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. 

6a architects rose to prominence with the completion of two critically acclaimed public art galleries, Raven Row (2009), which won an RIBA Award in 2011, and the expanded South London Gallery (2010). Recently completed projects include a new apartment building in North London and a warehouse conversion for storage and display of a private art collection. Their 68-room hall of residence at Churchill College, Cambridge (2016) garnered an RIBA East Award (2017), and a new studio complex for photographer Juergen Teller (2016) was winner of several RIBA awards and was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize 2017. Due for completion in 2018 are their expansions of MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, and the South London Gallery Fire Station. The practice is currently shortlisted for major cultural projects internationally, including a Pompidou Centre outpost at the Citroën Cultural Centre, Brussels and the development of the Maritime Museum in Antwerp. 

6a architects has received multiple nominations for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture –  Mies Van der Rohe Award (2011, 2013 & 2015) and in 2012 was awarded the Erich Schelling Medal for Architecture. Tom Emerson was recently awarded the Conrad Ferdinand Meyer Prize 2018 for his work with ETH in Zürich, only the second architect to receive the prize since its inaugural year of 1938.