0 Conran and Partners | About
 
About
 
Conran and Partners is driven by a strong and unwavering belief that great design improves the quality of people's lives.

Through our work as a collaborative design studio, we are singularly focused on creating spaces that are a joy to be in, evoking a welcoming sense of place where communities can thrive.
 
Conran and Partners is driven by a strong and unwavering belief that great design improves the quality of people's lives.

Through our work as a collaborative design studio, we are singularly focused on creating spaces that are a joy to be in, evoking a welcoming sense of place where communities can thrive.
 
Our team of masterplanners, architects, and designers has a world-class reputation, with a pedigree that spans over half a century. Founded by Sir Terence Conran, our RIBA Chartered Practice combines this valuable heritage with a contemporary vision that transforms bold ideas into truly inspiring buildings, interiors and products.

Architectural projects range from single properties to regeneration schemes, and we are renowned for breathing new life into historic buildings. We do this through stunning conceptual design, complemented by detailed technical knowledge on everything from planning and standards compliance, to public consultation and tendering. Yet above all else, we know that the best architecture comes from understanding exactly how people live. This awareness is what shapes buildings of real character.

Deep insight into the way we interact with our surroundings – the physical and emotional relationships between people and place – also acts as a guiding principle for our interior designers and industrial design specialists. We are confident innovators, but never at the expense of function and longevity. Design is a business decision as well as an artistic one, so our work never feels temporary, lightweight or pastiche. We don't blindly follow trends. We create classic styles that we know will stand the test of time. And we have a portfolio of award-winning projects to prove it.
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Process
 
 
It may sound simple, but truly understanding what clients need is a skill built from years of experience. We can only deliver exceptional work if we take the time to really listen, collaborating with you to extract a detailed brief that gets to the very heart of what you want a project to achieve.
A clear, detailed brief provides the foundations for the creative process, where we explore every angle to produce ideas that capture exactly what you are looking for. And the key word here is 'ideas' plural, because we never assume there is just one solution. Creativity means approaching the challenge with a completely open mind, and only once you've investigated every approach can you then focus on the ideal way forward.
Settling on an idea is just the start, and the development stage is where it is transformed into a viable scheme. We do this by dedicating a senior team of designers to each project, always supported by peer reviewers. This means ideas are developed through a process of continual refinement as we hold each other to account on every design decision.
We've come a long way since the initial brief, and now everything is focused on translating those detailed drawings, specifications and approvals into the finished work. Our delivery teams collaborate closely with contractors and suppliers to make sure everything is in line with the original design intent, regularly referring back to a manifesto of core ideas to guarantee the results are true to the initial vision.
 
It may sound simple, but truly understanding what clients need is a skill built from years of experience. We can only deliver exceptional work if we take the time to really listen, collaborating with you to extract a detailed brief that gets to the very heart of what you want a project to achieve.
 
This means being aware of not just your aesthetic aims for a development or product, but also the business drivers behind the brief. At the same time, we also know how important it is to consider every stakeholder, from the public to CABE and everyone in between. That's why we're experts in consultation, helping you present ideas in a way that future users, residents, local authorities and ultimately the wider community can identify with.
A clear, detailed brief provides the foundations for the creative process, where we explore every angle to produce ideas that capture exactly what you are looking for. And the key word here is 'ideas' plural, because we never assume there is just one solution. Creativity means approaching the challenge with a completely open mind, and only once you've investigated every approach can you then focus on the ideal way forward.
 
Yet it is vital to remember that this open-mindedness does not mean making arbitrary design decisions, or being unconventional just for the sake of it. Each project is developed with a clear narrative in mind to guarantee that every aesthetic choice is informed, relevant, and perfectly answers the brief. And crucially, we don't obsess about innovation above all else. Groundbreaking ideas are important to us, but unerring quality always comes first.
Settling on an idea is just the start, and the development stage is where it is transformed into a viable scheme. We do this by dedicating a senior team of designers to each project, always supported by peer reviewers. This means ideas are developed through a process of continual refinement as we hold each other to account on every design decision.
 
