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. 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 and Hull Truck Theatre.
Longwall Library at Magdalen College is 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 new study centre for St John’s College, Oxford, the new Lambeth Palace Library and the Geffrye Museum, London.
Sandy lives in north London with Clare. They have two grown-up children.
CLARE WRIGHT | MBE Dip. Arch. RIBA
After studying at the Mackintosh School of Architecture under the tutelage Andy MacMillan and Isi Metzstein, Clare worked alongside 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 £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, the Women’s Library, The Geffrye Museum and Magdalen College, Oxford and designs for those with disabilities.
Instrumental in developing Lifetime Homes for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Clare has also sat on the Building Regulations Advisory Committee at the DETR where she worked on provisions for the disabled and the elderly; and on sustainability. 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.
Clare continues to lead on projects in the office and is currently working on projects for Pembroke College, Oxford and Lambeth Palace Library.he sits on the Oxford Design 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.
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 part of his diploma, while also taking classes at the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
Since joining Wright & Wright in 2005, Stephen has been key to the development of the environmentally groundbreaking Hull Truck Theatre, as well as a range of other cultural projects, including those for The Society of Antiquaries of London, Magdalen College, Oxford and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
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 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 daughter and baby son.