Nex was established in 2008 with the win of two very different competitions: a public pavilion and a pedestrian bridge.  In the years since, we have continued to work at diverse scales, and honed our practice’s research-led approach to design intelligent solutions to spatial problems, attuned to people’s needs. 

We believe architecture is fundamental to our relationship with the world, and that it has the potential to instigate change for individuals and communities.  With a focus on collaboration, technology and sustainability, we always design with a long-term vision of adaptability and lasting contribution. 

Our active engagement with location, brief and complex user needs, as well as broad experience in many sectors, has resulted in projects that push the boundaries of what can be achieved, with real-world impact. 

Our RIBA & RIAI chartered practice has long-standing connections to academia, which continually inform our approach and ideas.  Practice director, Alan Dempsey has led design and research programmes at the Architectural Association and has been an invited critic and lecturer at universities and institutions worldwide.



Alan Dempsey

Founding Director

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.

Joe Dent


Joe is skilled in the delivery of large, technically complex public-facing projects.  At Nex, he is responsible for the architectural and technical design of projects and day-to-day project leadership.  Joe’s expertise and experience includes the design of complex refurbishment projects within listed buildings and heritage contexts.  Joe also maintains Nex’s technical standards and certifications.

Prior to joining Nex, Joe worked at award-winning conservation architects Fielden & Mawsen and IBLA, where he gained particular experience of designing mixed-use residential buildings and single-family homes.

Joe graduated from Newcastle University with 1st Class Honours and was the recipient of the Douglas Wise Memorial Prize for the highest final mark in his year.

Abigail Sayers

Architectural Assistant

Abi is an experienced Part II architectural assistant with a passion for sustainable architecture and the tactile qualities of materials and spaces.  As well as being a strong hand sketcher and model maker, Abi has advanced skills in digital modelling, BIM and image making.

Prior to joining Nex, Abi gained professional experience with Assael Architects designing mixed-use, co-living and residential buildings and interiors.  At Nex, Abi works with project consultants and clients and she is an accomplished and approachable communicator.

Abi graduated from her undergraduate degree at Oxford Brooks with first-class honours, and received a second first-class honours graduate degree from the University of Bath.

Wilson Lopes

Architectural Assistant

Wilson is an architectural assistant with experience of designing public community and housing buildings in Brazil and the UK.  He is a talented designer with advanced skills in BIM, 3D modelling and image making. At Nex, Wilson assists with the design and detailing of education and workplace buildings, and residential interiors.

Wilson was educated at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, and the Politecnico di Milano in Italy.