We are Whittaker Parsons, architects who build less and design better. We make our buildings well, with worth and foresight.

Based in east London, we help homeowners, likeminded developers, cultural and commercial organisations to solve space problems and build with balance. Our work ranges from pavilions to private homes, community centres to concept stores, all of them the product of a principled, resourceful approach.

We make well. We find healthy and progressive materials, optimise the way they are put together and build with great technique to make buildings loved by their users and communities.

We find worth. Our experience shows us that the best buildings unfold from a bespoke and enjoyably energetic design process where every person’s views are valued, all opportunities are uncovered, and we get the very best out of the resources we use.

We see further. We build the kind of architecture we’d like others to build too: future-facing projects where the architects are more broadly accountable for their actions, and lean, pragmatic, beautiful buildings that last longer, use less – and feel just right.

Matthew Whittaker

BArch DipArch ARB

Matthew is fascinated with the tectonics, craft and buildability of architecture. He has a meticulous eye for detail and leads the studio’s material research.

Having worked for various prestigious practices in London and South Korea, his most notable experience was working on the Tate St.Ive’s extension while an associate at Jamie Fobert Architects, which was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2018.  Committed to improving access to architecture, Matthew teaches final-year design at the London School of Architecture, having previously taught at Kingston University. He has also mentored in the Accelerate Programme.

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Camilla Parsons

BArch (Hons) DipArch ARB RIBA

Camilla is committed to getting the best out of what exists already and ensuring anything added is optimised. Camilla leads the studio’s efforts to reduce operational energy and carbon emissions.

Before founding WP, she worked for award-winning practices in London and Scotland, working on the National Trust Mottisfont Abbey Visitor Centre and the Palace of Holyroodhouse.  Camilla sits on the Architects’ Journal Architecture Awards Judging Panel, guest critiques, speaks and runs workshops with school children across the capital.

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Whittaker Parsons

Building Design Young Architect’s of the Year 2023 — Finalist

Naked House

Dezeen Awards 2021 — Sustainable Interior — Longlisted

Don't Move Improve 2021 — House Transformation — Featured

House for a Doctor

Don't Move Improve 2022 — Home Transformation — Longlisted

Corner Fold House

Architects' Journal Architecture Awards 2023 — Project under £500,000 — Winner

Brick Awards 2023 — Individual Development — Shortlisted

RIBA London Awards 2024 — Shortlisted

Gentle Monster

FRAME Awards 2019 — Single-Brand Store of the Year — Winner

Larch Loft

Dezeen Awards 2023 — Sustainable Interior — Longlisted