Simon Conder : Architect

Simon Conder


Simon Conder AADipl MDesRCA RIBA MCSD formed his practice in 1984, with offices in Suffolk and London. Prior to 1984 he trained and qualified as an Architect at the Architectural Association School of Architecture and as an Industrial Designer at the Royal College of Art. He worked for private practices in London and Copenhagen and latterly for six years in the public sector in Basildon New Town and London.


In 2001 Simon Conder was appointed by CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) as a member of their Enabling Panel, and he has advised Housing Associations in London and the West Country on architectural procurement. In 2009 he was appointed as a design advisor to both the London Borough of Brent and Peterborough City Council. In 2012 he was appointed Co-Chair of the Suffolk Design Review Panel. In 2013 he was appointed a member of the South Cambridgeshire Design Enabling Panel.


He has lectured on his work in Battle, Bodelwyddan, Brighton, Brussels, Cambridge, Chelmsford, Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter, Falmouth, Glasgow, London, Nottingham, Osaka, St Albans, Tokyo, Winchester, Wolverhampton and Worcester. He has also acted as an assessor for the American Institute of Architects Awards, The Civic Trust Awards, The RIBA Awards, the Young Architect of the Year Awards and the Creative Conscience Awards.


Simon's work is about many things but paramount is the attempt to make things well and respond genuinely to the particular requirements of each client and site. Much of his best work has been achieved on very low budgets. Increasingly Simon's projects are also driven by issues of sustainability and energy efficiency. Current projects incorporate the latest developments in solar heating, photovoltaics, water harvesting and recycling, geothermal and wind power.


Simon has undertaken a wide range of work in the community, residential and workplace sectors. Many of these projects have won awards and most have been exhibited and published in more than 200 publications in both the UK and abroad. His work has also been featured on the BBC, CNN, ITV, Channel 4 and Sky television channels.


Simon's early work was dominated by conversion projects, many of which involved buildings of historic interest, for individual clients as well as housing associations and property developers.

Since then the range and scale of Simon’s work has grown considerably and now includes new build projects on urban and rural sites, interior design for a variety of uses and ranging in scale from 60 to 15000 square metres, exhibitions, furniture and product design.


Simon has also worked abroad with designs for sites in Australia, China and Singapore and completed projects in Germany, Japan and the USA.


To date Simon has won forty architecture and design awards, including twice winning the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize for the best UK building costing under £1,000,000, three times being shortlisted for the RIBA Manser Medal for the best new house in the UK and the EU, and twice being shortlisted for the biennial Mies van der Rohe Award for the best building in Europe.

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