MOCT is a London based architecture and design studio founded in 2012 by Chris Thorn and Mo Wong. The studio has completed challenging projects in sensitive locations in London and aboard with private, public and developer clients, including offices, housing, urban design and furniture. The studio has an excellent reputation for delivering projects of outstanding quality, on time, within budget and with efficient project management.
Recently completed projects include a house for a cinematographer in west London that has been exhibited and published by New London Architecture, 2000 sq.m office refurbishment 25 Watling St and 10 Bow Lane in the City of London and exhibition design for the London Festival of Architecture.
Our working methods rely on a rigorous, analytical, design-led process that is continually informed by our collaborations and the director’s academic research. We engage with projects through careful observation and studies of context, history, social patterns, sustainability and latent potential to recover value though the design of new buildings and the transformation of existing structures. Our desire is to design beautiful, functional and accessible spaces in the belief that constructive social and spatial relationships can be formed between users, architecture and the city.
The studio has at its core work and parallel research in defining and providing designs addressing decay and obsolescence of existing buildings and urban forms. Studies into the life cycle of material systems, buildings, urban forms and their social, physical and economic components inform our understanding of the metabolism of the city. This allows us to reveal latent potential and opportunities for renewal, addition and incorporate flexibility for future transformation.
The studio’s varied experience of working across disciplines and with different motivations: environmental, social, historic, economic and spatial allow us to approach projects in diverse sectors. This also provides the tools to deliver complex buildings, programmes and strategies with a high level of service. Our design team work closely with clients, stakeholders, consultants, contractors, end users and local authorities in open and collaborative relationships. We facilitate regular workshops and creative dialogue with team members in order to develop unique and adaptive design solutions for each project.
Our practice is registered with the Architects Registration Board and is a RIBA Chartered Practice.
CHRISTOPHER THORN (BSc AA DIP ARB RIBA)
Christopher graduated from the Architectural Association in 2007 on the Ellen Gray Scholarship. He worked as an associate at Squire and Partners completing several prominent projects including the mixed use, residential, office and gallery development 10 Hanover Street and led the team on the Blackwell Reach masterplan facilitating the integration of both stakeholders briefs and undertaking community consultation. He has been a visiting critic at the Architectural Association, University of East London and Central Saint Martins. Chris has extensive expertise in leading consultant teams and delivering high quality, challenging buildings.
MO WY WONG (AA DIP ARB RIBA)
Mo graduated from the Architectural Association in 2007 where she was nominated for Honours. She previously practiced at Pierre d’Avoine Architects working on wide range of residential, commercial and community projects and was project co-ordinator of the exhibition ‘Land Architect People’ at Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen and Ambika P3 Gallery at the University of Westminster. She continued her career at IJP Architects as project associate working on a series of competitions and publications. Alongside practice, Mo has taught undergraduate studios with Keita Tajima at University of East London and she is currently leading a design studio at Central Saint Martins. Mo has a master’s degree in Real Estate Development that provides her insight and understanding of the regulatory, economic and financial components of the construction and built environment industry.
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