On The 23.06.2017
Some of the LPA team enjoying an evening on the rooftop of Smiths of Smithfield
LPA’s Creative Strategy is built on the premise that a clear brief guarantees greater vision. From the very start of the process an actively collaborative approach to our colleagues and our clients secures greater understanding and respect and ensures relationships and results of the highest possible value. Evolved through dialogue, research, recording and responding, by ‘interrogating’ both the site and our clients, the LPA process offers each project the input of our clients, all the architects in the studio and the supervision of the directors.
The often minimal original brief, what we call ‘the primary/functional requirements’, is a sparse springboard. LPA’s believe this is crucial time to go into greater depth…
… LPA abide by a second stage brief which is evolved in close collaboration with the client. Each individual brief is as unique as its source of inspiration is specific. The brief is developed and fine-tuned till it becomes an identifiable ‘Site-Specific-Story’ a ‘Concept Container’ that provides the challenging and creative framework to work within; to push against and to fully explore. This is written up and signed off by the architects, clients and user, before the design process is permitted to begin.
Our responsive, thorough, Creative Strategy demands greater collaboration, investigation and dialogue from LPA, the client, from the space and its context. This guarantees LPA’s clients a bespoke, site-specific result that is recognizably original, intelligently resolved, aesthetic, enduring and valuable.
Edward Lipton cofounded Lipton Plant Architects with Jonathan Plant in 2002.
As Creative Director since 2012 he drives the vision of the studio. Most engaged when working on solving problems with the entire team of architects at one of LPA’s ‘Revuesdays’, Ed’s belief in the power of architecture, his lateral line of enquiry and creative pragmatism steers the team in maximising the potential of every brief. His tenacious approach can be seen in action as one of 5 chosen architects in Channel 4’s ‘Ugly House to Lovely House’. Ed led the studio’s widely publicised 2016 RIBA award winning scheme ‘The Bath House Children’s Community Centre’ in Hackney which epitomises LPA’s Creative Strategy.
Jonathan Plant cofounded Lipton Plant Architects with Edward Lipton in 2002.
At the helm of the business, Jonathan is Managing Director of LPA leading the managerial and organisational side of the practice since 2012. Supportive and effective at steering the team both creatively and practically, every scheme LPA studio takes on, Jonathan ensures clients and colleagues, confidently and successfully go beyond the original objectives. Jonathan’s approach has been crucial in LPA’s growth and development and its track record in delivery. Jonathan has lead on some of the studio’s most significant schemes, including award winning Alwyn Place.
David Crosthwait has been an LPA Associate since 2014
Having gained valuable experience at Farrells Architects, David joined LPA from Brill and Owen Architects where his role as Associate Partner saw him manage a catalogue of high end residential schemes for developers and private clients. David has a particular interest in international regeneration projects and historic buildings.
Katie was made Associate in 2015 and advises on a wide spectrum and scale of projects from differing sectors. With a highly personable and collaborative style and a sharp eye for detail, Katie’s experience provides clients and the studio with diverse and invaluable expertise.
Katie also actively promotes the importance of architecture both within schools and with the general public, most recently collaborating in Open City’s Architecture in Schools programme and Structure Rocks.
Richard joined Lipton Plant Architects in 2010. A graduate of Nottingham University, he had previously been an Associate with a London practice specialising in contemporary residential work. Qualifying in 2004, he has a wealth of experience working for both private clients and developers across a range of project scales. Richard has been involved on a RIBA competition winning scheme and has had work shortlisted for a number of awards and been widely published, including being featured in Wallpaper* Magazine’s Design Directory in 2007.
Ben studied for his part II at Oxford Brookes where upon successful completion he went on to obtain a master’s degree in International Regeneration and Development. More recently he completed his professional qualifications at Westminster University. Prior to joining Lipton Plant, Ben worked for many years in a practice specialising in historic building conservation, giving him an eye for careful detailing and sensitive interventions. Ben believes in a people-centred approach to architecture and encourages dialogue throughout the design process.
Alice joined LPA in 2014 straight from university and qualified as an architect in 2015. Feeling very much a part of such an effective forum to create ambitious and contextualised design solutions, Alice's infectiously enthusiastic and creative approach suits LPA’s culture of collaboration. With experience prior to LPA of bespoke small scale residential schemes she particularly enjoyed her role as Studio Project Architect collaborating with Ed Lipton for Channel 4’s ‘Ugly House to Lovely House’.
