Block Architecture was established in 2002 after a successful four year partnership set up by Graeme Williamson and Zoe Smith. Their output has been wide ranging and highly innovative regardless of project type and scale, with award winning work in the Arts, Residential, Commercial and Education sectors. Now in its ninth year the design-led partnership continues to challenge normative practices in architecture and spatial design.
The company’s experience in the Arts includes gallery commissions for organisations such as the V&A Museum, Magasin3 Gallery in Stockholm and Modern Art Oxford. Block’s residential output ranges from more experimental one-off projects for private clients to large scale mixed-use schemes for experienced developers. Commercially the firm has developed office, restaurant and retail spaces for pioneering individuals such as Hussein Chalayan and corporations such as Virgin Atlantic. More recent additions to the company’s experience are education projects with school proposals under development for Pupil Referral Units in London.
Originally from Scotland, Graeme Williamson and Zoe Smith were educated at Strathclyde University in Glasgow, L’Ecole d’Architecture in Strasbourg and at the Barlett School of Architecture, University College London. Both directors have independently taught at East London and North London Universities and at the Bartlett Diploma School along with Bob Sheil as Unit 23. They have lectured at many schools of architecture in the UK and abroad and currently live and work together in London.