Tom Emerson (architect)

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Tom Emerson
Born (1970-09-29) 29 September 1970 (age 48)
ResidenceLondon, United Kingdom
EducationUniversity of Cambridge, University of Bath , Royal College of Art
Years active2001–present
Known for6a architects
Notable workRaven Row, South London Gallery, Studio for Juergen Teller, Cowan Court Churchill College Cambridge
Partner(s)Stephanie Macdonald
AwardsRIBA Awards (2011,14, 17), Schelling Medal 2012

Tom Emerson (born 29 September 1970 in Paris) is a British architect based in London and Zurich. Emerson studied architecture at the University of Bath, the Royal College of Art where he met Stephanie Macdonald and the University of Cambridge.

His practice, 6a architects, founded with Macdonald in 2001 is best known for designing buildings for the arts and education for which it has won several RIBA Awards and the Schelling Medal for architecture. Gallery projects include Raven Row, 2009, South London Gallery 2010-18 which includes a garden by Gabriel Orozco, the V&A fashion gallery and Sadie Coles HQ in London. The studio complex for Juergen Teller won RIBA London Building of the Year 2017 and was nominated for the Stirling Prize 2017. 6a architects' competition winning design for a new court at Churchill College Cambridge was completed in 2016. Works by 6a architects are particularly noted for their use of materials of strong relationship to landscape and gardens.

Since 2010 he has been Professor of Architecture and Construction at the ETH Zurich Faculty of Architecture. As part of his teaching and research on landscape and making, his students produced the Pavilion of Reflections floating on Lake Zurich for Manifesta 11 and urban landscape studies on Forst, Galway and Glasgow which was exhibited at Glasgow International in 2016. Before ETH Zurich, he taught architecture at the Architectural Association (2000–04) and the University of Cambridge (2004–10).[1]

Projects by 6a architects[edit]


  • Never Modern by 6a architects and Irénée Scalbert, Park Books, Zurich, 2013, ISBN 978-3-906027-24-1
  • 6a architects 2009-17, El Croquis, no. 192, 2017, ISBN 978-84-947754-0-6

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