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.

Process

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.

Biographies

TATIANA VON PREUSSEN

Director

MA(Cantab), MArch, ARB/RIBA

Tatiana von Preussen graduated in architecture at Cambridge University and Columbia University, where she was awarded the New York Society of Architects Award. She worked previously for Field Operations, in New York, on the construction of The High Line park and, in London, at Stanton Williams Architects and Stephen Taylor Architects. She taught third year studio at Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture with Jeffrey Inaba and an Intermediate studio at the Architectural Association with Maria Fedorchenko.

CATHERINE PEASE

Director

MA(Cantab), AA Dip, ARB/RIBA

Catherine Pease graduated in architecture at Cambridge University and the Architectural Association in London. She practiced at Dive Architects in London where she worked on wide range of residential, commercial and community projects. She was then employed at Skidmore, Owings and Merrill in New York where she was on the design team for the new Mumbai International Airport. She also worked on several competitions for Lindy Roy in New York. She has acted as critic at Cambridge and Columbia Universities and the Architectural Association and has taught a design studio at Cardiff University.

JESSICA REYNOLDS

Director

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

Jessica Reynolds graduated in architecture at Cambridge University, where she was awarded the Purcell Miller Tritton Prize, and at Princeton University. She worked at van Heyningen and Haward Architects in London and at facade design practice Front in New York. In addition to practicing architecture, she gained an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of architecture at Cambridge University, and a Media and Modernity certificate at Princeton University. She was editor of Pidgin, the Princeton University School of Architecture Journal, and has taught at Princeton University, Pratt Institute and Cardiff University. She currently teaches Diploma 13 at The Architectural Association, and writes for architecture journals in London.

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.

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.

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.

CHARLOTTE MOORE

Architectural Designer

Charlotte studied at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, where she won the T Alywn Memorial Travelling Scholarship. She has previously worked with Tord Boontje, a furniture and industrial product designer, helping to build an “enchanted” exhibition space for the LDW 2014, as well as Richard Weston, with whom she developed designs for a series of ceramic tiles which documented the lost native wildflower species of the UK.

MILENA SOBANSKI

Senior Designer

Milena completed her architectural training at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich and the University of Karlsruhe in Germany, where her diploma thesis explored the theme of vertical living in dense cities. She has previously worked for Durrer Linggi Architects in Zurich, where her focus was on affordable housing for the elderly. She has also practiced at Florian Krieger – Architektur und Stadtebau in Darmstadt where she worked on a competition for the Museum of Bavarian History, and the conversion of the Turley Barracks into new housing.

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.

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.

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