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The practice has an international reputation for design and professionalism. We are highly receptive to our Clients’ views, knowledge and requirements and bring extensive best practice knowledge to their projects in the areas of design, organisation and construction through our international scope.

Our work ranges from embassies, government and commercial offices, high quality residential to buildings for arts and culture. We have proven ability in realising buildings that exceed our Clients’ expectations and give long lasting pleasure and social and economic benefits in use.


Westkaai Towers, Wienerberger Grand Prize 2018

Westkaai Towers, FRITZ HOGER AWARD 2017

Tower Wharf Cafe, 2013, Green Apple Award 

Brick Awards 2013, Molenplein, World Brick Award Finalist 

Amsterdam Architectural Prize 2012 Shortlisted, andreas Ensemble Phase 2; Solid 11 

Brick Awards 2012, Shortlisted, Solid 11, Amsterdam 

RIBA EU Award 2012, Solid 11, Amsterdam 

RIBA EU Award 2011, De Prinsendam, Overhoeks, Amsterdam 

Amsterdam Architectural Prize 2011, Shortlisted, Andreas Ensemble Phase 1; De Prinsendam 

Detail Prize 2011, British Embassy Warsaw, Special Prize Glass category 

Foreningen til Hovedstadens Forskønnelse (The association for the Capital’s Beautification) 2010 Tietgens Ærgrelse, Diploma 

Pris for God Arkitektur 2010, Fuglsang Kunstmuseum 

RIBA EU Award 2010, British Embassy Warsaw 

Stirling Prize Building of the Year Award 2009, Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, shortlisted 

Brick Awards 2009, Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, World Brick Award

Brick Awards, Vassall Road Housing shortlisted in Private Housing Development category 

Galvanizers Association Awards 2009, Duplex Award Winner, Vassall Road Housing 

RIBA European Award 2009, Fuglsang Kunstmuseum 

World Architecture Festival Awards 2008, Highly Commended, Fuglsang Kunstmuseum (Culture) 

Chicago Athenaeum International Architecture Award 2006, The Red House 

Camden Design Awards 2004, Commendation, Camden Arts Centre 

Civic Trust Awards 2004 Mention Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park 

ACE/ RIBA Awards for Religious Architecture 2003, Faith House, Holton Lee, Poole 

The Guardian Best British Building of the Year Award 2003, Faith House, Holton Lee, Poole 

The European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies Van de rohe award 2003, The Red House 



Catalogued Exhibitions on the Work of the Practice

2009 Mind into Matter: Eight exemplary buildings 1834–2009 De La Warr Pavilion
2009 OPEN:Poland architecture and Identity, RIBA London
2009 From Berlage to Koolhaas, a Hundred Years of Dutch Architecture, CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, China
2008 Home And Away, Venice Biennale, 5 British architects build housing in Europe
2005 Entrez Lentement edited by Lorenzo Gaetani, Catalogue of the exhibition Entrez Lentement, Salone Internazionale del Mobile, Milan, Editoriale Lotus
2004 Metropolis 5th Sao Paulo Biennial of Architecture & Design, Institute de Arquitetos do Brasil
2003 European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture, Mies van der Rohe Award, Fundacio Mies van der Rohe
2001 Tony Fretton Architects, retrospective 1986–2001
2001 Royal Institute of British Architects, London
2000 Outside in: London Architecture
2000 Catalogue of an exhibition at arG/GE Kunst Bolzano, Italy
2000 Essay by Peter Allison, Verlag Anton Pustet (Salzburg Austria)

Monographs, exhibition catalogues and articles

2014 Tony Fretton Architects, Birkhauser
2010 Tony Fretton Architects, Quart Verlag
2008 2G Monograph, Editorial Gustavo Gili
2008 The Collections of Contemporary Architectures,
Rihan International Cultural Co. Ltd.
2008 Architectural Highlights Shanglin Edition
2007 ORT. Ort means place, site, location and more, dokumente zur architektur 19/20
2006 ‘Designing The Warsaw Embassy - Tony Fretton Architects’ Navado Press Trieste
2001 Tony Fretton Architects: Abstraction and Familiarity, A&T of Spain
1995 Tony Fretton: Editorial Gustavo Gili SA

