Residential Design

Pierre has been engaged in the design of houses, housing and urban design since the mid 1980s and have established an international reputation in this field. Theoretical and built projects include Sheendale Studios, The Invisible House, Slim House-Model Terrace-Urban Pattern which won The Concept House 99 Competition (Ideal Home House of the Future), Monad House, Big House- Little House, Piper Rooftop Houses, Climate House, Chatfield House (winner of Brick Development Award 2009).
Pierre has carried out research on typology and the pattern book.
Dissemination of research through the publication of Housey Housey – A Pattern Book of Ideal Homes by Clare Melhuish and Pierre d’Avoine and two different exhibitions both entitled Housey Housey


In particular the densification of inter-war British suburbia.


  • Bath School Diploma projects 
  • AA School Diploma projects 
  • RDAFA, Copenhagen workshop projects for 2 to 5 year and PhD students
  • Major lectures at AA School, Cambridge School, LMU School and RIBA, London


Dissemination of research through the design of The Invisible House, Monad House and other projects which have been widely published and exhibited.

Also through the commission of projects in new suburban developments abroad:

  • Mehr House, near Bombay, India
  • Baffoe House, Accra, Ghana
  • Sam House, St Vincent, West Indies

Land Use & The Politics Of Land Procurement

Revisiting “the grid as Generator’ by Leslie Martin and Lionel March, The Centre for land Use and Built Studies Unit, University of Cambridge and its research on low/medium rise high density perimeter development and the resultant public open space generated.
Dissemination of research through the design of Swaythling Housing, Westonbirt Equestrian Centre, Patterns for Letchworth and the exhibition Land Architecture People at RDAFA, Copenhagen and Ambika P3 Gallery, University of Westminster, London.
The work undertaken for Land Architecture People with my collaborators Clare Melhuish and Andrew Houlton was the focus of a seminar on Design as Research during the above mentioned exhibition and included an audience of academics, anthropologists, architects, clients, developers, students and urban designers.