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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.

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 Moleskine 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.


Team

Carl Turner
BA (Hons), MA (RCA), ARB, RIBA, FRSA
Director

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
Associate

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
Associate

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 in Peckham, which is due to open in September 2018.

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 making furniture and travelling in her Campervan.


Kyle Gudsell
Associate

Kyle brings over 15 years of design led practice experience to CTA, having worked on projects across a wide range of work sectors and scales in the UK and also internationally.

Since joining CTA in early 2017 Kyle has focussed on our Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts project in Peckham, as co-project architect – primarily leading the design and delivery of the external envelope packages, which has a strong synergy with his passion for exploring creative uses of building materials and developing highly crafted working detail solutions with them.

Kyle was promoted to practice Associate in 2018, and alongside his project specific responsibilities he oversees’ project level quality assurance – which involves establishing and monitoring standards for design, technical quality, and mentoring the development of staff skills toward meeting CTA standards.

Prior to CTA Kyle worked at award winning practices Allies and Morrison, Mæ Architects, and was also a founding partner of Deca Architecture, based in Athens Greece.

Kyle completed his architectural studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and University of California Berkeley, USA; and received his ARB Part III from the University of Westminster.

When not at his desk scrutinising details or on site working through design options with contractors, he can be found racing his bike along country lanes or up high mountain passes in Europe, otherwise working on his own bespoke joinery projects for his family home.


Peter Dagger
Project Architect

Peter joined CTA in May 2016 to focus on creating well-crafted buildings, seeing architecture as a constant dialogue between Architect, Client and Contractor.

Gaining his Undergraduate qualification at Kingston University, he went on to complete his Part 2 studies at the University of East London before obtaining his part 3 Studies at Westminster. He has been an ARB Registered Architect since 2014, having previously worked for Burwell Deakins Architects, MCM, Methodic Practice and Acanthus Clews Architects. His architectural career has seen Professional projects in Plymouth, Falmouth, Exeter, York, Belfast, Sussex, Brighton and Oxford as well as numerous London sites. He has engaged in supporting Academic Projects in both Norway and Marrakech.

Currently he is working on the final delivery stages of the Mountview Academy and The Hove House in East Sussex whilst overseeing new Proposals for Camberwell House and the Multi-faceted Cube Haus projects, alongside Adjaye Associates and Faye Toogood.

Beyond the office Peter chairs a friends group for the Coldharbour Open Spaces (Greenwich, SE London) which seeks to plant more urban trees, maintain and upgrade the existing parkland and redefine an abundance of existing open spaces. He has generated plans to develop new park-scapes and approaches to funding and delivery through volunteer led implementation.


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.


Margit Kraft
Project Architect

Margit is a Project Architect at CTA with over 5 years’ experience in mixed-use development, collaborative design and sensitive architectural and urban projects, joining the practice in 2017. She studied architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen, and the Technical University, Munich, where she graduated with a distinction.

Margit has extensive experience of working with local authorities including the London Boroughs of Camden, Hackney, Harrow, Southwark and most recently with the LLDC on a site in the Olympic Park. She takes a keen interest working together with clients, stakeholders and suppliers to design poetic, strong and precise buildings that integrate seamlessly in their physical and social surroundings. Margit has a passion for music, studying the subject along with sculpture which often supports her design work. She has designed and delivered an Award-winning Prototype School in Zambia, Lusaka, the first trailblazer school building for the Zambian Ministry of Education.

Currently Margit is working on both Dover Place, Ashford, asuccessful competition entry for a meanwhile scheme activating the historic mill area opposite Ashford train station, and as Project Architect for Clarnico Quay, Olympic Park where she was involved in the design development through public consultation, pre-app and planning submissions, and tender.


Michele Rorato
Architectural Assistant

Michele studied architecture at the Politecnico di Milano and the Technische Fachhochschule in Berlin graduating in 2010. He has over 6 years of professional experience and joined CTA in 2015.

Initially attracted by the power of ideas and their physical materialisation, Michele was consequently drawn to architecture as a profession because it involves a process of creation that is informed by the existing built environment and its legacy.

His interest for the effect of history upon cities led him to move to Berlin during a student exchange program where he experienced the importance of memory in architecture and reflected upon the impact of history and how historical events can constitute an opportunity for the conception and creation of more respectful built environment.

During his stay in Germany, Michele started his practice of architecture as an intern at two design-led practices in Dresden where he had the opportunity to work on the concept design for a small retail project (Schubert Horst Architekten) and an international competition for the University of Mining and Technology at the Schlossplatzquartier in Freiberg (Zanderarchitekten).

At CTA, Michele has worked on both small and large scale projects, ranging from the refurbishment of several residential properties, new build houses in Brighton and London, to the delivery of the Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.


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 as a Part I Architectural Assistant in 2015 and later returned after the completion of his Diploma at the University of Liverpool and the Bauhaus School of Architecture in Dessau.

His passion lies in the process of designing through making, exploring materials and construction processes to produce well-crafted innovative design.

Since joining CTA, Simon has worked on a broad variety of projects of different scales, uses and permanence. Currently he is working on a number of residential projects in Forrest Gate, Camberwell, Brockley and Seasalter. Simon is currently in the process of completing his Part III at RIBA North West.