Founded in 2006, Studio Weave is an award-winning RIBA Chartered Architecture Practice based in London. 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 numerous awards including RIBA South East Building of the Year 2013 for Ecology of Colour, 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 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, Design South East and Design Council CABE Review Panel.
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 and the imperfections of hand crafted objects, stemming from a childhood spent playing with toys made by her Grandad.
Afra is an ARB qualified architect, completing her studies at UCL in 2014. She graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture and the University of Cambridge, where her MPhil in Architecture & Environmental Design thesis was nominated for the RIBA Silver Medal and Dissertation. She has participated in numerous design workshops in the UK and abroad, and currently teaches Architectural Media Studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Prior to joining Studio Weave, Afra worked at CRAB Studio, BDP and most recently at Haverstock, where she worked on a range of projects, focusing primarily on educational buildings. Sparked by a childhood in East and West Africa, Afra has a particular fondness for bold colourful patterns and tropical foliage.
Amelia has previously worked for Foster + Partners and Eva Menz Design as a chandelier designer. She has also lived in Copenhagen where she worked for the International Federation for Housing and Planning and looked after chickens. She studied architecture at the Bartlett and the Royal College of Art where she completed her thesis on the enhancement of a flood alleviation channel. Amelia was the 2015 winner of the New Design Britain Architecture prize and the 2014 RIBA Journal Eyeline Drawing award. She enjoys all things embroidered, fluorescent and herring boned. She also loves racing her family’s 1960s wooden dinghy, who is named Selene after the Greek moon goddess.
Jimbo grew up in South Wales, and spent many summers living in a tent on the Pembrokeshire coast. He obtained his Bachelors and Masters in Architecture from Cardiff University; James and a colleague had their entry for the Eisteddfod Architectural Pavilion competition shortlisted during their thesis year. James has worked in New York, most notably on the Passivhaus renovation of a Brooklyn Brownstone, and in the UK, with Clear Village on regeneration and participatory design, and at David Morley Architects on sport projects, ranging from a cricket pavilion to a sports village masterplan. Before moving to London, James cycled across Wales in one day, from Holyhead to Cardiff.
J. J. Cliff of South Yorkshire, grew up exploring peculiarly leftover plots between estates, and improvised cycle tracks behind adjacent farms. Educated in architecture and landscape at University of Sheffield, and University of Westminster; his thesis on the 'bad' architecture of chance explored the aesthetic potential of building components constructed from polyurethane expanding foam. Inspired by the price of grapes, Cliff curiously creates primitive paintings on bedsheets in the manner of a lovechild between Jean Michel Basquiat and Philip Guston - alongside learning Romanian. Previously at Terry Farrell & Partners, he worked on residential and masterplanning projects; and at IUAV contributed to an urban research publication for exhibition at Rotterdam Biennale 2012.
Prior to joining Studio Weave, Klara worked for Brandlhuber+ in Berlin and with the Berlin based artist Michael Beutler. Klara studied Architecture in Aachen where she became a peacock specialist through the design of a house for the birds (named Krishna and Rhada after the Hindu Gods). For her thesis, Klara wrote an illustrated story about a city in an infinite quest to obtain the status of perfection. This is manifested in the construction of the pinnacle structure – the town hall. The story was awarded the Newcomer Prize by the Association of German Architects, the Euroregional Architecture Prize and a travelling scholarship. Klara loves meeting animals and discovering traditional crafts. She spent last summer shingling roofs and plastering walls in the rainy German countryside.
Niamh was born in Dublin and grew up in London in a predominantly French speaking household. She studied architecture at the University of Sheffield where she developed a strong interest in the inclusion of users into the production of architecture. Niamh enjoys critical research and architectural theory and was recently commended at the 2015 RIBA President’s Medals for her MArch dissertation Tempelhof – Articulating the Void which addresses issues of public space, the void and spatial politics. Niamh has previously worked in Berlin on a variety of architectural design and research projects focusing on the renovation works of various DDR blocks across the city. Niamh loves taking her dog to the pub on the weekend.
Will grew up in North London with an ambition of becoming either an astronaut, professional tennis player or David Attenburough. Failing all of that, he became an architect. Will studied architecture at the University of Nottingham and the Royal College of Art where he completed his thesis project on the effect of architectural fiction in film as a testing ground for alternate ways of living. Prior to joining Studio Weave, Will has worked at practices including Foster + Partners and HOK on a range of projects from play spaces for children with learning disabilities to luxury housing in London as well as transport infrastructure in various locations around the world. In his spare time, he still thinks of himself as an adventurer - preferably somewhere with a hammock... and wifi.
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.