June 2017, RIBA National Award 2017

6a architects' Photography Studio for Juergen Teller has won a 2017 riba National Award. The awards recognise buildings across the UK that make a significant contribution to architecture.


The judges commended the studio as a 'sublime' building that is a 'mature and confident statement of orderliness and precision, whilst also being relaxed and playful.' 

June 2017, New London Awards

The Photography Studio for Juergen Teller has been nominated for a 2017 New London Award in the 'workplaces' category. The winner will be announced by New London Architecture on Wednesday 5 July.

June 2017, Rubens' House and Garden

6a architects has been shortlisted by Antwerp City Council to consider the future of the house and grounds of Renaissance painter Peter Paul Rubens. As one of four teams, selected from 57 entries, the practice will prepare strategies to establish new arrival, gallery, education and library buildings on the central Antwerp site.


Peter Paul Rubens, The Garden Walk, "Rubens with Hélène Fourment en Nicholas Rubens", 1631

June 2017, 6a in conversation with Jonathan Anderson

6a architects’ founding director Stephanie Macdonald will join fashion designer Jonathan Anderson and design historian Emily King in conversation at the Hepworth Wakefield on Saturday 17th June 2017 at 12pm. They will explore the intersecting art and design practices that come together in the collaboration between 6a, Jonathan Anderson and the Hepworth for the current exhibition, Disobedient Bodies: JW Anderson Curates The Hepworth Wakefield. Photograph by Lewis Ronald

May 2017, RIBA London Building of the Year 2017

6a architects has won two riba Regional Awards 2017 and London Building of the year. The studio complex for Juergen Teller won London's Building of the Year at the Royal Institute of British Architects. This follows its riba London Award and an riba East Award for Cowan Court, Churchill College, University of Cambridge. Both buildings will now be considered for national riba Awards, to be announced in June.

May 2017, Cowan Court wins a RIBA East Award

Cowan Court, 6a architects' 68-room hall of residence for Churchill College, University of Cambridge, has won an riba East Awards 2017. The project will now go through to the national awards which take place in June.

April 2017, 6a shortlisted for two 2017 RIBA Awards

Two projects by 6a architects have been shortlisted for 2017 riba Awards.


Cowan Court is a 68-room hall of residence for Churchill College, University of Cambridge. Completed in August 2016, it is the first completely new court since the Grade-II listed college was founded in the early 1960s. 6a's building transforms the raw sensuality of the original brick- and board-marked concrete into an innovative, contemporary, low-energy timber building.


The Photography Studio for Juergen Teller spans a long and narrow plot in west London. 6a designed a series of three individual buildings, comprising offices and archive, a top-lit studio space and ensemble of ancillary rooms. Each unit is punctuated with a garden inspired by those that spring naturally in ruinous or untouched corners of the city. 


March 2017, Disobedient Bodies at The Hepworth Wakefield

Disobedient Bodies opens today at The Hepworth Wakefield.


Curated by fashion designer Jonathan Anderson and designed by 6a architects and ok-rm, the exhibition investigates the way the human form has been reconceived by artists and designers across the 20th and 21st centuries. A selection of sculptures, many from The Hepworth’s collection, will be on display alongside notable fashion pieces and objects of craft and design.


On Saturday 17th June Jonathan Anderson will be in conversation with Stephanie Macdonald of 6a architects and design historian Emily King. Tickets are available here.


Friday 17th  March - Sunday 18th June 2017.


The Hepworth Wakefield

Gallery Walk


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March 2017, Just Add Juergen

James McLachlan reviews Juergen Teller's new studio in Icon Magazine (165). The feature includes photographs by Juergen Teller of a harpist in the studio and Charlotte Rampling in the garden.

February 2017, Where does architecture meet art?

On Art and Architecture: Tom Emerson and Richard Wentworth


9 February 2017

8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Frieze Academy

Second Home

68-80 Hanbury Street

London E1 5JL


Where does architecture meet art and how can the seemingly mundane aspects of the city influence creative production, whether that of artists or architects? 

Richard Wentworth is an artist who works with the familiar and the everyday, yet who finds in the quotidian a kind of human inventiveness that is almost magical. 

Tom Emerson is an architect whose practice draws upon broader history and culture: film, literature, craft and a world beyond building – which nevertheless is what makes building possible.

The talk brings together the artist and the architect, in attempt to trace the seemingly invisible and the ordinary that influence the way we construct, design and reflect upon the world around us. 

The event is part of a new series on Art and Architecture curated by Edwin Heathcote and hosted by Second Home in East London.

About Edwin Heathcote

Edwin Heathcote is a writer and architect living and working in London. He is the architecture and design critic of The Financial Times and the founder and editor of online critical design writing archive readingdesign.org. 

He is also the author of around a dozen books on architecture and design, a contributor to GQ Magazine and a contributing editor at ICON and l'Architecture d'Aujord hui.


Photo: Richard Wentworth, Making Do and Getting By, London early 20th century

January 2017, Timber Brut

Jay Merrick reviews 6a's recently completed Cowan Court at Churchill College Camrbidge in the Architects' Journal

December 2016, Best buildings of 2016

The Oberver architecture critic Rowan Moore lists Cowan Court in top 5 buildings of 2016. Oliver Wainwright includes it in his top 10 in The Guardian

December 2016, Stephanie Macdonald and Gabriel Orozco in Art Quarterly

Art critic Claire Wrathall talks to artist Gabriel Orozco and 6a director Stephanie Macdonald about the new Orozco Garden at the South London Gallery

December 2016, Casabella

9 page feature in Casabella 868 by Federico Tranfa on 6a's Cowan Court and the legacy of Modernism at Churchill College Cambridge

December 2016, Mark 65

Izabela Anna reviews Juergen Teller's studio for Mark Magazine

October 2016, Stephanie Macdonald in conversation with Gabriel Orozco at Frieze

Writer & critic Kirsty Bell joins Mexican artist Gabriel Orozco and 6a architects’ director Stephanie Macdonald to talk about their new project for the South London Gallery. 

4 Oct 2016, 10:00am - 4:00pm
Royal College of Physicians, 11 St Andrews Place, NW1 4LE London



October 2016, Juergen Teller Studio review in The Observer

Rowan Moore reviews Juergen Teller's Studio in The Observer.


