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.
We ask questions about environment and impact. When does the sun shine in a window? Where do our materials come from,? How much energy do our buildings consume?
We guide projects from the first feasibility questions to the final completion, developing conceptual design solutions and exceptional technical detailing to ensure that our buildings perform to their design standards, require little maintenance and are a pleasure to use.
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.
Ingrid Hu, BA (Hon) Theatre, MA Scenography – [email protected]
Ingrid trained in scenography in Canada and the UK. Between 2002 and 2009, she worked for Heatherwick Studio on a wide range of design projects including the Lubetkin-winning UK Pavilion for the 2010 World Expo. As a scenographer, Ingrid has designed for performances in and outside of conventional spaces, as well as exhibitions and installations in the public realm. Her practice is built upon her commitment in exploring contemporary narratives through contextual research, materiality and spatial experience. As a director for A-Zero, she envisions interdisciplinary strategies and oversees interiors and competitions. Originally from Taipei, Taiwan, Ingrid is a member of the Society of British Theatre Designers and an associate lecturer at UAL Central St Martins.
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, Ross is currently project architect on a series of domestic and mixed use schemes in the UK.
Mizue Katayama, BArch – [email protected]
Mizue works with the studio as Architectural Assistant, and bringer of calm to the office. Educated in both the Architectural Association and SOAS, she has manages a series of projects through concept and construction.
2018 – Don’t Move, Improve! Awards – Glazed Fissure House– LONGLISTED
2017 – Don’t Move, Improve! Awards – The Middle Room Project – LONGLISTED A
2017 – RIAI Architecture Awards – CEU (A-Zero were consultants to the lead architects O’Donnell + Tuomey) – WINNER O
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