About Mae

Mæ design buildings that seek to address today’s urban, social and environmental challenges.

United Kingdom


[edit] Our vision

Architects, urban designers and researchers. Led by Alex Ely, former Head of Sustainable Communities at CABE, Mæ design buildings that seek to address today’s urban, social and environmental challenges. Our aim is always to create buildings and places that enrich culture and society.

We thrive on collaboration. Working on regeneration projects for public and private sector clients, we talk – and listen – to colleagues and communities. Our design solutions match the client’s brief with the varied day-to-day needs of the building’s users.

Focusing on brownfield sites, we promote green policies. We’ve designed the UK’s largest newbuild Passivhaus scheme and each new project reinforces our environmental credentials. At Mæ, we blend creativity, humanity and sustainability.

We see the big picture. To us, placemaking is a vital part of the process. Working in the housing, workplace, health & care, civic and cultural buildings sectors, we design at all scales. From the city to the living room, we apply integrated thinking.

[edit] Our aims

  1. To make great architecture that adds value– economic value, and crucially, social value
  2. To create great places that are sustainable
  3. To build an enduring company made up of people motivated to make great work.

[edit] Our sectors

We undertake design commissions across five sectors identified below. In addition we carry out research and commissions to write built environment policy documents and guidance for the likes of GLA, DCLG, Design Council CABE and Housing LIN.

[edit] Urban design

With a strong social purpose, we focus on the long-term needs of individuals, families and neighbourhoods. As we design buildings, we aim to build communities. We plan cities as more than the sum of their parts enriching culture and society.

[edit] Housing & Regeneration

Recognising that the test of a good home is how easy it is to live in, we design from the inside out. We make great places to live and understand the complexity of urban regeneration. To us, housing is more than mere housing – it’s an opportunity to enrich people’s lives.

[edit] Health & Care

With a generalist approach we understand specialist needs. Whether it’s health centres or care homes we design to meet specific requirements. Through creativity we plan delightful healthcare environments, avoiding an institutional feel, convinced that everything benefits from good design and that good design has a positive impact on our health.

[edit] Civic & Community

Recognising cultural diversity we design buildings with a sense of identity. We aim to realise sophisticated and landmark buildings that have a presence responding to the site and their setting. By putting people at the heart of what we do we create spaces that offer long-term pleasure in use.

[edit] Workplace

Combining efficiency with enjoyment, we create spaces for employment that address new patterns of working. Technically robust, carefully detailed and environmentally considerate, our aim is to design exemplary buildings with a commercial purpose: to accommodate innovative work processes that broadcast a set of business values.

[edit] Our headlines

Mæ has grown to take on larger and more complex projects. We particularly specialise in housing, urban regeneration and public buildings.

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