Click here to read the review

October 2016, Gabriel Orozco Garden

The South London Gallery’s new permanent garden has been created over the past two years by the artist Gabriel Orozco, with support from 6a architects and horticulturists at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Gabriel Orozco, who was born in Mexico and currently lives in Tokyo, is one of the leading artists of his generation. He has exhibited extensively internationally and periodically in London including a major mid-career retrospective at Tate Modern in 2011. He has never before designed a garden, but embraced the challenge of transforming a largely inaccessible paved area of land at the back of the SLG’s main building into a unique sculptural work as part of his artistic practice.   

6a architects have a history of working with the South London Gallery, having designed its award-winning 2010 expansion into a neighbouring house and new Clore education space. The practice is also  working on the renovation of the former Peckham Road Fire Station, donated to the South London Gallery by an anonymous benefactor and due to open in 2018. 


September 2016, Churchill College

HRH The Duke of Gloucester and Dame Professor Athene Donald opened Cowan Court, the new halls of residence designed by 6a architects at Churchill College, University of Cambridge. The ceremony was attended by 130 guests comprising Fellows and staff, benefactors and alumni. The 68 room building will welcome students for the start of term in October 2016. It was made possible thanks to a generous donation made by Churchill College alumnus Michael Cowan.


Click here for more information

September 2016, Juergen Teller Studio in AR

Jonathan Glancey reviews the studio for Juergen Teller in the Architectural Review.


Click here for more information

6a's expansion to mk Gallery and its impact on the city published in Blueprint 348, September 2016

June 2016, Victoria Morton

Spoken Yeahs From A Distance by Victoria Morton at Sadie Coles hq1 Davies Street, London W1, 7 June - 9 July 2016.

Art Review editor Mark Rappolt and Sadie Coles invite you to a conversation between painter Victoria Morton and architect Stephanie Macdonald on 8 June at 7pm at Sadie Coles hq.

June 2016, Art Review

From word to image: Tom Emerson talks to French poet and novelist Michel Houellebecq in Art Review (Vol 68 no5, Summer 2016)about about space, landscape and transitioning from the page to the spaces of Palais de Tokyo, where his exhibition opens on 23 June and Manifesta 11 in Zurich. 

May 2016, Pavilion of Reflections, Manifesta 11

Students from Studio Tom Emerson, Department of Architecture at eth Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of technology) have design and constructed the Pavilion of Reflections for Manifesta 11, floating on Lake Zurich for 100 days opening on 11 June 2016.


Manifesta, the nomadic, European biennial of contemporary art will hold its eleventh iteration in Zurich in summer 2016. Floating in the lake by the city centre, Manifesta 11’s Pavillon of Reflections will serve as its public forum for the hundred days of the biennial. It will offer space for dialogue and reflection on the artworks created as part of the biennial, and serve as a gathering place for participants and visitors. The pavilion project is being led by a team of over thirty architecture students and teaching staff from Studio Tom Emerson at eth Zurich who are collectively responsible for the conception, development and construction of the Pavilion.


The students developed a collective working process and the coordination and communication required. The greatest challenge is also the project's greatest potential: to translate the shared design into a built work. After an initial ideas competition between smaller groups of students, teams worked at different scales — from its setting in the city and the lake basin, through to 1:1 scale prototypes — to bring the many design-related, technical and organisational dimensions of the project together to in a multi-layered and ultimately buildable architectural project. Apart from the design process, the construction techniques in particular will influence the final design of the Pavilion. The Pavilion of Reflections is made entirely of wood; the way the material is dealt with is an essential part of the design and construction process. Following the detailed design phase, from January 2016 onwards the Pavilion was prefabricated and assembled by the students in a production hall in Zurich. 


Studio Tom Emerson based at eth Zurich is the research and teaching arm of 6a architects.

April 2016, Glasgow Atlas

Date: 08 Apr 2016 – 24 Apr 2016

Type: Exhibition
Location: Unit 22, 100 Borron Street, Glagow, G4 9XG


Last weekend to see the exhibition by Studio Tom Emerson from ETH Zurich, part of Glasgow International festival of contemporary art.


Students from Studio Tom Emerson at the Department of Architecture, ETH Zurich, have produced a collective survey of Glasgow followed by architectural proposals, collectively known as the Atlas. “Learning from the existing landscape is a way of being revolutionary for an architect” wrote Venturi and Scott-Brown in Learning From Las Vegas in 1972.  The sentiment is even more important today as Glasgow accommodates a new post-industrial landscape. 

The survey is a radical act. From Piranesi’s Antichite Romane to Rem Koolhaas’ record of the Berlin Wall, the survey has been instrumental in not only recording, but transforming a vision of the past into the future. The projects developed by the students range from rethinking great tracts of city and landscape, to tiny, almost unnoticeable adjustments to boundaries and thresholds, from the fantastical to the plausible. They have suggested new parks, walks, baths, playing fields and viaduct housing woven into Glasgow’s fabric. The Atlas makes no distinction between the used and the abandoned, between the well-known and the forgotten. All surveys are incomplete, subjective, and bear all the naiveté of the outsider’s gaze. They are an attempt to see and retain something, to look more carefully for a future in what is there.

The project was initiated by Glasgow International in 2014, and supported by Stephanie Macdonald of 6a architects.

A catalogue will be published alongside the exhibition with contributions from Arno Brandlhuber.


November 2015, Dust Free Friends Book Launch

Friday 18th December, 6.30pm - 8.30pm AA Bookshop, 32 Bedford Square, London, wc1b 3es


Dust Free Friends is a manual for making a series of plywood furniture at home, designed by 6a architects. The rules are easy to follow, and even easier to change, to make best use of the sheet of plywood with the smallest number of cuts and least wastage.


For more information on the book, visit dustfreefriends.co.uk. For more information please contact Joe Tyrrell on 020 7242 5422 or email joe@6a.co.uk

October 2015, Juergen Teller edits Salame Magazine

Juergen Teller edits a special edition of Salame Magazine including photographs taken on the construction site of his new studio designed by 6a and a conversation between Tom Emerson and David Adjaye.

October 2015, Paul Smith No. 9

Paul Smith has designed a series of leather goods inspired by the cast iron façade of No. 9 Albemarle Street.

