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New Commission: Confucius Institute

The Confucius Institute for Ireland is a new build facility located on the Belfield campus at University College Dublin. The 2,000m2 building will be a cultural forum providing spaces for teaching, exhibitions and lectures.

The building will sit in harmony with the overall character of the campus and yet allow for an interpretation of Chinese culture through the subtle inclusion of carefully controlled forms and treatments associated with Chinese architecture. The physical setting at the heart of the campus and adjacent to the new lake at University College Dublin has allowed the idea of a pavilion in the landscape to inform the architectural expression. This leads to an open building identity, engaged with its surrounding landscape. This idea of openness underpins the design approach giving physical expression to the ideals of cultural sharing and exchange central to the Confucius Institute.

The project is jointly funded by the Irish and Chinese governments. Renmin University in Beijing, one of the top universities in China, are University College Dublin's academic partner for the Confucius Institute. The project will be delivered in conjunction with Arthur Gibney and Partners and will complete in 2016.

New Commission: Confusious Institute


Wexford County Council Headquarters nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture Mies van der Rohe Award 2013.


Wexford County Council Headquarters is awarded Project of the Year - Public Sector at the Fit Out Awards 2012.

Project of the Year - Public Sector at the Fit Out Awards 2012


Defining Place

Lecture by Robin Lee, part of Architecture Matters Lecture Series at University of Nottingham DABE.


Wexford County Council Headquarters

Lecture by Robin Lee, part of RIAI 2012 Award Winners Lecture Series at Royal Institute of Architects, Dublin, Ireland.


Agnes B installation launches at Agnes B flagship store in Xintiandi, Shanghai, China as part of Play Your Style, Shanghai Windows.

RIBA London partnered with the British Council and Shui On Development Limited to deliver a series of architectural installations by London-based architecture practices in Shanghai as part of the UK Now festival, which celebrates British creative talent in China.


Continuity + Culture

Lecture by Robin Lee, at Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University, Suzhou, China.


Robin Lee Architecture commissioned by LB Barnet to lead a comprehensive programme of public realm improvements for Cricklewood, London.

In January 2012, Barnet Council was awarded a grant of £1,676,625 from the Mayor’s Outer London Fund (OLF), an initiative aimed at increasing vibrancy and growth along London’s high streets, to support Cricklewood in becoming a more cohesive, accessible and thriving local town centre.

The primary challenge facing Cricklewood derives from its unique position, sitting at the intersection of three local authorities: LB Barnet, LB Brent and LB Camden. Cricklewood suffers from a history of policy and physical interventions that lack coordination and a sense of priority. Furthermore, Cricklewood is located at the southern edge of a vast development project, the Brent Cross Cricklewood Development that, if realised, will have a lasting impact, the nature and legacy of which, is in our hands to shape with this investment.

There are a series of projects, which will be delivered through this grant allocation and associated match funding. Taken together, the aim of these projects is to bring a more cohesive look and feel to the high street; to support, develop and sustain local businesses and community activity; and to improve the long-term governance of the trisected town centre.

Robin Lee Architecture and East will collaborate as Public Realm Designer and will lead on the production of a public realm design charter and strategic design guide and deliver comprehensive public realm improvements within Cricklewood town centre.


Mobiliario Urbano by Robin Lee Architecture in collaboration with Porto-based granite company Pardais, launches at Marmomacc International Trade Fair in Verona.

More details to follow.

JULY 2012

Refurbishment of National Sculpture Factory, Cork, Ireland completes.

More details to follow.

JUNE 2012

ASD Summer Exhibition

Work from Unit 13, run by Robin Lee in conjunction with Lara Gibson and Mark Brearley Head of Design for London, examining the London high street, on display at London Metropolitan University, Spring House, Holloway Road, London.

JUNE 2012

Wexford County Council Headquarters features in Architects Journal selection of RIBA Award winners.

'Wexford County Council Headquarters by Robin Lee Architecture. Because it's the first major work by the brightest star in the emerging new guard of British architecture. Because the detail and execution here rivals that of Chipperfield's best. Because all civic offices should be this good. Because although it seems as though Wexford has come from nowhere, the brains behind it – Robin Lee – was the joint founder of NORD and had been working towards this classic all his professional life.'

