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
Creative Director

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
Managing Director

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
Associate Architect

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 Knowles
Associate Architect

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.

Benjamin Powell
Architect

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.

Richard Shaw
Senior Architect

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.

Alice Williams
Architect

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’.

Polly Burn
Business Development

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 Yick
Architectural Assistant

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 Chatwin
Architectural Assistant

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 Roberts
Studio Manager

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 Ali
Visualiser

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 Keane
Architectural Assistant

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.

Henry Jones
Architect

Henry began his studies at Newcastle University in 2005 and joined LPA in 2017. More recently Henry has focused on work with developers and private clients on refurbishment and new build schemes in London and the UK residential sector. He also has considerable international experience, particularly in China, and lived in Beijing for a period in 2010. As an architect Henry enjoys navigating designing between all scales, from staircases to cities, constantly aware of the wider impact in his work.

Lorna Lovatt
Architectural Assistant

Lorna joined LPA in 2017 straight from the University of Lincoln where she completed her Part I. Lorna was drawn to LPA because of their emphasis on research as a means of sourcing a unique story for each scheme because she is particularly interested in how individual schemes relate and reflect not just to their immediate but their wider urban context.
An enthusiastic, energetic team player, Lorna has already been keeping the team on their toes by initiating and setting up 'The Studio Softball Challenge'!

Richard Carter
Architect

Rebecca Platt
Architectural Assistant

Recruiting a Marketing and Business Development Executive

31.10.2017

Lipton Plant Architects is looking for a marketing and business development executive to join its growing London practice.

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. 2017 saw us win a RIBA Award and feature on Dezeen’s Hotlist, in 2018 we have a range of exciting and challenging projects planned in a variety of sectors working with high profile, inspired clients.

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.

We are on an exciting mission and are looking for a talented business development executive to join our expanding studio and help further raise the profile of the practice.

View the full details on Dezeen

Recruiting Project Architects!

31.10.2017

Lipton Plant Architects is looking for a project architect with three+ years experience to join its growing London-based practice.

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. 2016 saw us win a RIBA Award and feature on Dezeen’s Hotlist, in 2018 we have a range of exciting and challenging projects planned in a variety of sectors working with high profile, inspired clients.

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.

We are looking for talented project architects to join our expanding studio to deliver several schemes in both the private and commercial sectors.

View the full details on Dezeen

Join us at Archikids Festival 2017

10.07.2017

On 22 & 23 July the City of London Square Mile will be overrun by mini archi-tectives discovering the iconic buildings
and hidden gems of the City, as part of the Archikids Festival 2017. Archikids is a weekend festival of free activities for
kids and their families to explore the city.

Join us on Sunday 23 July 11am – 3pm for our ‘Ping Pong Challenge’ where you can build catapults, balloon cars
and paddling boats to carry your Ping Pong safely across our engineering obstacle course

View the full programme on Open City’s website

Recruiting Part II Architects!

05.06.2017

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 balance and provide support to progress your development.

We are looking for a talented Part-II architectural assistant to join our expanding studio and be a key part of the design team, assisting on projects in both the private and commercial sectors.

View our full vacancy on Dezeen

Recruiting Project Architects!

10.04.2017

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:
work4us@lparchitects.co.uk

View our full vacancy on Dezeen

Talbot Road to feature on BBC2’s ‘The House That £100k Built’

29.03.2017

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 £100k builds.
Don’t forget to watch on Friday at 9pm! Should you miss it you can catch up on BBC iPlayer

Ugly House to Lovely House on Dezeen

13.02.2017

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 its size and budget, it’s impact on the couple’s home is huge, giving this formerly impractical property a completely new lease of life. View the feature on Dezeen

Lipton Plant at MIPIM 2017

07.02.2017

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.

Park House on the cover of The Times

06.02.2017

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 in and adding value that cannot always be measured in pounds per square foot”. In case you missed it you can see a PDF of the article at this link Park House in The Times Bricks and Mortar

Shortlist Announced Don’t Move, Improve! 2017

09.01.2017

We are delighted to have been shortlisted for this year’s Don’t Move, Improve! 2017. The two LPA submissions are The Retreat and Park House.

Don’t Move, Improve! showcases London’s best and most innovative new home extensions. A multitude of design solutions were submitted and a record number of entries, 120, were received.

Don’t Move, Improve! is organised by New London Architecture (NLA) an independent forum dedicated to new architecture and construction and the Royal Institute of British Architects. The overall winners will be revealed at an reception at The Building Centre in London on 26 January 2017.

Judges included Dezeen editor Amy Frearson, NLA chairman Peter Murray, architect Carl Turner, Ash Sakula co-founder Cany Ash and Levitt Bernstein co-director Jo McCafferty.

A free exhibition of all Don’t Move, Improve! 120 submitted designs will be unveiled at the same time as the reception and will run from 27 January to 29 March.
View the final shortlist on NLA Website

WE’RE HOT! LPA on Dezeen’s Hot List 2016

10.11.2016

We are thrilled to announce that we are part of Dezeen’s first ever Hot List! The highly anticipated global survey sees us feature alongside key forces and emerging players across the creative industries. The news was celebrated at a launch party attended by fellow hot-listers on the rooftop of the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch where accolades were awarded by Marcus Fairs, founder and editor-in-chief at Dezeen. Read More

The Bath House Commended at NLA Awards 2016

08.07.2016

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 the industry.