Current Publications


Awarded Design Contests

2018 Le Palace Hotel Brussels
2017 SRF Zurich, Shortlisted International competition
2016 Hof te Dieren, Shortlisted International competition
2016 BFI Riverfront, Shortlisted International competition
2015 Nyborg Slot, Shortlisted International competition
2015 Jenny Areal, 1st prize
2015 Zone M, Tour and Taxis Brussels
2014 Neuhausen, Switzerland, 1st prize
2012 Portland Collection Welbeck Abbey
2012 Aalst Crematorium, Shortlisted International competition
2011 Dolder Waldhaus Hotel Zurich, Shortlisted International competition
2011 Neerland, Antwerp, Shortlisted International competition
2011 V&A Boilerhouse Yard, Shortlisted International competition
2010 Tower of London, Tower Wharf Cafe, Completed 2012
2010 Mehrzweckhalle Dorf, Bubendorf, Shortlisted International competition
2010 Grünewald, Luxembourg ,Shortlisted International competition
2010 V&A Fashion and Textiles, Shortlisted International competition
2009 New Media Museum, Shortlisted International competition
2010 Deisgn Museum, London, Shortlisted International competition
2009 Stadshus Lund, Shortlisted International competition Lund, Sweden
2009 Administrative Centre, 1st prize Deinze, Belgium,  Completed 2016
2008 Galleri Per og Kajsa, Shortlisted International competition Bodø, Norway
2008 The Munch Museum, Invited international competition Oslo, Norway
2007 Provinciehuis, Antwerp, Shortlisted International competition Antwerp, Belgium
2007 ERSTE Campus, Vienna, Shortlisted International competition
2006 ICIA arts Complex, University of Bath Bath, UK Finalist design submission
2009 AG Leventis Gallery and apartments, Nicosia, Cyprus, Shortlisted in an RIBA competition
2008 Spinderihallerne I Vejle (Vejle Spinning Mill) Finalist, restricted international design competition
2001 New British Embassy Warsaw, Poland, 1st prize, Completed Autumn 2009
2000 Fuglsang Kunstmuseum Lolland, Denmark, 1st prize, Completed January 2008

Selected Buildings and Projects

Government Buildings

Deinze Town Hall and Administrative Centre, Belgium 2009-13.
New British Embassy & Residence, Warsaw, Poland.

Visual and Performing Arts

Fuglsang Kunstmuseum, Lolland, Denmark 2008. 
Camden Arts Centre, London 2004 Longside Gallery and Store for the Arts Council Collection of Sculpture, Yorkshire Sculpture Park 2003. 
Red House, Chelsea, London. 2001 Quay arts Centre, Newport, Isle of Wight 1998
Centre for Visual Arts, Sway, Hampshire 1996
Lisson Gallery, Bell Street, London 1992.
Lisson Gallery, Lisson Street, London

Offices and Retail Spaces

Blue Clothing, Huntsworth Mews, London 2017.
Arts Council England Offices 2015.
Solid 11, Constantin Huygenstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tietgens Ærgrelse, Copenhagen, Denmark 2009. 
Carhartt shop, Earlham Street, London  2004. 
Blue Clothing Berners St, London 1998. 
Carhartt Shop, Neal Street, London 1997.
Blue Clothing, Osnaburgh St, London

Mixed Use

Tietgens Grund, Frederiksgade Square, Copenhagen
Gershwin IV, Zuidas Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2006-12. 
Solid 11, Constantijn Huygenstraat, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Disability and the Arts

Artists’ Studios, Holton Lee Centre for Disability in the Arts, Poole, Dorset 2005.
Faith House, Holton Lee Centre for Disability in the Arts, Poole, Dorset.


