Audley English

Director , Audley

Audley graduated from the Architectural Association as the UK's first West Indian architect. He opened the first black-led architectural practice, which designed innovative social housing and sustainable schemes. These included the first rough sleepers' hostel, BREEAM's first excellent certified low-energy housing scheme, the London social housing grass roof scheme, and several award-winning designs. The practice also pioneered the use of 'Construction Management' contracts for social housing projects. In 2000, the Architectural Journal credited the practice's Newham scheme for introducing the term 'Modular Housing.'  Audley's sustainable contribution aims to reduce global warming caused by buildings. His innovative MMC solution demonstrates an alternative approach that challenges current thinking. This panellised MMC platform solution (P-DfMA) enables the construction of demountable buildings with one of the lowest carbon footprints in the industry. Recently, his company successfully delivered their first defects-free MMC social rented housing project. They were also appointed to the Oxford MMC housing framework to deliver turnkey NetZero projects.  Audley served on the development board of a London Housing Association until completing his full term. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.  In recent years, Audley's architectural design team has received awards, including being the winner and finalist of the British Homes Awards Design Competition in 2017 and 2019, respectively. In 2021, Audley was honoured with an Honorary Certificate from the Jamaican Prime Minister for his design in Jamaica's Low-Cost MMC Housing Competition.