Lucy Tilley


  • Architect/Director


  • Bachelor of Architecture (BArch)
  • Diploma in Architecture Distinction (DipArch)

Professional Associations

  • Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
  • Architect’s Registration Board (ARB)


  • English

Lucy Tilley — Associate Principal, UK & Global Projects

Key Data & Biography

Lucy Tilley has worked with David Adjaye for over
20 years and brings critical understanding of the inspiration, innovation and delivery of the practice’s
work. She trained at Southbank University and received her Diploma for the Architectural Association where she was also a lecturer from 1999—2003. She is currently Director of the London office, and a key member of Adjaye Associates’ Design, Management and Global Executive Board. She brings consummate experience
and a proven track-record – not only in the highest quality design of award winning projects – but also in complex planning applications, liaising with external governing bodies, legal issues, PI responsibilities and fee and contract negotiations. In addition, as the director in charge of the firm’s company headquarters in London, she is responsible for the hiring of staff members and office structuring and she inputs into the conceptual design of all London commissioned projects, while overseeing their     subsequent delivery. 

Since joining Adjaye Associates, she has worked on
and directed a large number of prestigious commissions. The projects have been diverse in scale and budget and include major commercial and residential developments, exhibition design and temporary pavilions in the UK, US, Africa and South East Asia. She has consequently established strong working relationships with clients, consultants and the design teams and is credited by all clients for her commitment to projects and their successful completion. Her local contacts in London, in particular, are strong – specifically with local planning bodies, ensuring that Adjaye Associates’ projects run to time     and budget and fulfill clients’ aspirations.

Recent projects include the Musheireb, Doha, Qatar,
a 35,097.30m2 masterplanning project, containing seven apartment blocks, with retail units on the ground floor
and one office block. Introducing a new kind of apartment culture in Qatar, the blocks line Al Kahraba Street, historically known as the first street in Doha to have electricity. She oversaw the design for the Mass Extinction Monitoring Observatory (MEMO), a monument to the world’s extinct species and an adjacent biodiversity education centre in Portland UK.

In London, she is working on a residential development
in Dover Street which has recently secured planning and extensive work for the borough of Hackney with a project to redevelop the area between Hackney Central Station and the end of Morning Lane Arches Phase II to the east. The aim is to create a new destination with a distinct urban atmosphere. She is also working on several projects in Gabon, including a masterplan for central Libreville, and a mixed use art gallery and shopping centre in Beirut.

Previous work includes the acclaimed Stephen Lawrence Centre, London 2007, a place for learning and social research that also serves as a training centre, exhibition space and lab for the creative arts. In 2004 she managed a team of 25 architects and architectural assistants in-house and worked directly with a team of 40 Mace Project Managers on the £100m project for Abbey, London (UK), which was to reinvent branch banking. She also worked on the renowned Idea Stores in Whitechapel (2005) and Chrisp Street (2004), which reinvented the library typology and established valuable community hubs for Tower Hamlets. She was Project Director for a residential and leisure feasibility study for a developer bid for the Chelsea Barracks site in 2005.