About the Speaker
Alison Brooks, Founder and Creative Director of Alison Brooks Architects London, is one of the UK’s most highly awarded and internationally acclaimed architects. Born and educated in Canada, she moved to London in 1987 and established her practice in 1996. With built works encompassing urban design and housing, private houses, public buildings for the arts and higher education, she is the only architect to have received the profession’s three most prestigious UK awards: the RIBA Stirling Prize, Manser Medal (twice) and Stephen Lawrence Prize.
Her work reflects a commitment to generous, inclusive city-building and a uniquely sculptural design language beautifully demonstrated in her recently completed Cohen Quadrangle for Exeter College, Oxford. Landmark urban projects include Ely Court, London, the Stirling-prize-winning Accordia, Cambridge and Cadence in King’s Cross. Her public and education buildings include Folkestone’s Quarterhouse Performing Arts Centre and the ‘Smile’, a spectacular public pavilion for the 2017 London Design Festival. Private houses continue to serve as a focussed platform for the practice’s design research, from the much-celebrated 2001 VXO House to 2021 RIBA House of the Year, Windward House. She has been invited to exhibit her practice’s work at the Venice Architecture Biennale three times.