6a architects was founded by Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald in 2001 after meeting at the Royal College of Art. They won a RIBA award in 2011 and were nominated for the Stirling prize, both for their Raven Row contemporary art gallery in Spitalfields, East London. The Fashion Galleries at the V&A opened in May 2012 and were nominated for the European Union Prize for Contemporary Architecture - Mies van der Rohe Award, 2013. The following year, the practice collaborated with fashion designer Paul Smith to design a cast iron façade in Mayfair, London which has been nominated for the Design Museum’s Design of the Year Award 2014 and received a Civic Trust Award, 2014.
The practice has won several major architectural competitions and international awards including the redevelopment of a large industrial complex in Oval for the London Development Agency and a housing development in Savigny-le-Temple, France. In 2012, the practice was awarded the Eric Schelling Medal for Architecture.