Research + Activism

Our work as architects extends beyond the design of buildings to engage with people, activities and organisations in the world around us. Recent activity includes:

Royal Institute of British Architects

Angela Brady served as President of the Royal Institute of British Architects from 2011-2013. During this time she initiated work on procurement reform and successfully promoted the work of architects in the London Olympics 2012. A poll in the Architects Journal voted her the most effective RIBA president of the last 28 years.

Green Skibbereen

Green Skibbereen has been established to address the challenge of moving to low carbon energy through actively engaging, educating and facilitating a whole community approach that is driven by local people, businesses and organisations rather than top down, one size fits all schemes that can struggle to reach rural areas.

Brady Mallalieu Architects are working with Green Skibbereen to develop a framework for their presence at Myross Wood House.

Design Review

We are active amongst a range of local authorities serving on design panels. Currently Angela Brady chairs the Croydon Place Review Panel while Robin Mallalieu reviews for the Hackney Society. We have also been appointed as a Design Champion by Islington Council to unlock a stalled project which has now received planning permission and is under construction.

The British Papers

The British Papers is a collection of invited essays and opinions from architectural and urban design leaders, as a snapshot of current thinking and approaches to sustainable city-making.

This series of essays, compiled and edited by Angela Brady, brings together the thoughts of leading figures in the industry – such as Richard Rogers, Sir Terry Farrell, and Judit Kimpian to name but a few – to share their particular viewpoints about latest design thinking. This wide ranging collection of essays covers everything from Historic England (English Heritage) Carol Pyrah, promoting regeneration via constructive conservation to the Academy of Urbanism Steven Bee, discussing how our history, culture and identity anchor us in place and time. Our top universities – the LSE, Manchester and Birmingham among others – are key to shaping our city-design thinking and creative architects and engineers pave the way with their innovative ideas and projects – and this collection of essays is a testament to their hard work, creativity and ingenuity.

The mistakes of the western world in recent decades are continuously being repeated in many developing countries – soulless, rootless, gas-guzzling buildings have been built without reference to their cultural context or suitable to local climate conditions. However, in Britain we have a wealth of experts and professionals – some of whom have been brought together in these essays – who can offer a clear message about how we can learn together to build better cities to help prepare our world for a low-carbon future.

The Cork Papers

The Cork Papers – Sustainable City in the Making is a collection of 20 invited essays intended to act as a critical analysis of the city from the perspective of selected from individuals with advice and experience to share

The book was published by Cork City Council in time for the Academy of Urbanism Congress in June 2018. It is intended as a catalyst for change to help Cork realise its great potential as a European sustainable city. This advice applies to many cities in Ireland and around Europe

A complete digital edition of The Cork Papers is now available free online. Read it here.

Housing Models

Brady Mallalieu Architects have designed numerous housing schemes for a range of different clients and users. They demonstrate a diversity of handling tenure, site selection and client ethos including local authorities, developers, housing associations and emerging new forms. Our ongoing research in this area, at a time of housing crisis, was discussed in Five Housing Models, a paper given to the West London Business Forum. Another paper on ‘Delivering Social Housing’ was published in Architecture Ireland, November 2015.


Andrew Carr and Angela Brady serve as guest reviewers to Design Studio 22 at the University of Westminster run by Nasser Golzari and Yara Sharif. They have both taught and examined at many other universities including the Macintosh, Welsh School of Architecture, Newcastle University and London School of Architecture.

Inhabited lobbies: The social life of space in the work of Brady Mallalieu Architects

The inhabited lobby is a recurring architectural device present in the work of Brady Mallalieu Architects. Peer-reviewed research on this approach to social spaces developed in our work was published in Architectural Research Quarterly. Characterised by a central space in a building it connects different activities physically, visually, acoustically and socially. Notionally a circulation space, it assumes an expanded role, becoming an inhabitable entity in itself and the social focus of a building.

Time in Architecture

The uses of time in architecture is the subject of ongoing design based research by Andrew Carr. A snapshot of the research is summarised in recent peer-reviewed paper published in Architectural Research QuarterlyDesign propositions are used to examine different temporal structure and phenomena, such as; the weather, inhabitation, circadian rhythms, entropy and open-endedness. Ideas from this research have been used to inform Brady Mallalieu projects such as Brickworks.

Angela Brady with Sir Terry Farrell and Sumita Sinha at the launch of DiverseCity exhibition in 2003 at the RIBA promoting diversity of people in architecture. This exhibition travelled to 34 cities worldwide over 6 years.

Women in Architecture and DiverseCity

Architects for Change was founded in 2000 and Angela chaired Women in Architecture 2000 – 2005. The group campaigned to promote the role of women in architecture and BAME architects through events, talks, awareness raising and advocacy.  “DiverseCity” exhibition  curated by Angela, collected multiple under represented voices in architecture to a new platform. This rolling exhibition called

“The Global Snowball”  launched in London and was invited to 34 cities around the world. The exhibition expanded to collect new people from a growing range of cultures and backgrounds. 

Brady Mallalieu have also supported other work, such as the ‘Opencity Accelerate! Programme’, and ‘Adopt a School’ and Angela made the video “Designers of our future” based on workshops she gave in secondary schools.

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When President of RIBA Angela recorded many videos “In conversation with….”  several famous architects;-