Practice

  • Directors
  • The Team
  • Services
  • Job Opportunities

Approach

Established in 2002 LAB Architects is an RIBA Chartered Practice based in London.

At Lab we believe that all buildings are about people; how we live and work now and how we would like to do so in the future.

Our projects over time have been varied in nature and scale, from undertaking design consultancy for the Organizing Committee of the London Olympic Games, to schemes for restaurants, art studios, boats, offices and photographer’s studios.

Our enthusiastic and creative team work collaboratively from our inspiring studio location.

We continually explore new forms,  emphasising materiality, light and spatial flow , with the intention of unlocking the unique potential of each and every project. We take our client’s original objectives through a phased process, providing a framework to organise ideas and bring these ideas forward into tangible form.

A significant proportion of our present commissions are for exceptional private residential projects, usually by personal referral from one client to the next. We see a confident and agreeable relationship with all members of the project team, from client to building makers, as the foundation of the successful delivery of these and all our future projects.

 

 

 

Meet the Directors

Alistair Langhorne

If Alistair had a motto it would be " Work hard and be nice to people" this reflects his dedicated commitment to the job at hand and the value he places on confident effective working relationships.

Alistair graduated from Westminster University London in 1996 working initially for RHWL Architects in Covent Garden, designing a number of high profile arts and education buildings including the Malvern and Saddler’s Wells Theatres and school buildings such as Christ’s Hospital School in West Sussex. These projects required sharp design sensibility and a sophisticated comprehension of the clients’ requirements, both with respect to design criteria and financial boundaries.

During the fourteen years since establishing Lab, Alistair has honed these skills, winning the confidence of interesting, diverse and exacting clients and bringing forward their unique projects to successful completion. The majority of these commissions have been either through personal referrals or repeat commissions, a valuable testament to the importance placed by Alistair and the practice as a whole, on developing and maintaining a down to earth and positive relationship throughout the challenging but rewarding journey of commissioning bespoke and beautiful buildings.



Claire Bunten

Claire , having graduated from Kingston University in 1996, gained experience working for HOK ((now Populous) in their London and Sydney offices on large scale projects including as an Overlay and interiors consultant on the 2000 Sydney Olympic Overlay and Stadium and the redevelopment of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club Centre Court, Wimbledon, where she was involved in the development of the new roof, debenture and hospitality facilities. Since establishing Lab with Alistair in 2002 Claire has brought the experience of running a team on large scale projects to managing this small dynamic practice. She values close collaborative relationships with clients, interpreting their requirements to find practical and inspiring solutions.

Meet the Team

David Farrajota

Architect || MArch (Hons) DipArch

Since graduating from the Lisbon Lusíada University of Architecture in 2000 where he was awarded is five year Master diploma degree, David has gained a vast range of experience. Firstly working for TABA architects in Lisbon developing mainly residential buildings he was then recruited in 2004 by Vale do Lobo's Design Studio in the Algarve for the challenging task of preparing the renovation projects for the resorts public and commercial spaces. On returning to Lisbon he joined the OMEP construction company performing duties as project manager where he was involved in large scale buildings projects and gathered enriching experience supervising construction sites. As an independent worker he focused on renovation and new built residential projects but also had the opportunity to be involved in enthusiastic urban planning developments. David joined LAB Architects in 2014 to further his architectural skills and work site supervision experience.

Aga Jagustyn

Architectural Assistant || MArch (Hons) DipArch

Aga has a double Master's degree (MSc, MArch) in Architecture and Urban Planning, having completing her studies at the University of Fine Arts in Poznan in conjunction with Poznan University of Technology in 2008. During 2008-2009 she was an Erasmus student of the international education project in Fachhochschule Potsdam, Germany. She also graduated from the University of Fine Arts in Poznan with a Master Degree (MA) in Industrial Design in 2010. Post qualification, Aga initially worked for the architectural and design practice anOther Architect in Berlin. After she moved to London she worked with DOSarchitects and she was involved in several projects of various types and scales, from small residential buildings to large scale competition projects. Aga joined Lab Architects in 2011 and pursue her interest in contemporary design and develop towards her qualification as an architect.

Annie Campbell Langston

Architect || BArch (Hons) DipArch

Annie has recently been awarded her Part III and is now a qualified RIBA Architect. Annie joined Lab Architects in 2013 having completed her Part II studies in 2012 and then travelled around the world for a year. She gained her Bachelors Degree and Post Graduate Diploma in Architecture in Edinburgh, at Edinburgh College of Art and Edinburgh University respectively. She has previously worked as a Part I Architectural Assistant at Geddes Architects where she worked on large scale commercial projects both in the UK and abroad.

