Established in 2001 LAB Architects is an RIBA Chartered Practice based in London.
At Lab we believe that all buildings are about people; how we live and work now and how we would like to do so in the future.
Our projects over time have been varied in nature and scale, from undertaking design consultancy for the Organizing Committee of the London Olympic Games, to schemes for restaurants, art studios, boats, offices and photographer’s studios.
Our enthusiastic and creative team work collaboratively from our inspiring studio location.
We continually explore new forms, emphasising materiality, light and spatial flow , with the intention of unlocking the unique potential of each and every project. We take our client’s original objectives through a phased process, providing a framework to organise ideas and bring these ideas forward into tangible form.
A significant proportion of our present commissions are for exceptional private residential projects, usually by personal referral from one client to the next. We see a confident and agreeable relationship with all members of the project team, from client to building makers, as the foundation of the successful delivery of these and all our future projects.
If Alistair had a motto it would be " Work hard and be nice to people" this reflects his dedicated commitment to the job at hand and the value he places on confident effective working relationships.
Alistair graduated from Westminster University London in 1996 working initially for RHWL Architects in Covent Garden, designing a number of high profile arts and education buildings including the Malvern and Saddler’s Wells Theatres and school buildings such as Christ’s Hospital School in West Sussex. These projects required sharp design sensibility and a sophisticated comprehension of the clients’ requirements, both with respect to design criteria and financial boundaries.
During the fourteen years since establishing Lab, Alistair has honed these skills, winning the confidence of interesting, diverse and exacting clients and bringing forward their unique projects to successful completion. The majority of these commissions have been either through personal referrals or repeat commissions, a valuable testament to the importance placed by Alistair and the practice as a whole, on developing and maintaining a down to earth and positive relationship throughout the challenging but rewarding journey of commissioning bespoke and beautiful buildings.
Claire , having graduated from Kingston University in 1996, gained experience working for HOK ((now Populous) in their London and Sydney offices on large scale projects including as an Overlay and interiors consultant on the 2000 Sydney Olympic Overlay and Stadium and the redevelopment of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club Centre Court, Wimbledon, where she was involved in the development of the new roof, debenture and hospitality facilities. Since establishing Lab with Alistair in 2002 Claire has brought the experience of running a team on large scale projects to managing this small dynamic practice. She values close collaborative relationships with clients, interpreting their requirements to find practical and inspiring solutions.
Since graduating from the Lisbon Lusíada University of Architecture in 2000 where he was awarded is five year Master diploma degree, David has gained a vast range of experience. Firstly working for TABA architects in Lisbon developing mainly residential buildings he was then recruited in 2004 by Vale do Lobo's Design Studio in the Algarve for the challenging task of preparing the renovation projects for the resorts public and commercial spaces. On returning to Lisbon he joined the OMEP construction company performing duties as project manager where he was involved in large scale buildings projects and gathered enriching experience supervising construction sites. As an independent worker he focused on renovation and new built residential projects but also had the opportunity to be involved in enthusiastic urban planning developments. David joined LAB Architects in 2014 to further his architectural skills and work site supervision experience.
Aga has a double Master's degree (MSc, MArch) in Architecture and Urban Planning, having completing her studies at the University of Fine Arts in Poznan in conjunction with Poznan University of Technology in 2008. During 2008-2009 she was an Erasmus student of the international education project in Fachhochschule Potsdam, Germany. She also graduated from the University of Fine Arts in Poznan with a Master Degree (MA) in Industrial Design in 2010. Post qualification, Aga initially worked for the architectural and design practice anOther Architect in Berlin. After she moved to London she worked with DOSarchitects and she was involved in several projects of various types and scales, from small residential buildings to large scale competition projects. Aga joined Lab Architects in 2011 and pursue her interest in contemporary design and develop towards her qualification as an architect.
Annie has recently been awarded her Part III and is now a qualified RIBA Architect. Annie joined Lab Architects in 2013 having completed her Part II studies in 2012 and then travelled around the world for a year. She gained her Bachelors Degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Architecture in Edinburgh, at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University respectively. She has previously worked as a Part I Architectural Assistant at Geddes Architects where she worked on large scale commercial projects both in the UK and abroad.
Since graduating from Sydney’s University of Technology with a degree in interior design, Julia has pursued a diverse career spanning a broad range of residential and commercial projects around the world. From boutique firms to large commercial practices, Julia has been exposed to varying complexities of projects, clients and budgets, all of which have contributed to her fresh and flexible approach to each new venture.
Originally arriving in London in 1999, her early years saw her tackle large scale sports projects with Populous (formerly HOK Sport) working on high profile venues including Emirates Stadium. Her relationship with Populous has continued over the years with regular consultancy work on international projects with their Brisbane and Sydney offices.
Her sports work was followed by contrasting experiences in boutique design firms at the other end of the spectrum including a luxury resort development in Brazil and high end residential work in London.
Following almost eight years in Australia working on high end residential, boutique workplace, healthcare and sports projects, Julia returned to London and is enjoying working on high end residential environments with Lab Architects.
From conception to completion we are dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our clients. Referring to Lab Architects, Lucy Denyer, in her Sunday Times Little Black Book said “If you want an architect who will do all the hard work for you, Alistair is your man”.
To this end we have honed our architectural services to a bespoke version of the RIBA plan of work, which from experience best reflects the required stages of work.
We start with appraisal and development of the brief, to define the possibilities and maximize the potential of each project.
The design development stage allows the established principles of concept design to be thoroughly worked through to bring forward an effective and thoroughly resolved solution.
When it comes to the statutory consents, planning, listed building consent and building control we have 14 years of specific experience putting together documentation on our clients behalf with an enviable success rate.
Following this, the proposals are taken through to the technical design phase where the specifications and schedules are produced to provide sufficient information for costing and build-ability.
During the tender and construction stage of the works we assist with the analysis of the tender returns and the selection of the teams best suited to undertake the construction work. We very much like to maintain an effective working presence on site, communicating with the building makers and administering the building contract to ensure every last detail is worked through, understood and executed in an exacting fashion.
Where required, we offer additional services of project management and interior design.