SANDY WRIGHT | Dip. Arch RIBA
Sandy studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, where he was taught by Isi Metzstein, whom he went on to work for at Gillespie, Kidd & Coia. While there, Sandy was exposed to the studio’s unusual expertise in design, detailing and understanding of how buildings are put together. This has informed Sandy’s work since, and the influence is felt throughout Wright & Wright’s buildings.
Sandy and Clare moved to London from Glasgow in 1979. After a brief spell at Rock Townsend, Sandy joined and became partner at MacCormac Jamieson Prichard & Wright. While there, he was partner in charge of the Faculty of Arts for the University of Bristol and Blue Boar Court for Trinity College, Cambridge.
In 1994, he and Clare founded Wright & Wright. Early projects included the library for the Royal College of Art, the V&A/RIBA Reading Rooms and Archives, the Taylor Library for Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, the Sculpture School for the Royal College of Art, the National Gallery, London - Lower Galleries, Hull Truck Theatre and Magdalen College Library, Oxford.
More recently, the practice completed two special-needs schools, Newlands Academy in Southwark, and Oakfield School in Hull. Newlands Academy won the British Construction Industry Building Project of the Year 2013 (£3m-£50m category) and was a finalist for the Prime Minister’s Better Public Building award. Sandy has since been appointed to the Southwark Council Design Review Panel, and asked to sit on the judging panel for the British Construction Industry Awards 2014 to 2016.
Sandy has lectured and reviewed work at more than 20 schools of architecture. He was a visiting critic at the Mackintosh and a visiting professor at Newcastle University. He has been external examiner for three schools and has been a competitions assessor for both the RIBA and the RIAS.
He is currently working on the new library for St John’s College, Oxford and Lambeth Palace Library in London.
CLARE WRIGHT | MBE Dip. Arch. RIBA
After studying at the Mackintosh School of Architecture under the tutelage of Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein, Clare worked alongside Sandy at Rock Townsend in London. She then joined Howell Killick Partridge & Amis, a firm interested in architectural preoccupations similar to her own, such as the legibility of buildings, coherent use of heavyweight materials and construction that stands the test of time.
From 1990-94, Clare worked as Design Manager for Circle 33 Housing Trust, where she was responsible for design across a £45m annual development programme. She helped develop ideas about housing design based on research, built strong relationships with local authorities and developed policies for energy, access and security. During her time at Circle 33, the trust won four RIBA Awards.
Since establishing Wright & Wright with Sandy in 1994, Clare has worked on such projects as the Architectural Association masterplan, housing for the elderly and the Women’s Library. She has recently crafted a new library at Magdalen College, Oxford, and a new library and study centre for St John’s College, Oxford.
Instrumental in developing Lifetime Homes for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Clare has also sat on the Building Regulations Advisory Committee at the DETR (now CLG), where she worked on provisions for the disabled and the elderly, and on sustainability. She has been a design assessor for the Arts Council of England, the RIBA and the Civic Trust, and was Vice-President of the RIBA 2005-2007. Her teaching roles have included The Bartlett School, University College London, and East London University.
Clare continues to lead on projects in the office as well as examining at Cambridge University. She sits on the Oxford Design Review Panel and the English Heritage Urban Panel, and was awarded an MBE for services to architecture in 2005. She lives in north London with Sandy. They have two grown-up children.
STEPHEN SMITH | Dip. Arch. (CANTAB) ARB
Stephen has a first-class degree from the University of Cambridge, where he won the Sir Leslie Martin Prize and the Dissertation Prize as an undergraduate. He spent a year on a scholarship at MIT as a graduate, also taking classes at Harvard.
Since joining Wright & Wright in 2005, Stephen has been key to the development of the multi award-winning Hull Truck Theatre, as well as Magdalen College Library and the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Hub.
Stephen has also worked on several schools projects, including St Paul’s School, London, Summer Fields School, Oxford and the award-winning Newlands Academy in London, for students with special educational needs.
As well as practising, Stephen is a consultant to the Glass-House Community Led Design, a charity delivering workshops and contributing towards a publication on community buildings. Stephen also taught a second year design studio at Cambridge University School of Architecture for 5 years.
He lives in North London with his wife Krystin and their two children.
JAMES TAYLOR | Dip. Arch. M. Arch.
After studying architecture at the University of Portsmouth, James completed his Master’s at Glasgow’s Mackintosh School of Architecture, where he won the prestigious Newbery Medal, the Bourdon Prize and the Charlie Cochrane Silver Medal for Architecture.
His first project at Wright & Wright was the 2005 remodelling of the Royal College of Art Sculpture School, which was developed to a very tight budget and programme. James has also worked extensively on Grade I- and other listed buildings and is an RIBA-registered Conservation Architect. These projects include work for the National Gallery, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, and the 15th-century Guildhall in Stratford-upon-Avon.
Prior to Wright & Wright, James worked at PRP Architects and then Long and Kentish Architects / Colin St John Wilson Associates, where he worked on the Marlborough Fine Art gallery in London, the Princess Pavilion in Falmouth and the British Library Centre for Conservation. James is currently developing schemes for the Architectural Association, King Edward VI School, Stratford-upon-Avon, and the new library and study centre at St John’s College, Oxford.
Originally from Kent, where his family has had a farm for generations, he now lives in south London with his wife, Stacey, and their two sons.