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Working with LSE

The team has been appointed to carry out a space audit, of the LSE Campus, leading to an update of the 2013 Public Realm Strategy.

In parallel, an additional exploratory piece on visioning work is being carried out to develop an ambitious plan for further development of the public realm in and around the streets and squares that constitute the London School of Economics and Political Science, between Lincolns Inn Fields and the Strand.

This work builds on the Masterplanning and Urbanism work of the practice, looking at the civic role of the University as a place for students and academics, to thrive. Capturing the ambition of this work is an excerpt from the chapter on Masterplanning for the RIBA's book 'Future Campus' from 2016, that Rupert co-authored with Prof Philip E. Ogden:

The university sector continues on a journey from inward ‘village’, through ‘ivory tower’ and the glorious isolation of the elite, towards the joint aims of broader access and raising achievement. This has meant huge growth in the sector, opening up higher education while to some degree maintaining an idea of retreat from normal life to reflect and grow through learning and research.

Universities, as complex institutions, increasingly play a crucial role in their local, national and international environments in terms of economic and cultural, as well as educational, leadership. This is the task for a masterplan: to plan for this change.

Working with LSE

Hayling Island Sailing Club yearbook

Miltiadou Cook Mitzman architects are pleased to be working with Hayling Island Sailing Club after years of family association with the Island and Club.

The practice has studios in London and Winchester, led by lifelong HISC member Rupert Cook in partnership with Socrates Miltiadou and their team.

Our services include architecture, interiors, masterplanning and strategic work. We cover from large to small; multi site masterplans to bespoke designed joinery, finishes and fittings.

Low-energy design is part of our DNA and our portfolio includes PassivHaus, EnerPHit and other sustainability standards.

Projects include developer and private residential, new build, refurbishment and conservation work. We also have an extensive specialist education track record, alongside healthcare experience for medical and dental practices. These commissions have been delivered across the UK, Éire, France, Switzerland, Italy and Cyprus.

Hayling Island Sailing Club yearbook

Sophie Grabiner re-joins the practice

Sophie rejoined the practice in March 2021 after previously working here in 2014-2015. 

She undertook her Part 1 degree at the University of Cambridge and completed her training at the Royal College of Art and UCL.

Prior to rejoining MCMa, Sophie worked at Darling Associates Architects where she was project lead on various new build and refurbishment residential schemes. She was also involved in a range of other schemes including education and commercial sector projects.

As well as applying her wealth of residential experience she will be working on Education and Masterplanning projects.

Sophie Grabiner re-joins the practice

Rupert qualifies as Certified PassivHaus Designer

Rupert took the Passivhaus Training - part of the AECB CarbonLite training program, delivered by WARM Low Energy Building Practice, supported by a handful of industry experts.

The course, originally developed to be delivered in person over two weeks, is now delivered online in response to the pandemic, ran from mid-January to mid-February, ending with the final online exam in early March. Extensive material, through live talks, seminars, and exercises online, plus homework, further reading case-studies and crits made the course in-depth and broad in-scope covering Passivhaus in detail with Passive House Planning Pack (PHPP) modeling software a key part of the studies. The building physics and services design elements were the most challenging, but WARM and their team provided detailed explanations exercises and support. 

The course covered a broader scope than the minimum to pass the exam, evidenced by the fact 100% of the recent cohort passed the exam. Rupert is planning a series of CPD sessions to brief the team and actively encouraging others to take the course.

MCMa looks forward to integrating the low-energy design principle across all scales of work, including new build, refurbishment, and major masterplanning projects.

More information about the course here:

Certified Passive House Designer course

Rupert qualifies as Certified PassivHaus Designer

Socrates and Rupert's early career together

Socrates and Rupert studied together, in the early 1990s under Professor Florian Beigel at Polytechnic of North London, renamed London Met after the merger with Guildhall University, the school was known as the ‘The CASS’ until recently, now the London Met School of Art, Architecture, and Design. Rupert subsequently taught full-time with Peter St John, after completing his RIBA Part 2.

In the summer following graduation Socrates and Rupert won competitions, with the artist Liliane Lijn, including ‘Canopy of Light’ in Moncrieff Square, Peckham (never realised). They both worked at Ahrends Burton and Koralek, whilst also entering EuroPan 1995. They then designed and delivered The Stephen Lacey Art Gallery, Ray Street Clerkenwell. Published in RIBAJournal in 1999, article by Amanda Baillieu.

Socrates and Rupert's early career together

Miltiadou Cook Mitzman LLP Launch

Following the sad death of Richard Mitzman in July, Socrates Miltiadou invited Rupert Cook, to join him in leading the practice forward. Socrates and Rupert renamed the practice keeping Richards name, as a tribute to the foundation and reputation that the practice has established.

Miltiadou Cook Mitzman LLP Launch

Tribute to Richard Mitzman

Richard's obituary was featured in the Architects Journal 18th September 2020

Tribute to Richard Mitzman

New Build Bristol house footings

Footings dug and poured for our new build Bristol house.

New Build Bristol house footings

Planning Permission for Newcastle courtyard house

After nearly 8 months in planning, we have obtained permission to build this courtyard house in Newcastle, built similarly to the one in Canonbury.

Planning Permission for Newcastle courtyard house

Mitzman Architects published in Abode2

Abode 2 has published an article about us and how we work.

Mitzman Architects published in Abode2