It is where the big idea is carried through to the minutiae, applying the concept to every detail, from the handle on a door to the space that surrounds a building. This commitment to the totality of design is what makes a project far more than the sum of its parts. In other words, it's how we make places that simply feel right.
We've come a long way since the initial brief, and now everything is focused on translating those detailed drawings, specifications and approvals into the finished work. Our delivery teams collaborate closely with contractors and suppliers to make sure everything is in line with the original design intent, regularly referring back to a manifesto of core ideas to guarantee the results are true to the initial vision.
 
These teams have a deep understanding of the construction market and how the build process and materials can differ from region to region. This technical knowledge is in fact built into every part of our process, because a good concept designer must have a strong grasp of how their ideas will ultimately be turned into reality. Our talented team of specialists each bring unique skills to the project, but all are dedicated to our one overarching principle – to create work that is designed for life.
 
Philosophy
 
Everything we create – from an individual home to a large-scale regeneration project – is inspired by the world around it. We are singularly focused on developing ideas that promote a better way of living and being.

For us, context and relevance are absolutely fundamental to what we do. Our work should certainly surprise and delight, greatly exceeding a client's expectations. But truly intelligent and inclusive design goes much further than strong first impressions. It has the power to improve lives.
 
Everything we create – from an individual home to a large-scale regeneration project – is inspired by the world around it. We are singularly focused on developing ideas that promote a better way of living and being.

For us, context and relevance are absolutely fundamental to what we do. Our work should certainly surprise and delight, greatly exceeding a client's expectations. But truly intelligent and inclusive design goes much further than strong first impressions. It has the power to improve lives.
 
Which is why the greatest thrill is producing work that makes a valuable contribution to the regeneration of an area. No piece of architecture or interior design can be seen in isolation, because these buildings shape how we experience the world. Contemporary living means being part of a vibrant community, and great design can and should create spaces that have a positive impact on the way we live.

We are proud to have been fulfilling this aim for over half a century, designing experiences that eschew fads and instead combine simplicity and function with a timeless aesthetic that is unmistakably our own.

At Conran and Partners, design is a way of life, it's what we love, and it’s who we are.
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Tim Bowder-Ridger
 
Senior Partner | CEO
 
Paul Zara
 
Partner
 
Lee Davies
 
Partner
 
Tina Norden
 
Partner
 
Simon Kincaid
 
Partner
 
Victoria Whenray
 
Partner
 
Katy Clarke
 
Practice Director
 
Roderick Tong
 
Head of Studio | Hong Kong
 
 
Tim Bowder-Ridger
 
Senior Partner | CEO
 
Tim is a registered architect and joined Conran and Partners in 1997, initially focussing on hospitality projects, such as the Myhotel Bloomsbury and the Conran Restaurants. This was followed by large scale residential and mixed use projects, where Tim developed a particular interest in high rise development.

Tim brings a wealth of experience across sectors, in both new-build and regeneration projects. As CEO, he leads the design direction of the practice as a whole, as well as being responsible for the finance and operations of the business. In addition he directly leads on a number of strategic projects, large and small, at home and abroad. A current example being the conversion of the brutalist icon Centre Point, into a charismatic residential destination in the heart of London’s cultural district. A project that captures Tim’s insatiable appetite for the most challenging briefs.

Tim is Senior Partner | CEO of the Hong Kong business and on its Board, responsible for the overall leadership and coordination between the UK and HK subsidiary.

Outside of the world of architecture and design, and when not trawling London’s abundance of museums and galleries, Tim is a passionate horseman and spends as much time as possible in the saddle. Tim is currently building up to competition level Dressage.
Paul Zara
 
Partner
 
Paul has worked on major mixed-use developments including the 4.5-hectare Butler’s Wharf site near London's Tower Bridge, both on masterplanning the site and the detail design of several buildings within the development.

He has led retail and restaurant projects including the Bluebird Garage in Chelsea and Ocean Terminal, a £100million retail and leisure building in Edinburgh. He is passionate about 1930s architecture and led the refurbishment of Embassy Court on Brighton’s seafront and is currently involved in saving Saltdean Lido.

