Practice

Brisac Gonzalez is a London based architecture practice established in 1999 by Cécile Brisac and Edgar Gonzalez. We create simple solutions from complex briefs that often have challenging site conditions and sophisticated planning matters.

We are concerned with all things architectural in the broadest sense, be it commercial and cultural buildings, as well as urban and interior design. We work by collaborating with our clients and challenging the conventional to create outstanding architecture, better places to live and work, and greater value in the built environment.

Our buildings have exceptional spatial qualities that are augmented by palettes of visually rich and robust materials. Our work evolves from rigorous working methods that include collaborations with specialist consultants, comprehensive research of a project’s site and its environmental condition, extensive use of three-dimensional studies, and most importantly responding to our clients’ needs.

Team

Cécile Brisac
Cécile studied at the Architectural Association in London, graduating in 1995. She worked in several offices in France, the UK and the United States before co-founding Brisac Gonzalez in 1999. She has been the recipient of several awards, such as the NAJA Young Architects’ award; the ARHVA Award for Women Architects in France, and the AJ 40 under 40 Award in the UK. She is a regular lecturer and visiting critic at various universities, has taught at the Architectural Association and was an external examiner at Central Saint Martins in London. She is also a member of the Southwark Design Review Panel.

Edgar Gonzalez
Edgar studied architecture at the University of Florida, Il Centro internazionale di studi di architettura Andrea Palladio in Vicenza, the Architectural Association in London, and Columbia University in New York City where he received a Master’s degree.

He has over twenty years’ experience working in the UK, France, Germany, Holland, Sweden and the United States on cultural, commercial, and residential buildings. Edgar is a chartered member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and is an Honorary Fellow Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland.

Joao Baptista
Joao joined Brisac Gonzalez in 2006 shortly after graduating from the University of Coimbra, Portugal. He is a regular visiting critic at the University of Nottingham, where he also taught. Joao is a lead designer and project architect, in charge of numerous competitions and projects in France, such as the Pajol Sports Centre, the Batignolles mixed-use project in Paris.

Teresa McQueen
Teresa has broad experience of all aspects of design, construction and contract administration in a range of sectors including offices, education/research and listed buildings in Central London. She joined Brisac Gonzalez after working for 9 years at a senior level in a prominent London practice.

 

Publications

The work of our practice has been published in the following countries: France, the United Kingdom, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands, China, Korea, Italy, Hungary, Germany, Spain, Singapore, Australia, Russia, Lebanon, Finland, Portugal, Greece, Denmark and the United States.

Our work regularly features in Le Moniteur, the Architects’ Journal, Building Design, the RIBA Journal, AIT, Le Courrier de l’Architecte, Architecture, Bauwelt, D’Architecture, Blueprint, Building, L’Architecture d’Aujourd’hui, Architecture Today, Dezeen, etc. It has been featured in the following lifestyle magazines and daily newspapers: Wallpaper, Marie Claire Deco, The Independent, Le Monde, The Sunday Times, The Financial Times.

Selected publications

100 Global Architectural Schemes
Dalian University of Technology Press Co. Ltd Dalian City, Liaoning Province, CN, 2011

Contemporary museums, architecture history collections
Chris van Uffelen Braun Publishing AG, Salestein, CH, 2011

ArchManual
AADCU Publication, Beijing, CN, 2010

Architecture: An Introduction
Geoffrey Makstutis, Laurence King Publishing ltd, London, GB, 2010

Strike a pose. Eccentric architecture and spectacular spaces
Gestalten, Berlin, DE, 2008

By Night
Page One Publishing, SG, 2008

European Architects in Transit
Serralves Museum, Porto, PT, 2007

European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture + Mies van der Rohe Award
Actar, Barcelona, ES, 2005

Awards

Architizer Awards - Institutional Unbuilt
GED, Aubervilliers, FR
Special mention - 2016

Surface Design Awards - Exterior surfaces
Techno-Prisme, Aurillac, FR
Winner - 2015

AIT AWARD - Sports / Leisure
Pajol Sports Centre, Paris, FR
Special mention - 2014

Académie Royale des Sciences et des Lettres de Belgique, BE
Pajol Sports Centre, Paris, FR
Winner - 2014

ARVHA Femmes Architectes Prize
Nominated - 2013

Mies Van der Rohe Prize
Le Prisme, Aurillac, FR
Nominated - 2009

‘Europe 40 under 40’
Chicago Athenaeum, USA
Winner - 2008

Dedalo Minosse Prize
Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, SE
Winner - 2006

AJ Corus 40 under 40
London, GB
Winner - 2005

The Forum Prize
Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, SE
Nominated - 2005

Mies Van der Rohe Prize
Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, SE
Nominated - 2005

AIA / UK Chapter Excellence in Design Award
Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, SE
Winner - 2005

Kasper Salins Prize, SE
Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, SE
Winner - 2004

Nouveaux Albums des Jeunes Architectes, FR
Winner - 2004

AIA/ UK Chapter Excellence in Design Award
Museum of World Culture, Gothenburg, SE
Design Commendation - 2000

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