Practice

vPPR Architects was set up in 2009 by Tatiana von Preussen, Catherine Pease and Jessica Reynolds, and is an award-winning practice known for bold designs that bring clarity to complex sites, with a focus on community and sustainability. We design architecture that finds opportunities in constraints, responding with elegant yet striking forms that playfully negotiate between private and communal spaces, history and the future. We have a 95% success rate at gaining planning permissions, and, as developers ourselves, we are also experts at initial site feasibility assessments and well-versed in understanding the relationship between cost and value.

COMMUNITY
We work at home and abroad on projects that range from urban masterplans to private houses, from cultural to commercial architecture. We find that universal principles can be applied across sectors, helping to reinvent building types to suit modern life. Designing for creative communities is a passion whether social housing or a new school, and we not only deliver projects but also speak publicly on the subject, work closely with local stakeholders, and have been featured in major national exhibitions.

SUSTAINABILITY
Environmental sustainability is a priority in all our projects. Our strategies include re-purposing existing buildings, implementing passive energy strategies, incorporating green energy, specifying materials with low embodied energies, and integrating landscaping with built form.

ART AND RESEARCH
The studio operates under the belief in the continual crossover between art and architecture, seeking creative solutions that strengthen communities, no matter how large or small. We are immersed in the design community, creating exhibitions, installations and teaching at the Architectural Association and Columbia University.

People

TATIANA VON PREUSSEN

Director

MA(Cantab), MArch, ARB/RIBA

Tatiana founded vPPR with Catherine Pease and Jessica Reynolds in 2009 and led the teams working on RIBA Award winning Otts Yard and Vaulted House, which were also finalists for the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Award and RIBA House of the Year, respectively. She has recently been leading the executive architect team for Panther House, a £35million mixed use development on the Grey’s Inn Road for co-working company, Second Home; interpretation design for a large National Trust exhibition on the reservicing works at Plas Newydd; and a number of new-build houses and apartment buildings in London.

Her research has included leading vPPR’s exhibit at the RIBA House of Tomorrow Exhibition with Jessica Reynolds in 2016. She has been co-running a graduate design research studio at Columbia University studying concepts for artists’ housing and has previously taught at the Architectural Association as a unit master. She often works as a visiting critic in both the UK and the US and lectures nationally and internationally about the work of vPPR.  She has been a judge of the London RIBA Awards, RIBA MacEwan Awards and the UK Brick Awards.  She has been a board member for a regional board of the Guinness Partnership and is passionate about housing and landscape design.

Tatiana graduated in architecture at Cambridge University and Columbia University in New York, where she was awarded the New York Society of Architects Award.  She went on to work for James Corner Field Operations, in New York, on the construction of The High Line park and has a particular interest in how landscape design and the public realm can be informed by a strong geometric idea.

CATHERINE PEASE

Director

MA(Cantab), AA Dip, ARB/RIBA

Catherine founded vPPR with Tatiana von Preussen and Jessica Reynolds in 2009. She is currently leading several projects including Killua Garden Restaurant in Ireland; Coldharbour Road, an affordable housing scheme for Brick by Brick in Croydon; and a number of residential schemes that are both new-build and refurbishments in the UK and abroad. She is passionate about developing seemingly simple solutions to complex sites, where the constraints offer new opportunities for a distinctive architectural identity. Previously, Catherine was overseeing the conversion of Redchurch Street, a complex urban mixed-use redevelopment. The project won a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) London Award in 2017.

Catherine has also been co-running a graduate design research studio at Columbia University studying concepts for artists’ housing and has been a guest critic both in the UK and abroad.  As part of the British Pavilion for the next Venice Architecture Bienale, Catherine is developing a research project and architectural proposal entitled Play with(out) Grounds which explores how young people experience public spaces. She has been a judge of the London RIBA Awards and is currently a trustee of the Museum of Architecture in London and Hestercombe Gardens in Somerset. In 2016, Catherine was named as one of ten inspirational women in the arts by the Royal Academy of Arts.

Catherine studied at Cambridge University and the Architectural Association before living for several years in New York where she worked at SOM on Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. Previously, she was also at Dive Architects in London working on intricate residential developments.

JESSICA REYNOLDS

Director

MA(Cantab), MPhil, MArch, ARB/RIBA

Jessica founded London-based vPPR Architects with Tatiana von Preussen and Catherine Pease in 2009 and has led teams focusing on cultural projects including a large mixed use development in North London providing artist housing and studios; exhibition designs at White Cube, The Hepworth, Wakefield, and The Barbican Art Gallery; a café, school and children’s amphitheatre in the UK. These projects explore gradients of public and private space, degrees of visual transparency, and relationships between old and new.

She is currently a unit master for Experimental 13 at The Architectural Association in London, which explores the relationship between museums and ecology, collaborating with Sir John Soane’s Museum. She also teaches a graduate design research studio at Columbia University studying concepts for artists’ housing. She often works as a visiting critic in both the UK and the US and lectures nationally and internationally about the work of vPPR. She is co-founder of the Architecture Exchange, a platform to foster debate between architecture and philosophy, that has focused on the work of Graham Harman and Chantal Mouffe.

