31/44 Architects was established in 2010 by directors William Burges and James Jeffries, with studios in both London and the Netherlands – as referenced in the practice name. Predominantly based in London, near Brick Lane, the practice currently comprises a team of ten architects and architectural assistants. 

Projects range in scale from strategic masterplanning through to smaller-scale residential work. Completed projects include a family home in the Netherlands, a mixed-use retail and hotel building in Shoreditch, and a number of one-off individual homes around London. The practice has also recently caught the attention of the architectural press, garnering nominations and awards for No. 49 and The Red House.

Projects are characterised by a thoughtful response to context, conceived not in isolation, but growing instead out of the particular conditions of each setting. This results in buildings with an inherent connection to their site whilst ensuring they are also a close reflection of clients’ requirements. 

A careful attention to detailing and craftsmanship is common to all 31/44 projects, with each drawn, tested and coordinated through CAD and physical models. In both London and Amsterdam we have assembled strong consultant partners with which to then deliver these projects, ensuring economic, robust and thoughtful buildings.

31/44 have taught an undergraduate studio at Kingston School of Art and Architecture since 2010 and are regular professional practice examiners at a number of architecture schools. Teaching has become a fundamental part of the practice; the constant articulation of ideas, observations and proposals required in the teaching studio also enriches the design studio. It is an essential discipline that continues to help define 31/44.

 

Awards and recognition

2018
RIBA London Small Project of the Year – Red House
RIBA London Award – Red House

2017
RIBA National Award – No. 49
RIBA London Small Project of the Year – No. 49
RIBA London Award – No. 49
RIBA House of the Year – shortlisted for No. 49
BD Young Architect of the Year – shortlisted
Architects’ Journal House of the Year – shortlisted for Red House
Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Prize – shortlisted

2016
New Architects 3 – selected for the Architecture Foundation’s book showcasing Britain’s best emerging practices.
Wallpaper – selected for the Architects’ Directory as one of 20 global breakthrough practices.

 

Publications

2018

Brick Bulletin, Red House, 18 June
RIBA Journal, ‘Red House, South East London’, 15 May
Wallpaper, ‘Park and recreation’, 19 January

2017
The Architectural Review, ‘Sense of an ending’, 3 November
DETAIL Blog, ‘The End of a Long Series’, 12 September
Dezeen, ’31/44 Architects builds grey-brick house around three small courtyards in London’, 22 July
The Architects’ Journal, ’31/44 Architects adds contemporary red-brick house to traditional London terrace’, 15 July
The Architects’ Journal, ‘Defying convention: 31/44 Architects’ Red House’, 7 July
Dezeen, ‘Grey brick Amsterdam townhouse by 31/44 Architects’, 3 January

2016
Blueprint, ‘New build in historic canal city’, November/December
inhabit, ’31/44 Architects, House in Lewisham’, Autumn
Dwell, ‘New Kid on the Block’, 13 August

2013
The Guardian, ‘Interiors: squares need not apply’, 15 February