the studio

think architecture are a Leeds based multi-disciplinary practice working Nationally in architecture, masterplanning and interior design.

The studio was established in 2009 by co-directors Simon and Jonathan; after having worked together previously for over 15 years. Their reputation for delivering innovative buildings and masterplans has seen the practice grow and develop, taking on multi-million
pound projects for both National and International clients.

At think architecture we strive to create buildings, places and spaces that inspire and delight.
We do this by encouraging creativity and nurturing strong working relationships with our
clients and other industry professionals; drawing from shared experience and a passion for design excellence.

Meet our forward thinking team and let us exceed your expectations.

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meet simon

Simon started his professional life at Leeds Federated Housing Association managing on site projects including the Marlborough and Blandford HAA; gaining valuable experience in team working and quick decision making. A senior associate position at the John Brunton Partnership followed, working in both their Bradford and Bristol offices, on large scale residential and commercial projects throughout the North and South West.
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Moving back to Leeds in 1992 and joining Carey Jones Architects, where he became a director, Simon was responsible for the design of many of the practices best known schemes including: Princes Exchange; Tetley visitor centre at Brewery Wharf; 15/16 Park Row in Leeds; Alliance & Leicester HQ building; and Olympic Spirit in Munich. During this time Simon immersed himself in the art of Masterplanning; producing schemes including Clarence Dock in Leeds, Merchants Gate and Snowhill both in Wakefield, Wellington Place Leeds for Hermes, and Cammel Lairds site in Merseyside. This additional skill adds to Simon’s long term passion for place making and seeing good design as a key driver in the regeneration of our cities.

In 2009, having worked in collaboration on projects at CJA for 15 years, Simon and Jonathan established their own studio, think architecture, with a view to continuing a philosophy of design excellence; coupled with delivery expertise and a hands on approach to projects.

In addition to his practice commitments Simon also donates his time as a visiting Studio Tutor to the University of Leeds architectural engineering degree course, and is Chair of the Leeds Property Forum’s QPS group; whose aim is to promote and encourage high quality public realm in Leeds. The group is an excellent example of public and private sectors working together for the common good.

Away from the pen, Simon is happiest walking our glorious countryside or immersed in the latest building/creative project at home.

simon@thinkarch.uk
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meet jonathan

Following his studies at the University of Bath, Jonathan worked at various practices around the UK before moving to Leeds where he worked for the John Brunton Partnership and the Rod Briggs Design Group before joining Carey Jones Architects in 1993, where he became a Director in 1998.

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Whilst at careyjones Jonathan led a team responsible for many of the key buildings delivered by the practice such as: 15/16 Park Row; Princes Exchange; multiple buildings at White Rose Office Park; and No 1 Whitehall Riverside, all in Leeds alongside other projects further afield for; Scottish Mutual Assurance and Blum UK in Milton Keynes; and TrafficMaster in both Cranfield and Frankfurt.

Jonathan’s design skills and careful attention to detail can be seen in his delivered projects. Working closely with world leading specialists such as Permasteelisa, Structal and Clifford Chapman have played a key part in the success of these projects and go hand in hand with Jonathan’s love of architecture and engineering. This interest was also reflected in Jonathan’s contribution towards the AJ feature entitled the ‘Essence of Engineering’ where he wrote about the iconic Brough Superior.

Whilst a member of the British Council for Offices Jonathan was part of the Architects Panel commissioned to produce the 2009 BCO Specification Guide; to which he brought his many years of experience working in this field.

Jonathan’s current work at think architecture, set up in 2009 following 15 years of working together with Simon continues the aim; to form collaborative longstanding relationships with clients and industry professionals, so as to deliver sustainable and inspiring buildings, places and spaces for the future.

jonathon@thinkarch.uk
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meet jonathan

Following his studies at the University of Bath, Jonathan worked at various practices around the UK before moving to Leeds where he worked for the John Brunton Partnership and the Rod Briggs Design Group before joining Carey Jones Architects in 1993, where he became a Director in 1998.

More about jonathan

Whilst at careyjones Jonathan led a team responsible for many of the key buildings delivered by the practice such as: 15/16 Park Row; Princes Exchange; multiple buildings at White Rose Office Park; and No 1 Whitehall Riverside, all in Leeds alongside other projects further afield for; Scottish Mutual Assurance and Blum UK in Milton Keynes; and TrafficMaster in both Cranfield and Frankfurt.

Jonathan’s design skills and careful attention to detail can be seen in his delivered projects. Working closely with world leading specialists such as Permasteelisa, Structal and Clifford Chapman have played a key part in the success of these projects and go hand in hand with Jonathan’s love of architecture and engineering. This interest was also reflected in Jonathan’s contribution towards the AJ feature entitled the ‘Essence of Engineering’ where he wrote about the iconic Brough Superior.

Whilst a member of the British Council for Offices Jonathan was part of the Architects Panel commissioned to produce the 2009 BCO Specification Guide; to which he brought his many years of experience working in this field.

Jonathan’s current work at think architecture, set up in 2009 following 15 years of working together with Simon continues the aim; to form collaborative longstanding relationships with clients and industry professionals, so as to deliver sustainable and inspiring buildings, places and spaces for the future.

jonathon@thinkarch.uk
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meet sarah

Sarah’s position of Design Associate at think architecture directly reflects her broad range of design skills and interests from the micro to the macro. Initially training as an Interior Designer she gained a First Class Honours Degree from the University of Huddersfield; not content with this Sarah also went on to complete an MA in Urban Environmental Design at Leeds Metropolitan University.
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This diversity of scales means that Sarah has worked on a broad range of projects including; Dubai International Airport Terminal 2, Lancôme International’s global retail concessions, restaurants for Hard Rock Café Europe, various luxury hotels in the UK and the Middle East, as well as commercial office fit-out for companies such as O2 and Blum. Sarah has worked for London based practices KCA International and David Collins Studio as well as Leeds based careyjones architects before being invited to join think architecture. Sarah also worked alongside Leeds Civic Architect, John Thorp, assisting in the preparation of his book ‘From a tile to the City’.

Sarah is a recent addition to the Chamber of Commerce Quality Places and Spaces group; who work with both the public and private sectors to bring about high quality public realm for the City of Leeds.

sarah@thinkarch.uk
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meet catalin

Catalin joined think architecture during his undergraduate placement year in the position of Architectural Assistant; a position he maintained throughout the remainder of his studies. Having gained both a First Class BA(Hons) Degree and a Distinction in M.Arch from the University of Huddersfield, Catalin is now fulltime with the practice and brings his excellent BIM, CAD and 3D visualisation skills to the team. Catalin’s outstanding abilities in architecture were recently acknowledged as he was named the winner of the External Examiners “Norman Culley Book Prize” award. In addition to his commitments to the studio Catalin is currently working on the design and delivery of a personal architectural project in Prahova, Romania.

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meet catalin

Catalin joined think architecture during his undergraduate placement year in the position of Architectural Assistant; a position he maintained throughout the remainder of his studies. Having gained both a First Class BA(Hons) Degree and a Distinction in M.Arch from the University of Huddersfield, Catalin is now fulltime with the practice and brings his excellent BIM, CAD and 3D visualisation skills to the team. Catalin’s outstanding abilities in architecture were recently acknowledged as he was named the winner of the External Examiners “Norman Culley Book Prize” award. In addition to his commitments to the studio Catalin is currently working on the design and delivery of a personal architectural project in Prahova, Romania.

catalin@thinkarch.uk
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