Jessica Reynolds graduated in architecture at Cambridge University, where she was awarded the Purcell Miller Tritton Prize, and at Princeton University. She gained an M.Phil in History and Philosophy of Architecture at Cambridge University. Her research explores the relationship of art and architecture in a variety of projects including the Fascist new towns of 1930s Italy, and Robert Motherwell’s House and Studio in the Hamptons designed by Pierre Chareau.

ANTHONY CHARNLEY

Associate Director

MA Dip Arch (Hons) Cantab RIBA

Anthony joined vPPR in 2020, becoming Associate Director in October. He is project architect for the project to transform Olympic Way , the main approach to Wembley Stadium, set to complete in June 2021 and featuring the Main Steps.

Previously an Associate Director at Dixon Jones, he has been responsible for a wide variety of project types and scales, including public realm. His largest and most successful role was as project architect for the £160M Quadrant 3 (2006-2011) for The Crown Estate – the largest project they had ever undertaken with Stanhope as joint development partners. Formerly the Regent Palace Hotel adjacent to Piccadilly Circus, a mixed use development of Offices, retail, residential, an energy centre, a service tunnel and extensive public realm, it was completed 4 months early and 15% below budget. It received 18 awards and is now the European / Middle East HQ for Al Gore’s Generation Investment Management, Twitter and Telefonica. It also contains Brasserie Zedel, run by Rex Restaurants (who also own The Wolseley) and is their most profitable site. It set an H&S record for the time – 2 million man hours were worked without a single reportable accident.

Anthony has also between 2014-16 been project architect for the £80M 55-91 Knightsbridge mixed use development, which is completing early next year. In 2015 he successfully completed the Marlborough Interim School in Chelsea for John Lewis in partnership with RBKC – the conversion of a 1930s warehouse in Chelsea for use as a primary school whilst the school site was rebuilt (the school has won 12 awards).

AOIFE KELLY

Associate

BArch, MArch, PGDip, ARB

Aoife joined vPPR in March 2018, becoming an Associate in 2019. She is the project architect for Haywood Court in Enfield and Killua Garden Restaurant located within the historic walled garden of a Killua Castle in Ireland. Alongside this she leads a number of residential projects and assists in developing technical packages for various schemes, including the Nursery in Lambeth and the adaption of a Grade 2 listed Sculptor’s studio in St. John’s Wood to a single family home.

She has worked previously for In-form design in New York, gaining experience in boutique retail and commercial interiors, and at de Blacam and Meagher Architects in Dublin, working on listed building refurbishment and high end residential projects. Prior to joining vPPR she practiced as an associate at Paul Archer Design Architects for six years, successfully completing multiple residential projects including an award winning extension to Slackwood Farm (a Grade 2 * listed farmhouse in Lancashire), as well as leading design teams and mentoring staff. 

Aoife graduated in architecture at the Dublin Institute of Technology and gained her professional diploma at University College Dublin. She is passionate about the details of design, the relationship between old and new and the opportunity to develop concepts at different scales throughout a project. She enjoys collaboration with other disciplines, has considerable client facing skills and substantial experience in contract administration, having led several projects from concept to completion.

LUCIE REUTER

Senior Architect

MA (Cantab), DipArch, MArch, ARB

Lucie joined vPPR in 2020 and is working on the technical design and tender stages for a range of projects, including the Nursery in Lambeth and a project at Camden Market.

After completing her studies, she gained experience in private residential, housing and exhibition design at Frederic Schwartz Architects in New York and Stickland Coombe Architects, Featherstone Associates and Skene Catling De La Peña in the UK. Prior to joining vPPR, she was an associate at Ab Rogers Design, where, over the course of eight years, she led the designs for the refurbishment and extension of a hotel in New York, several restaurant interiors, a new-build student accommodation scheme, and the Maggie’s Centre at the Royal Marsden.

Lucie studied architecture at Cambridge University and the Bartlett and completed her diploma in professional practice at the University of Westminster. She later returned to the Bartlett for a Master of Architecture to design and prototype a kinetic facade system. Experienced in designing at all scales, she is interested in digital fabrication as well as more traditional manufacturing techniques and enjoys exploring new materials and design solutions.

ALICE MAN-LING TSOI

Senior Architect

B-S-SC (Arch), DipArch, MArch, PGDip, ARB

Alice studied at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and the Mackintosh School of Architecture, and gained her diploma in professional practice at the University of Westminster. She practiced at JM Architects in Glasgow and Malcolm Fraser Architects in Edinburgh, as well as Long & Kentish Architects in London, where she worked on the Royal Academy Keeper’s House and the Durlston Castle World Heritage Gateway in Dorset. She then went on to practice at Panter Hudspith Architects in London where she worked on both Residential and Commercial projects. She has particular experience in listed building refurbishment projects and in seeing public building projects through from design conception to completion.

