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Mole Architects is an award-winning architectural practice based in Cambridge, founded by Meredith Bowles in 1997. From The Black House in the Cambridgeshire Fens (featured in the V&A architecture gallery) to the Living Architecture collaboration on the Balancing Barn, the practice has been marked out by its distinctiveness, originality and personality. Mole makes buildings described by Elle Decoration as ‘not just green but gorgeous’, expressing a commitment to cutting-edge sustainability alongside a passion for colour, form and material quality. Mole’s ethos combines innovation and common sense, and celebrates individuality.

 

Recent commissions span a wide range of building types, from one-off houses, to apartments and yacht clubs, and clients include artists, developers, housing associations and universities.

Our houses have won the British Homes Awards, the RIBA Manser Medal, the Homebuilding & Renovating Best House Award, the Ideal Home of the Year, and the Architect's Journal Small Projects award. Mole has since been commissioned to design a wide range of buildings, from apartments to yacht clubs. Overseas, Mole is currently working on a new £80million ‘hillside resort’ in Taiwan, and in 2012 Mole were chosen by The University of Cambridge from 350 architects to be one of 10 firms to design Phase 1 of a £1 billion expansion in northwest Cambridge.

 

Mole’s commitment to ‘green building’ has been a constant throughout the life of the practice. Early low energy houses were designed from first principles in collaboration with environmental engineers, and have been used by the BRE, TRADA and others as exemplars. Mole has completed certified Passivhaus schemes (some of the earliest affordable housing to be built to this standard) and are working on one of the largest Code 5 housing schemes in the country.

 

All Mole’s buildings are the result of many hours of collaborative work.  Whatever the scale, all demonstrate an interest in the craft of making, and are uniquely tailored to their purpose. Each building is finely tuned, and brings pleasure to the daily rituals that define our lives.

“Their contextually sensitive materialist approach is not about pastiche ‘fitting in’ or slavish copying: echoing something of John Soane’s mantra that ‘we must be artists not copyists’.”

– Architecture Research Quarterly

People

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MEREDITH BOWLES

Principal Meredith Bowles trained as an architect at Sheffield University, The Royal College of Art and the Architectural Association in London. After working as an architect in New York, Taiwan and London, Meredith established Mole Architects in 1997. He was a member of the RIBA Awards Group 2012-2016, serving as Chair on the RIBA House of the Year Award, and is Chair of the Cambridge Design and Construction Awards. He is a vice-chair on the Cambridge Quality Panel, and co-Chair of the Suffolk Design Review Panel. Meredith has taught architecture at Sheffield University and The University of Cambridge, and served as an External Examiner to Sheffield Hallam University 2014-17. He regularly writes in the national press, and has appeared on BBC and Channel 4 programmes. He has regularly contributes to conferences to talk about architecture and urban design.

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Ian Bramwell

Ian is responsible for the effective running of the business, working closely with Meredith to ensure efficiency on all jobs. As well as being an experienced Project Architect with proven technical abilities, Ian is a talented strategic designer with excellent analytical design skills and heads up our housing development projects. Ian has overseen the Living Architecture collaborations and is currently working on houses in Devon, Dorset, Cambridgeshire and Suffolk. Ian has been an RIBA representative on the Cambridge City Council’s Design and Conservation panel and on the RIBA validation panel for Cambridge University, and he is also currently a professional studies advisor for Cambridge University. At weekends Ian can be found messing about on the water, running or cycling around Cambridge.

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Sasha Edmonds

Sasha has unusually good experience at delivering buildings, and has worked with contractors for many years. In Sasha’s experience as an architectural designer for a Design & Build contractor, she undertook the role of Design team leader on projects from small residential work to large scale commercial projects. Sasha has excellent experience across all work stages on both residential and commercial projects, from design concept to on-site co-ordination of subcontractor design elements and inspections. She heads up our Small Projects work, overseeing work from concept through to completion. Sasha is also responsible for developing the skills of the office through an ongoing CPD program and is Mole’s BIM champion.

