president of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Paris-Belleville. He has been awarded the Chevalier des arts et des lettres in 2014 and the Prize Equerre by the french group Le moniteur for the Memorial international Notre-Dame-de-Lorette.
In 2009 he was awarded the Prix de l’Equerre d’Argent awarded by the press group Le Moniteur for La Cour des Images, Bourg-lès-Valence. In 2008 he received the Prize for the architecture book for Vauban: the style of intelligence. A reference work for contemporary architecture. In 2004 he received an special mention in the Prix de l’Equerre d’Argent for Zac Réunion (housing), Paris 20th district.
Carmody Groarke have designed critically acclaimed buildings including Windermere Jetty Museum, the V&A Members’ Room and Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre Clatterbridge. The studio has designed projects for clients including artist Antony Gormley, British Land and the Royal Academy of Arts.
Current projects include a Temporary Museum for Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Hill House, housing in Milan and a new international arts venue at Park Hill, Sheffield.
The practice has earned international recognition, winning several architectural competitions and awards for completed projects. Two monographs of the practice’ work have been published by the world renowned El Croquis and 2G.
They are passionate about education, they research and teaching at London Metropolitan University, where they have run a design unit since 2014. To date we have delivered 16 education projects including four masterplans, across a range of providers covering both the state and private sectors, and primary and secondary institutions.
They take a multi-disciplinary approach to design and have collaborated with many leading designers and engineers on a range of projects which include larger scale urban masterplans, bridges, landscapes and buildings.
Current projects include the Grand Egyptian Museum, at the Pyramids, the Giant’s Causeway Visitors’ Centre, Central Park Bridges at the 2012 London Olympic Park, a Library and School of Architecture at the University of Greenwich in Greenwich, London and a Mittelrheinbruecke in the Rhine Valley.