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Alex Ely

Alex Ely

Founding Director
Mae & 2023 RIBA Stirling Prize Winner
Georgia DNA - Design & Architecture

Alex Ely is one of the foremost architects of his generation. He is Founder Director of Mae. In 2023 Alex won the RIBA Stirling Prize, the industry’s highest award, for the John Morden Centre, a care centre in London. He was named Public and Social Housing Architect of the Year in the 2022 Building Design Awards. Alex has twice won the RIBA’s Building of the Year in the RIBA London Awards and won over 40 industry awards for his work. 

Mae is one of the UK’s leading design-led architecture practices specialising in housing, working across the United Kingdon and internationally. The practice includes Architects, Urban designers, Researchers and Policy makers. Mae is designing projects ranging in scale from the new cities  through to national and regional civic projects. 

Alex leads the practice’s design direction and has established an international reputation for sustainable architecture and urbanism and specifically for the design of innovative housing and social infrastructure. Alex also advises government and the Mayor of London on urban and planning policy promoting an agenda of design excellence. He has recently published ‘Towards a Resilient Architecture’, a book that explores how we can design more inclusive and environmentally conscientious buildings and places.