Studio Weave is an award-winning London-based architecture practice set up in 2006. We balance a joyful, open-minded approach with technical precision to create a diverse body of work in the UK and abroad for public, private and commercial clients. We value idiosyncrasies. From the characteristics that make somewhere unique, to the particular skills of a master craftsperson; we aim to harness the strengths of a project and its team to create something distinctive and of exceptional quality. Our work has been acknowledged by a number of awards including three RIBA awards where Ecology of Colour won South East Building of the Year 2013, the Architectural Review’s International Emerging Architecture Awards and the Civic Trust Awards where The Longest Bench won the Special Award for Community Impact and Engagement.
Je is a founding director of Studio Weave. He was born near Busan, on the south coast of South Korea where he grew up fishing and eating lots of seafood. He moved to the UK when he was thirteen and went to school in West Sussex. Je is an RIBA Chartered Architect and studied Architecture at the University of Bath, TU Delft (The Netherlands) and London Met. Prior to setting up Studio Weave, Je worked on a range of projects from renovating historic houses in West London to the City of London’s largest office development, to Crossrail. Je is a visiting critic at a number of universities in the UK and abroad and recently external examined at KTH in Stockholm. He is also a member of the Southwark Design Review Panel. (Photo courtesy of his wife)
Maria is a founding director of Studio Weave. She is the oldest of four sisters and grew up on the Sussex coast. She enjoys reading and writing stories, singing and playing the violin and keeping an eye on her little sisters. Maria is an ARB registered Architect and studied Architecture at the University of Bath, TU Delft (The Netherlands) and London Met. Prior to setting up Studio Weave, Maria worked on a variety of projects including libraries, secondary schools, and housing. In 2013 Maria was Highly Commended in the Architects' Journal’s Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Awards. Maria also writes a monthly column for the RIBA Journal on practice. (Photo courtesy of Ivan Jones)
Eddie lives in Bethnal Green in a municipal housing dream with two laying hens. He studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow followed by the University of Westminster, where he continues to be a visiting critic. Prior to joining Studio Weave, Eddie worked for Sauerbruch Hutton, where he worked on large scale mixed use commercial developments in Alexanderplatz, Berlin and the Old Bailey, London. He has also written about architecture for Blueprint, the Architects' Journal and Vice Magazine.
Esme is an ARB-registered Architect and studied at the University of Nottingham followed by a Masters at Dundee School of Architecture and Part III at London Met University. Prior to joining Studio Weave in 2011, Esme worked with a variety of architecture practices including Neu Architects, Ash Sakula and Sheppard Robson on projects ranging from small-scale residential to substantial projects in education and urban design. She has previously worked for Blueprint Magazine and with Dezeen to deliver their first book, and continues to be a freelance writer and co-editor of Matzine. Pastimes include birdwatching and making greetings cards just for bikes, she is an avid fan of cycling and cities.
Rosie studied architecture at Nottingham University and London Metropolitan University, completing her diploma thesis on the provision of inner city housing for the elderly. Prior to joining Studio Weave, Rosie worked for the public realm consultancy Publica and for the Arcola Theatre on the development of their sustainability programme. In her spare time Rosie is a volunteer for the intergenerational arts charity Magic Me, and the international development organisation Engineers without Borders, organising a programme of workshops and talks on sustainable technologies within the built environment. She has a love for joinery, the imperfections of hand crafted objects, and all things South London, stemming from a childhood spent playing with toys made by her Grandad.
Maddie was awarded her Diploma from The Architectural Association, having previously gained a Masters in Structural Engineering and Architecture at Sheffield University. She has worked at Architecture and Engineering practices in London, Basel and Beijing and taught on the AA Summer School. Maddie has experience of working on a variety of projects at a number of scales, from a large scale urban design project in Switzerland; to a hybrid arts centre in Beijing; and an art collector’s guesthouse in Upstate New York. She is particularly interested in learning from other cultures, and she was awarded the KPF Travel Fellowship, with which she explored the modernisation of The Silk Road.
Natalie studied architecture at Sheffield University and completed her diploma thesis at London Met on reclaiming the long-lost secret of the medieval ‘stew’. Natalie has previously worked on projects ranging from crafting furniture pieces, to urban estate regeneration. She has worked with CASS Projects, and has been a visiting critic at both Sheffield and the CASS (London Met). She enjoys the co-existence of architecture and landscape, particularly through 19thcentury grand landscape projects, plant houses and gardens. In her spare time, she enjoys walking London and exploring the city by narrowboat.
Amber joined the practice in 2013 as part-time Studio Weave dog in residence. Her responsibilities include meeting and greeting visitors and finding the sunniest spot in the studio.
At Studio Weave, we adhere to a very strict quality management plan. All woven projects are presented in front of a knitted panel of experts from a variety of fields ranging from booties to intergalactic travel.
Piers van der Pump (or PVDP to his friends) came to the UK in early 2013. He spent his early life travelling between the Cote D’Azur and Munich. He was educated at an international school in Brussels and spent his twenties in New York City, a period which he refers to as his ‘lost years’. He is charming, if not slightly supercilious, and he is a deeply loyal member of Studio Weave.