Profile

Platform 5 Architects was founded in 2006 and is an award-winning architectural practice led by Patrick Michell and Peter Allen with a diverse portfolio of projects in the residential, commercial, educational and cultural sectors. Since our inception in 2006, we have built a reputation on the quality of our design and level of service to our clients. Wallpaper* magazine’s Architects Directory 2009 featured Platform 5 in their selection of 30 of the world’s most talented young architectural practices and we were also nominated for Young Architect of the Year in 2008. Our work has been widely published both in the UK and internationally, covering our residential projects such as the award winning extension at Mapledene Road, Shoffice, Book Tower House and new build country house Meadowview. Having proven our ability to design and deliver crafted bespoke houses, we have now completed larger scale public and commercial projects such as the £3million “Heart of the Campus” project at Waltham Forest College and are on site with the £35million Waterloo Campus redevelopment for LeSoCo.

Awards & Exhibitions

2014

Blueprint Awards

Shortlisted
Best Small Project

Shoffice
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2013

NLA Don't Move, Improve!

Winner
Small Office category

Shoffice
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NLA Don't Move, Improve!

Commended
Home Extension category

Book Tower House
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Retro Expo Award

Winner
Non-Domestic Project

Waltham Forest College Heart of the College Phase 1
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AJ Small Projects

Shortlisted

Shoffice
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2012

NLA Don't Move, Improve!

Shortlisted
Home Extension category

Shirlock Road
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2010

BMW Eurostyle Tour

Featured

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2009

NLA Don't Move, Improve!

Overall Winner

Mapledene Road
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AJ Small Projects

Shortlisted

Mapledene Road
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Grand Design Awards

Finalist

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Royal Academy

Summer Exhibition

Tribeca
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Wallpaper

Architects Design Directory

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Rotterdam Biennale

Future 30 Exhibition

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2008

Young Architect of the Year Award

Longlisted

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2007

Young Architect of the Year Award

Longlisted

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Team

Partners

Peter Allen

MA Hons, DipArch, ARB, RIBA

Peter’s previous experience includes eight years as a Project Architect and Associate Director at Nick Evans Architects where he worked on a number of Further Education projects. Peter has worked on several high budget schemes with construction values of up to £70 million including Thanet College and Taunton College.

Educated at the Macintosh School of Architecture, University of Greenwich and London Southbank University, Peter combines his creative energy with detailed technical skills that support the delivery of these ideas right through to completion of the building on site.

Patrick Michell

MA Hons, Dip Arch, ARB

Patrick’s previous experience includes time as a Project Architect with Walter Menteth Architects where he completed a social housing scheme in Peckham and later at Nick Evans Architects where he worked on a number of education, social and private housing projects, including Barton Peveril Sixth Form College’s new Sport and Drama block in Hampshire.

Educated at the University of Edinburgh, University of East London and London Metropolitan University, Patrick combines excellent technical skills with an approach to design that draws on intuition and process based methodologies.

Key Staff

Malaika Carr
Architect

Malaika studied at the University of Greenwich. She obtained her Part II and Part III qualifications from Westminster University. Malaika joined Platform 5 Architects in 2010 after three years of practice experience at Barbara Weiss Architects.

Stephen Hogan
Architect

Stephen studied at the Manchester School of Architecture. He completed his Part II and Part III at London Metropolitan University. Stephen joined Platform 5 Architects in 2009 with previous practice experience acquired at Papa Architects.

Viktor Hagström
Architect

Viktor attended the Manchester School of Architecture. He obtained his Postgraduate Diploma from Westminster and is currently studying for his Part III qualification at Cambridge. Viktor joined Platform 5 Architects in early 2013 and has previous work experience at Cassion Castle Architects.

Filipa Santos Costa
Architectural Assistant

Filipa studied Architecture at the Technical University of Lisbon and is a member of the Portuguese Architects Association. Working in London since 2012, Filipa joined Platform 5 Architects in early 2014 having previously worked at Neil Dusheiko Architects.


Marcus Todd
Architect

Marcus attended the University of Nottingham and the Bartlett School of Architecture and is currently studying for his Part III qualification at Westminster University. Marcus joined Platform 5 Architects from Friend and Company Architects in early 2013.

Hattie Young
Architectural Assistant

Hattie studied Architecture at Victoria University of Wellington. She joined Platform 5 Architects in Summer 2014 and has previously worked at Beca Pty Limited.


Services

Working with us

We view each project as a unique opportunity to collaborate with our clients to produce creative solutions to their brief.

We believe good design adds value to a building, creates identity and enhances the experience of its occupants.

We have a strong track record of gaining planning permission for challenging sites and delivering high quality buildings on site through various procurement methods.

Private Homes

We work closely with home owners to achieve an innovative and bespoke solution to their brief, tailored to their lifestyle.


Commercial Developments

We understand the drivers of commercial development and the value good design can bring to a project, we use our skills to unlock the potential of challenging sites.

Education Buildings

We believe in the importance of good quality learning and working environments and have proven experience of designing and delivering projects in the education sector.

Heritage Buildings

We enjoy working with listed buildings, sensitively reinterpreting them by adding another contemporary layer to their history.


Platform 5 Consultants

Platform 5 Consultants provides early stage advice to clients commissioning new buildings or reviewing the performance of existing buildings. Our work includes supporting clients when developing their brief, testing underlying assumptions, managing architectural competitions and selecting architects.

Platform 5

consultants

Claire McKeown

Claire McKeown leads Platform 5 Consultants and is an expert in briefing and design team selection. Over the past decade, Claire has worked with universities, cultural institutions and local authorities to prepare architectural briefs and commission design teams.