Thursday, 29 November 2007 / Conservation

Stow & Beale launched

Stow & Beale Conservation Architects LLP was launched on 29 November 2007.

This specialist arm of the practice deals with conservation projects, including the Grade I Listed Frindsbury Manor Barn Project at Rochester, Kent.

Due to the on-going growth in our architecture practice,  MBA have moved to a new home in the heart of Wimbledon:

The Old Post Office,
1 Compton Road,
SW19 7QB

The purpose built post office was converted in the 1990s to provide an elegant double height space with mezzanine above. The move allows plenty of space for the expanding team of architects and provides MBA with good meeting and library facilities.

Located in the centre of Wimbledon next to the Library, the new office preserves good transport links and gives MBA a street presence.

MBA are selected as architects for a project to improve accessibility at Heythrop College, University of London, a specialist college of theology and philosophy.

MBA are appointed to design a film studio, low energy theatre incorporating natural light, dark drawings archive, naturally lit design studio, lift and access improvements forming the first part of a spine across the whole campus for the Wimbledon School of Art, part of the University of the Arts London.

Wimbledon School of Art is an internationally acclaimed school of theatre, lighting, costume design, sculpture and fine arts interlocking to become University of the Arts London.

MBA’s foyer for Wimbledon School of Art completed in March 2006.

The new foyer at Wimbledon School of Art – part of University of the Arts, London (UAL) –  opens.

MBA’s new boarding house at Clifton College in Bristol – Watson’s House, is one of eight buildings awarded the Bristol Civic Society’s Environmental Award in their centenary year.


Designs for the new foyer at Wimbledon School of Art go public, following a public consultation on 15 February 2005.

MBA are appointed to carry out an urban design assessment of a conservation area in Oxford, UK. This will include a landscape and wildlife conservation plan, as well as a master plan for the long term management of the site.

MBA are selected as architects for a new foyer for Wimbledon School of Art to serve its theatre and exhibition gallery. The project is to be constructed in 2005, and will form a new showcase for the internationally acclaimed school.

Tuesday, 9 November 2004 / Architecture

Architecture At Cambridge?

The Economist explains why the department was earmarked for closure and prompts Charles Clarke to look for an explanation.

In short: it’s expensive to educate architects.

Update: on 8 December 2004

The University voted to examine a future business plan for the school and in January 2005 the decision to continue was confirmed:

“The Department of Architecture of the University of Cambridge is to remain open. The General Board today welcomed recent restructuring changes and unanimously accepted the new academic strategy for the Department. The strategy, drawn up by the School of Arts and Humanities working with the Department, will see the Department focus its research on sustainable design. Building on existing strengths, the Department’s research expertise will be restructured to explore six themes within this overall research focus. New academic appointments – in the first instance, a professor and a university lecturer in the field of sustainable design, with consideration of additional appointments to follow – will be made possible by the early retirement or departure of six of the 17 academic staff of the Department. Consideration is also being given to ways of bringing research and teaching activities into a single site.” “Architecture decision from the University of Cambridge – 12 January 2005 [source: University of Cambridge]

So the excellent undergraduate course [Part 1 of the architect’s training] remains open. The Diploma course [Part 2], internationally renowned, remains for the moment closed. The Professional practice course [Part 3] remains functioning, as does the M Phil and research functions. Contact the school or Scroope (alumni pages) for further details.