estudio b is a London based architecture and design practice that is interested in the construction of high quality, materially conscious and socially engaged spaces. At the forefront of the studio’s work is a focus on creating buildings and places, through collaborative processes and close engagement with clients - as well as construction specialists and makers - to help drive the development of all projects. The work is defined by elegantly crafted responses that employ inventive solutions to complex situations and challenging budgets, always striving to test materials, construction techniques, proportion and form.
The studio is fascinated by an open-ended architecture that enables opportunities for performance and a freedom of use within space. Projects range from building design & residential projects, to installations, exhibitions and set design, with recently completed commissions in the arts, fashion and retail sectors across UK, Europe and China. Current projects include a showspace for a high-end retail brand, a pop-up coffee shop, two private houses in London and the remodelling & extension to a children’s nursery in Manchester.
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Benni Allan - Director
MArch PGDip ARB
The studio was established by Benni Allan, award-winning British/Spanish architect and graduate from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. In 2015, Benni was chosen as an emerging up-and-coming designer and ‘One to Watch’ by the British Design Council to represent the future of UK design. He was invited to work on the design for the exhibition ‘TRANSITION’ at London Fashion Week in June 2017, and developed the identity for the TOPMAN DESIGN SS18 presentation space. Benni has exhibited and showcased work extensively, including being Shortlisted for the RIBA Rising Stars Award 2017.
Prior to forming estudio b, Benni worked for Niall McLaughlin Architects and 42 Architects in London, and KSR Architects in Shenzhen, China, gaining experience delivering projects in the cultural, arts, education and residential sectors. These include projects for Jesus College and Magdalene College, Cambridge, and Somerville College in Oxford.
Teaching has become an important aspect of the work of the studio, able to test and explore ideas while allowing on-going investigations into the role of architecture in society. Benni currently teaches undergraduate Unit One at the University of Greenwich and acts as an external critic at the Bartlett with past experience of leading courses for the Bartlett Summer School.
12.17 Architecture Foundation - Meet the Young Practices at FORA [link] 12.17 estudio b completes project for Adidas + Hypebeast 10.17 Benni has been Shortlisted for the RIBA Rising Stars award 2017 09.17 estudio b is working on a show for D&G at Harrods in November 09.17 Unit One Tutor, Undergraduate Architecture at University of Greenwich 09.17 Set and Showspace completed for Ports 1961 at London Fashion Week 05.17 Selected to design exhibition for TOPMAN's 5-year celebration at LFWM 03.17 Invited as external critique for 5th year Masters students at the Bartlett School of Architecture 01.17 Planning received for a Children's Nursery in Manchester 12.16 estudio b commissioned to design new co-working space 10.16 Planning Submitted for the Nursery Extension 09.16 Architectural Design Lecturer - University of Greenwich with Unit Four 07.16 Mentioned in 'The Journal of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland' Issue 287 05.16 Project Team exhibiting 'Losing Myself' at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016 10.15 Architects Journal feature Scottish Scenic Routes Winners 09.15 Architectural Design Lecturer - University of Greenwich 08.15 Scottish Scenic Routes Competition Shortlist 07.15 Studio Tutor - Bartlett Summer School 2015 06.15 London Festival of Architecture, "Designing the Urban Commons" Exhibition at the LSE 05.15 Invitation - Unit 8 External Critic, Bartlett School of Architecture 03.15 Essay 'Visualising Spaces in Nature' published in Lobby Magazine No.2 'Clairvoyance' 03.15 Shortlisted for Designers in Residence 2015 at the Design Museum 02.15 Selected as one of the Design Council's 'One to Watch' Representing the future of British design 01.15 RIBA Award for Best Dressed Window 2014 - collaboration Al-Jawad Pike 01.15 Window installation for Penhaligons installed across 17 stores globally 09.14 RIBA 2014 Installation for Penhaligons with Al-Jawad Pike Architects 08.14 The Institute of Timber model exhibited at TBR Gallery, London Bridge 08.14 Bartlett Summer School Guest Critic / Photography Techniques Workshop 06.14 Exhibited at Bartfest 2014, Slade School of Art 02.14 Unit 16 Exhibition at Arkimastria, Alghero - Sardinia 06.13 Exhibited at Bartfest 2013, Slade School of Art 11.12 Reflections on Brazil Exhibition (Co-Currator), The Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL