Carl Turner Architects is an award-winning, architectural studio, that believes in creating thought-provoking and well-crafted architectural projects. As a studio we are creative, responsive and not afraid to take a risk when it feels right. As a consequence we have found ourselves playing the role of not only architect but also developer, curator and maker.

With a passionate belief that architecture can enrich lives and make a difference to those that use and engage with it, we always start by examining the context in which we are working and respond with design solutions that we feel are appropriate and right to the situation we are presented with.

Founded in 2006 by Carl Turner, the practice has established a reputation for delivering high impact projects often producing innovative design solutions despite limited resources. We work with a diverse range of clients including local authorities, arts and cultural organisations, not for profits and commercial developers.

Our projects range in size from a shipping container project at Hackney City Farm to a 10,000 sqm arts academy in Peckham. Our expertise lies in the fields of housing, culture, workplace design and urban planning and we pride ourselves on being able to engage with and involve a wide variety of communities and stakeholders in the process of design.

The practice has worked overseas with the British Council in Lisbon and more recently with RIBA and Moleskin in Shanghai. We have also tackled very large existing buildings such as Great Barn Farm, the longest listed UK tithe barn.

The studio has been widely recognised for its work, winning the Royal Institute of British Architect’s Manser Medal for Slip House in 2013, awarded each year to the best new house designed by an architect in the UK. We were announced as one of the best offices producing small projects at the Architect of the Year Awards in 2012, AYA house winners in 2013 and are RIBA London Regional and National Award winners for our projects in Brixton.


Carl Turner

Carl is Founding Director of Carl Turner Architects and is a self confessed “maker at heart”. His love of craft permeates his architectural design and often leads to innovative new uses for materials and processes.

Carl is directly involved in all aspects of the running of his studio and takes a hands-on approach to all of the projects that come into the office. Starting with his very own Slip House in Brixton, which went on to win the prestigious Manser Medal, the practice has gone on to create projects both large and small for a variety of clients including The Design Council, The British Council, MUDE Museum of Design & Fashion, Lisbon and are currently working on urban renewal projects with both Lambeth and Southwark Councils.

Carl lectures widely in the UK and overseas and is often asked to sit on jury and award panels. He is a member of the Southwark Design Review Panel and a fellow of the RSA. Carl was elected as National and London Council Member for the RIBA in 2014.

Carl graduated from the Royal College of Art and was an inaugural Research Associate of the Helen Hamlyn Research Centre.

Paul O’Brien
Project Architect

Paul is an integral member of the CTA team working across a number of projects including the new Mountview Academy and Peckham Levels. Research is an important aspect in his work and he is interested in how everyday life informs the way in which we design and inhabit space.

Paul see’s architecture as a vehicle for improving peoples lives and strives to find the best solution to any given brief. The execution is also key and he has a strong belief in materials and craftsmanship.

Paul has been involved in a number of high profile projects while working for award winning practices including Grafton Architects, DSDHA and HBBH in Vancouver.

He gained his training at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College Dublin and Kungliga Tekniska Hogskolan, Stockholm, Sweden.

Sara Khabazan
Project Architect

Sara joined CTA in 2015 to pursue her passion for realising well-considered architectural projects. She has a keen interest in materiality and innovative fabrication processes. She believes that the design development process at its core, should strive to intelligently respond to a user’s needs and place an emphasis on the experience of the end user.

Since joining CTA, Sara has been the project architect for the Mountview Academy project, an Academy of Theatre Arts currently under construction in Peckham.

Previous to CTA, Sara has worked at Haverstock and Rivington Street Studio, and led a number of educational projects.  Sara gained her architectural degree and diploma at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Outside the architecture world, Sara enjoys travelling in her Campervan.

Peter Dagger
Project Architect

Peter joined CTA in 2016 to focus on creating well crafted buildings, seeing architecture as a constant dialogue between architect, client and contractor. He has assisted on developing proposals for Peckham Square, Peckham Levels and a house in Tongdean.

Peter has been involved in a number of larger University projects across the education sector, including buildings for the performing arts, scientific research, commercial offices near tower Hill and the recently completed Horizon housing development in Mile End.

He gained his training at Kingston University and the University of East London before completing his part 3 Studies at Westminster. He has previously worked for Acanthus Clews Architects, MCM, and Burwell Deakins.

Robert Guest
Project Architect

Robert joined CTA in June 2016, having previously worked as Project Architect on a variety of projects, ranging from private residential, educational extentions and refurbishment developments. He has a broad experience working extensively with both housing trusts and private developers on a range of large scale mixed use new build developments in the London area.

Robert gained his degree at Edinburgh College of Art, and is intrigued by the problem-solving aspect of architecture and the creative responses that unfold in a complex design process, within the building details and during the construction phase, and in how the brief and client inform these processes.

Since joining CTA, Robert has worked on a variety of projects, from meanwhile to residential, among them being Bassett Road, Stanhope Gardens, Kinnerton Street and Woolyard.

Michele Rorato
Architectural Assistant

Michele’s passion lies in materials and detailing.  His interest in design stems from an interest in the relationship between context and programme and believes that attention to detail is key.

He has been practicing for four years since graduating with his RIBA Part II. Much of his experience lies in crafting well-designed residential projects though he has worked on projects of all scales.

At CTA he is currently working on Sibling House, a private residential project on Basset Road in West London.

Michele gained his architectural training at the Politecnico di Milano and the University of Applied Sciences in Berlin.

Timothée Gauvin

Timothée has a keen interest in applying traditional craftsmanship to the context of contemporary architecture. Through his training at EAVT in Paris and EPFL in Lausanne, he has developed a highly technical skill set in materials and detail design.

At CTA, Timothée is involved in projects including Mountview Academy and a residential renovation in West London. As explored through his academic writings about the architectural process, he believes in comprehensive planning and down-to-earth thinking.

Timothée has worked in Basel, Paris and London for award winning practices such as Herzog & de Meuron, Nicolas André and 6A. He has designed an education centre in Bénin and gained experience in developing innovative construction techniques throughout his career to date.

Kristina Fescenko
Architectural Assistant

Kristina joined CTA in 2014, having completed her Part I and Part II education the University of East London.

She developed her passion for architecture through photography, which is still one of her main hobbies. Inspired by numerous cities around the world, Kristina is very interested in urbanism and the cultural and physical aspects of city life and how this impacts upon architecture. She has a keen interest in large public projects and enjoys the process of working together with others to come up with the right architectural response for a given site.

Since joining CTA, Kristina has been involved with projects both large and small, including the Peckham Rye Lane housing and mixed use development and Peckham Square Co-Design project. She has been an integral member of the design team working on Mountview Drama Academy project.

Kristina is currently in the process of completing her Part III at RIBA North West.

Tom Wright
Architectural Assistant

Tom joined CTA in 2015, after completing his Diploma at The Cass in London. He has worked for a number of other offices in London including Amin Taha Architects and Richard Markland Architects, and has a keen interest in the relationship between architecture and the city.

He enjoys testing spatial complexity and simple geometry, and is fascinated by how particular environments, buildings and objects come to be. Tom studied undergraduate at the University of Brighton and has since returned as a visiting critic.

At CTA, he has worked on meanwhile schemes in Silvertown and Stratford, along with Mountview and Peckham Levels.

Simon Cadle
Architectural Assistant

Simon joined CTA in the Summer of 2015 and has since returned following the completion of his RIBA Part II at the University of Liverpool.  During his final year at Liverpool he also spent a term on exchange at the Bauhaus in Dessau.

His passion lies in the process of designing through making, exploring materials and working at large scale to produce well-crafted innovative design.

For CTA, he has worked on A New House for London, Mountview Academy and Pop Brixton.

Donna Hay
Studio Manager

Donna was Head of Events at the Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) in London for over 10 years during which time she oversaw both private and commercial events and was responsible for some of London’s most memorable events at the organisation.

Her passion for food then led her to establish a thriving street food business, creating artisanal wood fired pizzas for both private and public events. In 2014, Donna joined architects CarverHaggard as Studio Manager before coming to CTA in November 2015.

She is a long-term Brixton resident, and has an innate understanding of the value of great architecture and the role it can play in helping create vibrant local communities.

Donna has a keen eye for detail, and is passionate about art, design and bread making!