Michael Oades


26 Shacklewell Lane
London, E8 2NG
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Michael Oades, Director, Architect
Ba(Hons) DipArch, RIBA

Growing up in his parents’ holiday camp in the east of England, Mike Oades developed a strong affinity for the temporary and the nostalgic, and narratives of time and legacy have run through his work ever since. His two years, post-degree, in rapidly-changing Berlin during the early 1990s were his introduction to ‘real architecture’. With German architects tending to take on a much broader role than their UK counterparts, he gained a valuable insight into the complexities of the building process beyond the drawing board – and also used the opportunity as a lens to reflect on design culture back at home. Despite returning to follow a reasonably traditional route to qualification, Mike’s ability to take a lateral view has since become a fundamental part of Atomik’s ethos, with the varying geographies of the team regularly exploited to get a broader perspective on architectural ideas. During his diploma course at the Bartlett, the highly competitive environment convinced him of the need for architects to communicate their work in a more accessible way, and this again has informed the Atomik approach, in which client relationships are nurtured so that every project becomes a collective adventure, and design through drawing is instinctive.