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About

Theis and Khan are award-winning architects who design buildings that are an insightful and creative response to an individual brief. Thorough research and thoughtful analysis are the starting points from where we develop new ideas and solutions with our clients to create buildings that express a sense of place, are meaningful and joyful to their users and have architectural integrity.

We have developed a new humanism in architecture — an ethical approach that results from a thorough examination of a building’s true purpose and siting. Our building projects are always underpinned by rigorous judgments of spatial relationships, light, geometry and proportion.

Since 1995 we have designed churches and community centres, nurseries, offices, shops, mixed-use buildings, art galleries, health centres, housing developments and one-off private houses, each project driven by a the same spirit of inquiry. Working closely with all members of the design team including clients, users, planners, consultants and contractors produces a design approach that is clear, logical and appropriate. We enjoy developing long-term relationships with our clients and always take the long view using past experience to ensure that our buildings maintain their quality and relevance long into the future.

People

Soraya Khan

Director/Architect

BA DipArch ARB RIBA

Soraya studied at Canterbury College of Art, School of Architecture and graduated with a Distinction. After working for practices including Pollard Thomas Edwards and John Miller + Partners, Soraya set up practice in London with her partner Patrick Theis as a Director at Theis + Khan architects.

Soraya has been a visiting tutor at Strathclyde University, an external examiner at the University of Westminster and an RIBA judge and chair for the RIBA Northern Ireland regional awards. She has also judged the RIBA President’s Awards for Research, The IBP Journalism Awards and the RIBAJ MacEwen Awards. She is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects and was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2017. She was a committee member of the Architecture Club and is a panel member of Design South East. Soraya was a trustee on the board of the Temple Bar Trust a charity set up to promote and encourage both students of Architecture and the wider public in architectural education.

Patrick Theis

Director

BA (Hons) MA RCA

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1986 Patrick spent 10 years with John Miller + Partners (formerly Colquhoun + Miller) where he quickly became an Associate. Patrick led on several projects including the Tate Gallery Lodge, the Stevens Building at the Royal College of Art and the School of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy at the University of East Anglia which was subsequently awarded an RIBA National Award in 1994.

Patrick co-founded Theis + Khan Architects with his partner Soraya Khan in 1995. Patrick has sat on the Stirling Prize long list jury and been a Roses Award judge. He has also lectured most recently at the RIBA Winchester lecture series.

Simon Sharpe

Associate Architect

BA (Hons) MArch ARB

Simon studied at the University of Portsmouth before completing his Professional Practice & Management (ARB/ RIBA Part 3) at the Architectural Association in London.

He joined Theis + Khan in September 2015 and has worked as project architect on the Bat and Ball Community Centre and Station projects in Sevenoaks, the refurbishment of Tenterden Town Hall in Kent as well as number of residential developments.

Prior to joining Theis + Khan architects he worked at Kaner Olette Architects and Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt where he worked on a number of award winning projects.

Stephen Pelly

Associate Architect

BSc DipArch ARB

Stephen studied at the University of Dundee and the University of East London before completing his Professional Practice & Management (ARB/ RIBA Part 3) at London Metropolitan University.

He joined Theis + Khan in March 2019 and is currently working as project architect on a number of large scale residential and community projects.

Prior to joining Theis + Khan Stephen worked for 3DReid and Michaelis Boyd Architects on a wide range of commercial and residential schemes.

Jay Powell

Architect

BA (Hons) MArch ARB RIBA

Jay studied at Sheffield University, University of Westminster and the Architectural Association, completing her Professional Practice & Management (ARB/ RIBA Part 3) in April 2015. Jay previously worked at Andrew Dobson Architects as a project lead on several projects across all work stages with values ranging from £250,000 to £4.5M.

Jay joined Theis + Khan in November 2016 and has been project architect for The Hurlingham Club planning application. Her experience includes detailed design development; the preparation and submission of planning and listed building applications; and the management of multi-disciplinary teams for various high-end residential and commercial projects from initiation to completion.

Claire Wells

Practice Manager

BSc (Hons)

After school and a gap year spent working for a charity in London, Claire studied Psychology with Maths at Reading University, graduating in July 1991. She then went onto study the Tax exams with the world’s leading accountancy firms in London, passing the ATT in May 1993 and working with many global clients over a 14 year period, with an assignment in Ernst and Young’s New York office.

Following a spell at home raising her young children, Claire joined Theis + Khan in January 2015 and is responsible for the financial and organisational matters for the company.

Toko Andrews

Architectural Assistant

BA (Hons) MArch

Toko studied his Part 1 and 2 at the Canterbury School of Architecture at the University for the Creative Arts. He received a First Class BA(Hons) and a Distinction for his Masters degree.

Toko has a passion for exploring collaborative forms of architecture. His dissertation on Informal Architecture was awarded a 1st class and he was given a grant to travel Malawi to view community architecture first hand.

Toko joined Theis + Kahn from Kaner Olette Architects in September 2019 and as well as architecture he has a keen interest in creating music.

Annabelle Hodd

Architectural Assistant

BA (Hons)

Annabelle studied at the University of Plymouth in 2016 and graduated in 2019 with a BA(Hons) in Architecture. During her final year at University, Annabelle was the president of the Plymouth Architecture and Design Society (PADS).

She enjoys oil painting in her free time and has continued to create realism paintings when possible.

Contact

Theis + Khan Architects
11–13 Lonsdale Gardens
Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 1NU

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01892 518094
mail@theisandkhan.com