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New Architects Exchange Portugal_UK practices announced

New Architects Exchange Portugal_UK practices announced Haus W, Kraus Schoenberg

Haus W, Kraus Schoenberg

29 September 2010
by Evonne Mackenzie

British Council in collaboration with the Architecture Foundation and Ordem dos Arquitectos are pleased to announce the UK practices selected to take part in an exchange programme between the UK and Portugal for 2010-2011.

The three exciting emerging UK practices; Carl Turner Architects, KrausSchoenberg and MA Projects, will join Portuguese practices; Joao Prates Ruivo + Raquel Maria Oliveira, MOOV and SAMI-arquitectos to act as ambassadors for the architectural scenes in their respective countries, taking part in reciprocal programmes in Lisbon and London with a schedule of coordinated activities including public lectures, studio visits and site tours.

The UK based architects will visit Lisbon from 20 – 22 October 2010, to coincide with the Lisbon Architecture Triennale, for a programme of intensive workshops and networking events and present a public lecture at the Museum of Fashion and Design (MUDE) organized by Ordem dos Arquitectos. The Portuguese practices will visit London for the second part of the exchange from 17 -19 November, including a public presentation at the Architecture Foundation.

The practices were selected by leading professionals:

  • Cristina Veríssimo (Conference curator ‘Young Architects – International Prize Winners’)
  • Duarte Cabral de Melo (Chairman of the Secil Prize Jury 2010)
  • Luis Santiago Baptista (Director, ARQ/A magazine)
  • Ana Silva Dias (Conference coordinator ‘Young Architects – International Prize Winners' / Arquitects Association)
  • Bárbara Coutinho (Director, Museum of Fashion and Design)

Carl Turner Architects
East London based CTA was founded by Carl Turner in 2007 to be joined by Bryn Griffiths and Zoe Fudge in 2009. Their multidisciplinary architecture and design studio integrates architectural, interior and product design with project management and construction. Often through collaboration with other designers across a range of disciplines, their practice focuses on housing, with a particular interest in live-work spaces. Aiming to create entire environments - ‘total architecture’ - paying particular attention to the psychology of space, their often playful designs manipulate colour materiality and shape to form unexpected outcomes.

Finalists in 2008’s Young Architect of the Year Award, Tobias Kraus and Timm Schonberg create buildings and spaces within the urban cultural context for private, commercial and public-sector clients with a focus on urban regeneration. Current activities include work in derelict industrial areas, the peripheries of cities and conservation areas, as well as on historic structures and the renewal of buildings. The practice were selected as one of ‘Europe 40 Under 40’s list of the most promising design talent of 2009, and won a German Timber Award the same year for Haus W, which was also shortlisted for the 2009 Bauwelt Award.

MA Projects
Set up in 2009 by partners Ed McCann and Rashid Ali, the young London based practice MA Projects have developed architectural and landscape projects that expand on ways we experience and inhabit spaces at macro and micro scales. Through an invested interest in contemporary cultural and social issues, art, architecture and urbanism, their practice seeks to mix design, material and technology in unexpected ways. Works include art and residential projects in the UK, such as an experimental barn conversion in Dorset, and educational projects in Africa including the Jouberton Nursery, a project built with second year Nottingham University students in collaboration with the charity ‘Education Africa,’ to provide affordable educational facilities in impoverished areas.