Tower Wharf Café, London.

International Limited Competitions for the Arts

The New Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway 2009. 
Galleri Per og Kajsa, Nordland, Norway 2009. 
A G Leventis Gallery, Cyprus 2007. Spinderihallerne i Vejle, Denmark 2006.
Cultural Centre Fuglsang, Denmark 2005.
Tate St Ives, Cornwall, UK 2004. 
Hotel ProForma Performing Arts Centre, Copenhagen, Denmark 2000.
Laban Centre for Dance, Deptford, London 1997. 
Walsall Metropolitan Art Gallery 1996.


Molenplein Fase 3 2019.
Dunant Gardens 2019.
Houthaven, Amsterdam 2018.
Westkaai, Towers 2017.
Molenplein, Den Helder, The Netherlands 2008-12. 
Phillimore Gardens, London
Andreas Ensemble, Amsterdam, The Netherlands 2005-10. 
De Prinsendam housing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Vassall Road housing and Doctors Surgery, Brixton, London 2008. 
New London house for sculptor Anish Kapoor 2008. 
Neues Bauen am Horn, Weimar, Germany 2006.
House for Two Artists, Clerkenwell, London 2005. 
Apartments, Groningen, The Netherlands 2001. 
The Red House, Chelsea, London.

Artists Studios

House and studio for painter Brad Lochore 2009. 
Artist’s studios at Holton Lee, Poole 2005. 
Artist’s studios, Sway Visual Arts Centre, Hampshire.



Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London 2012
Bauhaus Live, Aram Gallery, London 2012
wallpaper* Handmade, Salone del Mobile 2011, Milan 2011
AA Archives: Projects, Personalities & Publics, Architectural Association 2011
Architectural Studies for the V&A, Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2010
Piazzasalone 12th International Architecture Biennale: People Meet in Architecture 2010
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London 2010
Brit Insurance designs of the Year, Design Museum, London 2010
Mind into Matter: Eight exemplary buildings 1834 – 2009, De La Warr Pavilion 2009
Open Poland - Architecture and Identity, RIBA London 2009
Home/Away: 5 British architects build Housing in Europe, 11th International architecture Biennale, Venice 2008
Underground: London’s hidden infrastructure, New London Architecture, London 2008
Architects in Practice, RIBA London 2008
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London 2007
New World Architecture, royal Institute of Architects of Ireland, Dublin 2006
Entrez Lentemente (Editoriale Lotus), Salon de Mobile, Milan 2005
The European Prize for Contemporary architecture Mies Van der Rohe award,
rIBa Gallery, London 2003
5th Bienal Sao Paulo, Sao Paolo, Brazil 2003
Tony Fretton Architects: A retrospective, RIBA Gallery, London 2001
outside in: London architecture arG/GE Kunst, Bolzano Italy 2000
Architecture Experience and Thought: Projects by Tony Fretton architects, Architectural Association, London 1998
New work, Future Visions:British architecture, Sao Paulo Biennial Brazil 1997
In Search of Public Space, de Singel antwerp, Belgium 1997
The Art of the Process, RIBA Gallery, London 1993
Tony Fretton Architects 1980 -1990, Architectural Association London 1990
Building and Project:: Four British Architects, 9H Gallery London
1990 Tokyo Forum, The Imagination Gallery London 1990
Latter day Modernism, The Camden Arts Centre, London 1990

Education and Symposia

Tony Fretton AA Dip RIBA Chartered Architect ARB registered

Visiting Professor, ETH Zurich.
Visiting Lecturer, semester studio, Graduate School of Design Harvard.
Emeritus Professor, Technical University of Delft, The Netherlands
Visiting critic at HTwK Leipzig and Academie St Joost, Breda,The Netherlands.
Visiting Professor, Federal Polytechnic of Lausanne, Switzerland.
Visiting Professor, Berlage Institute, Amsterdam.
Visiting Critic, The School of Management, Tel-Aviv, Israel.
‘Designing in Lisbon’, design workshop with David Chipperfield, Goncalo Byrne and Antonio Lapeña, Lisbon, Portugal.
Visiting Critic, Academie van Bouwkunst,Tilburg, The Netherlands.
Unit Master, Architectural Association School of Architecture, London.
Visiting Professor University of East London. 
Diploma Unit Master at Cass.

