Alison Brooks

For the United States Air Force aviator, see Allison Brooks.
For the archeologist, see Alison S. Brooks.
Alison Brooks Architects designed "Brass" building, Accordia, Cambridge, England

Alison Brooks (born 1962, Toronto, Canada)[1] is an award-winning architect whose practice, Alison Brooks Architects is based in London, UK.[2]

Brooks finished her studies in architecture at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, in 1988. She moved to the UK and worked with designer Ron Arad. In 1991 she became a partner in Ron Arad Associates. In 1996 she founded her own practice, Alison Brooks Architects, based in London.[1]

Brooks' architecture has been described as "a late flowering of the most elegant and sensuous modernism".[3] She is particularly known for designing intelligent and beautiful houses but has also moved into the cultural sector, for example designing the Performing Arts Centre at Folkestone.[3]

In 1999 Brooks was placed third in the UK's 'Young Architect of the Year' competition. In 2000 she was winner of the 'European Hotel Design and Development Awards - Best Interior Design of a New Hotel / Best Guestroom Design'.[1]

In 2008 Alison Brooks Architects were the joint winners of the RIBA Stirling Prize for their part in the design of Accordia, a high density development of 378 dwellings.[4]

In March 2013 Brooks received the AJ Woman Architect of the Year Award. One of the judges, Paul Monaghan, said "Her mixture of sculpture, architecture and detail is what has made her such a powerful force in British architecture."[5]

In 2016, she designed Smile, a temporary cantilevered wooden structure on the grounds of the Chelsea School of Art, demonstrating the structural feasibility of cross-laminated timber.[6]


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  1. 1 2 3 Rising Stars Profile: Alison Brooks, BBC Radio 3, 2001. Retrieved 2012-02-04.
  2. Entries for Alison Brooks and Alison Brooks Architecture on the Union List of Artist Names
  3. 1 2 Jonathan Glancey Pearl in the shell, The Guardian (London), 5 December 2005. Retrieved 2012-02-04.
  4. RIBA Stirling Prize 2008: Accordia, RIBA website. Retrieved 2012-02-04.
  5. Christine Murray (Ed.), AJ Woman Architect of the Year: Alison Brooks, Architects' Journal, 28 March 2013, p. 14
  6. Himelfarb, Ellen (29 July 2016). "The Smile by Alison Brooks Architects Gives CLT a Boost". Architect Magazine. American Institute of Architects. Retrieved 2 October 2016.
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