Founder, Ade Fowler


Founder, Ade Fowler BA (Hons) Dip Arch arb RIBA

Ade graduated in 2000 from UCL trained by Christine Hawley & CJ Lim, known to be amongst the worlds best tutors. Once qualified Ade worked for the acclaimed, Stirling Prize winning architects Future Systems, working on projects including the Selfridges in Birmingham and the Marni Stores in Tokyo & London, Sloane Street. Following this Ade worked for practices including Conran & Partners, for Sir Terence Conran & then for the late Will Alsop OBE (also a Sterling Prize winning architect), who Ade saw as a father figure guiding him through design.

Alsop appointed Ade as the youngest architect to design school projects under the ‘joined-up-design-for-school’ programme, and then after its conclusion he worked on ‘School’s for the Future’ Designs developing projects for Business Academy’s. Ade concluded his time at Alsop’s as project architect for the ‘Hill’ component of the famous ‘Fourth Grace’ project in Liverpool – the worlds most sought after architectural design competition, winning against the likes of Norman Foster, Richard Rodgers and Frank Gehry. Ade also proudly toured Universities in the UK giving lectures on the Alsop practice.

At the point where Alsop’s practice temporarily suffered from financial difficulty Ade regrettable left the practice and establish Fowler Architects with a brief time working for Philippe Starck’s London practice ‘Yoo’ during the 2008 recession. Ade then returned to his own portfolio and in 2016 changed the name of the practice to Islington Architects.

Jan Kaplickey (Future Systems)


Will Alsop OBE RA (Alsop Architects)