Simon Allford


Simon is a founding director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, a Stirling Prize-winning architecture practice established in 1989. From AHMM’s base in Clerkenwell, Simon leads a studio that works in London and internationally, engaging public and private clients in the exploration of a particular architecture’s potential to offer delight as well as utility.

He works at a wide range of scales and, eschewing conventions of specialisation and particular use, develops through his work his polemic for ‘The Universal Building’, an idea that underpins his approach to large scale urban regeneration projects as well as one off buildings that accommodate a wide range of very different uses. His buildings and projects have won numerous national and international awards for design and technological innovation and have been widely published.

He is currently working for Google and DeepMind in London, Berlin and India; and on key major complex urban infrastructure and mixed use projects in London as well as in Bratislava, Berlin, Munich and Qingdao. He also has several large scale projects in Oklahoma where AHMM has an office.

Notable completed projects include Google’s offices at Pancras Square; the Saatchi Gallery; White Collar Factory; Angel, Tea and Yellow Buildings; 61 Oxford Street; Chobham Academy; Adelaide Wharf; Weston Street; and a new campus for the University of Amsterdam.

Simon recently stepped down from his long standing role as Chair of the Architecture Foundation, and has previously served as Honorary Treasurer and Secretary of the Architectural Association (AA), as a trustee of the AA Foundation, and as Vice President of the RIBA Education Committee. Simon has also been a visiting professor at The Bartlett School of Architecture and at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he has run two studios. He engages in the broader architectural discussion as a frequent writer, critic, teacher, competition juror, lecturer, examiner, advisor and commentator.