Studio

The
Studio

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We don’t have a house style.
We don’t do bland or formulaic.
We don’t make assumptions.

 

SODA is an award winning studio of architects and designers. We approach each and every project with fresh ideas and new perspectives. We push boundaries and rouse ambition; working with people who inspire, on projects that excite.

From a liqueur distillery in London’s East End to a new hotel concept for creatives; a contemporary take on a Soho member’s club to the careful refurbishment of London’s listed landmarks. Working across scales and sectors, we aspire for all our designs to enthuse and provoke.

We collaborate to support visionary and entrepreneurial spirit, with a design approach that brings brands to life. A meticulous eye for detail, a passion for materials and above all a drive to create. We translate big ideas into beautifully crafted spaces, identities and places.

SODA’s designs are a natural response, informed by the myriad influences surrounding us; from the precision and delicacy of haute couture or the subtleties of arthouse cinematography, to sample-heavy hip-hop – our style draws from music, art, film, fashion, graphics and more.

Come and be part of our journey and see what changes we can create…

The
Team

Russell Potter

Director

Russell has worked on prestigious projects in and around central London, building a reputation for sensitively integrating contemporary architecture within the context of complicated and delicate existing buildings including the Grade II* listed 76 Dean Street and the ongoing redevelopment of Walker’s Court and Ilona Rose House. Russell has been the recipient of numerous accolades and his work has been widely published. His passion lies in distilling a client’s brief and vision and translating this into a coherent and articulate built form. 

Laura Sanjuan

Director

Laura founded SODA on simple core values: a young and vibrant, design-led practice delivering beautiful, innovative spaces on the back of interesting collaborations. She has previously worked on award-winning projects with both large and boutique practices and has developed a particularly keen eye for the detailed design stages and bespoke finishes of buildings. She is equally fanatical about furniture and graphic design and is a keen advocate of collaborative working.

Katie Nicholson

Architectural Assistant

Katie completed her Part I and Part II at the Dublin School of Architecture, DIT and UCD respectively. Before joining SODA, Katie worked in award winning practices in Dublin and London, where she worked on a variety of educational and cultural projects as well as publications. She has also worked in jewellery design and fashion throughout her studies. Her Masters dissertation was on The Construct of Craft. Katie’s work emerges from a desire to express a strong sense of place, with connection to context and a focus on materiality and the human scale. When not in the studio, she likes to scour the boutiques of East London and is determined to try all the best coffees that London has to offer.

Thomas Partridge

Architect

Thomas completed his postgraduate studies at the Bartlett, and has worked at two award-winning London practices before joining SODA. He has a range of experience designing hotels, homes, workspaces and transport infrastructure. He enjoys working across various scales, from urban planning to furniture and lighting design. He has an interest in making that stems from an ambitious self-build project completed during his undergraduate studies. Outside of the office he can be found cycling, hiking and drinking coffee.

Angela McIntyre

Architectural Assistant

Angela completed her studies for both Part I and Part II at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow. Before joining SODA Angela worked in architecture practices in Belfast and London, where she gained experience working with complex residential and commercial schemes. She is particularly interested in architecture in the public realm and how buildings interface with the streetscape.

Ryan Holland

Associate

Ryan joined SODA in 2012 and has worked on a wide range of projects within the studio before being promoted to Associate in 2016.

He holds a particular interest in reinventing old spaces and enjoys incorporating unusual forms of reference to produce exciting and original architectural responses. This approach can be seen in the successful completion of the restoration of the Grade II* 76 Dean Street and its contemporary counterpart 5 Richmond Mews.

Isabel Varés Orive

Architectural Assistant

Prior to joining SODA, Isabel worked on projects in Spain, Argentina, Uruguay and the UK. Her specialist interest is in residential schemes and alongside architecture she is also a trained Building Engineer and Project Manager. Her appreciation of architecture focuses jointly on the urban environment and the quality of habitable spaces and interaction of people within them.

Katie Stamp

Designer

Katie graduated from Lincoln School of Art & Design where she was awarded membership to the International Society of Typographic Design (ISTD). Katie’s type curiosity landed her into the branding industry, working within major international branding agencies. Now at SODA she injects a strong brand perspective into projects and studio life, which we are rolling out as a separate discipline.

Katie loves all things south of the river and is often found with her Diana F camera or donning a hockey stick. 

Parvathy Vipulendran

Architectural Assistant

Parvathy joined SODA after completing her Part II studies at The Sir John Cass Faculty of Architecture, where she explored her interests in urban regeneration and the public realm  in Japan and Barking. Before joining SODA she studied her Part I at Bath and worked in Bristol and Costa Rica during her sandwich years, and between qualifications gained experience working on residential projects in an award winning practice in London. Outside of work, she has a keen interest in travelling, yoga and photography.