MICHELLE WONG

Architect

BA (Hons), MArch, PGDip, ARB

Michelle studied at the Manchester School of Architecture and the Liverpool School of Architecture, and completed her Part III at the Bartlett, UCL. During her Part II she spent one semester in the Dessau Institute of Architecture, the home of the Bauhaus. She has previously worked abroad in Penang, Malaysia and at SCDA in Singapore. She has also practiced at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands in London, where she gained experience working on large residential schemes. Having joined vPPR in 2016, she is now working on residential and mixed-use projects.

TERESA ERSKINE

Architectural Designer

BArch (Hons), DipArch

Teresa studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art where she received a Distinction. In 2016, she organised and curated a Lecture Series at the MSA, organising a line up of 10 speakers from across the globe. She has previously practiced in Liverpool, where she gained experience working on large residential schemes. Having joined vPPR in 2018, she is now working on cultural and mixed-use projects.

CHARLOTTE MOORE

Architectural Designer

BSc (Hons), MA RCA

Charlotte completed her MA in Architecture from The Royal College of Art in 2019. She worked on a series of residential projects at vPPR for two years prior to this. She gained her Part I in Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, where she won the T Alywn Memorial Travelling Scholarship. Since returning to vPPR Architects in 2019, she has been working on a visitor centre in Eastern Europe.

DIEUWKE CAPPAERT

Architectural Designer

BArch, MArch, MA

Dieuwke studied at the University of Antwerp and the ENSA Nantes, where she completed her MA in Architecture. She went on to study the MA Situated Practice at the Barlett, UCL, where she explored the interdisciplinary aspects of architecture. Dieuwke gained experience working as an illustrator and graphic designer for the Royal Academy of Arts. Since joining vPPR Architects in 2020, she has been working on a variety of residential and public projects.

JULIA PYSZKOWSKI

Architectural Designer

BSc, MArch

Julia completed her MArch at Columbia University in New York where she studied on a Fulbright Scholarship and received the Honor award for Design and Technology for her graduating Portfolio. She has previously worked on residential and public art projects in New York and Vienna, where she also received her BSc in Architecture and Urban Planning.

Julia joined vPPR Architects in 2020 and has so far been working on public projects.

DEIRDRE MCGINNIS LOPEZ

Studio Manager

Since joining vPPR in 2019, Deirdre works on marketing and sales for the studio and assists with operations.

Deirdre has a background in arts publishing and events with a focus on sales and marketing. Deirdre was responsible for all White Cube events including Frieze Art Fair and artists’ events including Gilbert & George’s Venice Biennale, 2005.

Deirdre co-founded Art & Music Publications in 2008 and was the advertising sales director for The Saatchi Gallery Magazine Art & Music, Taste Journal and HIX Magazine.

Deirdre graduated in Business Studies with French at Middlesex University.

Clients

  • 100% Design
  • Architecture Foundation
  • Barbican Gallery
  • BeFirst
  • Brick By Brick
  • Create London
  • Coca-Cola
  • Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield
  • Investec
  • Lancaster University
  • London Borough of Croydon
  • London Borough of Havering
  • London College of Fashion
  • Londonwide Developments
  • Mann’s Department Store
  • National Trust
  • Raven
  • Redchurch Street Properties
  • Second Home
  • The Science Gallery, London
  • Waltham Forest Council
  • White Cube Gallery
  • Victoria and Albert Museum

Testimonials

“We worked successfully with VPPR on Drover’s Road and several other schemes. All of these were small, difficult, constrained sites which required architectural ingenuity to release their development capacity. vPPR worked very well with the wider development team to create innovative design led solutions and successfully gain planning consent.”  Colm Lacey, Managing Director, Brick X Brick – Drover’s Road, Coldharbour Road, Thornloe Gardens

 

 

“We have worked with vPPR for several years. They have designed one spectacular house for us and are in the process of designing another one for us. Their sensitive appreciation of the possibilities and limitations of a site combined enable them to maximise the potential for any site. Whilst their aesthetic is extremely contemporary, they design houses that would be a pleasure to live in rather than just admire as an uncomfortable work of art. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend them.” Ivo Hesmondhalgh, Managing Director, Londonwide Properties PLC – Vaulted House

 

 

“It is amazing how the design allows the majority of our customers to have a great view out on to the High Street and indeed those and the front can almost feel they are sitting outside. Turnover for the first quarter exceeded our expectations by 20%. It has been easy to recruit personnel because the space is so attractive. The flexibility of design allows us to look warm and cosy in winter and cool and comfortable in the summer.” Richard Womack, Managing Director, Manns of Cranleigh – Cafe M

 

 

“We have been impressed by the energy and dedication vPPR have put into the project presenting us with exciting new ideas and original thinking at every stage of the design. From the outset they have shown strong capabilities of taking concepts through to reality placing an emphasis on various sustainable aspects of the design such as planting on the roof, natural day lighting and material choices.” Private Client – Split House

 

Awards

 

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