‘Dow Jones Architects is one of Britain’s most gifted young practices.’ 

Jay Merrick, The Independent, August 6th 2010.

‘Dow Jones Architects’ interest in culture means that when you look at a Dow Jones building you feel a deep sense of familiarity.’ 

Jes Fernie, Blueprint, April 2006.

Profile

Dow Jones Architects is an award-winning RIBA Chartered practice based in London, with a reputation for producing well-crafted, conceptually clear architecture. Since formation in 2000, we have designed a celebrated and wide-ranging body of work. Clients come from the private, public, and commercial sectors, including the GLA, Design for London and Tate Britain.

We have made work in sensitive sites in both the country and the city, including work to listed buildings, in Conservation Areas, and in a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The work of the practice has been published in many architectural and mainstream publications around the world, and featured in several exhibitions.


Approach

We approach every project on its own terms, and treat every commission as a conversation with our clients, to which we bring our experience not our preconceptions. Our work is contemporary and thoughtful. It seeks to explore the physical and cultural qualities of places through investigation and observation. The results combine originality with sensitivity and are responsive to the environment.

We are interested in an idea of context that seeks to understand the deeper cultural situation of a project, into which an appropriate response is woven. It is a way of working which grounds what we do in both the place and ideas.

We enjoy the relationship between form and matter, and are interested in a way of building that is direct and unpretentious. Our work is informed by history and memory whilst being contemporary and forward thinking. We see our work as a setting for the situations of everyday life, made available through an architecture of generosity.

Portrait

Biba Dow MA Dip.Arch (Cantab) ARB

Biba was born in London. She studied architecture at the University of Cambridge. 

After graduating, she worked for Powell and Moya, on a new mental health hospital in Hove. In 2000, she established Dow Jones Architects with Alun Jones. 

Biba has worked on a range of complex arts and heritage buildings. She has been the project director for the refurbishment of the crypt at Christ Church Spitalfields, and the new heritage centre at the grade 1 listed St Mary Magdalene. She has also led a number of public regeneration and research projects for the GLA, and has a wealth of experience working with listed buildings and with complex client and stakeholder groups. 

She has taught at a number of UK universities and is an external examiner at Kingston School of Architecture, and writes about architecture and culture in a variety of publications.

Portrait

Alun Jones BSc MPhil. Dip.Arch (Cantab) RIBA

Alun was born in Caerphilly and studied architecture at the University of Bath, and at the University of Cambridge and wrote an MPhil on reconstruction of Alberti’s Church of San Sebastiano in Mantua. 

He qualified in 1992 and has since worked on a wide range of museum, gallery and heritage projects. He worked for Caruso St John Architects as project architect for the New Art Gallery, Walsall, before establishing Dow Jones Architects with Biba Dow. 

He was project director for the Garden Museum phase 1 and 2, and has designed two exhibitions for Tate Britain. He delivered the Peter von Kant Gallery in Deptford and also the East Central Gallery in Clerkenwell. 

He has a wealth of experience of dealing with large and complex client bodies and on projects which have complex statutory approvals. 

He has taught at a number of schools of architecture in the UK and Ireland and is an RIBA external examiner at the University of Leicester. Alun is a Civic Trust Award assessor and sits on the South Downs National Parks Design Review Committee. 

Joe Howland

Joe Howland MA (Cantab) DipArch ARB

Joe is an Associate at Dow Jones Architects. He studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and at London Metropolitan University, where he was taught by Alun Jones and Biba Dow. Joe is the project architect for Phase Two of the Garden Museum, and has overseen the detailed design development and the delivery of the project.

Kit

Kit Smithson BA (Hons) PgDip

Kit is an architectural assistant at Dow Jones Architects. Kit studied architecture at the University of the West of England and at the CASS, London Metropolitan University. Kit is currently working on the Science Museum lecture theatre refurbishment, and a residential extension in Merton Park.


Wyn

Wyn Lloyd Jones BSc (Hons) MSc (Arch)

Wyn is an architectural assistant at Dow Jones Architects. He studied architecture at the University of Bath and at the TU Delft in the Netherlands, where his thesis project explored the community-led renewal of terraced housing in South Wales.

Wyn is currently working on the St Mary Magdalene redevelopment, which refurbishes the church and undercroft, and introduces a new building to provide education and community facilities. Wyn is also a Welsh speaker and an approved Passivhaus designer.

Susie

Susie Cox BA Hons (Cantab)

Susie is an architectural assistant at Dow Jones Architects. She studied at Cambridge University. After graduating Susie spent a year at TP Bennett, working on a range of large developments in London. Susie is currently working on a number of projects, including St. Mary Magdalene and King’s College School.

Beth

Beth Fisher BA Hons (Cantab)

Beth is an architectural assistant at Dow Jones Architects. She studied architecture at the University of Cambridge. After graduation, she spent a year working in Boston, Massachusetts, at an office specialising in performing arts buildings in New England. Beth is currently working on a number of projects, focusing primarily on the St Mary Magdalene redevelopment.

Awards

  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2001

Contact

Dow Jones Architects
Station Parade
Balham High Road
London SW12 9AZ

T: 020 8675 2544
mail@dowjonesarchitects.com