We work with a wide range of clients including developers, local authorities, charities and community groups. What unites them is a desire to deliver more than just well-designed architecture. Often we are brought in to work on projects with politically delicate stakeholder relations, where communication is paramount or where there is an ambition to utilise the design process to deliver social good.
We know that our projects have helped our clients to deliver additional benefits such as place making, job creation, economic prosperity, skills, community cohesion, well-being or reduced planning risk. The success of our work relies on a trusting working relationship and we are proud that we have many repeat clients who are prepared to recommend us to colleagues and friends.
You have spread our budget so much further than we ever thought possible; you have not met, but exceeded our expectations. – Alistair Huggett, Planning Projects Southwark Council
JKA had their finger on the pulse. You showed us a different way of looking at things. You identified what was unique about Sutton. You found the lavender [n.b. design concept based on historic site context] – which was wonderful. I liked the spirit of adventure and experimentation. – Manmohan Dayal, Project Manager Sutton Council
Feed-back from most stakeholders was very positive. The project has had a wide impact on the area and has discharged all GLA obligations. – Michael Calderbank, Project Manager, Islington Council
We have commissioned an independent assessment of the outputs of your project and you have blasted way past all the deliverables. – Pippa Gueterbock, Senior Regeneration Officer, Haringey Council
The impression your project has made on the area, the community and the borough is really extraordinary. Leyton is truly transformed. This investment would not have come to Leyton without your work being so successful – things just keep getting better! – Councillor Claire Coghill, Leader of Waltham Forest Council
You just picked up issues and resolved them and did many things that I should have done. – Zoe Sellers, Programme Manager Town Centres, Waltham Forest Council
The shopfront guide was reviewed at the above meeting and the feedback was very positive. The Councillors felt it was a very well written, praised the illustration and were impressed by the level of detail. – Nuala Kennedy – Urban Designer, Merton Council
I’m writing to you to say a big thank you for the Urban fresco adjacent to Alfred Hitchcock’s birthplace. I’m a local resident here and every time I’m passing this building I used to praise whoever has created it. Hope Leytonstone will also see many more projects of yours – Local resident
Designed by Islington-based Jan Kattein Architects, Blue House Yard is as much of a surprise on a rainy day as a sunny one. The project effuses that energising feeling that architecture sometimes can… – Isabelle Priest in RIBA Journal
What a success this was. Superb! – Mark Brearley – Greater London Authority
Historic England welcomes the production of this well-illustrated and engaging document that should help support the management of local character in Merton’s town centres… – Historic England
With the responsibilities of working with public institutions (as clients), alongside the day-today need to working with contractors, vendors, landowners, utility companies and members of the public, I can only commend the manner in which the team at Jan Kattein Architects have continued to conduct themselves throughout the programme. – Jeffrey Lennon, Project Manager Waltham Forest Council
I thought this was an exemplar in terms of community engagement. Residents really loved the opportunity to not only chat to them but also talked to each other about Leytonstone. I’ve been impressed by the quality of the presentations, materials and crucially the strategic thinking of those involved in this project. – Councillor Marie Pye
It has been a great pleasure to collaborate with Jan Kattein and I warmly recommend him as an artist with great inventive spirit and enormous commitment. – Kathrin Tiedemann, Director Forum Freies Theater Düsseldorf