‘Other shortlisted firms had completed larger refurbishment projects than had Dow Jones, but none had established so clear a philosophy about the way new work might relate to old.’ 
Architect of the Year Award for Refurbishment

‘Dow Jones combine a tactile and intellectual reverence for the old with a sharp-tipped exploration of the new. Dow Jones have a very strong integrity as a practice, and their staff share a cohesive set of values. They are exceptionally efficient, and in eight years of working have never missed a deadline of left one feeling that they have been distracted by more glamorous clients.’ 
Christopher Woodward, Director of the Garden Museum

‘Dow Jones Architects is one of Britain’s most gifted young practices.’ 
Jay Merrick, The Independent

‘How Biba and Alun have done what they've done - how they've realised a building that does everything in Maggie's original vision - a place of calm and an uplifting environment that is so important the people who visit our centres, is quite, quite beyond us. A truly wonderful building for which we at Maggie's are extremely grateful.’ 
Chris Watson, Maggie's

Profile

Dow Jones Architects delivers well-crafted, conceptually clear architecture. We work in many fields, public and private, from houses to museums and spaces for culture and communities. Our work is contemporary and forward-looking, and we have carried out many projects in historic buildings and sensitive settings. We work on many scales, from the personal and intimate to public buildings, masterplans and urban research.

We work closely with our clients, many of whom return to work with us again, and we invest time in maintaining good working relationships. All staff in our practice, from directors to assistants, work closely together on delivering a few projects to a very high standard, and giving our clients our time, expertise and attention. We don’t take on more work that we can deliver to a high quality, and both directors work on the daily detail of project delivery with our team.

Our work has won numerous awards and been published widely, and we have lectured internationally on our work. We are an RIBA chartered practice. 

Approach

We design buildings to be responsive to people and places, to be legible and accessible.

Our approach is based on making simple, calm spaces with a rich material character, creating interesting, uplifting spaces for people. 

We are interested in making buildings which are easy to move around and which feel comfortable.

Our choice of materials is linked to a conceptual idea about the project which will have a strong connection to place.

Our buildings are sustainable, using passive energy and low carbon approaches in design, construction and use.

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Biba Dow MA Dip.Arch (Cantab) ARB

Biba was born in London and studied architecture at the University of Cambridge. She founded Dow Jones Architects in 2000 with Alun Jones.

She has let many projects including Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene, Bevis Marks Synagogue and the crypt at Christ Church Spitalfields.

Biba was short-listed for Architect of the Year for the Women in Architecture Award 2018. She is an architectural assessor, writes about architecture and culture, has lectured widely on the work of her  practice and of architecture and design.

She is a member of the Cathedral Fabric Committee at Coventry Cathedral, the Old Oak and Park Royal Place Review Panel and the Kensington and Chelsea Quality Review Panel.

She is an external examiner at the Cass, and has been involved with teaching architecture at a number of UK universities, teaching a diploma unit at the Cass and as a visiting critic at Cambridge University, Kingston School of Architecture, and other schools.

She is a governor of a primary school in Brixton.

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Alun Jones BSc MPhil. Dip.Arch (Cantab) RIBA

Alun was born in Caerphilly and studied architecture at the University of Bath, and at the University of Cambridge. In 1994, he wrote an MPhil on reconstruction of Alberti’s Church of San Sebastiano in Mantua, which formed part of a research project on Alberti's work at the Palazzo Te in Mantua led by Robet Travernor and Joseph Rykwert.

After graduating, he worked for Caruso St John Architects as project architect for the New Art Gallery, Walsall, before establishing Dow Jones Architects in 2000 with Biba Dow.

He has led many projects including Maggie’s Cancer Care, the Garden Museum and Peter von Kant Gallery in Deptford. 

Alun has taught extensively at schools of architecture, including fifteen years teaching a diploma unit at the Cass and at Kingston School of Architecture. He has been a visiting critic and lecturer at numerous universities including the University of Bath, Queen’s University Belfast, DIT and the University of Cambridge. He is currently an RIBA external examiner at Dublin School of Architecture

Alun is a Civic Trust Award assessor and sits on the South Downs National Parks Design Review Committee. 

Wyn

Wyn Lloyd Jones BSc (Hons) MSc ARB

Wyn is an architect at Dow Jones Architects. He studied architecture at the University of Bath and at the TU Delft in the Netherlands, where his thesis project explored the community-led renewal of terraced housing in South Wales.

Wyn was project architect for Grand Junction at St Mary Magdalene, and is currently project architect for Bevis Marks Synagogue and for London Cyrenians Housing. Wyn is also a Welsh speaker and an approved Passivhaus designer.

Beth

Beth Fisher MA Hons (Cantab) MA

Beth is an architectural assistant at Dow Jones Architects. She studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and the Royal College of Art. Before joining Dow Jones, Beth worked in Boston, Massachusetts, for an office specialising in performing arts buildings.

Beth is currently working on the renovation of Pickeridge Farm in Sussex.

Enrico

Enrico Brondelli di Brondello MA (Cantab) MSc Arch AAM

Enrico is an architectural assistant at Dow Jones Architects. He studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and the Academy of Architecture in Mendrisio. Before joining Dow Jones, Enrico worked for Bennetts Associates Architects in London.

Enrico is currently working on multiple projects for London Cyrenians Housing, and the refurbishment of a house in Cambridge for a writer and an artist.

Immie Clarke BA (Hons)

Immie is an architectural assistant who studied at the University of Nottingham. She is currently working on a number of church projects in London.

Awards

Contact

London:
Dow Jones Architects
10 Station Parade
Balham High Road
London SW12 9AZ

Cornwall:
Dow Jones Architects
3, Boase Street
Newlyn
Cornwall TR18 5EF

T: 020 8675 2544
mail@dowjonesarchitects.com

Please send CV’s and samples of your work to cv@dowjonesarchitects.com.