Practice

A-Zero Architects is an award winning RIBA chartered practice based in London.

Founded in 2010, we aim to create projects which are both responsive and responsible. By responsive we mean approaching each design exercise as a collaborative effort, one that demands an intimate understanding of both Client and Brief before the design process can begin. By responsible, we mean designing and procuring our buildings in a way which does not have an adverse impact on the environment.

Our projects range from ultra-low-energy residential new build and refurbishment, mixed-use developments, and community centres. We feel performance should be fundamental to design – not an afterthought. When sun shines in a window, where we procure our materials from, how much energy our buildings consume – these are the things which drive our architecture. We guide projects through from feasibility to completion, from conceptual design solutions,  exceptional technical detailing to ensure that our buildings perform to their design standards, require little maintenance and are a pleasure to use.

People

Giles Bruce, MArch (dist), BArch, RIBA – [email protected]

Educated in Ireland, Norway and the UK, Giles has lived in London since 2005 and can be spotted on his bicycle most days between his home in Southwark, A-Zero Architects in Tower Bridge or the Architectural Association (AA) in Bloomsbury. Since becoming a chartered architect in 2005, Giles has pursued his career with a focus on environmental design. He was awarded the Eden Scholarship to study for Masters in Sustainable Environmental Design at the AA, from which he graduated with Distinction in 2007. He was the lead environmental designer for the LSE Saw Swee Hock Student Centre with O’Donnell + Tuomey (Stirling prize shortlisted), and founded A-Zero with the specific aim of focussing on high quality design with a zero carbon target. He is a design tutor and lecturer in the Architectural Association, has taught at UCL Bartlett, UAL Central Saint Martins, University of Nottingham, University College Dublin, and lectured internationally on sustainable design.

Phillip Toyin. MArch, BArch – [email protected]

Phillip hails from Nigeria, and studied both in the University of Lagos, and University of Nottingham. On joining A-Zero in 2012, Phillip was key in developing the environmental design of the Central European University Campus in Budapest, Hungary with O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects, a project that went on to be nominated for the RIBA International Prize 2018.  He has since been project architect for numerous residential and commercial projects from concept through to completion, but is at his happiest when in a high-viz and helmet on a construction site when the fruits of his labours in the studio become reality.

Shoichi Sado MArch, BArch – [email protected]

Shoichi studied both in Cambridge and the Royal College of Art before joining A-Zero Architects in 2015. During his tenure in the studio he has been project architect for a range of both new-build and refurbishment projects, and has a particular interest in material innovation and working with historic and listed structures in the practice. Shoichi is a highly versatile architect, as able to making a cardboard model as he is rendering a 3d visualisation.

Ross King MArch, BArch – [email protected]

Ross came to London from Aberdeen, via Dubai and Vancouver and claims credit for bringing A-Zero into the world of BIM. Educated in Robert Gordon University, and currently studying for his RIBA part 3 exams, Ross is currently project architect on a series of domestic and mixed use schemes in the UK.

Mizue Katayama, BArch – [email protected]

When she is not studying at the Architectural Association, Mizue works with the studio in the capacity of intern, and bringer of calm to the office. She has managed a series of projects through concept and construction.

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