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.
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.
- MA (Cantab) MArch
Shubhanaga (previously Jimmy) has excellent experience running large scale projects and leads the delivery teams for our large projects. He is an experienced Project Architect, with over 15 years’ experience in the construction industry, working across a range of sectors and specialising in residential mixed-use projects. Shubhanaga is currently leading the team on the Marmalade Lane project on site, comprising 42 dwellings. He was previously Project Architect for the mixed-use Eddington project for the University of Cambridge, comprising 35 apartments, a healthcare facility and an office. Along with other management responsibilities, Shubhanaga also takes care of the office's Quality Management system which is based on the RIBA Chartered Practice and ISO 9001 systems. He is also a Part III mentor and enjoys supporting the younger members of staff training to be architects. Outside of work Shubhanaga paints, draws and teaches meditation and buddhism.
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.
- BA (Hons)
- Part I Architectural Assistant
Andreea graduated from Sheffield School of Architecture and joined Mole in 2017. During her studies, she received two draughtsmanship prizes including the Stephen Welsh Prize in third year and was also nominated for the RIBA Bronze Presidents Medals. Her final year project, an archive and performance space for the York Mystery Plays, reflects her particular interests in contextual and culturally-aware design that critically builds upon tradition and the history of place. At Mole, Andreea has worked on a variety of projects at early stages including a school for Northstowe, plus two one-off-houses in Cambridge and in Wells-next-the-Sea. Outside of work, Andreea enjoys travelling, discovering new places, roaming through galleries and reading a good book.
Fijal House - shortlisted for ‘Small House of the Year’ in The Sunday Times British Homes Awards.
Fijal House – wins ‘Best Contemporary Self Build’ in The Daily Telegraph Homebuilding & Renovating Awards 2018
RIBA Annual Awards Stephen Lawrence Prize for Houseboat (With Rebecca Granger Architects): Winner
World Architecture Festival Small Works Prize for Houseboat (With Rebecca Granger Architects): Shortlisted
RIBA National Award for Walmer Yard (With Peter Salter and Associates): Winner
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