In 1995, Sadie Morgan and her former classmates at London’s Kingston Polytechnic, Alex de Rijke and Philip Marsh, established dRMM Architects to take part in—and ultimately win—a competition to design a public education building for the London Docklands Development Corporation (LDDC). In 2003, after a series of small-scale projects, their new firm completed its first building – No. One Centaur Street, a £1 million apartment block in London. The building won seven awards, and over the following two years, dRMM won the Best New Architectural Firm award and the MIPIM Next Generation Award.
Since then, dRMM projects have included many civic and educational buildings. In 2017, the London-based firm won the RIBA Stirling Prize for its renovation of Hastings Pier on the south coast.
Sadie sits on numerous official bodies. She is a member of the board for the National Infrastructure Commission UK and the Thames Estuary 2050 Growth Commission. She is also the chair of the Independent Design Panel for High Speed Two and a Mayor’s Design Advocate for the Greater London Authority. She is also a fellow of the UK Royal Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, a professor at London’s University of Westminster, and a director at the Major Projects Association.
Among her many accolades, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the London South Bank University in 2016. Sadie was named one of Debrett’s 500 most influential people in Britain and became the first woman to receive the Building Magazine Personality of the Year award. In 2017, she received the New London Architecture (NLA) New Londoner of the Year Award for her work in championing architectural design.Tags: architecture