The practice is lead by founding partners Abigail Ashton and Andrew Porter.

Abigail Ashton


Andrew Porter


Abigail and Andrew both graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture UCL in 1994. They were jointly awarded the Bannister Fletcher Prize and Medal for best graduating students. They also both jointly won the RIBA Silver Medal for best national diploma student in 1994.

Their first project was in 1995 for the Petrie Museum Competition in Bloomsbury, London. They were awarded Second Prize by judges Richard Rogers, Enric Miralles and Itsuko Hasegawa. It was the first of many award winning competitions. They have practiced in partnership since this time.

From 1995 to 2000 Abigail and Andrew worked as Project Architects for Christine Hawley Architects primarily on the Kitagata Social Housing Project in Gifu, Japan. Funded by the Japanese government this was a £13m project for 108 apartments. They also were designers on a number of award winning competitions including the First Prize winning Salford Crescent Masterplan.

Between 2003 and 2010 they also founded and practiced as Metamode. The studio undertook a number of winning competitions and commercial projects in mainland China which included the Hakka Museum and Culture Park, Heyuan City and the A8 Tower, Shenzhen.

Since 2010 they have practiced solely as APA and the studio has focussed on award winning residential projects in the UK.

Abigail and Andrew have taught architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture for over 20 years and have been invited critics and visiting professors at architecture schools across the US and Europe.

Nick Pocock


Nick completed his Masters degree in architecture at DeMonfort University and as an Associate at APA has been Project Architect on a number of award winning residential projects.

Misbah Mahmood


Misbah completed her Masters degree at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. She is Project Architect for a number projects at APA.