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.
Joanna joined Stitch in 2014 after completing her architectural studies at University of Bath and University of Sheffield. She brings with her a diverse knowledge of architecture and design from strategic urban planning to residential and conservation design in the city of Bath.
At Stitch, Joanna has played a key role in a number of high profile projects including the regeneration of the Marlowe Road Estate and the Old Kent Road Masterplan. She is able to draw upon her architectural and urban design talents to work across scales and deliver projects on complex urban sites with architectural delight and commercial rigour. She brings to the office an infectious enthusiasm and a faultless knowledge of housing design. Outside of work, Joanna is celebrating her second successful triathlon this year and is embracing her new love for wild swimming.
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.
Cristina is an architect and joined Stitch in 2017. She grew up in a small seaside town near Porto, Portugal, and also lived in Delft and Helsinki before moving to London. Previously, she worked at Studio Egret West, where she gained experience on a wide range of projects at all stages. At Stitch, Cristina was part of the Churchill Quarter project team where she worked on the façade strategy and contributed for its technical development. She has also been responsible for the design proposals of several winning bids for NHS Property Services. Cristina is interested in the role of architecture as a way to make beautiful homes and cities for everyone. She also loves going to the cinema and dancing to good bad music.
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.
Danielle joined Stitch in early 2017 after completing her Part II at The Cass School of Architecture. Her academic work reflects her interest in housing, with a particular focus on alternative and innovative housing solutions responding to current living trends and future housing needs. Danielle has previous experience working on a range of large residential projects across London, having worked as part of a team to successfully gain planning permission for both an eighteen storey residential tower in Royal Victoria and the redevelopment of the former West Ham stadium in Upton Park into a new micro-village.
During her time at Stitch, Danielle’s has worked predominantly as the Project Co-ordinator for 3 infill sites for Croydon Council’s Brick x Brick Small Sites Programme, taking one through planning and the other two through to construction. Danielle has also assisted on Churchill Gardens, a mixed use development scheme in Bromley and our successful bid for the GLA framework.
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.
Lily joined Stitch in 2017 as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant with a passion for housing. She has great interest in the way in which architecture can impart a sense of ownership of space and how this manifests in the creation of community. Since joining Stitch, Lily has been an integral part of the team working across several projects and design phases, from small capacity studies to high profile bids and large scale planning applications. Lily has held the role of Project Coordinator for a number of schemes including Churchill Quarter where she worked closely alongside the Project Architect, Louise Billingham, to deliver a detailed planning application for the 400 home, mixed-use scheme in Bromley town centre. Outside the office, Lily splits her time between exploring natural landscapes and spending hours without a map getting lost in the city.
Joanna recently graduated from the University of Bath and is a Part 1 Architectural Assistant at Stitch. As part of thin sandwich course, she has worked for both a sole practitioner and TP Bennett, on projects ranging from one off houses to masterplans. Joanna has a keen interest in Architectural theory and process, in particular how and why things are made. Her final year project, ‘(Re)-Planned Obsolescence’, explored our human relationship with waste, proposing an innovative approach to sustainability based on collective reuse and community recycling. Joanna embodies a humanistic approach to her work, believing that it is the individual sensory experience of space and light that defines how we remember places and moments. Being half French and having lived in Paris, Madrid and London, Joanna loves travelling and discovering new cities and cultures. Outside the office she enjoys ballet, photography, sports and cooking.
Claire is our studio manager. For the past 8 years she has worked at various architectural practices around London, working her way up from the reception desk via finance departments to setting up and running studios. Claire’s varied role at Stitch means that no two days are ever the same. She provides day to day support to the project team as well as organising all of the administrative activities that facilitate the smooth running of the office. Claire also leads and manages the studio’s finances, human resources and marketing functions. Outside of the office, Claire enjoys making the most of the sunshine with her love of running and is rarely found without a book or a glass of wine in her hand.
Simon grew up in sunny Winchester and spent his childhood climbing trees. He joined Stitch in 2014 after graduating from the University of Sheffield and is now working towards his Part II qualification at Central Saint Martins. He is particularly interested in housing because of its relevance to everybody and its potential to improve people’ s lives. Simon loves coffee, cheese and music and if you ask him nicely he’ ll make you the meanest cup of tea you ever had.
Josh grew up in Reading and is an architectural assistant at Stitch. He studied his Part 1 at the University of Nottingham where he developed an interest in architectural narratives and the process of place making. Before joining Stitch, he worked at Purcell in Cambridge and gained experience working on a large-scale residential project on a sensitive conservation site. Josh has a keen interest in art and his decision to pursue architecture emanates from an exploration of sculpture during his art foundation course. In his spare time, Josh enjoys attending exhibitions and loves coffee, music and a good brick.