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.

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