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2023 in Review

As we near the end of the first month of 2024, we are finally taking a look back at 2A1M’s 2023.

Planning Submissions and Consent

To start things off with something we are particularly proud of, all of our planning applications submitted in 2023 were approved, including an appeal for a lovely extension to a house in Bath.

We submitted a wide variety of applications covering the southwest, Bristol, Bath and London. These included a workshop in Weston-Super-Mare, a flat redesign in Clapham, a large extension in Keynsham and full house redesign in Bath.

Onsite and Completed Buildings

In 2023 we also saw a number of our early projects start onsite, these included an extension to a listed building, as well as both an agricultural shed and a garage converted into new homes. Take a look at our project pages for a closer look at these.

2A1M on the move

The team were sad to leave Boxworks in December, however we are very much feeling at home in our lovely new studio space at St Anne’s House.

Awards, Publications and Collaborations

In the first half of the year, 2A1M were featured in the Circus Journal’s Creative Directory with lots of other brilliant businesses across the southwest.

In May, Lauren attended the RIBA southwest awards for her work on a nominated project during her time with Designscape Architects. A wonderful evening at the Bristol Museum celebrating brilliant architecture across the southwest.

2A1M were invited to various competitions in 2023, with one of our favourites submitted in partnership with Lindsay Bush of Ambush Urbanism, exploring a radical new approach to affordable housing in Central Bristol.

In August, 2A1M collaborated with AOC Architecture on a competition for Filwood Community Centre, joining a team bid including Landsmith Associates, Skelly and Couch and Momentum Engineering. We were delighted to be shortlisted to the final four for the £10m retrofit of the Filwood Community Centre in Bristol. Sadly we weren’t successful this time, but loved being part of a great competition and project; we’re really looking forward to further collaborations with such a brilliant team. Our work was featured in the Architects Journal's website in October.

We worked with Mark and Sasha at Context Planning, Chris at LPC Trull and Richard at Maack on a number of projects, a few of which are continuing this year. We love collaborating with brilliant teams and are looking forward to continuing these relationships in 2024.

At the later end of 2023, Lauren was asked by the RIBA to review one of their upcoming books that focusses on SMEs in the industry. Smaller architectural practices can often feel overlooked, so it is great to see an increase in focus on the subject.

Linked to this topic, 2A1M were also asked by the RIBA southwest branch to advise on their interactions with SMEs generally – a very promising discussion!

Welsh School of Architecture

Josh has continued to head up a third-year unit at WSA with Siobhan O'Keeffe and Ryan Roberts of OR Architecture.

The start of 2023 focussed on what a contemporary Public Library is for, which Josh explored in his blog post earlier this year.

In October a new cohort of students joined Unit 10, with the studio brief now focussing on housing through the lens of the Arts and Craft movement.

Important News

Arguably the most important news of the year was that the 2A1M family grew, with both Josh and Adriana each welcoming a new addition to their lovely families. We can’t wait to get them to work..!

Looking Ahead

We are currently working on a number of exciting projects, which we hope to be able to tell you about later this year.

Keep an eye on our Instagram for project updates and our latest news.


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