We are an architectural practice profoundly engaged in the production of a sustainable, joyous, convivial and resilient built environment. We see our role as designers of buildings, spaces, landscapes and objects as inseparable from the wider roles of acting on the world directly (by initiating assemblies of various forms), and by reflecting and commenting on it critically.
We do not ascribe to a school of thought or a design ideology. We are polymorphously inspired, making no distinction of value between humble and noble, popular and hieratic, past and present, vernacular and official. Our mentors include Ivan Illich, Peter Brook, Bruno Latour and Richard Sennett.
Our experience has led us to counter-intuitive and challenging insights:
that human energy and gathering can be the most effective antidotes to environmental impact; by assembling and sharing, people will necessarily be less impactful
that beauty (and not just ‘performance’) underpins sustainability; buildings and things which are noble and worthwhile, and which insipire affection will naturally endure
that fostering social cohesion is perhaps the most important task in repairing the world; architects can easily impede this, and only -with subtlety and empathy- hope to enable it
Our deep experience with biomaterials and convivial spaces has been recognised through prizes such as the WAN Award for best wooden building in the world (2018, Hardelot Theatre), The European Union -Mies van der Rohe Prize (nominated, 2017), the Villa Kujoyama Prize (2015) and the 40 European Architects Under 40 Prize (2008). Practice leader Andrew Todd is Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres.
Based in Paris and Southern Burgundy, we have worked in France, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Norway, Japan and Switzerland.
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Andrew Todd knows every form of theatre space; he is also a fearless explorer.
Hardelot is the most beautiful theatre in the world, where my work flew as nowhere else.
Andrew is a global player and competence in the future of cities - both in terms of impact on our common environment and impact on our living and social development. But on top of that Andrew, as few do - gets this knowledge into a local context.
Director of Strategy and Innovation, the Nordic Construction Company
Flemming Wisler, NXT
Directeur du Midsummer Festival, Chateau d'Hardelot
I especially appreciate Studio Andrew Todd’s ability to establish a true dialogue between architect and engineer without condescension. This reflects their erudite interest in materials, especially bio-sourced materials and their specific implementation. This state of mind seems to me to be the distinguishing mark of too few architects who are able to reconcile Construction and Ecology, despite the urgency of the situation.
Director Dry Construction, ICADE Promotion
"Andrew Todd is not only an architect -he is a fearless explorer who has investigated every known and unknown form of theatre building and auditorium."
Director of Innovation and Senior Executive, NCC
"Andrew is a global player and competence in the future of cities - both in terms of impact on our common environment and impact on our living and social development.
But on top of that Andrew - as few do - gets this knowledge into a local context."
Director, Midsummer Festival, Hardelot
"Studio Andrew Todd brought deep empathy to the Hardelot Elizabethan Theatre. Uniquely, they were able to provide creativity and technical know-how at equal and multually-supportive levels, consistently going far beyond the brief in the elaboration of this widely-loved building.
The artists I have worked with there are unanimously laudatory about its acoustics, atmosphere and creative richness."
"Studio Andrew Todd have a uniquely deep conviction and know-how concerning the essential links between ecological, social and creative imperatives in making space. Beauty, function and eco-footprint are conjointly benevolent in the work we accomplished together on my Dreamtheatre project.
And Hardelot is simply the most beautiful theatre in the world. My work flew there as nowhere else."
Director, Dry Construction, ICADE Promotion
"I especially appreciate Studio Andrew Todd’s ability to establish a true dialogue between architect and engineer without condescension. This reflects their erudite interest in materials, especially bio-sourced materials and their specific implementation. This state of mind seems to me to be the distinguishing mark of too few architects who -despite the urgency of the situation- are able to reconcile Construction and Ecology."
CLIENTS, PARTNERS AND GUIDES
Our most valued interlocutors accompany us far beyond the concrete projects we work on together.
With them we engage in an ongoing process of inspiration and inquiry. Buildings, things, objects, assemblies and research projects are manifestations, but not end-points in this process of discovery.