Stitch is an award-winning studio of architects and urban designers established in 2012. We are experts in housing and regeneration and we have achieved unanimous planning consent for over 1200 new homes in London, with nearly 300 of these homes now complete and hundreds more under construction.
Our projects range from urban design strategies and masterplans to detailed planning applications for complex urban sites. Our clients are private developers and housebuilders, housing associations, local authorities, and most recently special companies established by councils to deliver their own housing.
Every place tells a story
Our ethos is to continuously combine architecture and urban design so that every place can tell a unique and compelling story. Working with stakeholders and communities is a particular strength of the team. We are adept at balancing the aspirations of different individuals and groups and finding a path that will be a best fit for all stakeholders’ aspirations.
Commercial awareness and added value
Through decades of combined experience the team has an excellent awareness of commercial drivers affecting the delivery of complex urban schemes. We apply this knowledge and expertise to every project at every scale – from outline masterplans to detailed proposals. We add value by designing highly efficient buildings, releasing budget for the design details that make each scheme unique.
Where we come from, where we’re going
Sally Lewis founded Stitch in the belief that seamless, integrated design across the scales makes the best places. She is an architect and urban designer and has 20 years’ experience working with private and public sector clients, developing a specialism in large-scale urban regeneration projects. Under her leadership Stitch has grown from a small start-up to a well-respected and established practice delivering some of the largest regeneration schemes in London.
A leading role
It is our vision to play a leading role in creating the great housing that London needs, and in doing so making streets and neighbourhoods that each have their own unique story, to be cherished for generations.
Stitch is an RIBA Chartered Practice
Here’s a film we made about how we see things.
Stitch by name, stitch by practice
We pay loving attention to strategy and detail all the way. We are architects and urban designers but there are no divides in the team. At Stitch nothing falls through the gaps. This shows in our work.
Through our commitment to collaboration and partnership working we have had stakeholders on board for every regeneration project in the past 5 years. With our story for every place approach, we win hearts and minds every time.
Croydon Smaller Sites Programme – Winner at Housing Design Awards, 2018
Gascoigne Estate East, Barking – Winning scheme, 2018
Bid Consultant of the Year – Countryside Properties Partnership South Awards, Winner, 2017
New London Awards – Winners in Housing category, 2017
Churchill Quarter, Bromley – Winning scheme, 2017
NLA New Ideas for Housing Competition – Shortlisted Idea, 2015
Becontree Heath Regeneration, Dagenham – Winning scheme, 2015
AJ Emerging Woman Architect of the Year – Sally Lewis shortlisted, 2015
Marlowe Road Estate Regeneration, Walthamstow -Winning scheme, 2014
Fort Albert Design Competition, Isle of Wight – Winner, 2013
Peabody 150th Anniversary Competition – Shortlisted scheme, 2012
Goresbrook Village Estate Regeneration, Dagenham – Winning scheme, 2012
NHS Property Services
Red Door Ventures
Homes for Haringey
Brick x Brick
Joanna Hansford spoke at the SUAS lecture series on 2nd February 2017.
Joanna Hansford presented at The Architect Pitch organised by Archiboo on Friday 2nd December 2016.
Sally Lewis spoke at the AA XX event on 22nd September 2016.
Stitch projects feature in NLA exhibition, October to December 2015.
Goresbrook Village featured in Open House, 19 September 2015
Sally Lewis features in the film presenting an overview of housing delivery in London
New Ideas for Housing – NLA Working Group
Sally Lewis attends working group of housing experts
Sally Lewis speaks on Why I design, 25 September 2015
May Design Series
Sally Lewis speaks on the subject of compact spaces, 18 May 2015
New Architects 3 – Stitch selected to feature in Architecture Foundation book to be published in March 2016
Front to Back : a design agenda for urban housing – Book by Sally Lewis, published by the Architectural Press in 2004
Winners named in Barking’s Gascoigne Estate East estate contest – Stitch in Architects’ journal, 8 May 2018
Women in Architecture – Joanna Hansford of Stitch – Joanna Hansford in Architects’ Journal, 15 February 2018
Profession reacts to Hammond’s budget – Sally Lewis in Building Design, 23 November 2017
Councils ‘need more cash and more powers’ to boost housing – Sally Lewis in Building Design, 5 October 2017
Profession reacts to shock election result – Sally Lewis in Building Design, 9 June 2017
Why are councils setting up private companies to build homes? – Sally Lewis in Architects’ Journal, 9 February 2017
Looking ahead: you predictions for 2017 – Sally Lewis in Architects’ Journal, 21 December 2016
The stories that shook your world in 2016 – Sally Lewis in Architects’ Journal, 20 December 2016
D&B debacle: when clients say no to novation – Architects’ Journal, 23 November 2016
London boroughs consider ‘flat-rate’ 35% affordable housing policy – Sally Lewis in Architects’ Journal, 1 August 2016
What does Brexit mean for housebuilding? – Sally Lewis in Architect’s Journal, 13 July 2016
Be a bold mayor, architects tell Khan – Sally Lewis in Building Design Online, 9 May 2016
Elections 2016: What the results mean – Sally Lewis in Building Design Online, 6 May 2016
Three Projects take home 2016 AJ Small Projects Prize – Sally Lewis in Architects’ Journal, 2 March 2016
Disbelief as gender pay gap widens at top level of practices – Sally Lewis in Architects’ Journal, 26 February 2016
Why we spent £10,000 making films and music – Sally Collinson in Building Design Online, 19 January 2016
Cameron pledge to demolish the UK’s worst housing estates – Sally Lewis in Architects’ Journal, 11 January 2016
Architects condemn ‘dangerous’ Housing Bill – Sally Lewis in Building Design, 14 October 2015
Home in on fees and younger generation, new RIBA president told – Sally Lewis in Building Design, 16 September 2015
Architects dominate housing crisis ideas competition – Sally Lewis in Building Design Online, 15 September 2015
New Ideas for housing – Working Group – NLA Online, 19 August 2015
House Plan: Sally Lewis on the Accordia masterplan – Architects’ Journal, 31 July 2015
Inspiring housing #4: Sally Lewis on Bear Lane – Architects’ Journal, 9 April 2015
Micro-homes: part of the solution of part of the problem? – Sally Lewis in Architects’ Journal, 15 January 2015
Women architects condemn ‘outrageous’ 25% pay gap – Sally Lewis in Building Design, 24 April 2014
5plus submits detailed plans for 95 home riverside scheme – Sally Lewis reviews scheme in Architects’ Journal, 23 January 2014
Survey shows shocking lack of respect for women architects – Sally Lewis in Architect’s Journal, 10 January 2014
Peter Barber resubmits Shoreditch housing project – Sally Lewis reviews scheme in Architects’ Journal, 14 August 2013
Most RIBA competition-winning projects never built – Sally Lewis in Architects’ Journal, 20 June 2013
Work begins on HHbR’s London co-housing scheme – Sally Lewis reviews scheme in Architectsu2019 Journal, 8 February 2013
Localism: where did it all go wrong? – Sally Lewis in Architects’ Journal, 1 November 2012
New planning push threatens design quality – Sally Lewis in Architects’ Journal, 13 September 2012
Industry reaction: Housing fund offers just £320k per affordable unit – Sally Lewis in Architects’ Journal, 6 September 2012
New Practices #96 Stitch – Stitch is featured in the Architects’ Journal’s new practice profiles, 19th January 2012