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Award-winning studio of architects and designers. The BD Retail & Leisure Architect of the Year 2018

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

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.

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.

Katie Stamp

Head of Graphic Design

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. 

Matthew Lambert

Architect

Matthew is an ARB registered architect and has acquired extensive experience on a wide variety of projects and sectors in the UK at his previous practices. This includes £100M and £25M+ commercial projects in Central London, award-winning residential projects in the West End of London and in Clapham and award-winning urban realm projects of varying size and scale.

He has also been an organiser of the European Architecture Student’s Assembly in Manchester 2010, and has a keen interest in critical theory and exploring the possibilities of new materials and technology in design and architecture.

Outside of architecture Matthew has a fondness for cooking, Italy and travelling.

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.

Sophie Watkins

Architect

After she 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. She demonstrates this on our recently completed Kettner’s Townhouse project – driving the initial design concepts through to technical detailing and completion.

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.

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 part of the London School of Architecture working towards completing her Part 2 whilst continuing to work at SODA. Outside of the studio, Katja enjoys painting, scuba diving and travelling.

Vanessa Jobb

Architectural Assistant

Vanessa is a founding graduate of the London School of Architecture where she completed her Part Two. Prior to that she spent five years working in the fashion industry, with a background in set design and production. She maintains an interest in the connection between fashion and architecture and the craft behind both. Loves a checklist. In her free time she can usually be found near a punching bag.