Richard Farrelly

Architect || BArch (Hons) MArch

Richard joined Lab Architects in 2016 as a Part III qualified Architect after graduating with merit from London Metropolitan University. He gained his First Class Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees from Oxford Brookes University and the University of Bath respectively. Richard previously worked at Ben Adams Architects as a Part I Architectural Assistant on a variety of residential and commercial projects and a Part II Architectural Assistant and Architect at Purcell where he gained experience on cultural projects and the conservation of historic buildings. Richard is passionate about design with a range of experience on projects of varying size and complexity from inception to completion.

Julia Hishion

Interior Designer || B.Des (Int) (Hons)

Since graduating from Sydney’s University of Technology with a degree in interior design, Julia has pursued a diverse career spanning a broad range of residential and commercial projects around the world. From boutique firms to large commercial practices, Julia has been exposed to varying complexities of projects, clients and budgets, all of which have contributed to her fresh and flexible approach to each new venture.
Originally arriving in London in 1999, her early years saw her tackle large scale sports projects with Populous (formerly HOK Sport) working on high profile venues including Emirates Stadium. Her relationship with Populous has continued over the years with regular consultancy work on international projects with their Brisbane and Sydney offices.
Her sports work was followed by contrasting experiences in boutique design firms at the other end of the spectrum including a luxury resort development in Brazil and high end residential work in London.
Following almost eight years in Australia working on high end residential, boutique workplace, healthcare and sports projects, Julia returned to London and is enjoying working on high end residential environments with Lab Architects.

Manuel Tavares

Architectural Assistant || Masters degree

Manuel graduated from the Oporto Lusíada University of Architecture and Arts in 2015 with a Master's degree in Architecture.

Before joining LAB, Manuel worked for MUTANT architecture and design studio in Oporto. There he worked mainly on residential design projects. Subsequently he was recruited in 2015 by OODA architectural design studio in Matosinhos, where he had the opportunity to work with the Pritzker prize winning Architect Eduardo Souto de Moura in the second stage of the international design competition Art Mill Museum - Qatar.

Manuel has excellent design skills and a keen eye for details. He joined LAB Architects in 2016 as a Part II Architectural Assistant, keen to further develop his skills in new and challenging ways.

Services

Architectural services

From conception to completion we are dedicated to providing the best possible experience for our clients. Referring to Lab Architects, Lucy Denyer, in her Sunday Times Little Black Book said “If you want an architect who will do all the hard work for you, Alistair is your man”.

To this end we have honed our  architectural services to a bespoke version of the RIBA plan of work, which from experience best reflects the required stages of work.

We start with appraisal and development of the brief, to define the possibilities and maximize the potential of each project.

The design development stage allows the established principles of concept design to be thoroughly worked through to bring forward an effective and thoroughly resolved solution.

When it comes to the statutory consents,  planning, listed building consent and building control we have 14 years of specific experience putting together documentation on our clients behalf with an enviable success rate.

Following this, the proposals are taken through to the technical design phase where the specifications and  schedules are produced to provide sufficient information for costing and build-ability.

During the tender and construction stage of the works we assist with the analysis of the tender returns and the selection of the teams best suited to undertake the construction work.  We very much like to maintain an effective working presence on site, communicating with the building makers and administering the building contract to ensure every last detail is worked through, understood and executed in an exacting fashion.

Where required, we offer additional services of project management and interior design.

 

 

Job Opportunities

Lab Architects are looking for a Studio Assistant to join their team in London.

Lab Architects a practice known for their rarefied residential projects in West London are seeking a studio assistant with experience effectively organising their studio.
The position would include PA support to the two directors and provide the office with efficient and effective secretarial, general administrative and project administrative support.
The role also includes PR and marketing assistance, updating the website and social media.
The successful candidate will have previous experience, ideally having already worked for a design practice. The candidate must be very accurate and reliable, with excellent personal and multi-tasking skills, Good planning and problem-solving skills are essential.
The candidate should also have:
• excellent spoken and written English
• excellent communication skills
• proven experience in a PA/administration role, preferably in a design
• excellent IT Skills, inclusive of Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel and Adobe
• an appreciation of good design and graphic communication
• the ambition to make a significant contribution to the efficiency and success of our practice
Typical tasks include the following:
PA support duties:
• act as first point of contact for both Directors
• prepare presentation materials; draft correspondence
• organise meetings, manage diaries, prepare agendas and papers
Admin duties:
• greet visitors; take responsibility for the appearance of the office
• answer calls and emails; organise post and couriers
• monitor the office diary; organise travel
• order supplies and IT support
• help with minute writing, invoicing, and architect’s instructions
• assist with quality management, and health and safety
Marketing responsibilities:
• help with website /Instagram content
• assist with creation of brochures, presentations and submissions to potential clients, competitions and tender opportunities
• manage press enquiries
• collating information in the submission of tender applications and competition opportunities
Salary dependent on experience flexible working considered. UK references required.

Send your CV to: claire@labarchitects.com

Good Luck!