More recently, his work has focused on major and award-winning housing schemes in London and around the UK. He has been director in charge of public and private sector residential projects for clients such as First Base, Land Securities, Delancey, Affinity Sutton, Hanover Housing, Stonehurst Estates and Q Developments.

Since 1999, he has served as a Civic Trust Awards Assessor and in 2007 he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society for the Arts. He is currently chair of RIBA Sussex and sits on the Design South East review panel. He is an occasional contributor to architectural and design publications, and was trained at the Bartlett School of Architecture in London.
Lee Davies
 
Partner
 
Lee joined us in 2007 as Associate Director and became a Director in 2010. He oversees a broad range of national and local projects, including the regeneration of the Green Man Lane Estate in Ealing, mixed-use community-led residential projects and smaller one-off homes in the Sussex countryside.

With a wealth of experience in urban design, masterplanning and architecture, he has a particularly extensive knowledge of residential new-build and refurbishment projects for both affordable housing and luxury private dwellings.

Previous projects include Montevetro, Richard Rogers’ £37 million luxury apartment scheme on the Thames in Battersea, Elmington Estate in Southwark, which was RIBA shortlisted and winner of Building for Life’s Silver Medal, as well as an array of private and affordable housing schemes in London and throughout the South East of England.

Lee has extensive and varied experience in the treatment of historic and listed buildings, including the residential transformation of the listed former Lilian Baylis school in Lambeth - winner of Housing Design Awards 2016. He also worked as Project Architect for the refurbishment of 5 Threadneedle Street, a five-star, Grade II listed hotel for Capita Property Services in the City of London, which was voted one of the top 50 hotels in the world by Condé Nast Traveller.

Lee came to us from Pollard Thomas Edwards architects, where he established their South Eastern regional office in Brighton. He trained at the Welsh School of Architecture and has been a registered architect since 1995.

Lee is passionate about all things rugby... And don't get him started on Vespas!
Tina Norden
 
Partner
 
Tina has extensive creative and project-running experience in most sectors at a wide range of scales with a focus on hospitality and residential projects.

She has completed numerous projects in the UK and abroad, particularly in Asia, where she has worked on schemes including the 11-hectare Roppongi Hills development in the heart of Tokyo and the redevelopment of Futako Tamagawa. She also led the team responsible for the 5,000sqm Roppongi Hills Club, the redesign of the exclusive Hong Kong Club and the food and beverage areas at the hugely successful Hotel Icon in Hong Kong.

Tina is currently working with Hyatt Asia Pacific on two new Park Hyatt projects in Jakarta and Auckland, for MNC Land and Fu Wah Group respectively, as well as a boutique hotel for the House Hotel Group in Istanbul. On the residential side she is leading the team working on interiors for Knight Dragon in Greenwich Peninsula and has just completed One Tower Bridge for Berkeley Homes.

Tina has been working with D&D London for over a decade, including being the design lead on their award-winning South Place Hotel. She is currently working on their major new opening in London’s King’s Cross, the German Gymnasium.

Tina studied architecture at Westminster before joining us in 1997, completing her MA in Architecture & Interiors at the Royal College of Art in 2000.

Tina, a Board Director of the UK business, is also a Board Director of the HK business, splitting her time between the two studios.

On the rare occasions when she’s not on a plane travelling for work or play, Tina loves exploring London’s cultural offerings, from music to art and architecture. And she’s planning to move to a mid-century modern house in Palm Springs at the earliest opportunity.
Simon Kincaid
 
Partner
 
With over 15 years professional experience, ten of which at Conran and Partners, Simon has been involved in a great depth of high-profile projects adding value by both developing design proposals and managing teams through all work stages across residential and hospitality projects.

Simon is currently working with developers Argent to deliver a luxury apartment and two penthouse schemes within the King’s Cross masterplan. Appointed in 2014, Simon has led the design team to refine and reconfigure the apartment layouts to provide optimum space, light and marketability. The interior design concept reflects the newbuild façade and wider urban context. In contrast, he is also in the process of restoring and converting a Grade II-listed Barbican tower into 72 contemporary apartments and two dramatic penthouses, with details and form inspired by the Barbican’s familiar brand. Simon has previously delivered high-end apartment interiors in Kuala Lumpur and Ibiza.

