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Team

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 Lewis

Director
Sally Lewis

Sally grew up in Durban, South Africa and studied at Kwa-Zulu Natal, Oxford Brookes and The Architectural Association. She is an architect and urban designer who has built a strong reputation for delivering design excellence in regeneration, and championing high quality urban housing. When she is not in the office, Sally loves to cook, read and spend time with her family. She is a published author on housing design, and was shortlisted for the AJ Emerging Woman Architect award in 2015. Under her leadership we have achieved planning consents for hundreds of high quality new homes in London and she strives to bring design innovation and a fresh approach to each project. When we asked Sally “What do you dream about’ She responded ‘Always dreaming! About everything big + important, small + silly. Very often in the shower or in a cafe with my notebook.”

Iain Sherman

Associate
Iain Sherman

Iain was born in Zimbabwe and moved to South Africa to go to high school in Durban, on the east coast. After school he studied architecture at the University of Natal. Iain has worked extensively in both South Africa and the UK, and brings a wealth of experience in developing design solutions across a wide range of scales and diverse sectors. Working in the UK between 2001 and 2009 Iain gained his Part 3 qualifications and rose to Associate in a prominent design led practice where he gained in -depth experience in the education sector and worked on several public buildings. Moving to South Africa in 2009 Iain started his own practice working in high-end residential and hospitality sectors, where he developed skills in detailed design resolution. Iain returned to the UK in 2015 to join Stitch. Outside of the office he loves to cook and take trips out into the countryside. Iain enjoys pickled walnuts, pork crackling and fine bourbon.

Joanna Hansford

Architect
Joanna Hansford

Joanna is an Architect here at Stitch. She joined Stitch after studying Architecture at University of Bath and University of Sheffield. In her previous role at Stonewood Design, Joanna worked on several residential projects within the Bath conservation area, which required a sensitive yet imaginative response to historical context. She brings to the office an infectious enthusiasm and a faultless knowledge of housing design. Joanna dreams of one day completing a Triathlon while maintaining her love for ice-cream.

Louise Billingham

Architect
Louise Billingham

Louise is an architect at Stitch. Previously she worked at Melt Design Hub gaining experience on a range of projects from international hotels to housing for the elderly. Louise aims to make a positive contribution to housing design, creating homes that both communities and individuals can enjoy. Outside of the office Louise is a keen traveller with recent adventures taking her off road driving in Albania. 

Cristina Pinho

Architect
Cristina Pinho

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. 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 Draper

Architect
Tom Draper

Tom, from the Ribble Valley, Lancashire, is an architect at Stitch. Tom previously worked at Tony Fretton Architects on private residential design and larger civic competitions and delivery, and at Jestico + Whiles delivering education projects. Tom graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, where he developed a thesis based on the passive repair of the Spurn Head landscape in Yorkshire, and has spent time working in New York and the North of England. He enjoys cycling to work and is often training for a long distance run by jogging off his latest pie baking experiments.

Kerry Dickinson

Architectural Assistant
Kerry Dickinson

Kerry grew up in the traditional coastal village of Lytham, Lancashire. After completing her Part I at Leeds Metropolitan University she spent 18 months at Kamvari Architects working on mixed-used and residential projects in the UK and middle east. Moving to London in 2010, Kerry went on to complete her Part II at The Architectural Association. Her thesis project explored design which gives back to the environment in its cost; and its application to the future of urban housing and localised construction in Rwanda, Africa. Kerry loves roast dinners, black clothing and her dog, Charlie.

Danielle Mimran

Architectural Assistant
Danielle Mimran

Danielle, who recently graduated from The Cass School of Architecture, has a real passion for housing. Growing up in leafy north London, she loved the city so much that she never left. Her final thesis project proposed ‘The 14 Person House’ – a new housing typology for London advocating a larger scale of urban dwelling. Using the pooled resource of space, it creates a living situation that is not only generous and flexible but also more affordable. Danielle enjoys crew neck jumpers, poached eggs and being in the sunshine.

Lily Éire Parsons

Architectural Assistant
Lily Éire Parsons

Lily, an architectural assistant here at Stitch, grew up on the east coast of Australia on a property near to the beach and surrounded by bushland. After completing her Part 1 at the University of Queensland she spent 12 months working for Bark Design Architects where she thrived working on projects that delicately integrate with the environment through an honest use of materials and sensitive understanding of place and climate. Relocating to London, she joined Stitch with a great interest in the way in which architecture can bring people ownership of space and how this manifests in the creation of community. Alongside her love for exploring natural environments, she equally enjoys spending hours without a map getting lost in the city. Outside the office, Lily grows cacti and cannot pass up the opportunity for a glass of wine in the sun.

Josh Mallins

Architectural Assistant
Josh Mallins

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.

Simon Wells

Architectural Assistant
Simon Wells

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.

Joanna Foxley

Architectural Assistant
Joanna Foxley

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 Patel

Studio Manager
Claire Patel

Claire is our magical studio manager. For the past 7 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. Outside of the office, Claire enjoys making the most of the British Summer Time with her love of running, and is rarely found without a book or a glass of wine in her hand.