October 2015, LC House

6a's LC House has been photographed by the Modern House. The complete series can be found at their website. 

September 2015, Accattone 2
April 2015, 6a architects nominated for the 2016 Iakov Chernikhov International Prize

6a architects has been nominated for the 2016 Iakov Chernikhov Prize.


The Iakov Chernikhov Prize is awarded every two years to young masters of contemporary architecture and is aimed at solving current social and cultural problems on the basis of humanistic principles in the art of architecture. It supports experimental, educational and research works in the field of innovative architecture and town planning. A jury of authoritative international architects will select the winner from nominees chosen by an international committee.


6a has been nominated alongside Studio Tom Emerson the practice's teaching and research studio at the Department of Architecture at eth Zurich.


April 2015, Hôtel Wolfers

6a architects’ limited edition furniture series designed for maniera will be exhibited in Hôtel Wolfers, Brussels. Built by Henry Van de Velde in 1929, the Modernist villa has remained unchanged since the 1970s. The undisturbed interiors will be home to the practice’s series Dust Free Friends and limited editions by artist Richard Venlet.


Hôtel Wolfers

60, rue Alphonse Renard




24-26th April

Out of respect for the Hôtel Wolfers and its owner, the number of visitors is limited. Group visits are scheduled for 10:00, 12:00, 14:00 & 16:00, please email info@maniera.be to confirm a place.


April 2015, MANIERA

6a has designed Dust Free Friends, a limited edition furniture series for Brussels-based design initiative maniera. The collection and catalogue will be displayed at Atelier Clerici, Milan on 14-19th April 2015.


Palazzo Clerici

via Clerici, 5

20121 Milan


April 2015, Wallpaper* Handmade

Invited by Wallpaper* Handmade, 6a architects has collaborated with Viennese glassware company Lobmeyr. A selection of glass objects will be on display as part of the exhibition Eat me! Drink me! Tell me that you love me! from 14-18th April 2015.


The Wallpaper* Arcade

via San Gregorio, 43

20124 Milan


February 2015, Flemish Architecture Institute, VAi

6a architects’ Tree House will feature in the exhibition City Outside the City curated and produced by the Flemish Architecture Institute and deSingel International Arts Campus. The exhibition explores the potential of the suburbs, with works by photographers, researchers and contemporary architects.


deSingel International Arts Campus

Desguinlei 25

2018 Antwerp



27 February – 07 June 2015

February 2015, Lecture, Harvard GSD

Tom Emerson will give a lecture at the symposium Design Techniques II about the work and processes of 6a architects.


Harvard University Graduate School of Design

Piper Auditorium, Gund Hall

48 Quincy Street

Cambridge, Massachusetts


19 February 2015, 6:30pm  


January 2015, LUMA Foundation

6a architects and Richard Wentworth have produced an installation in Theater Objects: A Stage for Architecture and Art.


The first in a series of exhibitions that aim to initiate a dialogue between architecture and contemporary art, the exhibition is co-produced by luma Foundation and gta Exhibitions, eth Zurich.


The exhibition also features work by Uri Aran, Andrea Branzi, Pieter De Bruyne, Studio Tom Emerson, Dan Graham, gruppe, Trix & Robert Haussmann, Christian Kerez, William Leavitt, Made In, Josep Lluís Mateo, Mélanie Matranga, Helen Marten, Matthias Megyeri, Peter Märkli, Claude Parent, Magali Reus, Cameron Rowland, Carissa Rodriguez, Stephan Trüby, Günther Vogt, architecten de vylder vinck taillieu and Peter Wächtler.


luma Westbau / pool etc
Limmatstrasse 270
8005 Zurich


22 November 2014—25 January 2015

December 2014, Double Nomination, European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2015

6a architects' facade for Paul Smith and the Tree House have both received nominations for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2015.

The practice has been nominated for a third consecutive edition of the award, following nominations for both Raven Row and the South London Gallery in 2011 and the Fashion Gallery at the v&a in 2013.

The highest award in European architecture, the prize is granted every two years to recognise and commend excellence in the field of architecture.


December 2014, House of Voltaire

6a architects, A Practice for Everyday Life and Simon Jones will be guest shopkeepers at House of Voltaire on Thursday 18th December, from 5.30-8.00 pm.

House of Voltaire is a biennial temporary shop in support of Studio Voltaire’s renowned gallery and education programmes.

Upstairs, 39 to 40 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London, w1s 4te

November 2014, House of Voltaire

Studio Voltaire's biennial temporary shop opens from 12th November - 20th December in Mayfair, London. Designed by Simon Jones, A Practice for Everyday Life and 6a architects the store will sell a selection of unique artworks, limited edition prints and specially commissioned homewares, clothing and accessories by leading contemporary artists and designers. 

Upstairs, 39 to 40 Albemarle St, Mayfair, London, w1s 4te 

September 2014, RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2014

The Tree House has been shortlisted for the riba Stephen Lawrence Prize 2014. This prestigious prize, founded in memory of Stephen Lawrence (1974-1993), rewards projects built to modest budgets.

August 2014, 2014 RIBA Manser Medal

6a architects’ Tree House has been nominated for the 2014 riba Manser Medal. The annual award recognises outstanding new houses in the uk.

July 2014, Detail 54. 2014 7/8

6a architects on the cover of Detail magazine. The cast iron shop front for Paul Smith in Mayfair, London is presented in an issue dedicated to facades.


July 2014, CICA Book and Journal Awards

Never Modern (Park Books), by Irénée Scalbert and 6a architects, has been shortlisted for the cica Bruno Zevi Book Award 2014.

The International Committee of Architectural Critics cica, was founded in 1978 in Mexico by Bruno Zevi, Julius Posener and Pierre Vago. The current president is Prof. Joseph Rykwert.

The prestigious cica Book Awards were initiated at the xiv UIA World Congress in Warsaw, 1981. Recipients of the awards have included Kenneth Frampton, William Curtis, Dalibor Vesely and Vittorio Magnago Lampugnani.  


May 2014, Double RIBA London Award

6a architects was presented with a riba London Award and a riba London Special Award for Tree House, East London. The riba London Awards celebrate the best new architecture in the capital each year. 6a previously received the award for contemporary art centre Raven Row in Spitalfields.