Jonathan re-joins the team after having recently completed his Masters of Architecture at the Welsh School of Architecture. Having worked on a number of high profile projects, Jonathan hopes to combine his architectural experience with a passion for making, bringing a particular interest in materials and process driven design. With a background in art and design, Jonathan’s sculpture and installations have featured in the Architectural Review and at the London Festival of Architecture.
Polly recently joined LPA as lead in business development, with 4 years previous experience within the commercial sector of the Construction Industry, including working with the construction team on the demolition and rebuild of 48 Leicester Square and winning the estate development project at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Polly supports the team in ensuring LPA’s recognisable brand presence, furthers LPA’s access to the industry and is the energetic and essential conduit in creating and developing new business for LPA.
Addison joined Lipton Plant Architects in 2016 having graduated with his RIBA Part ll (AA Diploma) from the Architectural Association. He has a particular interest in architectural narratives and crafted spaces. He has previously worked on a number of high profile projects internationally including an 80,000 m2 mixed-use development in Beijing and a winning scheme on an invited competition in Busan, Korea.
Robin joined Lipton Plant Architects in 2016 having previously been at Allies and Morrison Architects working on the regeneration of Elephant and Castle. He studied for his undergraduate degree at the University of Bath where he also gained valuable experience at practices in Bath and Manchester. Now, he is studying part-time for his Masters at the newly founded London School of Architecture where LPA are a proud member of the Practice Network. He is currently researching commercial office buildings and the changing nature of work.
Charmaine joined LPA in 2016 with 7 years experience in the architecture industry. Having completed her Part I she has worked for both large and small practices and brings a wealth of knowledge to her role as practice manager. Charmaine provides day to day support to the directors and team whilst ensuring the smooth running of the studio and promoting the practice through the media, awards and events. She enjoys her multi-faceted role and has a particular interest in the design oriented culture of the practice.
Talal has recently joined LPA in 2017 and has over 5 years experience working in the architectural and consultancy industry, creating renders and animations from small developments to large scale commercial buildings. Talal’s passion and enthusiasm for creativity and visualisation aides LPA through the design process, helping the team to envision the outcome of their own creations.
Ronan completed his degree at the Dublin School of Architecture, with a period of his education spent in Barcelona. He has gained valuable experience across a variety of scales and disciplines, working on a number of high profile and award winning residential schemes in London. Ronan has a particular interest in working with existing buildings and this is closely routed to his pursuit of an architecture that is responsive to its context.
Some of the LPA team enjoying an evening on the rooftop of Smiths of Smithfield
Lipton Plant Architects are an ambitious award winning practice based in Clerkenwell, London. Our considered designs are motivated by values and fuelled by dialogue with people and place. We have a range of exciting and challenging projects planned in a variety of sectors.
We are a dedicated, sociable office, with a creative and motivated atmosphere. We encourage a healthy work/life… more
Wednesday 24th May, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
As part of Clerkenwell Design Week 2017 we’re opening our studio to the public on 24th May. Our fringe event will see Directors Edward Lipton and Jonathan Plant discuss their particular approach featuring current and forthcoming schemes. Join us to meet the team and discuss live projects.
We are looking for talented Project Architects to join our expanding studio to deliver several schemes in both the private and commercial sectors.
We are a dedicated, sociable office, with a creative and motivated atmosphere. We encourage a healthy work/life balance and provide support to progress your development.
Please submit a digital copy of your CV and portfolio to:
Lipton Plant’s Talbot Road project will feature on BBC2’s The House That £100k Built on Friday the 31st of March at 9pm.
The programme follows self builders as they take on the biggest gamble of their lives trying to build a house for less than £100k.
Talbot Road features as an aspirational project to stimulate ideas which could influence elements of the… more
Championing the power of great architecture by transforming undervalued and unloved British housing stock, Lipton Plant featured on Channel 4’s ‘Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clark.’ Co-Director, Ed Lipton was selected as one of five top British architects, who each grappled with redesigning an ‘ugly’ house. Although this might be a fairly modest extension both in terms of… more
Lipton Plant Architects are delighted to announce that we will be visiting MIPIM Cannes for the first time this year! We are very excited about meeting with current partners and formulating new.
