AFL Architects is an international architectural, masterplanning and interior design practice, creating Architecture For Life from offices in Manchester, Birmingham and London.

Active globally within the Sports & Leisure, Healthcare and Education, and Residential and Commercial sectors, we create places for communities to live, play and thrive by combining a boutique approach with large practice experience.

Our sincere commitments to quality, collaboration, inclusivity and sustainability provide the foundation upon which our global reputation for excellence is built.

However, we also strive to add value within our local communities wherever we can, and look forward to supporting PLACED throughout 2022.

Asif Khan Studio

“Asif Khan Studio are delighted to be a PLACED Academy sponsor and ambassador. Having recently been selected to design the Canning Dock Waterfront Transformation for National Museums Liverpool, we have become increasingly aware of the important role PLACED plays for the architecture and urbanism profession in Liverpool and the wider region. Education and engagement are pillars of our studio ethos, and we very much look forward to the opportunity to work together with PLACED and its network in the future.”


Asif Khan Studio, established in 2007, design buildings and experiences which offer new ways of thinking about the world and one another. The studio takes innovative approaches with technology, matter, nature, and human sensibility to reimagine the way we can all experience and shape our environment. Working internationally, projects range from cultural buildings and landscapes to exhibitions and installations. Asifreceived an MBE for services to Architecture in 2017, was awarded Architect of the Year in 2018 by the German Design Council, and currently sits as Deputy Chairman of the Board of the Design Museum, London.



Hatch is an international multi-disciplinary business with a focus to inspire positive change in cities around the world. Hatch’s Urban Solutions division in the UK, based in Manchester and London, is a market leader and one of the largest providers of socio-economic research, socio-economic vision and strategy development, socio-economic impact assessment, evaluation, business case and appraisal services to both the public sector and private sector. Employing a mix of economists, business analysts, planners and geographers the Hatch Urban Solutions team regularly support Combined Authorities, Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities, developers, business and community groups to make better decisions to develop strong, distinctive and resilient places.