m studios is a London based practice conceived by Alvise Marsoni as a place where complementary perspectives and ideas about contemporary architecture could be free to flow, bringing an extra richness, rigour and debate within our practice.

Around Alvise and his core team, the group grows and contracts according to need and interest, drawing on associations with other professionals in other disciplines, academics, students and other design professionals, such as David Magyar, Alvise’s former partner at Magyar Marsoni, and Milan based architect Marco Pestalozza with whom Alvise trained at the AA.

This notion of collaboration is also extended to working with larger, perhaps more corporate practices and organizations, on specific projects where the nimbleness and agility of a small group can prove a valuable asset.

‘Small’ can mean beautiful in popular culture, but it can also mean ‘effective’! Our first aim on every project is to establish the nature of what we are designing. We will work with the client or partner to flesh out the brief and to understand their ideas and aspirations, not just for the buildings but for the people who will live them. We will develop a sense of how they would like the building to appear, its style, feel and work, how it should relate to its physical, environmental and cultural context, and, of course, how much it should cost.

Mutual understanding and communication are important to us. Once we know the nature of the task, we will create a roadmap of the project: an essential working tool for all parties that explains the process and timetable of design and construction, from the presentation of initial sketches and appointment of other consultants, through the planning process, production of information, costing and timelines, to the construction programme itself and handover.