March 2014, Civic Trust Award

6a architects' collaboration with Paul Smith at 11 Albemarle Street was presented with a 2014 Civic Trust Award. Established in 1959, the Award recognises outstanding architecture, planning and design in the built environment across the world.


February 2014, Designs of the Year

The Design Museum has nominated 6a architects for their Designs of the Year Award 2014. The jury selected the cast iron façade designed for Paul Smith in Mayfair, London to join a shortlist that includes works by Zaha Hadid, Miuccia Prada, Rick Owens, David Chipperfield and Lacaton & Vassal. 6a architects previously received a nomination for the contemporary art centre Raven Row.

An exhibition of the nominated architects and designers will open on the 26th March 2014 at the Design Museum.

December 2013, Future City

6a architects feature in Future City, an exhibition and events programme that looks at the utopian origins of Milton Keynes and its future. The practice have been invited to design the expansion of MK Gallery. The exhibition features a collection describing their design process, combining books, films, artworks and images of completed buildings with the debris of the design process; the models, materials and prototypes produced during a project. A series of contemporary photographs by David Grandorge explore the seeds of a new twenty first century Milton Keynes.


The exhibition is open until 5th January 2014.


MK Gallery900 Midsummer Boulevard

Central Milton Keynes, MK9 3QA


Photograph by David Grandorge


October 2013, Icon 124

6a architects on the cover of Icon magazine. Editor Christopher Turner profiles recent work in the Architect Detectives

September 2013, 11 Albemarle Street

6a architects has designed a cast iron facade for Paul Smith's new London shop at 11 Albemarle Street, Mayfair.


September 2013, archithese 4.2013

6a architects feature as the new time travellers in Back to the Future by Oliver Domeisen in Swiss magazine Archithese, an essay on the use of history in contemporary architecture

September 2013, Wallpaper* 174

Wallpaper* magazine documents the collaboration between 6a architects and Paul Smith for the facade of 11 Albemarle Street. 

June 2013, Never Modern

Never Modern by Irénée Scalbert and 6a architects

is published this month.


Architecture critic Irénée Scalbert pulls the threads of conversations held over the years and teases out material for a theory on the work of 6a architects.


Paperback 176 pages, 64 illustrations

140 x 200 mm

isbn 978-3-906027-24-1


Designed by John Morgan studio 

Published by Park Books, Zürich

Available soon from Park Books, the AA Bookshop and selected bookshops.


March 2013, Lecture, Dublin

Tom Emerson will give a lecture in the aai practice series about the work of 6a architects in relation to teaching at eth Zurich


Architectural Association of Ireland

Thomas Davis Theatre

Trinity College



14 March 2013, 7pm

aai Lectures


March 2013, Baumeister B3 13

Following the award of a 2012 Erich Schelling Medal for Architecture 6a architects feature in the German periodical Baumeister.

February 2013, A+U 509

6a architects feature in the February issue of Japanese periodical A+U - Architecture + Urbanism.

November 2012, Erich Schelling Medal for Architecture 2012

6a architects has been awarded a 2012 Erich Schelling Medal for Architecture.

Since 1992 the Erich Schelling Foundation and University of Karlsruhe have awarded biennial prizes for seminal design ideas and contributions to the theory and history of architecture, both to practicing architects and academics across the world. Kenneth Frampton and Al Borde Arquitectos received the 2012 prizes, with medals awarded to 6a architects and AFF Architekten.


November 2012, European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2013

6a architects refurbishment of the v&a Fashion Gallery has been nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award 2013. The award is granted every two years to acknowledge quality architectural production in Europe. 


October 2012, Turner Prize Exhibition 2012

6a architects has collaborated with Turner Prize nominated artist Luke Fowler on this year’s exhibition at Tate Britain. The artist’s film All Divided Selves (2011explores the legacy of psychiatrist R.D. Laing and is screened alongside a series of diptych format photographs. Texiles were produced by Elizabeth Radcliffe. The exhibition is open until 6 January 2013.

October 2012, Salon Suisse, Venice

Tom Emerson will participate in a round table discussion at the Salon Suisse as part of the 13th International Architecture Biennale, Venice. Organised by the Swiss Arts Council and the British Council the discussion will be titled Nature? The contexts and cultures of practice, and building as continual research.


Other guests will include Emanuel Christ, Nicholas Lobo Brennen, Elli Mosayebi, Andrea Deplazes and will be chaired by Irina Davidovici. The talk will be held at:


Palazzo Trevisan degli Ulivi Campo

S.Agnese-Dorsoduro 810

I-30123 Venezia

T +39 041 24 11 810


20 October 2012, Saturday 5:30pm.


October 2012, London Showroom for Arper

6a architects has designed a new London showroom for Italian furniture manufacturer Arper.

The fashion gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum reopens on 19th May 2012 following an extensive refurbishment by 6a architects. The gallery will house the fashion collection and temporary exhibitions for the next decade.

April 2012, D&AD Award 2012

6a architects was awarded a 2012 D&AD Award for the exhibition Wim Crouwel: a graphic odyssey at the Design Museum, London. 

March 2012, European Union Prize of Contemporary Architecture, Mies van der Rohe Award 2011

The catalogue for the Mies van der Rohe Award, the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, has been published. 6a architects was nominationed for both the South London Gallery and Raven Row. The exhibition accompanying the award is travelling internationally visiting Chicago, London, Paris, Düsseldorf, Novi Sad, Copenhagen and Milan. The next location will be the M-Museum, Leuven, Belgium.

January 2011, RIBA Buildings of the Year

The Royal Institute of British Architects have published Architecture 11: RIBA Buildings of the Year. 6a architects was awarded an RIBA Award in 2011 for Raven Row Contemporary Art Centre, featured in this new publication.

6a architects was founded by Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald in 2001. They are best known for their contemporary art galleries, educational buildings, artists’ studios and residential projects, often in sensitive historic environments.

