Mooradian Studio is a small, sustainability-minded architecture and design practice based in Hackney Downs. Founded in 2018, the studio has a biographical, collaborative approach to design that is always rooted in place.
Aram Mooradian is the director of Mooradian Studio and an established teacher. Through these complementary roles, he constantly exchanges, develops and tests ideas between practical and conceptual fields.
Since 2015, Aram has supervised research on the MPhil in Architecture & Urban Design at the University of Cambridge and he co-runs a unit on sustainable heritage and place at the Architectural Association. This engagement with the latest discourse on heritage as sustainable practice filters to Mooradian Studio’s approach and has inspired a focus on reuse.
Mooradian Studio explores the impact of construction on communities, culture and the environment through built projects, design and research.
Studio publications include How to Stage a Cultural Encounter (2018) and How to Build in a Gentle Way (2019), which explore, respectively, the representation of minority cultures within physical urban space and sustainable building culture in India.
In 2018, the studio collaborated with Studio Abroad to create ‘Cinema Island’, a temporary pavilion in Abu Dhabi for the artist Marysia Lewandowska, aimed at engaging the community with archival footage. In 2019, they worked with the Finnish Institute in London and Pertti’s Choice, a café run by people with learning disabilities, to design furniture for a community gallery using recycled materials.
Mooradian Studio recently designed Bodney Road Studios, the home and studio of graphic design duo Polytechnic and currently rents its smaller commercial unit. From this vantage point they, as architects and creatives, continue to shape the space as a live project and programme: it is a residence, co-working studio, gallery and space for local engagement projects. This year will see young people welcomed into the space for ‘Hackney House’.