Real Estate Architecture Laboratory

REAL recognises architecture as a common concern

REAL makes transparent the forces shaping our cities

REAL promotes alternative models of ownership

REAL believes in spatial equality and civic freedom

REAL offers resources to support cultural production

REAL acts as a platform for collaborative research

REAL proposes new frameworks for design thinking

REAL insists on building as the means to an end

REAL works beyond tradition and the status quo

REAL engages positively with those in power

REAL foundation is a London-based architectural practice and cultural institute established by Jack Self.

REAL asks the question “what does it mean to live today?” We promote social equality through the built environment and develop alternative models of ownership and finance in housing.

REAL’s projects range from cohousing schemes to new mortgage products. Our partners and clients include national banks, housing associations, property developers, private clients, public institutions and a broad network of architects.

REAL publishes the award-winning quarterly magazine Real Review in partnership with design studio OK-RM.

REAL’s recent work includes curating the 2016 Venice Architecture Biennale show Home Economics (as well as its catalogue), and publications Three Found Models and Symbolic Exchange. Forthcoming projects include Mies in London, participation at the 2017 Chicago Biennial, several residential projects and ongoing consultancy for financial institutions and fashion brands.

REAL understands architecture as a spatial practice, and real estate as a manifestation of complex social, political and economic power relations. REAL is focussed on how property and ownership, forms of labour, and our management of time affect our everyday lives.

REAL is a collaborative organisation, with light bureaucracy and minimal overheads. Wherever possible it seeks to utilise the existing structures of its partners to reduce redundancy, improve productivity, foster inclusivity, and promote collective enquiry. It is above all dedicated to the highest quality of intellectual and creative output.

REAL foundation
Raised Ground Floor, 18 Parkhill Road
London NW3 2YN


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Registered address:
18 Parkhill Road, London NW3 2YN
Company number: 10138381

Design: OK-RM, London
Programming: Benedict de Silva