Key Speaker

Alison Brooks

Alison Brooks, BES BArch Doc Eng (Hon Causa) RIBA, Principal and Creative Director of Alison Brooks Architects, is recognised as one of the leading architects of her generation. Since establishing the practice in 1996, her architecture has attracted international acclaim for its conceptual rigour, sculptural quality and ingenious detailing. Her approach, based on research into the specific social, cultural and physical contexts of each project, has led to a portfolio of award-winning architecture, encompassing urban design, housing, buildings for the arts and higher education. Alison Brooks is the only architect to have won all three of the UK's most prestigious awards for architecture: the RIBA Stirling Prize, Manser Medal and Stephen Lawrence Prize. 

Her largest cultural commission to date, the Cohen Quadrangle for the University of Oxford’s Exeter College is due to open in summer 2017. This is the first complete Oxford College Quad to be designed by a female architect. She has recently been commissioned to design a Maggie’s cancer care centre, joining a select list of stellar architects. She is designing towers in both King’s Cross and the Greenwich Peninsula, London’s largest riverside regeneration project. Other landmark buildings include: the Quarterhouse Performing Arts Centre, Accordia Cambridge, and Ely Court, an acclaimed urban regeneration project shortlisted for the 2017 EU Mies van der Rohe Award. 

Brooks is a Design Council / CABE Chair, London Open City Trustee, and one of Debrett’s ‘Britain's 500 Most Influential’. She was a member of the Farrell Review of Architecture and the Built Environment, a UK Government Advisory Panel. Keen to support the next generation of designers, she serves as External Examiner at the Architectural Association and Bartlett School of Architecture, as well as lecturing internationally. She was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Engineering by the University of Waterloo in Canada. Her work has been twice featured in the Phaidon Atlas of Contemporary Architecture and at the Venice Biennale.