Cany Ash studied at Cambridge and the University of Westminster. She co-founded Ash Sakula Architects with Robert Sakula in 1994 to pursue cultural urban development projects through diverse means, working with communities, arts organisations enlightened developers, public bodies and self initiated projects.
The practice was Supreme Winner in the 2016 Housing Design Award for the Malings, a new neighbourhood on the banks of the River Ouseburn in Newcastle and in 2017 its Wickside project in Hackney Wick was Overall Winner in the New London Architecture Awards.
She has been an actively involved in crafting future policy in housing and education and is currently a member of the Design: South East review panel. Cany also runs Adaptable Neighbourhoods, a strand of Ash Sakula researching the ingredients of great neighbourhoods, how to build densely and activate public space.
As well as London, Cany has lived and worked in Berlin and New York, and it was there that she helped pioneer the world’s first farmers’ market.