We are a fantastic team. We are the secret of our success. Together we are architects and urban designers delivering huge projects despite being relatively small, with everyone contributing to the energy, experience and imagination in the office.
The core team at Stitch flexes on a regular basis with returning students and independent practitioners who join us for specific projects. We pursue relationships with other kindred practices, so if you are interested in collaborations we invite you to our Wednesday team lunches to share ideas, let us know!
Here are some of us…
Sally grew up in Durban, South Africa and studied at Kwa-Zulu Natal, Oxford Brookes and The Architectural Association. She is a qualified architect and urban designer and has built a strong reputation for delivering design excellence in regeneration, and championing high quality urban housing. She is a published author on housing design with a background working with Cabe and local authorities across the UK on masterplans and urban strategies. Under her leadership we have achieved unanimous planning consents for hundreds of high quality new homes in London and she has made it her mission to find a unique narrative for each place and its community. She loves movie nights, is embracing a renewed passion for painting, and is at her happiest hiking through the Brecon Beacons with her family.
Iain was born in Zimbabwe and finished his schooling in Durban, South Africa where he studied architecture at the University of Natal. Iain has worked extensively in both South Africa and the UK, and brings a wealth of design experience across a wide range of scales and diverse sectors. Working in the UK between 2001 and 2009 Iain rose to Associate at Walters and Cohen Architects where he gained in-depth experience in the education sector and worked on several public buildings. Moving back to South Africa in 2009 Iain started his own practice working in the high-end residential and hospitality sectors. Iain returned to the UK in 2015 to join Stitch and has recently become a director. He is currently project leader for several infill housing schemes in Croydon which have won housing awards as part of the Brick by Brick Smaller Sites Programme. Outside of the office he loves to cook and has a love-hate relationship with home DIY. Iain enjoys pickles, pork crackling and fine bourbon.
Louise joined Stitch with an enthusiasm for good design and an aptitude for project management. She brings to the team experience of managing projects of various scales, working for domestic clients as well being part of a team delivering large hotel and leisure projects in the UK and internationally. Louise’s most recent role at Stitch has been as Project Architect for Churchill Quarter, a large mixed-use development in the centre of Bromley which was submitted for full planning in May 2018.
Tom is an architect who joined Stitch in 2017. He is responsible for coordinating the new masterplan for the Gascoigne Estate East in Barking and Dagenham whilst also bringing his range of design experience towards a variety of projects and bids in the studio. Tom’s previous roles were as a project architect at Tony Fretton Architects working on private residential, civic and urban design, and in Jestico + Whiles’ education team delivering secondary schools in the UK and internationally. He has also worked in New York at CDR Studio on various commercial and civic projects following the receipt of a travelling scholarship. Tom graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University in 2011 winning the ‘Colwyn Foulkes Memorial Prize’ for best Master of Architecture and has since returned to Cardiff as a tutor to undergraduate students, taking a particular interest in responses to constrained sites. He enjoys cycling and long distance running to balance his pie baking.
Kerry joined Stitch in 2016 after completing her Part II at the Architectural Association where her academic work focused on future housing solutions which respond to changing living trends and needs. Kerry has previous experience in a range of mixed-use and residential schemes in the UK and Middle East, after spending 18 months at Kamvari Architects.
During her time at Stitch, Kerry has worked on a variety of bids and feasibility studies, ranging from 6-500 units; but the main focus of her work has been on a range of infill sites for Croydon Council’s Brick x Brick Small Sites Programme. This has included working as the primary architectural assistant and project coordinator for 2 individual sites ranging from 11-19 units, each with their own restrictions, and highlights. She has followed these projects through their planning applications and technical design.
Taina grew up in France to an American mother and French father. She completed her Architectural studies in Glasgow where her thesis explored the regeneration of one of its most deprived post-war peripheral neighbourhoods, favouring gradual infill and focusing on housing provision and the development of a sense of place. After relocating to London, she joined Stitch at the start of 2018, excited to further develop her dual interest in high quality architecture and the improvement of urban places. She has since worked on multiple bids and varied projects, moving from large scale housing developments (Churchill Gardens PA) to small infill proposals (Croydon Brick by Brick). Taina loves exploring new cities, eating tasty food and reading books under trees.
Lillian was born in Norway to Vietnamese parents. She moved to London in 2016 and completed her RIBA part 1 at Kingston university where her third year brief revolved around transforming an existing Grade II Victorian brick building that served as a primary school into artist’s studios. She is particularly interested in characterful design and how architecture can affect and change spaces and the people inhabiting them. Her dissertation explored the naturalistic Woodland Cemetery in Sweden, and was exhibited in the Kingston 2019 student exhibition. Lillian is most happy when discovering new things, eating good food and being in or around the sea.
Holly joined Stitch in August 2019, with two year’s experience working in a small creative practice focusing on high-end residential architecture. She graduated from Oxford School of Architecture in the Summer of 2017. Holly’s dissertation examined the social discourse of post-war housing, designing out opportunities for crime and abolishing the stigma of social housing as promoted in the media. She looks forward to taking onboard this research to contribute to Stitch’s high quality design, with a focus on sense of place and community involvement.
When she is not at work she enjoys hunting out London’s hidden exhibitions, markets and the occasional visit up north to spend time with her alpacas.
Verity is our maternity cover studio manager. With five years’ experience managing commercial galleries and curating contemporary art exhibitions, she wanted to take a step over from the fine arts to explore her interest in design and the built environment. During her time with us Verity’s role in the practice will be to provide day to day support to the project team as well as ensuring the office finance, human resources and marketing runs like clockwork. We are looking forward to having a fresh pair of eyes to further the business in 2019.