2018 – Don’t Move, Improve! Awards – Glazed Fissure House – LONGLISTED

2017 – Don’t Move, Improve! Awards – The Middle Room Project – LONGLISTED

2017 – RIAI Architecture Awards – CEU (A-Zero were consultants to the lead architects O’Donnell + Tuomey) – WINNER

2016 – LABS Excellence in Design Award – Extending without an extension : FINALIST

2015 – International Design Competition : NLA New ideas for Housing – The High Street Living Project – SHORTLISTED

2014 – AVDC Design Award –Timber Frame House – WINNER

2014 – International Design Competition: Swansea Tidal Lagoon  : Water mist installation (in collaboration with Ingrid Hu & Andy Pink) – WINNER

2012 – International Design Competition : Kiruna Masterplan, Sweden (in collaboration with Territorial Agency and Tham & Videgård Arkitekter – SHORTLISTED

2011 – International Design competition : Central European University Masterplan (in collaboration with O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects) – WINNER

2008 – PLEA Passive Low Energy Architecture Conference –  ‘High Density Low Energy – Achieving solar access in Dublin’s Multi-story developments‘ – BEST PAPER



Archdaily – May 2017

May 2017: Our High Kitchen project is published in Archdaily this morning – 

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Grand Designs Magazine – July 2016 edition  

June 2016: Our Willesden Road project has been featured in this month’s Grand Designs Magazine : 

Energy Consumption has been greatly reduced in this side extension by A-ZERO architects. The environmental upgrades include the installation of a new MVHR system, high performance glazing, and greater levels of insulation throughout. Internally, the new addition features a series of roof-lights, and exposed brickwork, while externally, the decorative iroko facia spans the rear elevation with bi-fold doors leading to the stone clad garden’.

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New London Architecture : New Ideas for Housing  

October 2015: As one of the practices shortlisted for the New London Architecture ‘New Ideas for Housing’ competition. our entry ‘The High Street Living Project‘ was featured under the ‘densification’ category. The submission is also on display in the Building Centre in Store Street until December 2015.

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The Modern House

May 2015: We were featured in The Modern House website, for our Timber Frame House. Very nice photos with the surrounding landscape far more established…

‘Perhaps the most impressive space is the open plan kitchen / living /dining room. It is an uplifting, light-filled area that features a wonderful exposed oak frame, floor to ceiling glazing, integrated audio and a bespoke kitchen. The second reception room is a more cosy space with a fireplace. Upstairs the bedrooms all have vaulted ceilings (with extra mezzanine levels in the smaller rooms) and lead on to a wide, meticulously-detailed circulation space’

More details here :


Architects Journal 

January 2015: Featured as a part of AJ’s Specification series, our Timber Frame House was featured as a special case study focusing on passive design, and low energy design. Read full article here :



December 2015: Dezeen picked up on our Timber Frame House, and ran a detailed feature on it – One of the comments to the article’Fantastic transformation. I like the choice of materials, the wood with the steel frames works really well the brick, as well as the exposure the timber structure inside the house’. Read the full article here :


The house was also featured in various on-line blogs, both nationally and internationally.

Grand Designs Magazine

January 2015: A small but noteworthy mention in January’s edition of Grand Design Magazine for our Timber Frame House.Something old, something new : For an excellent example of how to mix contemporary with traditional, take this timber-framed house in Leighton Buzzard by A-Zero architects (020 7701 2664, www.a-zero co uk) The existing barn had to be demolished, but its foundation slab, several walls and 90 per cent of the steel frame were reused, reducing costs and meaning less spoil had to be removed Inside, traditional beams have been mixed with contemporary fixtures, while a heat•recovery system and ground source heat pump mean that the building has an excellent annual energy consumption ‘ 


University of East London Architecture Society

March 2013: Environmental Design – how should architects approach it? Giles gave a lecture to staff and students as a part of the 2012 – 13 lecture series about A-ZERO’S work and approach to architecture and environment. Watch lecture on YouTube


Central European University – Budapest 

May 2013: ‘Walking the talk’ : the sustainability strategy of the Central European University Campus Redevelopment Project  As a part of A-ZERO’s involvement in the redevelopment of the Central European University campus in Budapest, Giles was invited to present the design team’s approach to incorporating sustainable design strategies in to the architectural design strategies.


Green Sky Thinking – London Open House

March 2013: ‘Proving things will work as you hope they will’  As a part of the 2013 London Open House Green Sky Thinking Event, A-ZERO hosted an event focused on the part environmental design can play in the practice of architecture. The event, hosted in our cosy Iliffe Yard Studio, was attended by 40 for an afternoon workshop / lecture.


Architects Journal  

June 2011: New Practices #72 : A-ZERO was featured as a new up and coming practice in this AJ feature. Read the full article here.

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Passive Low Energy Architecture 

PLEA Dublin 2008:  High Density Low Energy : Giles was awarded the prize for ‘Best Paper’ at the 2008 conference in Dublin for his research into the development of high density residential developments optimised for solar access in Northerly latitudes.Read the full paper here