The 40-strong practice recently completed a new 68-room hall of residence for Churchill College, Cambridge (2016), which was awarded a riba Regional East Award in 2017. It is the first completely new court to be built at Churchill since the college’s foundation. A new studio complex for photographer Juergen Teller (2016) was winner of both a riba Regional London award and riba London Building of the Year in 2017. Recent arts projects include a collaboration with artist Gabriel Orozco on his new sculpture garden at South London Gallery (2016), a new contemporary art gallery for Sadie Coles HQ in Mayfair (2015), a cast iron shop front for fashion designer Paul Smith (2014) and refurbishment of the textile and fashion galleries at the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in 2013

6a architects rose to prominence with the completion of two critically acclaimed public art galleries, Raven Row (2009), which won a riba Award in 2011, and the expanded South London Gallery (2010). The practice is currently working on significant arts, education and residential projects around the world. This includes the renovation and extension of Peckham Road Fire Station, the next step in the South London Gallery’s award-winning urban art campus; a major expansion of leading contemporary art gallery MK Gallery in Milton Keynes; two mixed-used towers on the waterfront in Haafen City, Hamburg and a number of new build private houses and foundations for artists and collectors, alongside new projects in New York and Melbourne.

6a continues to work collaboratively on projects across the fields of art, exhibitions, fashion and science, having earned a reputation for sensitivity and diversity in the practice’s approach. The practice’s first book, Never Modern, was published in 2014 (Zürich: Park Books).

The practice has won major national and international competitions and been recognized with several prestigious awards, including riba Awards and consecutive nominations for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture –  Mies Van der Rohe Award (2011, 2013 & 2015). In 2012, it was awarded the Schelling Medal for Architecture.



Tom Emerson

Tom Emerson BSc(hons) DipArch(Cantab) riba studied architecture at the University of Bath, the Royal College of Art and the University of Cambridge. He has taught at the Architectural Association and the University of Cambridge and published articles on architecture, literature and art. In 2010 he was appointed Professor of Architecture at the eth Department of Architecture in Zurich.


Stephanie Macdonald

Stephanie Macdonald BA(hons) DipArch studied fine art at Portsmouth College of Art and following a scholarship to Japan, architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, the Royal College of Art and London Metropolitan University with Caruso St John. She has developed the practice’s collaborative approach working with artists, fashion designers, scientists. She leads the material research of the studio and recently 6a’s innovative architectural residency at the ICA.

Project Director


Mariana Barbosa Mateus Dipl Arch OA ARB

John Ross MA(Cantab) DipArch arb

Carlos Sanchez BSc(hons) MSc Arch AAM ARB

Owen Watson MA(Cantab) MSc Arch AAM ARB

6a studio

Liam Ashmore MA(Cantab)

Matt Atkins MA(Cantab) DipArch

Chris Bisset BA(hons) AADip

Roberto Boettger

Alex Butterworth BA(Cantab)    

Archie Cantwell MA(Edin)

Tim Collett BASc BEDS MArch arb

Rory Corr  BArch DipArch arb

Cécile David Dipl Arch arb

Vincenzo Di-Trolio BA DipArch

Georgina George, Project Accountant, BA (Public Administration) MAAT BA(Fine Art)

Matthew Gregorowski BA(Cantab)

Alastair Greig MA(Cantab)

Lea Hottiger MSc Arch ETH

Summer Islam AADipl(hons)

Susie Italiano, Studio Manager, BA (Business Economics), MA (Arts Management)

Korbinian Kainz MSc Arch ETH

Mayuko Kanasugi BA(hons) DipArch arb

Felix Koch Dipl.-Ing. Arch

Edorta Larizgoitia Andueza MArch

Aram Mooradian AADipl(hons) arb

Martin Nässén MArch ARB

Tadeas Riha MSc Ing.Arch

David Schmidt MSc Arch arb

Karolina Sznajder Dipl.Arch

Joe Tyrrell BA(hons)

Louise Underhill AADipl(hons)



Dan Pearson Studio

Johan Dehlin

Dobson White Boulcott

Eley Kishimoto

Engineers HRW


Luke Fowler



Oliver Godow

David Grandorge

Roger Hiorns


Jane Wernick Associates

John Morgan Studio

Jonathan Cook Landscape Architects

Simon Jones


Max Fordham LLP

Mendick Waring


Victoria Morton

Gabriel Orozco

Price and Myers


Seth Siegelaub




Nick Tyson (Regency Town House)

Edmund de Waal

Webb Yates


Mies Van de Rohe Award double nomination 2015

riba London Award 2014

riba London Special Award 2014

riba Stephen Lawrence Prize nomination 2014

Civic Trust Award 2014

Design Museum Design of the Year Award nomination 2014

Mies Van de Rohe Award nomination 2013

Erich Schelling Medal for Architecture 2012

D&AD Award 2012

Civic Trust Award Commendation 2012

riba Award 2011

Selected project for the RIBA Sterling Prize 2011

New London Architecture Award 2011

Mies Van de Rohe Award double nomination 2011

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition First Prize 2010

Design Museum/Brit Insurance Design of the Year Award Finalist 2010

Contractworld Award 2007

D&AD Award 2006

AJ/Corus 40 Under 40 Winner 2005

Next Generation Award 2005 (runner up)

Contractworld Award 2004

D&AD Award 2002

Design Week Award 2002

FX Design Awards 2002


City Outside the City, Flemish Architecture Institute / deSingel International Arts Campus, Antwerp, 2015

Theater Objects: A Stage for Architecture and Art, LUMA/Westbau, Zurich, 2014

Space Craft, Platform Gallery, Habitat, London, 2014

Future City, MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, 2013

European Union Prize of Contemporary Architecture - Mies van de Rohe Award 2011, EEUU Instituto Cervantes, Chicago, 2011, Palais de Chaillot, Paris 2012

Royal Academy of the Arts Summer Exhibition 2010

Hairywood, The Architecture Foundation, Covent Garden Piazza, London, 2008

Skin & Bones: Parallel practices between Fashion & Architecture, Somerset House, London, 2008

