Up-and-coming London stars Studio Weave and Architecture 00 have joined forces with Studio Weave co-founder Maria Smith leaving to concentrate on teaching
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Smith said she would be stepping down as director of Studio Weave in August to work on a new range of practice-based teaching with the Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design at London Metropolitan University.
Studio Weave and Architecture 00 announced they were developing a new structure that will allow them to work collaboratively on projects.
The two practices, alongside Civic Systems, Do Laboratories, and Wikihouse which were established within the Architecture 00 office, will combine to form a new trust, which will allow them to share expertise, projects, and resources.
Studio Weave co-founder Je Ahn, told the AJ the move was ‘not a business merger’ but more an enforcement of the way the two practices, which have been good friends for a number of years, wanted to work and collaborate.
He said that the move did not mean the end for Studio Weave and that the practice would continue to work on projects under its own name.
Ahn added that the two firms were planning to co-locate and are currently looking for a suitable space.
Smith said: ‘I am supportive of bringing together the expertise of Studio Weave and Architecture 00. It will allow them to do different projects. The possibilities of this inspired collaboration are enormous. Watch this space.’
David Saxby, co-founder of Architecture 00, which won this year’s RIBA London Building of the Year Award for its social justice centre in Vauxhall, commented: ‘Over 10 years 00 has grown from being an architecture studio to being a wider platform that supports a diverse range of design-led ventures. While each of them is independent, they all share the same enjoyment of collaboration over competition, and the same commitment to creating long-term value, whether in architecture or civic participation, open source furniture or social impact.
‘It’s fantastic that in Studio Weave we have found a practice equally committed to these values, and we’re excited by the prospect of enriching our projects through working closely with them.’