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.
For details of the services provided please see our process page.
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.
07.18 estudio b have won a commission for the interpretive design, exhibition and installations for the renovation of St John Church, Hackney
07.18 The studio has been asked to be part of an exhibition on Architecture Prototypes & Experiments at the Aram Gallery
07.18 estudio b selected for RIBA Ambassador programme to run workshops for school children in Hackney
06.18 Project for a primary school in Spain completed as part of a self-build along with a group of students from Unit One
05.18 estudio b completes project at Bold Tendencies with Joao Vaco Paiva titled “Home 2.0”
05.18 estudio b to produce exhibition design for Fashion Discovery showcase by ASOS
04.18 Benni chairs Part Four talk ‘Making It’ with Neba Sere and speakers Holly Lewis, Hikaru Nissanke and Heinz Richardson
03.18 estudio b to collaborate with Joao Vasco Paiva on art installation for Bold Tendencies
03.18 Benni joins Young Trustees Board for the Architecture Foundation
02.18 Benni invited to Mega Crits at the Royal College of Art
02.18 Project completed for Erdem at the National Portrait Gallery
02.18 Project completed for Ports 1961 at Tate Modern
02.18 Project Completed for Mary Katrantzou at Central Saint Martins
02.18 Benni to co-chair new series of Part Four lectures with the Architecture Foundation
01.18 Project completed for ASOS Summer SS18 Presentation
01.18 We have moved to Winkley Studios in Bethnal Green
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