View the full announcement here on the NLA website

Recruiting Senior Project Architect

17.05.2016

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. In 2016 we have a range of exciting and challenging projects planned in a variety of sectors working with high profile, inspired clients. You may have recently seen our schemes on BBC 2’s £100k House: Tricks of the Trade, Channel 4‘s Ugly House to Lovely House, featured in Architects Journal and winner of a RIBA Award 2016. Read More

Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 – Fringe Partner

12.05.2016

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 on the theme of ‘BUILDING THE STORY: Process in Art & Architecture – Sourcing and Creating Narratives’.

Talk 4.30pm-6pm, Private View 6pm–8pm

For more information view our Fringe listing on Clerkenwell Design Week 2016 website

 

Lipton Plant Architects Win RIBA London Award 2016!

04.05.2016

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 simple creative design intervention has the ability to not only radically transform a space; but also to have a profound effect on the well-being of the children and staff who use the nursery. The Bath House was recently awarded and recognised as an outstanding nursery by Ofsted.’

Read the full announcement on architecture.com

Ugly House to Lovely House Screening Event

04.03.2016

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 see the episode here on All 4

The Bath House shortlisted for RIBA Awards 2016

03.03.2016

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 and view the project here

Lipton Plant to feature on BBC2’s £100k House: Tricks of the Trade

24.02.2016

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 Clonbrock Road is shown as inspiration of what can be achieved with ingenious solutions and big ideas on a tight budget.

The episode airs on Wednesday 2nd March at 8pm on BBC2. Catch the series on the BBC iPlayer

Lipton Plant to feature on Channel 4’s Ugly House to Lovely House with George Clark

22.02.2016

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 really meets their needs, that they are excited and even proud of.

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.

As the bespoke and highly designed extension develops it provokes a challenging, inspiring and surprising journey both practically and emotionally for everyone involved. This episode airs on Thursday 3rd March at 8pm on Channel 4. Catch the series on All 4

LPA hosts a lively ‘Revuesday’ for #LDF15

22.09.2015

We had a great debate in this morning’s ‘Revuesday’, with Ben presenting a scheme at a key stage of design development which is a few weeks away from being submitted for planning. The proposal triggered a collaborative debate regarding the current design, which features a ‘pinched’ façade resulting in dramatic light and views from within. Read More

LPA Shortlisted for the AJ Retrofit Awards

22.08.2015

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 and externally providing additional and better accommodation along with vastly improved external landscaping improving both the amenity and outlook of all of the apartments. The significant upgrading of the environmental performance has been a key consideration in ensuring the long term future of the building.

Granville Road used for inspiration on ‘The House That £100k Built’

06.08.2015

The studio is buzzing with the news that our project at Granville Road was used for inspiration on BBC's 'The House that £100k Built' earlier this week. The show features Jo'ann and Andy who are trying to build a home that won't produce a heating or electricity bill, while keeping within a restrictive £100k budget. Read More

Chelsea Embankment starts to make headlines

03.08.2015

The team’s stunning transformation of Wentworth House, a grand mansion house located on London’s Chelsea embankment overlooking the Thames, was featured in the New Homes section of the Evening Standard Homes and Property supplement.This exciting luxury scheme is sure to grab attention and capture the imagination. Read More

A successful weekend at the Archikids Festival

27.07.2015

Lipton Plant had a great time hosting the 'Ping Pong Challenge' for the Archikids Festival over the weekend. We had a fantastic turnout despite the windy conditions with hundreds of budding engineers and designers building catapults, cars and boats to race around our obstacle course outside the London Gherkin. Read More

WE’RE RECRUITING

10.07.2015

We’re looking for exceptionally creative architects to join the team. The roles we are looking to fulfil will require successful candidates to; Read More

Shaping the latest chapter

15.06.2015

Lipton Plant are featured in the July edition of Angel Resident magazine. Ed Lipton looks back over the last 13 years of working in Islington and the evolution and growth of the practice. Read More

Much better than Speed Dating

22.05.2015

LPA opened its doors to the public on Thursday afternoon for Clerkenwell Design Week. The team hosted a ‘Speed Architecting’ event for guests to challenge the team with their design conundrums. Read More

Reaching for the Sky… Garden

13.04.2015

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 this remarkable City. A gorgeous clear blue sky provided the perfect backdrop as we headed up to the ‘’Walkie Talkie’’ The now infamous building has received something of a mixed reaction from the public, and some of our team seemed no different. However, the architectural qualities were easy to appreciate the closer we got, and it was even harder not to smile after whooshing up in the lift and walking out onto the 35th floor balcony for the first time. From this viewpoint, you can really appreciate the wonderful variety and contrasts of urban London’s many centuries of architectural evolution. Quite mesmerising; the breakfast was rather lovely too.

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