We are delighted to be featured on the front cover of the latest edition of Bricks & Mortar in The Times. Over a million readers viewed our NLA ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ Award Shortlisted scheme Park House and Granville Road.
Jonathan Plant has shared some of his knowledge from being in practice for 15 years at LPA. “Architecture is about creating better spaces to live… more
We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this year’s Don't Move, Improve! 2017. The two LPA submissions are: more
Join Lipton Plant Architects and build catapults, balloon cars and paddling boats to carry your Ping Pong ball safely across our engineering-obstacle course!
When: Saturday 23rd July
Location: 30 St Mary Axe Plaza, EC3A 8EP
The Bath House Children’s Community Centre has received a Commendation at the New London Architecture Awards 2016 in the Education category!
The annual awards is organised and hosted by New London Architecture to celebrate the best architecture and development recently completed or in design across the capital. The ceremony was held at The Guildhall and attended by over 700 people from… more
Award Winning practice Lipton Plant Architects opens its studio doors.
On the 24th May from 10.00am-11.30am you will have the opportunity join in the action for their weekly Design Review and discuss a live project.
On the 25th May Lipton Plant Architects will exhibit their work alongside two artists, Di Taylor and Hermione Allsopp and chair a talk with them… more
Our scheme for The Bath House Children’s Community Centre has been awarded the RIBA London Awards 2016 in the education category.
RIBA Judges stated “The refurbishment work at The Bath House Children’s Community Centre, is a low budget tour de force. The architect’s intervention has provided something special, a poetic intervention…”
The panel also noted that ‘This project demonstrates how a… more
Ugly House to Lovely House see’s Edward Lipton visit our NLA ‘Don’t Move, Improve!’ shortlisted project Talbot Road. Ed walks us through the project while describing the way Lipton Plant Architects approach a scheme and collaborate with clients to create homes which exceed their expectations. See the episode here on All 4… more
We had a full house in the studio on Thursday evening to watch Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke. We invited clients, consultants and everyone involved on the project to join us for pizza and beer while Edward made his TV architect debut, a great night enjoyed by all! For those of you that missed it you can… more
Did you see Edward Lipton on Channel 4’s Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clarke? Our bright orange windows, brick door and pink bathroom pod have sparked debate on social media! We have had fantastic feedback from the episode, thank you to everyone who has got in touch to congratulate us. You can see the episode here… more
CHANNEL 4 8PM
Ed Lipton leads us through his approach and process as a design evolves to transform a 1970’s semi-detached house deeply rooted within the suburbs of Wokingham.
Preview a clip of the episode on Channel 4 here
Our extension and transformation of The Bath House Children’s Community Centre in north London has been shortlisted for an RIBA Award. We originated an idea that revolved around a central tree-like form, an intricate structure that connects the ground floor, a now expansive open-plan multi-purpose space, with the top of the tree. View the announcement on the RIBA website… more
Clonbrock Road will feature on the BBC series ‘£100k House: Tricks of the Trade’, the series sees Kieran and Piers coming to the aid of homeowners as they take on ambitious building projects. The challenge is to create an extraordinary home out of the one they already have on a modest budget.
Our transformation of a 1950’s semi-detached property on… more
Channel 4’s new series ‘Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clark’ champions the power of great architecture by transforming undervalued and unloved British housing stock. It starts Thursday 25th February at 8pm.
In each show a different architect grapples with the “ugliness” of the house they are allocated. Their goal is to remodel the owner’s building into a home that… more
With the growing spectre of a London housing crisis looming, we are rethinking shared living and considering how best to improve residential density, without meaningful loss of privacy or quality, through connected design. more
We are delighted to have had our Embassy Lodge housing scheme shortlisted for this year’s Architect’s Journal Retrofit Awards. The 18 unit residential development has been shortlisted in the Housing category for exemplifying how to take a seemingly run down 1960’s block and transform it through clever design to provide high quality modern accommodation. The building has been transformed internally… more
We’re looking for exceptionally creative architects to join the team.
The roles we are looking to fulfil will require successful candidates to; more
For the latest edition of Roaming Revues-day, the Team headed into the Square Mile to enjoy breakfast at Darwin’s brasserie, in the Sky Garden of Vinoly’s 20 Fenchurch Street. We met nearby on Pudding Lane and ignored our appetite for a few minutes to first consider the rich history that’s to be found when walking just a few yards in… more