Lorena Lopez Velasco

Project Architect

Lorena studied at the University of Navarra in Spain where she qualified as a heritage architect, specialising in both the restoration and rehabilitation of historic buildings. Before joining SODA she has gained extensive experience working in award-winning contemporary practices in Spain and in Holland, where she worked on the masterplan for a new residential island in Amsterdam.

William Smyth-Osbourne

Architectural Assistant

Will has worked and collaborated with SODA since 2012. Gaining experience through both the design and delivery of small scale commercial projects and the generation of feasibility studies for larger scale urban schemes. He completed his Part 1 studies at Edinburgh University before finishing his Part 2 at The Sir John Cass Faculty of Architecture. Will strives to improve London’s complex built fabric. Outside of work he has a keen interest in photography, tennis and cycling. 

Martha Enthoven

Studio Manager

Martha graduated from Manchester University with a degree in English and American Literature, keen to pursue a career in design.

Since her first job at an engineering practice she has worked in the furniture, textiles, and graphic design sectors and has now joins SODA to support the team day to day and ensure the seamless running of the studio. Her love of ordered filing systems and a well calibrated spreadsheet are put to good use in this respect.

Benjamin Wilkes

Architect

Ben joined SODA having qualified from University of Westminster and University of Greenwich. At SODA he has worked on a variety of projects across scales and disciplines. These range from furniture and interior design to the complex Walker’s Court project where he has been instrumental from inception through to delivery.

Hailing from West Yorkshire, Ben enjoys all outdoor pursuits and is a lifelong Huddersfield Town supporter.

Sophie Watkins

Architect

After completed her studies at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University, Sophie worked for award-winning offices in New York and Seville before joining SODA. Her architectural responses carry both a rigorous integrity and a sensitive approach to materiality and she currently demonstrating this on our Kettner’s Townhouse project – driving the initial design concepts through to technical detailing and completion.

Claire Seager

Architectural Assistant

Claire graduated her part 1 studies in 2014 with a first class honours from The Bartlett, and now joins SODA as part of the LSA.

She’s gained experience at a number of London practices on both commercial and residential projects. Her interests are in civic architecture and the occupation of people within space. When not in the studio she can be found cooking and exploring the food markets of London.

Vanessa Jobb

Architectural Assistant

Vanessa joins SODA as part of the ground-breaking London School of Architecture. Following her graduation from the University of Dundee, Vanessa spent a year in the Gobi desert before moving to London to work in fashion. She has lived and worked in Paris, Milan, Havana and Cape Town and more recently freelanced in set design and production creating a 12-metre razorblade chandelier for The New York Met Ball. 

Ewa Lefmann

Junior Designer

Ewa graduated from the London College of Communication with a degree in Graphic and Media Design. After graduating she worked as a design technician at Chelsea College of Art, and since then has been freelancing largely in the music and publishing sectors. She now joins SODA as a Graphic Design Junior, keen to apply her skills within the team.

Ewa spends her free time rehearsing and performing with various bands and orchestras, combining her two loves of music and design whenever possible.

Rory Aitkenhead

Project Architect

At his previous practices, Rory was instrumental in the delivery of a variety of significant projects, most notably the RIBA Award winning Moor Development in Sheffield City centre.

Rory is adept at technical detailing and particularly enjoys seeing a building come to fruition on site. His primary project is currently our Walker’s Court redevelopment, leading a wide team of consultants towards completion in 2018.

Katja Hasenauer

Architectural Assistant

Katja graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, in 2015. Before joining SODA, Katja worked at international architectural practices in both London and Kuala Lumpur, having grown up in Malaysia before moving to the UK. She is now an aspiring creative mind living in London, with a particular interest in model making and photography. Outside of the studio, Katja enjoys painting, scuba diving and travelling.

Karol Wozniak

Architectural Assistant

Karol studied at University of Westminster where he developed a variety of public and residential projects.

In his final year, Karol spent two months at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, exploring the new context for his design project and dissertation on co-living environments. His particular interests are spaces designed for human interaction and technological advancements. In his spare time, Karol enjoys strolling around the London markets and parks.

Michael Kennedy

Architectural Assistant

Michael joined SODA after completing his architecture undergraduate degree at Manchester University, and is currently studying toward his Masters at Central St. Martins. He is interested in the production of contextual design developed through analytical drawing and diagramming. Whilst at SODA he has worked on many small projects in and around London, including Balans, Soho and the award winning, Green Rooms.