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.
Matthew and Camilla, the founders and directors of Whittaker Parsons, truly value creative collaboration; with each other, the studio’s team and with other artists and designers. Collaboration brings certain constraints, drives dialogue, pushes ideas, and leads to a successful realisation of a rich project. As a result of these collaborations, each project is highly bespoke, supported by research and an understanding of material limitations and combinations.
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.
'I have been lucky enough to work with Whittaker Parsons. Whittaker Parsons were the architects of Gentle Monster's London Argyll flagship store (opened in July 2018), and they successfully managed the project.
They were superb from the start of the project to the end of the project. Brilliant imaginative design ideas coupled with great communication and project management skills - we could not have asked for more.
They really maximized what we could do within our budget. Their design makes fantastic use of the space and light and their attention to detail on the project management side meant that the project came in on budget and the quality of the finish is really high. Their skill and hard work made what can be a really stressful process enjoyable and exciting for us.
They took the time to listen to what we wanted and produced and executed a design that totally exceeded our expectations and what we thought was possible within our budget. We are thrilled with the results.'
T.Otter & E.Clarke, 2020
'Whittaker Parsons completely redesigned the lower ground floor of our house (including moving the kitchen) and refurbished other areas including bathrooms and bedrooms.
Matthew and Camilla took time to understand what we wanted from the house and showed considerable patience in helping us to choose the final design and the contractor. The project management and communication during the building phase was excellent as was the review of the work post completion.
Throughout the whole process Whittaker Parsons were excellent - creative, patient (important for us) and highly professional in every aspect of their work. They were also a pleasure to work with. We have no hesitation in recommending their services.'
E. Francis, 2019
'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.'
J. Walker, 2016
We are always interested in hearing from talented individuals interested in joining our team. CV's should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
Whittaker Parsons Ltd is a company registered in England and Wales No.9650517 Registered Office 249 Globe Road, London, E2 0JD