Assemble are a collective based in London who work across the fields of art, architecture and design.[1] They began working together in 2010 and have described themselves as having between 16 and 20 permanent members.[2] Assemble’s working practice seeks to address the typical disconnection between the public and the process by which places are made. Assemble champion a working practice that is interdependent and collaborative, seeking to actively involve the public as both participant and collaborator in the ongoing realization of the work.[3]

    None of the members of the collective is a fully qualified architect, and even some of them are not architects at all, and have backgrounds in set design, theatre, anthropology, philosophy and construction. Some art critics say that Assemble represents a different vision opposite to those mainstream values in the world art, an argument put forward in the New York Times by N+1 editor Nikil Saval.[4]

    Assemble teach architecture and urban design in a number of universities, and lecture and teach workshops around the world. All of their major project work is based in communities in cities in the UK. Some also work in research. Their studio and office space, which they share with co-operative of Carpenters from Building Crafts College called Workshop East, a stone mason, and people working in illustration, fine art, ceramics and metal moved in 2016 from Stratford to Bermondsey, retaining its name, Sugarhouse Studios.

    Assemble are the 2015 Turner Prize winners.