In 2015, we joined forces with Architecture 00. Together, we enjoy collaborating in a shared environment where strategic, urban and social designers, architects, programmers and economists practice design beyond its traditional borders. 00 work with individuals, governments, corporations and communities to solve problems and anticipate change, and to design successful platforms and places. As a studio it aims to reach beyond the design of objects themselves to the social, economic and environmental systems behind them.
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 the Architectural Review’s International Emerging Architecture Awards for our body of work, the RIBA South East Building of the Year for Ecology of Colour, the Civic Trust Awards for The Longest Bench; and the AJ Project of the Year for under £250k - along with nominations for the AJ Small Project Prize and RIBA Regional Awards - for our Belvue Woodland Classrooms.
In 2015, we joined forces with Project 00. Together with our partner companies, we enjoy collaborating in a shared environment where artists, strategists, urban and social designers, architects, programmers and economists practice design beyond traditional borders. We offer a service that combines considered enquiry, creative exploration, playful pragmatism and strategic innovation - demonstrated by a track record of delivering award–winning, sustainable projects on budget and on time.
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.
J. J. Cliff grew up in the South Yorkshire, and studied Architecture & Landscape Architecture at University of Sheffield - completing qualification of the former at University of Westminster - with a thesis focus on the role of the body in generating chance and change moments of value in design. Since joining Studio Weave, Cliff has participated in authoring a number of planning strategies, delivered several public installations and sculptures, led the development of streetscape and urbanism improvements and overseen the completion of public and workspace construction and refurbishment projects. He has worked with public and private clients; including arts organisations, business improvement districts, charities, local authorities, private clients and workspace operators.
Emaad grew up in London, Dubai and Mumbai, and studied architecture at Bath. His university projects championed the revival of making, building on cultural heritage and creating sustainable human scale places for people. He also completed a research paper examining issues of identity and innovation within the contemporary British mosque. Emaad previously worked at Alison Brooks Architects, Stonewood Design and Avanti Architects working on a whole range of residential, healthcare and education projects. He enjoys being on construction sites and has spent time as a volunteer building innovative timber structures at Hooke Park and social housing for low-income families in Costa Rica. He loves learning new things, whether picking up local phrases on his travels or getting lost in obscure trivia on the internet.
Esther studied architecture in Valladolid and Toulouse. After graduating, she worked at Oa Estudio and various other Spanish architectural offices. During this time, she combined her work as an architect with teaching and lecturing at universities in Spain and Sweden. Esther has won various competitions entered in her own time. Prior to joining Studio Weave, she also worked for PatelTaylor in London. She is currently a PhD candidate at Valladolid Univeristy.
Alice grew up in West Yorkshire, she moved to London to study architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture and went onto study her postgraduate degree at the London School Of Architecture. All her studies explored themes of community led design, participation and engagement. With a particular interest in looking at the regeneration of London’s housing estates. Between her studies she worked for Jan Kattein Architects in which she managed the build of Blue House Yard, a self built meanwhile workspace scheme on a disused car park in Haringey. Alice loves model making, DIY and wild swimming. In her own time Alice has worked on a variety of small self build art installations. From building Mushrooms from Mars at secret garden party, to living in an inflatable bubble in the Mojave desert, 1:1 making has helped to hone her skills as a designer.
David grew up in Colombia, Panama, and the United States before enduring his teenage years in Reading, Berkshire. He studied architecture and urban design at the University of Edinburgh, the Bartlett and the University of Cambridge. From a young age, he has been obsessed with short stories and mythologies - a fascination he explored in his thesis at Cambridge where he recorded the mythological spaces of the Latin American community in London. David was invited to present this work at the RIBA and in 2019 was recognised by Wallpaper+ magazine as one of the world’s most exciting architectural talents. Following a successful crowdfunding campaign and the award of a grant from the Royal Society of Arts, David and two friends designed a community plan for a Latin American market in Tottenham. The scheme was featured heavily in the press (including an interview on Italian TV!) and he was invited to present the plan at the United Nations in Geneva.
Our Wider Network
More than a design studio of professional practitioners, we are a network of collectively motivated and actively engaged, productive thinkers and doers – citizens motivated to positively shape the world around us. We have an established ecosystem of frequent and reliable specialist collaborators who we partner with where project requirements call for us to tailor a bespoke team beyond our in-house team.
Project 00, Dark Matter Labs
Joost is from and loves the Continent, where he grew up in the Netherlands. He frequently spends time in remote places such as la Andalucía profunda or Western Ukraine. When not abroad, he is involved with a wide range of projects across Studio Weave and its sister practice 00, focussing on themes like civic entrepreneurship, places of work and institutional innovation. He co-founded Impact Hub Brixton, a community innovation platform and workspace, and is a director of Impact Hub Islington. His studies across urban geopgraphy, planning and urban design took place at Utrecht University, University of Barcelona, University of California-Berkeley and the London School of Economics.
Project00, Architecture 00
We don’t know where David was born, as it was so long ago. We’re pretty sure he studied architecture, perhaps with Vitruvius. He might not be the hippest person in our team, but he sure know his stuff when it comes to getting stuff done; he’s got 5no. RIBA National Awards, and 3no. RIBA Building of the Year Awards under his belt already. As well as founding our sister studio Architecture00, he has also nurtured many ventures in the wider 00 family including Opendesk, the Impact Hubs, and Wikihouse; he certainly gets shit done. And whilst he’s happy to be remain inconspicuous behind his trademark greyness, watch out, as there’s a mischievous twinkle in his eye.
Adrian grew up in Moldova, Romania; this region is known to some for it's peculiar accent, though this is not so commonly associated with Adrian personally, given his careful miniaturisation of verbal communication. Adrian expresses rigorous self-control, implicitly emphasizing his meditative insights into the nature of life and being within it. He moved to the UK to study architecture at University of Westminster, where his personal interest in nature developed into a professional focus on environmentally conscious building design.
This focus subsequently matured after his graduation, into establishing a platform for organic farming nesteled amongs the French Alps. Together with his collective, Adrian periodically contributes to developing the site as a self-sufficent retreat; alongside working independently in the film industry as a visual effects compositor.
Caf is a writer and project manager specialising in creative community engagement and good communication. As a child Caf lived in Damascus, Brussels, Paris and London. She studied English Literature and French at the University of Sheffield and went on to do an MA in Narrative Environments at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art & Design. Caf has worked with artists, teachers, market traders, architects, planners and many more to help make places work better for the people who use them. Her professional life has seen her working with all sorts of fantastic companies and individuals who share her passion for human-centred design. Her proudest moments include interviewing Benjamin Zephaniah for the Hastings Storytelling Festival, winning a D&AD Student Award and baking a successful Guinness Cake.
Researcher (also Dark Matter Labs)
Chloe grew up in London giving her a love of all that’s urban. After studying Mathematics and Philosophy at Oxford University, and a brief stint in strategy consultancy, she went back to school to obtain a masters in Urban Design and Planning at the Bartlett. Since joining Studio Weave she’s loved working as an urban researcher, pulling together her various threads of understanding for housing associations, business improvement districts, public bodies and research organisations. Prior to joining Studio Weave, Chloe has aimed to get to know as many urban environments as possible - working for a consultancy in Paris, municipal government in Cape Town and UN-Habitat in Nairobi.
Design Review Panel
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.