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David Morley Architects named AJ100 Sustainable Practice of the Year

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A thoughtful attitude to sustainability made David Morley Architects stand out in this category

The jury applauded David Morley Architects’ passionate and holistic approach to sustainability, which it applies across a range of sectors and office initiatives, and executes with particular attention to materials and detailing. The practice is experimenting with innovative systems across a range of building types: retrofit, sports buildings, masterplanning of ‘active’ landscapes, offices (including the practice’s own workplace) and green walls. 

Tracking systems are in place to embed sustainable design into project delivery, and a variation on Max Fordham’s sustainability matrix, is used to evaluate competing elements of a project. The rigorous approach to retrofit at Grosvenor’s 119 Ebury Street is replicable (at the top end of the market) and includes two years of monitoring. David Morley Architects has developed an incremental, thoughtful attitude to sustainability, which it adapts to suit each project. Many practices could emulate this approach.


  • Architype St Michael’s Hospice, Hereford
  • Avanti Architects Trumpington Community College, Cambridge
  • Fairhursts Design Group GlaxoSmithKline Laboratory, Nottingham
  • Foster + Partners China Resources University, Shenzhen, China
  • Hamson Barron Smith/NPS Group Carrowbreck Meadow, Norwich
  • Jestico + Whiles House 19, Buckinghamshire


  • Anna Woodeson, director, LTS Architects
  • Carl Turner, founding director, Carl Turner Architects
  • Hattie Hartman, sustainability editor, AJ
  • Hero Bennett, sustainability consultant, Max Fordham
  • Marion Baeli, partner, PDP London
  • Simon Sturgis, managing director, Sturgis Carbon Profiling

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