Jim McKInney Barch (Hons) Dip Arch (Cantab) ARB RIBA

Affiliated Lecturer, School of Architecture, Cambridge University
Studio Tutor, School of Architecture, Cambridge University
Professional Practice Tutor, Architectural Association School of Architecture London
Visiting lecturer in construction and practice at the University of Sheffield
Design Teacher, Architectural Association School of Architecture London
AR Emerging architecture awards

Papers and Presentations in Symposia

Glasgow School of art Glasgow, Scotland 30th November 2012
Lina Bo Bardi: Together Seminar and roundtable Discussion ICA, London10th november 2012
International Architecture Forum Hamburg, Germany 22nd november 2012
Conference of Architecture, RIFF Bucharest, Romania 19th november 2012
Oslo School of architecture oslo, Norway 1st november 2012
Big Architecture Conference Ljubljana, Slovenia 17th May 2012
Centre for Fine Arts Brussels, Belgium 25th April 2012
Tectonics in Contemporary Brick Architecture Academy of Architecture, amsterdam, netherlands 15th March 2012

Changes Contract world, Hannover, Germany 14th January 2012
Architektur Forum Ostschweiz
St Gallen, Switzerland 5th December 2011
House of Architecture Graz, Switzerland 25th november 2011
In the Heart of the City Institute for Architectural Design and Engineering, Munich , Germany
18th november 2011
Rhode Island School of Design Providence, USA 1st November 2011
Masters of Architecture lecture series, Gallery of Architecture, Katowice, Poland 13th October 2011
'Community, Politics and Design Gwangju Design Biennale's London Academy, London 6th June 2011

A Debate between Contemporary Architectural Practices and Critics With Sam Jacob and Kieran Long Architecture Foundation, London 21st April 2011
Buildings and their Territories Academy of Architecture, Mendrisio, Switzerland 7th April 2011
International Seminarof Transitions Between Buildings Tehran, Iran 19th May 2010
Big architecture versus Good Architecture International Convention of Architecture, Budapest, Hungary 6th March 2010
Insight Series: Displaying Art 2010 Dulwich Picture Gallery, London
Art vision and the transformation of signs Beyond MedIa Architecture Festival 2009
Beyond Britain 2008
Tradition Today 2007 The Academy of Architecture and Urban Design, Rotterdam

The Complexity of the Ordinary 2006 The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
The Politics of Making 2006 3rd Annual Architectural
Humanities Research Association international conference
Transnational dialogues in urbanism 2006
Syracuse University, school of architecture - Florence programme
Art Museums 2005
Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal Cutting Edge Heritage 2
004 V&a/RIBA Critical debate, London
New resources for Studying Architecture 2004
V&a/RIBA partnership Speakers included Tony Fretton, Sandy Wilson, Kirstin Feireiss, Joan Busquets & Patrick Wright

London: European Cities, 21st Century’ symposium 2004 Organised by The Regional Ministry of Public Works and Transports of the Regional Government of Andalusia (Consejería de Obras Públicas y Transportes de la Junta
de andalucía, Sevilla, Spain
Material Matters symposium 2004 University of East London, Docklands London
A celebration of the Life and Work of Alison and Peter Smithson 2003 Architectural Association, London
Architecture and Experience Intimate Metropolis: Domesticating the City, Infiltrating the Home 2003 Architectural Association, London
architecture and Experience: The Body in Architecture 2002 TU Delft
Art space as public space- Public space as art space 2002
Architecture as a social art ARCO Madrid
Past events and active propositions Berlage Institute Rotterdam 2001
Architectural Observations: Phenomenological aspects of architecture and its education Workshop with Dalibor Vesely, Juhani Pallasmaa , Dan Hoffman and Alberto Perez-Gomez TU Eindhoven, Netherlands 2001

