AAB architects is a design-led practice based in north London, providing a proactive architectural service tailored to individual client needs.
Established in 2000 by practice principal Alice Brown, the practice has kept its approachable, genuine nature, taking pride in positive working relationships with clients and consultants.
Predominantly working on educational, community and residential projects for a wide range of clients, the practice specialises in work to existing buildings, including reuse, repair and conservation. Committed to achieving imaginative and high-quality building design in an environmentally responsible manner, this approach is based on detailed analysis and understanding of clients’ aspirations.
Alice Brown / Practice Principal
Alice studied architecture at Cambridge, where she graduated with a 1st class honours degree, and at Harvard University. After graduation Alice gained experience in a number of renowned practices in London, including Colin St John Wilson & Partners, where she worked on the British Library, then under construction. She later joined MacCormac Jamieson Prichard, where she worked on the new Jubilee line station at Southwark as project architect for the upper ticket hall and over-station development.
In 1994, success in a competition in Sweden was the opportunity for Alice to set up her first practice, in partnership with Robert Loader (Loader and Brown architects, 1994-99). The Swedish competition – to reuse a 19th century institutional building for housing – was the catalyst for the practice’s specialisation in refurbishment and enlargement of existing buildings. In 2000 AAB architects was established to continue and expand on this work.
Alice is very interested in historic buildings and the evolution of cities. She has been a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings since 1988, and is a RIBA accredited Conservation Architect. She is currently carrying out research into public housing built by the Metropolitan Borough of St Pancras in the inter-war period. Alice lives in Kentish Town, London, with her husband and two children. She is involved with a range of environmental initiatives in her area, including volunteering as an advisor to the neighbourhood planning forum and as a director of a local organic vegbox scheme.
Jade Huang / Associate Architect
Jade studied at the Welsh School of Architecture, The Cass School and at the Mackintosh School of Architecture where she was nominated for the RIBA’s silver medal. She became qualified with distinction in 2017.
Before joining AAB architects, Jade gained experience on cultural & public projects with Stanton Williams Architects, as well as on bespoke residential projects at Paul Archer Design. She spent 6 months working in Beijing after her Part II qualification, and was recently shortlisted for the Scholar’s programme at the British School at Rome.
Her other interests involve teaching and outreach, having taught workshops within secondary schools and at housing and homelessness charity Crisis. She has previously been on the panel of reviewers at the Glasgow School of Art and regularly volunteers with the Park Theatre.