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Jimmy Simpson

Jimmy has excellent experience running large scale projects and leads the delivery of our large projects.  Jimmy is an experienced Project Architect having worked across a range of sectors and is a specialist in residential and mixed-use projects. He is currently leading the team on the North West Cambridge mixed-use project, designed to various complex design codes including Lifetime Homes, Code for Sustainable Homes Level 5 and BREEAM Excellent. He is also an excellent designer and works on new projects at concept design stage. Jimmy has various management responsibilities including the implementation and monitoring of Quality Assurance within the practice. Jimmy has also taught architecture at numerous education establishments including CSVPA, the University of Cambridge, the University of Bath and the Centre for Alternative Technology.

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Hugh Craft

  • BA (Hons) MArch
  • Part II Architectural Assistant

Hugh completed both his degree and Part II Masters in Architecture at Newcastle University, graduating with a Distinction. He was awarded the RIBA Hadrian's Award 2011 for his undergraduate design thesis titled ‘Mind The Gap’. Previously Hugh has worked at Terry Farrell and Partners. Hugh is part of the team delivering the North West Cambridge project, as well as other housing development masterplans. In his spare time Hugh is likely to be found pursuing his love of film and digital photography exploring the landscape around Cambridge.

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Hugh Fish

BSc Architecture

Part I Architectural Assistant

Hugh graduated from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in 2016 and joined Mole in August. He has a particular interest in sustainable and environmentally sensitive design and one of Hugh’s second year projects was shortlisted for the SEDA Krystyna Johnson Award for sustainable design. Since joining Mole, Hugh has enjoyed working on a diverse range of projects. When he’s not working he can either be found playing golf on a local Cambridgeshire course or walking Mars – the office dog.

Alice Hamlin

Alice Hamlin

BA (Hons) MArch

Part II Architectural Assistant

Alice completed her BA and MArch degrees at Northumbria University, graduating with distinction and receiving a commendation in the RIBA Hadrian Medal awards 2016. Previously she gained experience working on larger scale projects at FaulknerBrowns Architects. Since joining Mole, Alice has been part of the team delivering the K1 Co-Housing project. Outside of work, she can usually be found sewing, learning jiu jitsu, or reading any book within reach.

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Louise McGarrigle

BSc (Hons) MArch (Hons)

Part II Architectural Assistant

Louise completed her BSc and MArch in University College Dublin. She was awarded the overall student excellence prize for the American based Envision 2040 Greenworks Design Competition and was commended as a finalist by DoCoMoMo Ireland for her proposal on Central Bank. Since joining Mole, Louise has enjoyed working on a variety of projects. When not at work she enjoys rowing, yoga and hitting as many music gigs as she can.

Anna Geinosky

Anna Geinosky

Office Manager

Anna is the office manager at Mole Architects. Anna supports our Directors and Associates by facilitating the effective and smooth running of the office. Anna is responsible for organising all of the administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of our office and has also taken on various other roles including publicity and public relations, management of social media, managing and updating the website and assisting with PQQ bids and tenders. Outside her work environment she enjoys dancing, travelling, reading and is currently studying programming.

 

 

 

“Mole Architects is one of the most critically acclaimed contemporary architecture practices working in Britain today.”

– themodernhouse.net

Awards

2017

RIBA Eastern Region Award for Marsh Hill: Winner
RIBA London Region Award for Walmer Yard (With Peter Salter and Associates): Winner
RIBA South West Region Award for Houseboat (With Rebecca Granger Architects): Winner

2015

  • RIBA East Sustainability Award 2015.
  • RIBA East Regional Award.
  • RIBA House of the year Longlist.
  • Ideal Home Show Blue Ribbon Awards, Home of the Year: Winner

