Duggan Morris Architects

London | Since 2004

Duggan Morris Architects
Unit 7, 16-24 Underwood Street, N1 7JQ London, United Kingdom
Phone +44 (0)20 7566 7440
Fax +44 (0)20 7014 3119

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Duggan Morris Architects

Introduction

Duggan Morris Architects has been recognised as one of the leading emerging practices in the UK.

We have won multiple industry awards for our completed, and unrealised work and much of this success stems from a belief in an extensive, engaged and active exchange between the disciplines of architecture, art, design, and urbanism. Our most successful built projects have always benefitted from our integrated and collaborative approach where the design team, client, and end users, all have an encouraged part to play.

Of note is our renovation of a 1960’s Brutalist building in Highgate, which won the Manser Medal in 2011. The objective of the RIBA Manser Medal has always been to encourage innovation in house design, to show how social and technological ambitions can be met by intelligent design and to produce exemplars to be taken up by the wider house building industry.

We have also been the recipients of four RIBA Awards and an RIBA Regional Award won between 2010-2012 for a range of very different buildings; a sheltered housing scheme in Hillingdon, a commercial refurbishment for a nationally recognised developer, an extensive house renovation for an Architect, a significant extension to an agricultural building, and a new build house.

In 2012, the practice were recipients of the Stephen Lawrence Prize (Kings Grove) for the best Uk project constructed for under £1 million, and were once again short listed for the Manser Medal (Old Bearhurst).

We have won numerous international design competitions including the Mersey Observatory (2009), the Waterworks (2009), the Shelters at Bexhill-on-Sea (2010), a collaboration for a new canal side regeneration scheme for a derelict site in Brentford (2011), a further collaborative entry for a housing scheme on the Tybalds Estate for Camden (2012) and more recently the Architecture Foundation Floating Cinema (2012) competition.

Our eagerness to participate, to learn and to grow has thus been a defining influence on the development of the practice, and our expanding portfolio of high quality work has been recognised by the Architect of the Year Awards as finalists in a number categories in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 with a notable runner’s up position for Young Architect of the Year in 2009.

Philosophy

Duggan Morris Architects designs original, tailored buildings, encompassing a broad spectrum of locations, typologies and sectors for many clients. We view every project as a means to engage fully with the practice ethos.

Our buildings are defined by the context within which they sit, whether a one off dwelling or a multiple unit regeneration scheme, we seek the qualities of the surrounding site context as a foundation for the new building insertion. Much of our work is located in the urban fabric which has become an influence on the evolution of our architectural approach and language; thus the ‘context’ within which our work sits, is the ‘thing’ which defines it.

Processing context requires careful and skilful management. We need to recognise and decipher what information is relevant in any given situation, what information is applicable to each context, and respond accordingly. This very act, of acknowledgment and understanding, creates the specificity which we believe to be so important for each project.

We are acutely aware of our responsibilities to the city within which we live, and to be part of the cycle of growth and regeneration; part of a continuum, creating relevance where perhaps there was none, and enhancing areas where there is.

We are fascinated as much by the cultures of contemporary ‘global’ and ‘local’ society as we are by the historical teachings of architecture and art. As such our work illustrates an interest in the rapid evolution of information technology and modern methods of construction, as well as the qualities of ‘craft’ and ‘tradition’.
Our buildings are simple to read, elegantly conceived and above all detailed with understanding, technical prowess and sophistication.

Above all, we are passionate about the role inspiring design has to play in our lives.

Awards

New London Awards
Shortlisted 2013 – Maudsley Learning Centre
Shortlisted 2013 – Brentford Lock West
Shortlisted 2013 – The Old Vinyl Factory
Shortlisted 2013 – Tybalds Estate Regeneration

European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award
Nomination 2012 - Kings Grove

RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize
Winner 2012 – Kings Grove

Architect of the Year Awards
Finalist 2012 - Education
Finalist 2012 – Housing

RIBA Awards
Winner 2012 – Kings Grove
RIBA Regional Awards
Winner 2012 - Old Bearhurst

RIBA Manser Medal
Winner 2011 – Hampstead Lane

3R Awards
Shortlist 2011 – Hampstead Lane
Shortlist 2011 - Maple & Fitzroy

Architect of the Year Awards
Finalist 2011 - One Off House

Hertfordshire Futures Awards
Special Mention 2011 – Frobisher

Premiere Guarantee
Environmental Building of the Year
Winner 2011 – Shaftesbury Row
Brick Awards
Shortlist 2011 – Kings Grove

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Commended First Time Exhibitor 2011 – Alfriston School

RIBA Awards
Winner 2011 – Maple and Fitzroy
Winner 2011 – Hampstead Lane
Shortlist 2011 – Kings Grove
RIBA English Heritage Award
Runner Up 2011 - 3A Hampstead Lane
New London Architecture Awards
Winner 2011– Maple and Fitzroy
Shortlisted 2011– Hampstead Lane
Brick Awards
Winner 2010 – Frobisher House
Architect of the Year Awards
Finalist 2010 - One Off House
RIBA London Awards
Winner 2010 - Yew Tree Lodge
RIBA East Awards
Shortlist 2010 - Frobisher House
Housing Design Awards
Shortlist 2010 - Barmeston Road
Grand Designs Awards
Finalist 2010 - Frobisher House
AR Emerging Architects
Commended 2009 - Barmeston Road
Young Architect of the Year
Runner up 2009
Architect of the Year Awards
Runner up 2009 - Housing (1-25 units)
Building for Life Standard, CABE
Silver Standard 2009 - Yew Tree Lodge
Building Better Healthcare Awards
Winner 2009 - Yew Tree Lodge
British Home Awards
Winner 2009 - Yew Tree Lodge
Housing Design Awards
Shortlist 2009 - Yew Tree Lodge
MIPIM Future Projects Awards
Special Mention 2009 - Mersey
Observatory
AJ/RPS Urban Design Scholarship
Winner 2008

Next Generation of Architects Awards
Shortlist 2008
Young Architect of the Year
Longlist 2007 and 2008