Rory Olcayto - Architects Journal

Architects Journal

JUNE 2012

Wexford County Council Headquarters features in Architects Journal selection of RIBA Award best sustainable projects.

'A shimmering double-skin insulating facade wraps the civic government building's six individual office blocks that house different government departments, along with four landscaped courtyards and a central atrium. An exquisite handling of light - from the atrium and courtyards, to rooflights and perimeter windows - creates a subtle variety of internal spaces despite the deep plan. The exposed concrete soffits, which help even out summer temperatures, are a study in elegance and should convince any sceptical client of the virtues of this approach.'

Hattie Harman _ Architects Journal

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JUNE 2012

Wexford County Council Headquarters wins RIBA European Union Award

‘This is the last and most successful of the local government buildings built in Ireland over the last decade. An internal plaza that delights in shade and light unites the six departmental buildings separated by sheltered, lushly planted outdoor courtyards. A glazed skin wraps the whole building, providing shelter from the wind so that windows opening into it admit tempered air. Together, these strategies help to drive a natural ventilation scheme that is very carefully considered in what is ultimately a relatively deep plan building.’

RIBA Awards


JUNE 2012

Wexford County Council Headquarters wins RIAI Award for Best Public Building

‘The building has achieved and surpassed all the design objectives set out by the Council in it's brief, a fact reflected by the very positive reaction to the innovative and high quality design by the main users of the building; the public, the elected members and the staff.'

RIAI Awards _ Client Comments


MAY 2012

Dignity + Silence

Lecture by Robin Lee, at Ravensbourne College, London.

APRIL 2012

Peckham Charrete: Six Teams. One Day. Zero Computers exhibition at Architecture Foundation, London.

An exhibition celebrating a unique design challenge focused on making Peckham even better. What happens when you pair six young architects with six young lighting designers, ban the use of computers and ask for fresh ideas for real development sites on Peckham’s Rye Lane – all in one day?

With Architects Journal, Philips and London Borough of Southwark.

APRIL 2012

New Arcadians

In New Arcadians, Lucy Bullivant profiles Robin Lee Architecture as one of 18 cutting-edge UK-based practices, presenting recent key projects as well as an interview with Robin Lee. New Arcadians is an exciting overview of the work and attitudes of a rising generation of UK architects who are reinvigorating the profession.

MARCH 2012

The Place Of Art In Sustainable Architecture

Robin Lee participates in a panel discussion at Ecobuild 2012, hosted by writer and commentator Owen Hatherley.

In an urban world subject to an increasing tendency towards blatant 'bling' in terms of the design of buildings and places, have we lost sight of the fact that truly sustainable architecture is an art and that, at all costs, we have to keep creativity in the built environment? The language of low carbon building is that of the engineers, but if we want a sustainable legacy, then buildings and places should endure because they are also meaningful and beautiful. How can we return to the ‘simple art’ of building and place making?

MARCH 2012

Wexford County Council Headquarters wins Civic Trust International Award

‘Located on a steeply sloping site on the outskirts of the town with magnificent views overlooking the River Slaney, this exceptional new building contains Wexford’s main local authority activities and council chamber. The high quality architecture is well considered with very clear design principles. Materials and colours used have been kept to a minimum and add to the clarity of purpose. Externally the building is double skinned with the outer skin in glass on steel frames and a mixture of solid and glass on the inside. The glass skin represents the transparency of functions and activity of Local Government and presents a spectacular vision of minimalism and simplicity. Landscaping design is minimalist and very much in keeping with the building and provides clear unobstructed views of the river. The ability to integrate sustainable elements and maintain such clarity of purpose elevates the design to the highest level.’

Civic Trust


Peckham Charrette

Robin Lee Architecture participated in a one day design charrette organised by Architects Journal and sponsored by Philips to develop proposals for a series of development sites around Rye Lane, Peckham. Robin Lee Architecture worked on design proposals with award winning lighting designer Michael Grubb form Sutton Vane Associates.


Weight + Measure

Lecture by Robin Lee, at Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow.