Dr. Jan Kattein is a highly qualified designer with 12 years experience working on a range of projects at the intersection between architecture and the city. Before setting up his own studio he worked at Jestico + Whiles and Peter Barber Architects where he was project architect for the multiple award-winning Donnybrook housing project in Bow and the £20 Mio. Tanner Street Quarter in the Thames Gateway. Jan has extensive experience with public sector projects and fosters a number of long term working relationships with local authorities in London. He has worked with Camden since 2005 and has provided innovative space management training to more than 200 LA housing officers throughout London. A lot of the work at JKA is in the public domain and depends on stakeholder participation and buy-in. Jan Kattein has 12 years of experience in consulting and engaging stakeholders including residents, trader’s associations, vendors and Councillors.
Jan’s position as a part-time lecturer at UCL and his award winning research into architectural practice helps to ensure that the practice is always at the forefront of innovative technologies, sustainability, new design trends and collaborative working methods. His book The Architecture Chronicle, Diary of an Architectural Practice will be published by Ashgate in 2014.
Chrysanthe Staikopoulou is an architect with postgraduate studies at the Bartlett, UCL and at the Royal College of Art. She has worked on a variety of Urban Design and Strategy projects as well as interior design commercial projects. While at East she worked on TFL’s Streetscape Guidance aiming to streamline urban design policies across London and was project running the Pride in Derwent Parade Project, where she designed bespoke lighting, seating paving and urban tree planting. She has commercial interior projects experience and has designed for Habitat and Fitness First while at Antarchitecture and for a Soho Post-production company while at Gregory Phillips Architects. Since graduating Chrysanthe has had teaching roles in Architecture and Interior Archtitecture at the University of Wesminster, the University of Greenwich as well as short courses at the Bartlett, UCL and the Architectural Association.
Negin Ghorbani Moghaddam studied architecture at the Bartlett School, University College London where her outstanding design work won a KPF Award and also the Leverhulme Trust Bursary. Negin has extensive experience working for the public sector. She has worked on a range of urban design, social housing and homeless projects at Adam’s & Sutherland and BD Housing Architect of the Year 2011 award winner Peter Barber Architects. Before joining JKA she worked at Elemental in Chile on an urban research commission and was involved in post earth-quake reconstruction efforts in Constitucion. Negin has experience working with communities including in special needs and international contexts. At JKA Negin has been running the Branding Lab – an innovative pilot scheme in Waltham Forest partnering groups of design students with shopkeepers to transform the public image of their businesses in the high street.
Anthony Staples studied architecture at the Bartlett School, University College London where he was awarded a Merit in his MArch Thesis. Before joining Jan Kattein Architects in 2009, Anthony worked for Svendborg Architects in Copenhagen and the multidisciplinary design practice Metaphor in London.
Anthony has extensive knowledge of construction, site supervision and contract management on a wide variety of project types and scales. While at Metaphor he was project lead for the delivery of the Hardwick Park Landscape Project, responsible for design and build of specialist exhibitions at the Victoria & Albert Museum and part of the design team for the Stirling Prize nominated Ashmolean Museum. At Jan Kattein Architects, Anthony was appointed project lead for the High Road Leyton Shopfronts scheme for Waltham Forest Council. He managed the project throughout all work stages including consultation, design, planning, building regulations, tender and quality control. The project showcased his understanding of construction alongside managing complex client stakeholder relationships.
Sinan Pirie has degrees in both Architecture and History & Sociology. His architecture masters dissertation won the History & Theory Prize for Distinguished work in History and Theory and he received a distinction for his Design and Realisation technical study. Furthering a keen interest in community engagement his final year design project at UCL developed a series of high density infrastructures for urban self-build, empowering end users and providing an alternative collaborative housing delivery model.
Sinan’s professional experience includes work at Iredale Pedersen Hook Architects in Perth, Australia where he was involved in delivering a number of urbanism, residential and social housing projects, additionally teaching at Curtin University and the University of West Australia. At Adams & Southerland in London he worked on a range of community projects including the Chandos East Community Centre. Prior his architectural career, Sinan was a media planner at MediaCom working on several key European accounts, including Shell UK.
Geraldine Holland is a highly accomplished urban and architectural researcher and practitioner and lectures part time at the University of East London. In the past she worked for Publica and 5th Studio on a range of London-based public realm and community projects. She is also Co-Founder and Co-Director of multi-disciplinary studio Make Do & Draw, whose clientsinclude the Victoria & Albert Museum, National Theatre and Turner Contemporary. At Jan Kattein Architects Geraldine leads the high street regeneration programme in Croydon, one of the cities most complex and high profile town centre initiatives addressing the aftermath of the street rioting of 2011.
Gabriel Warshafsky Gabriel completed his degree at the Bartlett with fi rst class honours and obtained his MArch with distinction. His colourful and innovative hybrid designs have seen him included on the Dean’s List for Academic Achievement on two occasions. Gabriel has worked in Canada, for Barkow Leibinger Architekten and Bundschuh Baumhauer Architekten in Berlin. At Edgley Design in London he had a leading role in design, design team co-ordination and project management of a number of ambitious residential projects on challenging urban sites.
Diogo Real studied at the Porto School of Architecture and the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow. His Master’s Thesis entitled Time, City and Architecture: from Mat-building to Mat-urbanism was awarded a distinction in Porto. His current research and writing focusses on Team X and how their intellectual legacy is applied to the European city today. Diogo has participated in various international seminars and exhibitions in Portugal and the UK and works at Jan Kattein Architects as a research and design assistant on a number of urban development projects in Croydon, Stratford, and Eastbourne.
Anna Mill studied architecture at the Bartlett, during which time she became Oxford University paper aeroplane champion, despite not attending that university, and went on to become UK champion 2008. She worked at conservation practice Peter Inskip and Peter Jenkins Architects before moving to Mumbai to work on world heritage sites such as the 2BC Ajanta Caves for Abha Narain Lambah Associates. She joined Jan Kattein Architects after returning to London, and won second place in the Observer Graphic Short Story Prize 2010 for her drawings.
Madiha Ahmad studied architecture at the Bartlett School, University College London. Her work has been driven by experimentation and testing of organic construction materials. She has previously worked for De Rijke Marsh Morgan (dRMM) before joining Jan Kattein Architects.
Adam Shapland studied architecture at University of Greenwich, winning the RIBA’s Drawing Prize, RIBA South East London Best Project, University of Greenwich Merit Award and P.L.B Portfolio Prize as well as being shortlisted for the RIBA President’s Medals Award 2011. Since graduating he has worked at Post-Works and as an artist technician for Lucy Williams.
Gareth Marriott studied architecture at University of Nottingham where he won the degree prize for his portfolio. Before joining Jan Kattein Architects, Gareth worked at WCEC Architects, and later spent a year in China working on regeneration projects in Tianjin, for Vision City Development & Urban Planning Design Co.
Etta Watkins studies architecture at the Bartlett. With a particular strength in computer visualization and montage she contributes to a range of projects at JKA.