6 Practices: London Center for Architecture, American Institute of Architects, New York, 2007

Compendium, RIBA, London, 2007

Offley Works, New London Architecture, Building Centre, London, 2007

40 under 40, V&A Museum, London, 2005

Next Generation Award, MIPIM, Cannes, 2005

Hairywood, The Architecture Foundation, The Yard Gallery, London, 2005


Just Add Juergen

James McLachlan 

Icon Magazine, Issue 145, March 2017, p 86-92


Timber Brut

Jay Merrick 

The Architects' Journal, p 62-71


Rough Cut

Izabela Anna 

Mark Magazine 65, p 142-149


Juergen's Latimer Road Garden

Dan Pearson 

The Plant, Issue 10, p 34-41, December 2016


Every Work Starts with a Circle

Stephanie Macdonald and Gabriel Orozco 

Art Quarterly, p 60-67


Never Modern, Cowan Court, University of Cambridge

Federico Tranfa 

Casabella 868, p 30-39


Cowan Court at Churchill College review - a treehouse in the dreaming spires

Oliver Wainwright 

The Guardian


The Art of Concrete Thinking

Rowan Moore 

The Oberserver


On the Drawing Board

Herbert Wright 

Blueprint 348


Photographic Memory

Jonathan Glancey 

Architectural Review


From words to image: interview with Michel Houellebecq

Tom Emerson 

Art Review (Vol 68, no 5)


In Camera

David Grandorge 

Architecture today


Step change in mobility style

L Le Brun 

Financial Times Weekend, UK, p18

Dans un jardin anglais
S Trelcat 
Cree, France, No.375, p106 - 109

Constructing Architecture: A conversation about architectural education

A Lahoud & O Reeve 

Royal College of Art, Issue 2, p20 - 23


Solo Show

M Gibberd 

The World of Interiors, United States, Vol 36, p82 - 91


Dans tous ses états

P Hervieu 

Sites Archi, France, Front Cover + p20 - 25


Tree Hugger

K McCartney 

Belle Magazine, Australia, p50



Juergen Teller 

Salame Magazine


He once said to me that he never really gave the same talk twice but really only had one talk

T Emerson 

Accatone Magazine, Belgium, Issue 2, p78-107


Gallery 40

S Trelcat 

Exe (Architecture Detail Technique), France, p104-117


Tree House

S Mi Hyun 

Neighbour Magazine, S Korea, p222-225


Dessert Set

E Stathaki 

Wallpaper* Magazine, UK, The Handmade Issue, p68


Casas Radicales: La importancia de lo pequeño

M Barahona 

Diseño Interior, Spain, No. 272, p28-30


A+U magazine

E Ikeda  

a+u (Architecture + Urbanism Magazine) Issue 536, p130-131, p182


Victoria & Albert Museum, Gallery 40

M Guyaux & G Michat 

A+ Magazine, Issue 253, Belgium, p30-34, p92,



K Rodriguez 

Glocal Magazine, Mexico, p70


Line of Sight: Iron clad

H Roberts 

Belle Magazine, Australia, Dec 2013-Jan 2014, p60


Design on the "Spot"

V Cheng 

Objekt Magazine, China, p34-39


Paul Smith No. 9 Albermarle St

H Miyata 

Pen Magazine, Japan, p53


Tree House

M Lee 

Landscape World, Korea, p148-155


Londenske Price

D Milanovic 

Gloria Magazine, Croatia, p54-55


Loznice pod eukalyptem (Bedroom beneath the Eucapytus)

D Simonova 

Drevo & Stavby (Wood & Structures Magazine), Czech Republic, p134-135


RIBA Stephen Lawrence nomination showcase

T Ravenscroft 

The Architects' Journal


Open House Top 20

E Statharki 

Wallpaper* Magazine, UK


6a Architects - Tree House


Index Newspaper, No. 04, p27-30


New from Paul Smith

J Pennanen 

Elle Decoration, UK


Paul Smith Façade

J Pennanen 

Elle Decoration


Shop Façade in London

M Remter & S Drey 

Detail Magazine, German & UK Editions, Front Cover + p567-571


Lasting impression

E Young 

RIBA Journal


It's My Oasis

P Stockley 

London Evening Standard, p20-21


Shop Architecture II - Paul Smith Store Façade, London

N Soulis 

Domes Magazine, Greece, Front Cover + p40-49


Rooms with a winning view

H Graham 

Sunday Times Magazine, UK, p28-29


English Style

F Tagliabue 

Design Diffusion Magazine, Italy, p88-93


Quiet Space Making: 6a Architects

J Kubisty 

This is Paper Magazine, Poland, p64-75


Ambient Trends

U Wolf 

Messe Frankfurt, Autumn 2014 p8


Tree House

L Liu 

Interior Designer, Vol. 48, China, p132-137


Ornament - Heisses Eisen

C Zeidler 

db-Metamorphose, Germany, p88-93


Tree House

N Strovs 

Revija Hiše, Slovenia


Habillage en resonance

E Heathcote 

L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui, France


Tree House: Zero Barriere

A Solari 

Casa Naturale, Italy, p36-43


Stark Tailliert

A Du Bovis 

HÄUSER Magazin, Germany, p16


Fassade aus Gusseisen mit filigranem Muster

C Renner 

Baunetz Wissen Fassade


Tree House, London

E Seymour 

Grand Designs Magazine


Architektura: Medziu Paunksmeje

G Kisieliute 

Centras, Lithuania, p24-27


Private Actions: Adapting a garden to accessibility requirements

A Per 

a+t Magazine, 'Reclaim Domestic Actions 2', Spain, p134-137


Grand Designs

C Milmo 

The Independent, p28


Tree House

K Gerfen 

Architect: Magazine of the AIA, p105-108


There are no universal absolutes

J Hemmerling, S Savio & M Tovstiga 

TransRedaktion, Zurich, p28-31


Test of Metal

A Griffiths 

Frame Magazine, p65-66


Paul Smith


Blueprint, Issue 331


Paul Smith si veste di nero

E Cirmi 

Elle Decor Italia 


The Tree House

R Moore 

The Architects' Journal, Front Cover + p36-41


Paul Smith's Cast-Iron Fronted Store in London

R Hossenally 



Paul Smith Albermarle Street

D Hernandez 

Archipendium, Spain


Paul Smith No. 9 Albermarle Street

R Kobiki 

Elle Décor Japan, p82-85


Pop-Up Architecture

E Heathcote 

Architecture Paper No. 3, British Council


Casting about: 6a Architect's iron-clad Paul Smith shop façade in Mayfair, London

