Whittaker Parsons was founded in 2015 by Matthew Whittaker and Camilla Parsons, based in East London, both directors have previously worked for highly acclaimed practices and projects. Matthew led the Stirling Prize Nominated Extension to Tate St.Ives at Jamie Fobert Architects while Camilla worked on the RIBA Award Winning Mottisfont Abbey Visitor Centre for the National Trust at Burd Haward Architects and was a conservation advisor for the Natural History Museum Central Hall Program.
Since its first commission Whittaker Parsons has grown and evolved into a practice with a wide and varied portfolio, working with a diverse range of clients; from private homeowners to leading artists and international retailers. In their diversity the projects stay connected through an interest in an architecture which is constructed with a detailed understanding of context: architectural heritage; cultural; physical; economic and social circumstances.
With a background in conservation and the radical transformation of existing buildings, the studio prides itself in making bold yet careful and considerate interventions. The studio’s consistent analytical and intuitive methodology produces designs which are highly contextual and unique to its place and users. The studio aims to achieve a delicate balance between conservation and intervention; keeping the existing building occupied and significant while maintaining and enriching it.
Whittaker Parsons is a RIBA Chartered Practice.
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Matthew studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and the Cass School of Art. He completed his diploma with distinction in 2009 under the tutelage of Florian Beigel and Phillip Christou, winning the prize for best diploma portfolio.
Matthew has a wide range of experience working with a host of highly acclaimed architectural practices in the UK and abroad. After graduating, he joined Maccreanor Lavington Architects and was part of the design team who worked on the Olympic Legacy Masterplan. He then joined Caruso St John Architects to work on the RIBA Award-winning refurbishment of Tate Britain. Following this, he lived in Seoul South Korea and worked for Seung H Sang. On his return to London, he joined Jamie Fobert Architects where he became an associate and worked on a range of projects from private houses, high-end retail schemes and the refurbishment to Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge. Most notably Matthew led the £20million extension to the Tate St Ives which won the Art Fund Museum of the Year 2018 and was shortlisted for the RIBA Sterling Prize 2018.
Camilla studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, completing her diploma in 2009 gaining a GIA Special Mention for her thesis.
Camilla has worked for a number of award-winning architectural practices, gaining a wide range of experience in the cultural, education and residential sectors. Throughout her studies, she worked for Groves Raines Architects gaining considerable experience in the conservation of historic buildings across Scotland. She returned to her native London in 2010 and worked at Burd Haward Architects, on projects such as the Bluebell House and the RIBA Award Winning Mottisfont Abbey Visitor Centre for the National Trust. She was also the Project Architect for the cultural master plan for the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh. Following this experience, she joined Purcell where she worked on the master plan for the Royal Observatory Greenwich and was part of the conservation team for the Natural History Museum central hall program.
Camilla has developed a careful and methodical approach that can often result in finding architectural solutions in radical and unexpected ways. She is interested in how materials and craftsmanship come together to make buildings for the long term.
'Whittaker Parsons designed an extension to our home. This included remodelling the ground floor, a new kitchen and bathroom, and hard landscaping in the garden. They have also overseen the tendering process and project managed the first phase of the work. Their design exceeded our expectations - as well as a great understanding of how spaces work and an ability to solve problems they also introduced materials and fittings that have made a real difference to the final design. Throughout the build, Whittaker Parsons kept a focus on high quality finish as well as budget control - managing the balance between these to make sure that the end product matched the initial specification. Overall, we have been extremely impressed with all areas of their work and wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.'
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Whittaker Parsons Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales No.9650517 Registered Office 249 Globe Road, London, E2 0JD