Design for Museums Galleries and Cultural Institutions British Council, London 2000
Dramaturgy, a users guide Central School of Speech and Drama, London1999
Ideas as much as a form Icelandic Architects Association, Reykjavik 1999
Barclays new stages Symposium on theatre design Royal Court , London
Symposium on the design of spaces for art Tate, London Chair: Michael Craig-Martin
Gravity and Grace symposium In conjunction with the exhibition at the Hayward Gallery, London 1993
Symposium on the work of Jean Nouvel In conjunction with the exhibition at the ICA, London 1993
Gordon Matta-Clark symposium In conjunction with the exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery , London 1993
Art and Architecture: a symposium on the design of spaces for art Architectural Association London
Art and Public Space
Laing art Gallery, Newcastle Chair: Declan McGonagle, Director of the Irish Museum of Modern Art Dublin 1992


Wolf Prize, Switzerland 2012
Prix de Rome, netherlands 2010
Kiesler Prize 2010
European architecture awards with Philippe Samyn, Maarten Kloos, Herman van Meer
2003 Belgian Architecture Awards
2nd International Seminar:Industrial Architecture
with Richard Gluckman (USA) Antonio Angelilo (Italy),Jose Ignacio Linazasoro (Spain)
and Ignasi Paricio (Spain), Vitoria-Gasteiz, the Basque Country 1999

FIS Competition
Jointly supported by the Architectural Association of Ireland and the national Sculpture Factory and judged with Tony Cragg, Sculptor and declan McGonagle1996
Competition for the national Gallery of Slovenia 1996
Europan 4 Judged with Ian ritchie (chair), Kees Christiaanse, Richard Lavington and Hubert de Boer 1996
Scottish Design Awards 2010

Selected Lectures

‘Models’ series of lectures at TU Berlin, 14th May 2014
‘Speeches on Space’ conference, Casa da Musica, Porto, Portugal, 18th May 2014
S aM Swiss architecture Museum, Basle, 18th March 2014 rE-SET nL, VaI antwerp, 11th February 2014
Festival of Architecture University of East London London 24th June 2013
Buildings and their Territories Kingston School of Architecture Kingston, Surrey 26th February 2013
Panel Discussion Lisbon 21st February 2013
“Interventions in Cities” Festival of architecture University of East London 24th June 2013
“Buildings and their Territories” Kingston School of architecture Kingston, Surrey 26th February 2013
Panel Discussion Culturgest, Lisbon 21st February 2013
Glasgow School of art Glasgow Scotland 30th november 2012
International ArchitectureForum Hamburg, Germany 22nd november 2012
Conference of Architecture RIFF Bucharest, Romania 19th November 2012
Oslo School of architecture oslo, norway 1st november 2012
Big architecture Conference Ljubljana, Slovenia 17th May 2012
Centre for Fine Arts Brussels Belgium 25th April 2012

Tectonics in Contemporary Brick Architecture Academy of Architecture Amsterdam, Netherlands
15th March 2012
Changes Contractworld Hannover, Germany 14th January 2012
Architektur Forum Ostschweiz St Gallen Switzerland 5th December 2011
House of Architecture Graz Switzerland 25th November 2011
In the Heart of the City Institute for Architectural Design and Engineering Munich, Germany
18th november 2011
Rhode Island School of design Providence USA 1st November 2011
Masters of Architecture lecture series Gallery of Architecture Katowice, Poland 13th October 2011
Demy London 6th June 2011
A Debate between Contemporary Architectural Practices and Critics with Sam Jacob and Kieran Long
Architecture Foundation, London 21st April 2011
Buildings and their Territories Academy of Architecture, Mendrisio, Switzerland 7th april 2011

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