Practice

Directors

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 work intelligently in complex locations. Inspired by design from both the UK and the US, we believe that architecture can and should be brave through simple, honest clarity, while still responding to local history and context. We design buildings that find opportunities in constraints, responding with elegant yet striking forms that playfully negotiate between private and communal spaces.

We work at home and abroad on projects that range from urban masterplans to private houses, from the cultural to the commercial. We find that universal principles can be applied across sectors, helping to reinvent building types to suit modern life. Housing is a passion and we not only deliver projects but also speak publicly on the subject and have been featured in major national exhibitions.

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. Our work has received critical acclaim, as well as a number of awards for both the practice and our projects. We are immersed in the design community, creating installations and teaching at some of the most prestigious schools in the country.

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 and has been leading the team working on several infill housing projects for Croydon Council in London. 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 lectures internationally with a particular emphasis on new building typologies as a means to create innovative social opportunities for existing and future communities. She has taught at Cardiff University as well as being a visiting critic at many architecture schools.

Catherine has been co-running a graduate design research studio at Columbia University studying concepts for artists’ housing.  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 in London before living for several years in New York where she worked at SOM.

JESSICA REYNOLDS

Director

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

Jessica founded vPPR with Tatiana von Preussen and Jessica Reynolds in 2009 and has led teams focusing on cultural projects including Artists’ Housing in East London, the Qingdao Cultural Centre in China and exhibition designs at White Cube and The Hepworth, Wakefield, UK. She has also led a variety of other projects including Novosibirsk Airport interior design in Russia, several infill housing projects across London and a dance centre in Wales.

She gained an M.Phil in History and Philosophy of Architecture at Cambridge University. Her research has explored the relationship of art and architecture in a variety of projects from the Fascist new towns of 1930s Italy, to Robert Motherwell’s House and Studio in the Hamptons designed by Pierre Chareau.

She is a unit master for Diploma 13 at The Architectural Association in London, which explores the relationship between health and architecture across extreme scales.   She has also been co-running 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. Jessica was an editor of Pidgin, the Princeton University School of Architecture Journal, and writes for architecture journals in London. She worked previously for Front, in New York, where she became interested in how big concepts are translated into small details.

Jessica Reynolds graduated in architecture at Cambridge University, where she was awarded the Purcell Miller Tritton Prize, and at Princeton University.

ALICE MAN-LING TSOI

Senior Architect

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.

AOIFE KELLY

Senior Architect

Aoife graduated in architecture at the Dublin Institute of Technology and gained her professional diploma at University College Dublin. 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. For six years she practiced at Paul Archer Design Architects in London as a senior architect and associate, running multiple projects from conception to completion, leading design teams and mentoring staff. She has particular experience in domestic building projects, working with listed properties and bespoke detailing.

MICHELLE WONG

Architect

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.

YIRONG LIU

Architect

Yirong studied at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University and completed her Part III at the Bartlett, UCL. She has previously worked at MAD Architects in Beijing, and at the Beijing office of German international firm gmp Architekten. Having joined vPPR in 2013 she is particularly experienced in concept design and place making.

TERESA ERSKINE

Architectural Designer

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.

CLEMENTINE HOLDEN

Architectural Assistant

Clemmie completed her BSc in Architecture from The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London in 2017. She has since gone on to work for Grimshaw Architects in London developing technical and pragmatic working methodologies on large scale infrastructure projects often sited in sensitive landscapes. Since joining vPPR Architects in she has been working on various residential and mixed-use projects.

Clients

  • 100% Design
  • Architecture Foundation
  • BeFirst
  • Brick By Brick
  • Create London
  • Coca-Cola
  • Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield
  • Investec
  • London Borough of Croydon
  • 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

Publications

Often the simplest designs are the product of the most thought and effort. Our clean, graphic architecture is the result of rigorous and exhaustive design process.

Our working methods are based around the careful alignment of two distinct sets of constraints: context and systems. Starting with historic and physical precedents, we explore the ways in which building uses and materials have changed and adapted over time. With this in mind we then apply our own series of rules to create simple solutions to complex problems.

By merging these two different ways of working, we are able to reach a harmonious conclusion.

Working three-dimensionally from the outset, we move back and forth between the plan and section of each project. The plan helps us to mediate the relationships between inside and outside spaces, creating opportunities to develop a gentle gradient of the public and private. The section allows us to form sculptural spaces that change as light moves into and through rooms.

Every member of the team is deeply concerned with the production of classic architecture that transcends trends and fashions, without becoming mundane. Our buildings are designed to be long-lasting and responsive to the changes that might occur across a single day or in the years to come. Each project is created using a blend of delicate line drawings and precise computer modelling, producing architecture that challenges the status quo.

Awards

  • Housing Design Awards 2018 (Croydon Smaller Sites Programme)
  • RIBA Award 2017 (Redchurch Street)
  • RIBA London Emerging Practice 2015
  • RIBA Award 2015 (Vaulted House)
  • RIBA House of the Year Award 2015 (Vaulted House), Finalist
  • AJ Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award 2015
  • RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2014, Finalist (Ott’s Yard)
  • RIBA Award 2014 (Ott’s Yard)
  • Ideal Home of the Year (Housebuilder/ Developer) 2014 (Ott’s Yard)
  • Housing Architect of the Year, Blue Ribbon Award 2014
  • Young Architect of the Year Award (YAYA) 2013, Finalist
  • AJ Small Projects of the Year Award 2012, Finalist