New Architects 4: Common Ground Architecture

Common Ground Architecture are one of 109 British architectural practices profiled in the Architecture Foundation’s recent publication ’New Architects 4’.

Featuring the work of 109 British architectural practices, established in the past ten years, New Architects 4 is the latest edition of the Architecture Foundation’s long running series. Running to 550 pages, this lavishly illustrated book is the definitive survey of an emerging generation of British talent. Get your copy at

Common Ground is a new type of design studio set up to ‘bridge the worlds of private and public sector bring­ing the best from each’. It was founded in 2017 as an offshoot of Croydon Council’s in-house Brick by Brick development company. Set up to consolidate design work from the inaugural Croydon Smaller Sites Programme, the studio is the first to emerge from a local authority in a generation. Along with writing the master brief for all Brick by Brick developments, Common Ground has delivered a range of projects across the borough including the Pump House, which transformed a former South Norwood car park into a residential block with civic presence.

For over 20 years, the Architecture Foundation has brought together professionals from across the built environment to discuss and act on issues related to design and the built environment. With a renewed focus on the city and the critical intersection of architecture and politics, the Architecture Foundation works to effect meaningful change on policy and practice.

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