Madeleine Kessler Architecture



Madeleine Kessler Architecture is an architecture and urban design studio dedicated to designing joyful people-centred places. We work with local communities, clients and stakeholders, across disciplines and scales, to creatively understand and enhance a sense of place. All our projects, no matter their scale, are guided by a strong social vision and commitment to creative design that delivers more inclusive, equitable and sustainable urban spaces.

The studio has a wide range of project experience across the public and private sectors ranging from public realm, cultural and civic projects, to infrastructure, masterplanning and urban design. Our design practice is enhanced by ongoing research into public space through teaching, workshops, and curation. Current and recently completed projects include the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale; Hidden Half World at the Oslo Architecture Triennale; and Forestation, a strategic proposal to rewild existing railway stations across the UK.

Madeleine Kessler MEng. AADipl. ARB RIBA

Madeleine is an architect, curator, researcher and educator. She has over a decade of experience working on cultural, civic and masterplanning projects, and enjoys working with complex urban sites, placing community, craft and placemaking at the heart of design. Madeleine is co-curator of the British Pavilion at the 17th International Venice Architecture Biennale, where she is exploring privatised public space across the UK, proposing strategies for more inclusive ownership, access and use.

Passionate about promoting a creative understanding of the city, Madeleine is a Visiting Professor at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, sits on the National Infrastructure Commission’s Design Group, is a co-founder of Unscene Architecture, and lectures at the London School of Architecture, where she is also a member of the Access & Participation Steering Group. She is regularly invited to speak and critic internationally, including at Harvard GSD, Royal Institute of Art Stockholm and Université du Luxembourg. Previously she worked at Haworth Tompkins, HHF Architekten, and Studio Weave, and as an Associate at Haptic Architects, on projects including Battersea Arts Centre, Kings Cross W3, St James's Market Pavilion, and Theatre Royal Drury Lane. She was named in the Architects' Journal's 40 under 40 and awarded the 2019 RIBA Rising Star Award.

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Annette Jezierska, Charlotte Mitchell, Elena Palacios Carral, Hans-Christoph Schultz, Ioana Man, Jamie Whelan, Manijeh Verghese, Mara Fetche, Mio Tsuneyama, Nick Elias, Ness Lafoy, Petra Marko, Phot Tongsuthi, Rosie Hervey, Sakthy Selvakumaran, Tom Gibson, Viktor Westerdahl