AL_A is the award-winning architecture studio founded in 2009 by the RIBA Stirling Prize-winning architect Amanda Levete with directors Ho-Yin Ng, Alice Dietsch and Maximiliano Arrocet. The diversity of our leadership team brings a richness of thinking and possibility that is played out in our culture, our practice and through our designs.
The directors work together as a team of equals on every project, whatever its scale, combining conceptual flair with technical excellence. Our designs are conceived not just as buildings, but as urban propositions. Spaces that promote reciprocity between nature and neighbourhood; projects that express the identity of an institution, reflect the ambitions of a place, and hold the dreams of a community.
Recently completed projects include an undergraduate and outreach centre for Wadham College at the University of Oxford and new centre for the cancer care charity Maggie’s within the grounds of University College Hospital in Southampton, both opening in 2021; in 2017 we completed the Exhibition Road Quarter at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, the V&A’s largest building project in over 100 years, and Central Embassy – our largest project to date – a 140,000m2 luxury shopping mall and hotel in Bangkok on the former grounds of the British Embassy; in 2016 we celebrated the opening of MAAT, the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, commissioned by EDP, one of the world’s foremost energy companies, and completed a 13-hectare media campus and 37,700m2 headquarters building for Sky in London.
Ongoing commissions include the expansion and redevelopment of Paisley Museum in Scotland and the design of the first prototype magnetised target fusion facility in the world for the Canadian clean energy firm General Fusion.
We are at our best with clients whose ambition reaches beyond physicality, functionality and budget; those who want to move the game on. Our aim is to extend our clients’ ambitions for their projects through architectural invention. To realise a vision and create something truly transformative.