YOU&ME is a multi-disciplinary architecture platform based in London, Bath and Athens.  Established by architects Alicja Borkowska and Iris Papadatou, our expertise lies in public realm and high street regeneration projects, retail and commercial interiors and public art. 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, Deptford, 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:





Alicja Borkowska

(Director & Co-founder)

Alicja is a RIBA chartered and ARB registered architect who studied at the University of Cambridge and Royal College of Art. Prior to establishing YOU&ME she worked with Alsop Architects 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 Central St.Martins (University of Arts London) and runs regular school engagement workshops at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. She is a member of the Women in Architecture initiative and is external examiner at Brighton University.

Iris Papadatou

(Director & Co-founder)

Iris is an ARB registered architect who studied at the University of Cambridge and Royal College of Art.  Before founding Y&M, she worked with Future Systems and Featherstone Young, winning a RIBA award and shortlisted for the Steven Lawrence Prize for Dellow Arts and Activity Centre for the Homeless as project architect.

She has extensive experience in a variety of projects from new build housing and heritage projects, to community and public realm. Iris works 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 AUB, Bartlett UCL, Cardiff, Brighton, Westminster, Architectural Assosiation and the University of Thessaloniki and has been the main keynote speaker in the Tate Britain Annual Art Historian Association Conference and the 2014 Surface Design Show. She is currently on the Haringey Quality Review Panel and has worked as a facilitator for the British Council in Doha, Qatar. Iris is a Women Talk Real Estate panelist and a member of the Women in Architecture initiative. She has been running education workshops at the Royal Academy of Arts and Victoria & Albert Museum and worked as part-time supporting tutor at Central Saint Martins UAL.


Airport Retail Enteprises
British Council
Brighton University
Cadogan Estates
Croydon Council
Central St.Martins UAL
Djangoly Art Gallery
General Projects
Greater London Authority
Heritage England
InTRANSIT Festival
London Festival of Architecture
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
London Borough of Bromley
London Borough of Ealing
London Borough of Haringey
London Borough of Lewisham
London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
London Borough of Sutton
National Trust
Neon Pictures Post-Production
Majestic Wines
Mshereib Properties
Pavilion Visual Arts Organisation
Project Centre Limited
QatarUK 2013
Qatar Museums Authority
Royal Academy of Arts
Somerset County Council
Tate Britain
Victoria & Albert Museum

Events & Exhibitions

2018 Hat District Regeneration Exhibition + talks / Hat Factory, Luton
2017 Door to Design Exhibition / Victoria & Albert Museum
2017 Silvetown Flyover / Siemens Crystal
2017 MAKING SILVERTOWN / Central St.Martins
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

2018 Hat District Enviornmental Achievement, Luton's Best Awards
2016 Haringey Design Awards: Best Historic & Regeneration, shortlist 
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


Talks & Workshops

2019 RIBA Skills Up Workshop / RIBA Summer School London
2017 She Draws: She Builds / LFA Film Screening
2017 AttRAct Architecture Workshop / Royal Academy
2017 Door to Design Workshop series & exhibition / Victoria & Albert Museum
2016 YOU&ME Spatial Practices Lecture Series / Central St.Martins
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


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