2014

  • RIBA  Awards: Shortlisted
  • RICS  Awards: Shortlisted
  • Ideal Home Show Blue Ribbon Awards, Home of the Year: Winner
  • Housing Excellence Awards: Winner
  • Green Apple Awards: Silver Award
  • World Architecture Festival, Future Projects House: Shortlisted

2013

  • Architects Journal Small Projects Award: Shortlisted
  • RIBA Awards: Shortlisted

2012

  • RIBA Manser Medal: Shortlisted
  • RIBA National Award: Winner
  • The Wood Awards: Shortlisted
  • Architects Journal Small Projects Award: Shortlisted
  • RIBA Spirit of Ingenuity: Winner
  • RIBA East Sustainability: Winner
  • RIBA Spirit of Ingenuity: Commendation

2011

  • RIBA Spirit of Ingenuity Award: Winner
  • RIBA Eastern Region Sustainability Award: Winner
  • RIBA National Award: Winner
  • RIBA Manser Medal: Shortlisted
  • British Design Award: Winner
  • Architects Journal Small Projects Award: Shortlisted
  • Brit Insurance Design of the Year Awards: Shortlisted

2010

  • The Sunday Times British Homes Awards, One-Off House: Winner
  • RIBA East Spirit of Ingenuity Sustainability Award
  • RIBA East Spirit of Ingenuity Residential Award: Winner
  • 2010 David Urwin Award: Winner (twice)
  • 2010 Grand Designs Best New Build: Finalist

2009

  • Architects Journal Small Projects Award: Shortlisted
  • RIBA Spirit of Ingenuity: Winner
  • Civic Trust Awards: Shortlisted

2008

  • Architects Journal Small Projects Award: Shortlisted
  • RIBA Spirit of Ingenuity Awards: Shortlisted

2007

  • Architects Journal Small Projects Award: Winner
  • Architects Journal Small Projects Award: Shortlisted

2004

  • RIBA National Award: Winner
  • RIBA Manser Medal: Winner
  • Stephen Lawrence Award: Shortlisted
  • Architects Journal First Building Award: Shortlisted
  • Architects Journal Small Projects Award: Shortlisted

“… Mole Architects are particularly interested in producing designs appropriate for their local context, combining traditional materials and techniques with a more contemporary attitude to design and building.”

– themodernhouse.net

Press

Catalogue

General Brochure

View General Catalogue 

House Brochure

View House Catalogue 

Mole catalogue

View Works in progress catalogue 

Books

Vernacular Design

Conteporary vernacular design

Claire Nash
RIBA Publishing
2016

Carpenter book

Modern sustainable residential desugn

William J. Carpenter
John Wiley & Sons
2009

Wood Architecture & Design

Wood Architecture & Design

Michael Galindo
Braun Publishing
2012

Colleges and Universities – Educational Spaces

Colleges and Universities - Educational Spaces

Sybille Kramer
Braun Publishing
2010

Masterpieces: Country House Architecture + Design

Masterpieces: Country House Architecture + Design

Michelle Gallindo
Braun Publishing
2011

The Sustainable Home: The Essential Guide to Eco-Building

The Sustainable Home: The Essential Guide to Eco-Building

Cathy Strongman
Merrel Publishers
2010

Grand Designs Handbook

Grand Designs Handbook

Kevin McCloud
Collins
2009

21st Century House

21st Century House

Jonathan Bell
Lawrence King
2006

Contemporary design in detail

Contemporary Design in Detail: Sustainable Environments

Yenna Chan
Rockport Publishers
2008

THE HOUSE BUILDERS BIBLE

The House Builders Bible 10

Mark Brinckley
Ovolo Books
2013

Moderne Giebelhauser

Moderne Giebelhauser- Traditionelle Form- innovatives Konzept

Andreas K. Vetter
Callway Georg
2006

Cement Fibre- Technology & Design

Cement Fibre- Technology & Design

Prof Jan R Krause
Birhauser GmbH
2006

Social Housing book

Social housing - Definitions and Design

Paul Karakusevic & Abigail Batchelor
RIBA Publishing
2017