Kate Macintosh: one of Britain’s great unsung architects of social housing

Kate macintosh: one of britain’s great unsung architects of social housing
‘A haven’: 269 Leigham Court Road in south London, designed by Kate Macintosh, has just been grade II listed.

In a delightful courtyard garden in south London, a woman in her late 70s is speaking with calm fury. “The steamroller of big finance,” she says, “is being allowed, no, encouraged, progressively to crush out all innovative and creative, locally generated activities.” She is furious because this garden, with its fig, eucalyptus and banana trees, is now considered, in effect, to be a brownfield site, and that it and the houses round it are therefore ripe for redevelopment. With them, everything she has worked for through her life is also under threat.

She is Kate Macintosh, an architect who, working for local authorities in Southwark, Lambeth, East Sussex and Hampshire, designed buildings for public benefit that were at once bold, original and humane. At the age of 28 she designed one of the most remarkable housing developments in the country at Dawson’s Heights in Dulwich, also south London, which amplifies its hilltop site with blocks piling up to 12 storeys high, but which also breaks down into intimate clusters of balconies, and encloses a generous shared garden. Seen from a distance it is dramatic; up close it is protective. []

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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