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 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.
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)
Esme is an ARB-registered Architect. She studied at the University of Nottingham followed by a Masters at Dundee School of Architecture and Part III diploma 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 and the imperfections of hand crafted objects, stemming from a childhood spent playing with toys made by her Grandad.
James 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.
Margit grew up in Munich, Germany, and the forests of Tuscany, where she was taught classical music, drawing, climbing trees and making campfires. She studied architecture at the Technical University in Munich and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Complementary to Architectural studies, she joined the class of sculptor Emese Zavory to learn about materials, crafts, light and expression. Margit has gained experience at practices across Europe, including Bearth Deplazes Architects in Switzerland and Robert Meyer Architekten in Munich. In her free time, she loves music, sketching, and climbing on things – preferably in the city.
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 at London Met, and has been a visiting critic at both Sheffield and the CASS. She enjoys the co-existence of architecture and landscape, particularly through 19th century 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.