Alan Dempsey

Founding Director

Alan Dempsey Nex—

Alan is the founding director of Nex.  He leads the strategic direction of the studio, project design and client relationships.  His experience includes the design of cultural, educational, workplace, hospitality and residential buildings often in sensitive locations or historic contexts.  Alan’s design and research interests lie in projects that closely integrate architecture, urban spaces and nature through the creative design of public realm.  Alan’s professional work has received awards and commendation from the Architecture Foundation, BD Architect of the Year Awards,  Civic Trust,  D&AD,  Architect’s Journal, World Architecture Network, and New London Architecture, and UK Technology Strategy Board.


His studies have taken him from Technical University Dublin to the Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, and onto the Architectural Association in London, where he completed a Masters degree in Architecture and Urban Design.  Alan taught at the AA from 2005-2014 in multiple roles, including Unit Tutor, Co-Director of the FAB Research Cluster, and Director of the Independents Research Group.  He has been an external examiner at multiple universities, and has spoken internationally about the studios research and work at the DIT, NAI, ETH, TU Delft, MIT, and the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing.


Alongside his role at Nex, Alan is a Board Trustee and Non-Executive Director of the Chelsea Physic Garden.  The garden in central london is one of the oldest botanical gardens in Britain with a mission to demonstrate the medicinal, economic, cultural and environmental importance of plants to the survival and well-being of humankind.

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