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 with Sandy at Rock Townsend in London. She then joined Howell Killick Partridge and 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 £45million 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, the Women’s Library, the National Gallery, rehousing the RIBA and V&A’s Special Collections, Magdalen College, Oxford, St John’s College Oxford, the Museum of the Home, Lambeth Palace Library and designs for those with disabilities.

Instrumental in developing Lifetime Homes for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Clare has also sat on the Historic England Urban Panel, advising UK towns and cities on their development; and on the Building Regulations Advisory Committee, contributing in particular to provisions for the disabled and the elderly, as well as sustainability in construction. She has been an awards assessor for the Arts Council of England, the RIBA, the RIAS and Civic Trust and was Vice-President of the RIBA 2005-2007 as well as teaching and examining in architecture schools throughout the UK. Working with Cathy Slessor, she compiled the book ‘Special Collections’ in 2018.

Clare is currently working on projects for the British Museum, Lambeth Palace and Corpus Christi College Oxford. She sits on the Design Council Review 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.

SANDY WRIGHT | Dip. Arch RIBA

Sandy Wright, a Founding Partner of Wright& Wright Architects LLP, London

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 he worked on Robinson College, Cambridge and 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. Sandy joined and became partner with Sir Richard MacCormac at MJPW. 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 Women’s Library, the V&A/RIBA Reading Rooms and Archives, followed by Taylor Library for Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, the National Gallery, London - Lower Galleries, Oakfield SEBD School in Hull, Newlands SEBD Academy in Southwark, Hull Truck Theatre, Longwall Library at Magdalen College, Oxford.

The Library and Study Centre for St John’s College, Oxford and Lambeth Palace Library are the most recently completed building.

Sandy has lectured and reviewed at over 20 schools of architecture, was a visiting critic at the Mackintosh and a Visiting Professor at Newcastle University. He has been external examiner for three schools and a competitions assessor for both the RIBA and the RIAS.

He is currently working on the Museum of the Home (formerly the Geffrye Museum) in  London and Antonin Dvorak’s Birthplace Museum near Prague.

Sandy lives in north London with Clare. They have two grown-up children and several grandchildren.

STEPHEN SMITH | Dip. Arch. (CANTAB) ARB

Stephen joined Wright & Wright in 2005 and became a partner in 2011. Cultural projects include the ground-breaking Hull Truck Theatre; and more recently Lambeth Palace Library, the British Academy, Magdalen College, Oxford 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, and is a member of the Historic England Advisory Committee. Stephen also taught a second year design studio at Cambridge University School of Architecture for 5 years.

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 part of his diploma, while also taking classes at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

He lives in North London with his wife Krystin and their two children.

NAILA YOUSUF | MArch ARB

Since joining Wright & Wright Architects in 2015 Naila has worked on high profile, cultural projects, with a focus on resolving complex planning applications on sensitive sites. In this capacity she led the team on the recently completed redevelopment of the Museum of the Home; a much-loved East London institution documenting the universal theme of ‘home’. Naila also led the team on the planning application for Lambeth Palace Library, created to house the Archive of the Church of England.

Prior to this, Naila worked at CZWG where she was mentored by Piers Gough and Rex Wilkinson and worked on a range of prestigious housing and civic projects. She had graduated with Distinction from the University of Nottingham where she was awarded the Halsal Lloyd Prize for Best Design Portfolio, and Car Prize for Excellence in Architectural Research. 

On museum design and display, Naila has presented her thoughts to forums at international museum conferences, and written articles for publication. For her work on the Museum of the Home, she was nominated for the 2021 MJ Long prize which celebrates architects who are excelling in UK-based practices.

An advocate of practitioner engagement in schools, Naila is an external examiner at the University of Nottingham, mentor at the Royal College of Art, and leads a group within the office that is involved with the London School of Architecture’s Partnership Network.