C Foges 

Architecture Today, p64-66


Extreme Makeover


Harper's Bazaar, Brazil


Flights of the Imagination


Building Design, p10-13


Architect Detectives

C Turner 

Icon, Front Cover + p152-158


Paul Smith shopfront

H Strange 

Bulding Design, p14-15


Paul Smith façade

S Paris 

Domus, Italy


Master Caster

S Davies 

Domus Nova


Iron Will

N Compton 

Wallpaper*, p108-114


Paul Smith No. 9 Albermarle St





J Weber 

Bloomberg Pursuits, p20


Access All Areas: Tree House by 6a Architects


Inhabit: Architecture Today, p02-05


Architecture from the Middle Kingdom (book review of Never Modern)

P Carl 

Architecture Today


Back to the future: rewriting the future of Architecture

O Domeisen 

Archithese: International Thematic Review for Architecture, p58-65


Never Modern - The Unique Approach of the Members of 6a Architects

P Nitsch 

Get Addicted To… Magazine, Germany



Victoria & Albert museum, Gallery 40


New London 2013 / 2014


Neue Ordnung: Drei Dauerausstellungen im Victoria & Albert Museum London

R Diamond 

werk, bauen + wohnen, Switzerland, p67-69



J von Mende 

Baumeister B3, München, p8-14


Feature 2: British Architecture


Architecture and Urbanism, Tokyo, p120-132


The Caretaker, Interview with Tom Emerson

A Humpel & B Boucsein 

Camenzind 10, Zurich, p28-35


Paul Smith Façade 

A Day 

Mayfair Times, p100


It's a process with a past and a future

P Buxton 

Building Design, p12-13


6a / Tom Emerson, Stephanie Macdonald

Schelling Architecture Foundation 

Schelling Architekturpreis, p5-6


Hausbesuch...Bein Den Briten

J Himmelreich 

Hochparterre, Zurich, p18-26


Surgical Addition

M Miesen 

Abitare, p71


Handles Matter

P Buxton 

Building Design, p1113


Towers of Power

J Glancey 

The Guardian


Architects see benefits of teaching abroad

E Hopkirk 

Building Design, p6–7


RIBA Awards


The Architects' Journal

Pablo Bronstein & 6a Scavenge
M Rappolt 

Art Review, Summer 2011, p98-104


6a architects: Raven Row

S Bjerring 

Arkitekten (DK), p36-37


The Architecture of Art

E Heathcote 

Apollo, p44-49


How to Build Heritage

E Heathcote 

The Financial Times


96 Hands


Trans 18 (CH), p162-167


Studio Tom Emerson ethz: 96 Hands

H Mayer 

Archithese (CH), p82-83


Top Five

A Caruso 



Die Zukunft der Vergangenheit

H Mayer 

Archithese (CH)


6a Orde Hall Street

T Slotover 

Apartamento (ES), p61-69


The Victorian House

J McGuirk 

Icon Magazine, p54-57


One of Our Edgiest and Most exciting Galleries Extends

R Christiansen 

The Daily Telegraph


A Beauty They Love to Call Home

A Masey 

The Evening Standard


Nothing is Forever


The Guardian


Domestic Bliss

E Woodman 

Building Design, p10-14


South London Gallery Reopens


The Architects' Journal, p8


New forms of Space Exploration

L McLean-Ferris 

The Independent


A Place for the People

K Long 

Evening Standard, p32-33


Space Reborn

E Heathcote 

The Financial Times


Let's put on the chow right here…

R Moore 

The Observer, p35


RA Summer Exhibition Winners Annouced

C Bannas 

The Architects' Journal


Boxed Context

F Scott 

Architecture Today, p76-85


6a architects

E Redstone 

Piso14 (MX), p10-12


Culture Review 2009

E Woodman 

Building Design, p10-13


Building Blocks

E Heathcote 

The Financial Times, p54-55


The Young Generation with a New Vision to Build Britain

G Bedell 

The Observer


A short while ago, in the backgarden

R Gassner 

Arkitekture (DK), p34-37


Raven Row by 6a architects

J McGuirk 

Icon Magazine, p48-50


Raven Row art gallery: east London architecture at its finest

J Glancey 

The Guardian


Whatever happened to craft?

J Glancey 

Building Design



E Woodman 

Building Design


Mansions and Mozzarella

L Bury 

Building Design, p7


6a Architects Wins Rare PPS7 Appeal for 'Landmark' House

R Waitee 

The Architects' Journal


Three to See

A Searle 

The Guardian, p23


Ancient Wealth, Modern Stories

E Heathcote 

The Financial Times, p11



T Brittain-Caitlin 

Architecture Today, p28-30


Working with the Provisional

D Grandorge 

Architecture Today, p66-72


Don't Let The Towers Take Over

R Moore 

The Evening Standard, p48-49


Built to last the course

P Davey 

Building Design, p27-30


Olde Bell Inn

De. Wilde 

Frame, p99


What's Hot


Vimadeco (GK)


Cambridge gives 6a a big UK commission


Building Design, p8


It was a rainy start...


Icon, p13-17


LFA on Exhibition Road

J Agerman 

Icon, p33


Brompton Stoops

B Galilee 

Icon, p33


The Architects

E Jones 

Esquire, p123


20 Young Architects


Icon, p69



C Murray 

Icon, p79


How do we build for the future?

F Williams 

GQ, p295


Oazas dekorem


Interier (CZ), p21


Inspired by a Broad Perspective

E Heathcote 

Financial Times House and Home, p11


New Practices London NY exhibition

D Howarth 

Icon, p139


Close Up

A Jaques 

The Independent: The New Review


Shooting Stars


Wallpaper, p399-402


Two to Watch: A British Kind of Modernism

E Heathcote 

Financial Times Magazine, p6


Exhibition, New Practices London

E Gualberto Ramirez 

Architects' Journal


Young Guns Hit New York

J Rippon 

Building Design


Olympic Village Designers Under Starter's Orders

M Lazell 

Building Design


Case study one osmo at Hairywood

L Sutherland 

AJ Specification


Instalacao Hairywood, Londres


Arq/a (PT), p130-131


Young firm nets Offley


Building Design, p3


Extending your dreams 

C Scott 

Metro, p53


Design Week Awards


Design Week, p4


Oasis of subtlety

E Heathcote 

Financial Times, p131


Hairywood, plate-form d'observation provisaire, Londres


L'architecture d'aujourd-hui (FR), p59


Phase 2 of building project


South London Gallery Newspaper


6a Architects Hairywood


Architecture and Urbanism 


Crowning Glory Amersham Inn gets a makeover


Building Design, p5


King's Cross Charette


The Architects' Journal


Designs on Kings Cross: 6a architects'


