YOU&ME is a multi-disciplinary architecture platform based in London and Athens.  Established by architects Alicja Borkowska and Iris Papadatou, our expertise lies in retail and commercial interiors, exhibition design, public realm installations and high street regeneration projects. For us it is about the interface of these scales and how architecture, art and public space can be stitched together to create animated and loved spaces. We believe even the smallest interventions can have a big impact and community participation throughout the process is key to our approach.  For us it is all about our collaborative approach, the process, the way we work with each other and everyone involved in any one project.  YOU&ME: YOU&US

We are an ARB and RIBA Chartered practice and provide a range of architecture and design services. We have extensive experience in transforming spaces for different events and exhibitions to create unique public environments within modest budgets and tight timescales. Our international clients include museums and cultural institutions, local authorities, industries and domestic clients.  Our portfolio includes Thornton Heath, Tottenham and Barking High Street regeneration in partnership with the Mayor of London, heritage exhibition trail in Doha with the Qatar Museums Authority and the British Council, exhibition design for Korean Craft Biennale 2015, Urban Beach public realm installation to celebrate the National Trust Neptune campaign as well as retail interiors and furniture design for various clients.

YOU&ME has recently been featured in The Architecture Foundation's New Architects 3 book, 'The definitive survey of the best British architects to have set up in the last 10 years'.

If you are interested in commissioning us for a project and working with us, please get in touch on us@youandmearchitecture.com


Alicja Borkowska

Alicja is an ARB registered architect who studied at the University of Cambridge and Royal College of Art. She has worked with Alsop Architects, We Made That and Carl Turner ArchitectsAt Carl Turner Architects she was project architect on the Manser Medal and RIBA Award winning Slip House. 

Alicja has extensive experience in exhibition design, working closely with Morag Myerscough on the permanent exhibition design of the new Design Museum in London.  She has also worked on large masterplans, mixed- use developments and small school projects with Will Alsop. Her education experience includes RIBA Award winning Faraday Primary School in Southwark, Birmingham’s Flagship BSF school (combined primary, secondary and special needs) and a range of SureStart Nurseries. She has taught on the architecture degree course as senior lecturer at Brighton University and runs regular school engagement workshops at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. 


Iris Papadatou

Iris is an ARB registered architect and designer who studied at the University of Cambridge and Royal College of Art.  She has worked with Future Systems and Featherstone Young, recently winning a RIBA award and shortlisted for the Steven Lawrence Prize for Dellow Arts and Activity Centre for the Homeless.

She has worked in a variety of projects from new build housing and the commercial sector, to community and the public realm and was awarded for her work at the 2048 Design Competition for Cheshire Disabled Children Home.  Iris has experience in all stages of the architectural and construction process, from brief setting and design inception through to delivering the building project and has a strong interest in facilitating user engagement throughout. She has been a visiting critic in various schools and universities including Bartlett UCL, Cardiff and Thessaloniki and is the main keynote speaker in the Tate Britain Annual Art Historian Association Conference. Iris has previously studied fashion and animation and is currently involved with consultation, curating and PR for arts exhibitions and events in Greece.

Clients & Collaborators

British Council
Brighton University
Bovis Lend Lease
Cadogan Estates
Djangoly Art Gallery
Croydon Council
InTRANSIT Festival
London Festival of Architecture
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
London Borough of Haringey
London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Neon Pictures Post-Production
Mshereib Properties
Pavilion Visual Arts Organisation
QatarUK 2013
Qatar Museums Authority
Qatar University
Royal College of Art
Tate Britain
Riitta Ikonen, artist
Jane Bowler, textile designer
Gabriela Ligenza, Milliner
Wojciech Nowikowski, Painter
Klassnik Corporation, design practice
Superfusionlab, architects & experts in prefabricated design
Steffi Klenz, photographer
Cinimod studio, interactive lighting design

Events & Exhibitions

2015 Hat Parallels / Korean Cheongju International Craft Bienale
2015 Urban Beach Public Realm installation / inTRANSIT Festival Portobello Rd
2014 Public House / inTRANSIT Festival Portobello Rd
2014 Future City: Doha / Mataf, Qatar
2013 Krypti / Zakynthos, Greece
2012 TEN PLUS ONE / Exhibition at The Gopher Hole
2011 2D3D: Fast, Cheap & Out of Control / Woodbury School of Architecture / LA, USA
2010 Fluxhibition 4 / Texas and New Mexico, USA
2010 New Photography: Pavilion Commissions / Djanogly Gallery, Nottingham / Collaboration with Steffi Klenz
2007 Global Cities / Tate Modern Turbine Hall / London
2007 The Great Exhibition / Hyde Park, London
2006 The Global Idiot / Royal College of Art, London


Awards & Prizes

2015 West Green Road Regeneration - Rising Star Award / Great British High St Awards
2013 Old Doha Prize Design Residency Winner, British Council and Qatar Museum Authority
2012    Barking Shopfronts Creative Improvement Project, Finalists
2009 Anthropomorphic, Winning competition entry, Socio-Design Foundation


Talks & Workshops

2016 About Us: YOU&ME / MArch practice talk / Brighton University
2015 Tottenham High Road Regeneration Tour with Open House / Site walk
2015 Regeneration Tottenham site walk / NLA Conference, Tottenham Town Hall
2015 Tottenham Shopfront Improvements / N17 Community Space
2015 YOU&ME BIAAS Lecture / Brighton University
2015 Tottehham mapping community workshop / 639 Enterprise Centre
2015 Architecture Open Lecture series / AUB Bouremouth University
2014 Hertige & Renewal in Doha Panel discussion - Urban Pamphleteer 4 launch / UCL
2014 Trajan's Columns / V&A School Workshops with Anne-Laure Carruth
2013 Being An Architect / V&A Talk 
2013 Pecha Kucha key speaker / Hosted by AJ, Surface Design Show
2012 Architectural Syn - thesis: The meaning of “Syn” / Lecture / University of Thessaloniki
2011 Cut & Paste Collage Workshops / BA Architecture, Greenwich University
2010 Don’t be square: Playing with form / Main Keynote Speaker / Art Historians Association Annual Conference / Tate Britain
2010 YOU&ME: and everyone we know. A talk about collaborations / Young Graduate Talk Series, Brighton University
2010 Architecture in Schools Open-City Programme / Site visit & workshop / Bancroft School
2009     ‘Young Design Champions’ fortnightly workshops / Holte Secondary School, Birmingham & Bovis Lend Lease


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