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6a architects

Practice Description

“6a have managed to combine the seriousness that has characterised their particular arm of contemporary architecture with a lightness of touch that belongs as much to the world of art as it does to that of building” Financial Times, 29th April 2006

6a architects is acknowledged as one of the leading young UK architectural practices. It is uniquely able to bridge the gap between artistic and technical innovations in architecture and the commercial realities of development. The practice produces work on a variety of scales: from product and exhibition design to art galleries and large-scale housing developments. Its current projects include two contemporary art galleries in London, a coastal development in Croatia, which has been praised for an inventive use of materials and sensitive response to both landscape and cultural context and a competition winning housing project in France.

6a architects has received several major European design awards and has been published extensively in the UK and internationally.

6a architects was founded by Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald after meeting as students at the Royal College of Art. Through the detailed examination of the needs of the clients and the physical, social and historical conditions of a site, 6a transforms the physical and economic constraints into new architectural situations. Their work dissolves the boundaries between the familiar and the unknown and the practice has gained critical success for its simplicity and material invention.



Contractworld Award 2008 (Hairywood)
Design Week Awards 2007 (Commendation)
D&AD Yellow Pencil 2006 (Hairywood)
AJ/Corus 40 Under 40 Winner 2005
Architecture Foundation Next Generation Award 2005 (Finalist)
Contractworld Award 2004 (oki-ni)
D&AD Award Fianlist 2003 (Mobile Motorola)
Peugeot Design Awards finalist 2003 (Door Knob)
D&AD Yellow Pencil 2002 (oki-ni)
Design Week Award 2002 (oki-ni)
FX Design Award 2002 (oki-ni)



Raven Row
London, UK