ARCHITECTS • LFA DIGITAL 2020
In 2002, dRMM Architects entered the UK architecture scene with a debut building that challenged inner-city living typologies. No. One Centaur Street responded to the changing patterns of contemporary urban households, offering the possibility for subdivision to suit emerging live-work needs. The building received several accolades – including the RIBALondon Building of the Year Award – and firmly placed the studio’s founding directors on the London design map, one of whom was Sadie Morgan.
Almost 20 years, Morgan is one of the UK industry’s most prominent architectural figures. Since designing No. One Centaur Street, she has worked to redefine the standards of urban living through both her studio practice and several other prominent academic and industry roles. These include her former presidency of the Architectural Association; her role as Design Chair for High Speed Two (HS2); her commissioner role for the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC); her selection as a Mayor of London design advocate; her membership to the Homes England board; and her set up of the Quality of Life Foundation. Throughout her career, she has been recognised by academic institutions, including being appointed professor at the University of Westminster and awarded an honorary doctorate from London South Bank University, and has received vast industry recognition. Morgan was named ‘Female Architectural Leader of the Year’ at the BD awards, and the ‘AJ100 Contribution to the Profession’ award in 2019. In 2020, she was selected among five architecture champions to receive a 2020 RIBA Honorary Fellowship. She also received an OBE for services to design advocacy in the Queen’s 2020 New Year Honours List.
Accolades for dRMM remained steady since the studio’s work on No. One Centaur street completed, with the team winning the UK’s highest honour in architecture – the RIBA Stirling Prize – for their redevelopment of Hastings Pier in 2017. Morgan remains dedicated to promoting social and environmental sustainability, quality of life, and the importance of integrated design through both her studio and advocacy work. She has also championed gender parity within architecture since the beginning of her career.