‘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.
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, they 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.
They 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.
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.
MA Dip.Arch (Cantab) Arb
Biba Dow was born in London in 1969. She studied architecture at the University of Cambridge, graduating in 1990, and completing her diploma in 1993. She gained experience in a range of practices including Powell and Moya, where she worked on the Mental Health Resource Centre in Hove, and earlier at Caroe and Partners, on a range of conservation projects including work at Rochester Cathedral.
In 2000, Biba established Dow Jones Architects in partnership with Alun Jones. Biba has lectured widely on the work of the practice. She is a unit master at London Metropolitan University, a visiting critic at various schools of architecture, and a competition juror. She writes widely about architecture and culture.
BSc MPhil Dip.Arch (Cantab) RIBA
Alun Jones was born in Caerphilly, Wales in 1966. He studied architecture at the University of Bath, graduating in 1989 and taking an MPhil in 1990 investigating Alberti’s Church of San Sebastiano in Mantua. He studied for his diploma at the University of Cambridge. Between 1995 and 2000, he worked for Caruso St John Architects as project architect for the New Art Gallery, Walsall.
In 2000, Alun established Dow Jones Architects with Biba Dow. He has taught widely at various schools of architecture. He currently runs a diploma unit at the London Metropolitan University. He is a visiting critic at various schools and an RIBA external examiner at the Glasgow University Mackintosh School. Alun is a Civic Trust Award assessor and a Design for London Design Surgeon.
The Jerwood Foundation
Design for London
Greater London Authority
East Central Gallery
Foundation for Womens' Art
London Development Agency
London Borough of Lewisham
Christ Church Spitalfields
Paddington Development Trust
East City Investments
The Garden Museum
Friends of Christ Church Spitalfields
Corpus Christi Church
Architectura et Amicitia
The Rector and PCC of Christ Church Spitalfields
Shortlisted, Architects Journal Retrofit Awards, Heritage
Winner, Lighting Design Award
Runner up, New London Architecture Award
Winner, Brick Award
Runner up, Residential Architects of the Year