The Architects' Journal


Look North

C Roux 

The Guardian Weekend, p94


The Battle to Build real value

C Roux 

Financial Times, p13


V&A presents Friday Late Utopia

C Roux  28.04.2006

In London

E Stadelmann 

Bauwelt (DE), p25



I Radic 

Slobodan Dalmacija (HR), p25


6a with Eley Kishimoto


Monument, p94


Photographic Memory

Jonathan Glancey 

Architectural Review


The Modern House: An art collector's warehouse

J Bell, M Gibberd & A Hill

p78 - 83

 Artifice, UK, 2015

Form and Structure in Interior Architecture

G Brooker & S Stone

p128 - 129, + p153

Bloomsbury, 2016

Furnitecture: Furniture that Transforms Space

A Yudina


Thames & Hudson, 2015

Shop Façade in London

M Remter & S Drey


'Best of Detail' - Facades, Detail Publications, 2015

Atlas of European Architecture

M Braun, C van Uffelen & L Rogers


Braun, 2015

The Future of Architecture in 100 Buildings

M Kushner


TED Books, 2015

V&A FuturePlan: Transforming the world's favourite museum of Art & Design

J Pallister & M Gemmill


Architects Journal Publications, 2014

The Tree House

S Macdonald

Open House, 2014

Klumpen: Auseinandersetzung mit einen Gebaudetyp

L Euler & T Reimer


GTA Verlag, Zurich, 2014

RIBA Regional Awards



RIBA Awards, 2014

The Working Drawing, The Architect's Tool

A Spiro & D Ganzoni (Ed)


Park Books, 2013

New Arcadians, Emerging UK Architects

L Bullivant


Merrell, 2012

Mies Van der Rohe Award 2011, European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture

Fundació Mies van der Rohe



Actar, 2012

Architecture 11, RIBA Buildings of the Year

T Chapman

Merrell, 2011

Transformers, Reuse, Renewal and Renovation in Contemporary Architecture

W Shaoqiang


Sandu, 2010

Brit Insurance Design of the Year

A Newson


Design Museum, 2010

The Articulate Surface

B Pell


Birkhauser, 2010

The Visual Dictionary of Interior Architecture and Design

M Coates, O Brooker & S Stone


AVA Publishing, 2009

Display, 2–D and 3–D Design for Exhibitions / Galleries / Museums / Trade Shows

J Stones


Rotovision, 2008

The New Architectural Generation

K Long


L. King publishing, 2008

Representational Techniques

L Farrelly


AVA publishing, 2008

Form and Structure

G Brooker & S Stone


AVA Publishing, 2007

Contemporary World Interiors

S Yelavich

p338, 340, 347

Phaidon, 2007

1000x European Architecture

A Bayandin, S Bitkow & I Hamparin

Verlaghaus Braun, 2007

XS green, Big Ideas Small Buildings

P Richardson

Thames & Hudson, 2007

The New Boutique

N Bingham

Merrell, 2007

Home UK

H Kirwan-Taylor

Conran-Octupus, 2005

London: architecture and design guide

S Marreiros (ed)

teNeus, 2004

New London Interiors

K Long

Merrell, 2004

Cool Shops

A Mostaedi

Natl Book Network, 2004

The Inspired Retail Space

C Dean

Rockport, 2003

Furniture and Architecture

E Heathcote

John Wiley & Sons, 2002

On Certain Possibilities for the Irrational Embellishment of a Town

E Parry

Black Dog, 2000

'London, Freiburg, Goppingen, Bonn'

R Wentworth & T Emerson

The British Council, 1997

Publications by 6a
Dust Free Friends6a architects

Park Books


Design is only re-designT Emerson

A+U, Design Technicques, Harvard Symposia on Architecture

October 2015

He once said to meT Emerson


September 2015

Lines on PaperT Emerson

The Working Drawing; the Architect's Tool, (Ed A Spiro)


'Imagination and Precision'T Emerson

RIBA Journal

December, 2014

'Objectif – David Grandorge Without Sun'T Emerson

Architecture Today

November, 2013

'Never Modern'I Scalbert, T Emerson, S Macdonald & 6a architects

Park Books


'Atlas: Forst, Vol 1 & 2'T Emerson (Ed)

ETH Zurich


'Atlas: Galway, Vol 1 & 2'T Emerson (Ed)

ETH Zurich


'96 hands and other projects'T Emerson (Ed)

ETH Zurich


‘Revision and Revival’T Emerson

Architecture Today

April, 2010

‘Conversation with Richard Wentworth’T Emerson

AA Files 59

October, 2009

'The Thinking Hand'T Emerson

Icon Magazine 076

October, 2009

‘...observes daily life in Holborn, Redefining London’S Macdonald

‘NLA publishing'


‘Jacques Tati and me’T Emerson

Building Design

July, 2005

‘Suave Swiss’T Emerson

The Architects’ Journal

October, 2003

‘From Lieux to Life...’T Emerson

AA Files 45/46


‘A Life Less Ordinary’T Emerson

The Architects’ Journal

June, 2001

‘Surveying the City’T Emerson

The Architects’ Journal

June, 2000

‘New Perspective on Familiar Space’T Emerson

The Architects’ Journal

February, 1998

'London, Feiburg, Goppingen, Bonn'R Wentworth & T Emerson

The British Council


Almeida Theatre
Antwerp City Council
The Architecture Foundation
Baylight Properties
Bedford House Community Centre
Chisenhale Gallery
Churchill College, University of Cambridge
Collingham Gardens Nursery
Ilse Crawford
Design Museum
Groupe Arcade
Hayward Gallery
The Hepworth Wakefield
Holy Cow
Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
Knight Dragon
London Development Agency
MK Gallery
Modern Art Oxford
Natural History Museum
Paul Smith
Raven Row
South Kensington Estates
South London Gallery
St Ann's Redevelopment Trust
Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Studio Voltaire
Tate Britain
Juergen Teller
Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A)
Richard Wentworth