His hospitality experience includes working on hotels, restaurants and private members clubs in the UK, Europe and across Asia. In addition, his comprehensive understanding of the fusion-retail market enhances his offer of creating unique guest-led experiences.

He has a keen eye for detail and process combined with much onsite experience and technical knowledge. He applies intelligent design principles throughout all stages of design and construction to deliver high-value finished products with desirable identities.
Victoria Whenray
 
Partner
 
Victoria is an architect who is experienced across all aspects of the residential sector - passionate about creating homes and environments that make a positive contribution to the city.

Focusing on residential and mixed-use regeneration projects in a design, project management, and client liaison role, Vic’s strength lies in her ability to bring together the various - and challenging - client, planning and consultation needs. She believes that understanding the prevailing context and how people use their environments is crucial to informing good design – and that each project is fundamentally fresh and unique.

Recent schemes include the regeneration of Former Walthamstow Stadium, a mixed use scheme with housing and community facilities which included the retention of Grade 2 listed buildings, and also Portobello Square Phase 2 in Kensington and Chelsea.

Before joining us in 2009, Victoria built up an extensive residential portfolio including bespoke one-off residences for private clients, small and large affordable housing schemes, and high-end multi-unit developments, such as Richard Rogers’ Montevetro in Battersea.
Katy Clarke
 
Practice Director
 
Katy is responsible for managing the client services team, with extensive experience of building strong client relationships and managing projects, ensuring they run to brief, to schedule and on budget.

Katy has worked across a wide variety of sectors both locally and globally, including retail, hospitality, spirits and electronics. She has managed some of our most complex projects for clients such as American Express, De Beers, Diageo, LG, Maybourne Hotel Group, Marks & Spencer, Nigella Lawson, Nissan, Panasonic, Selfridges and Tchibo.

Katy is a balanced left and right brain thinker who understands the creative process and contributes to projects strategically. She places high value on collaboration and innovative thinking. She previously worked at Design Week and has a background in science with a degree in molecular and cellular biology from Bath University. She joined us in 2002.

Katy loves all things outdoors, whether it’s going for a long run or heading down to her allotment to grow some tasty veg.
Roderick Tong
 
Head of Studio | Hong Kong
 
Rod studied Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture. His focus has been on residential and hospitality sectors as well as high rise projects working extensively with high profile projects in HK and Mainland for key developers including Swire Properties, New World and Vanke.

Rod was back to HK in 2010 when he led another UK studio in HK. He was responsible for the design of a 25-storey residential development in Ho Man Tin with Swire Properties- an aluminium clad tower was the first residential project receiving Beam Plus Platinum. Since then, Rod led the design of few other projects in HK, including The Leadership Training Centre with a hospitality approach in Lantau Island- one of the most sustainable buildings in Hong Kong, and a high-end residential tower at Lun Fat Street in Wanchai.

Rod leads the new Hong Kong studio. He is responsible for acquiring new business, creating brand awareness and overseeing the creative design direction of the Asia branch.
 
Team
 
We see ourselves as problem-solvers who are completely immersed in design, with a clear ambition to improve the way people live their lives. Our highly qualified team brings a wealth of experience to every project, always working collaboratively with our clients to produce great work.
 
We have around 80 specialists working across offices in London, Brighton and Hong Kong, including masterplanners, interior architects and industrial designers, all renowned for award-winning projects across the globe. Find out more about some of the top team at our RIBA Chartered Practice below:
We see ourselves as problem-solvers who are completely immersed in design, with a clear ambition to improve the way people live their lives. Our highly qualified team brings a wealth of experience to every project, always working collaboratively with our clients to produce great work.
 
We have around 80 specialists working across offices in London, Brighton and Hong Kong, including masterplanners, interior architects and industrial designers, all renowned for award-winning projects across the globe. Find out more about some of the top team at our RIBA Chartered Practice below:
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