Profile

Platform 5 Architects is an award winning architectural practice led by Patrick Michell and Claire McKeown with a diverse portfolio of projects in the residential, commercial, education 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. We have been featured in the Architecture Foundation’s ‘New Architects 3’ book, a survey of the best emerging practices of the last 10 years and in 2009, Wallpaper* magazine selected us for their Architects Directory, showcasing 30 of the world’s most talented young architectural practices. Our completed projects have been published internationally covering our residential projects such as the award winning extension at Mapledene Road, Shoffice, Book Tower House and new build country house Meadowview. Backwater, a new build house built in a flood zone on the Norfolk Broads recently won an RIBA award.

Having proven our ability to design and deliver crafted bespoke houses, we have now completed larger scale public and masterplanning projects such as the £40million Waterloo Campus redevelopment for Lewisham Southwark College and currently have a commercial building and 63 unit housing scheme under construction on the Grade II listed Toynbee Hall site.

Whilst the scale at which we work has increased we remain committed to delivering the quality and detail that won us acclaim with our early projects.


Clients

Virtual Reality

We have integrated Virtual Reality into our design process, allowing our clients to be immersed in the building, experiencing what it is like to walk through every space. This level of visualisation is far beyond what can be achieved through looking at drawings and our clients find they can make quicker and better informed decisions.

Awards & Exhibitions

2018

Best of Pinterest UK Interior Awards 2018

Winner
Best Architecture

Shoffice
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2017

RIBA East Awards

Winner

Backwater
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The Sunday Times British Homes Awards

Shortlisted
Small House of the Year

Backwater
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Structural Timber Awards

Winner
Custom & Self Build

Backwater
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Structural Timber Awards

Shortlisted
Private Housing

Backwater
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GAGA Awards

Honourable Mention

Backwater
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Blueprint Awards

Shortlisted
Best Non-Public Project: Residential

Backwater
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NLA Awards

Shortlisted
Education

Lewisham Southwark College Media & Arts
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NLA Awards

Shortlisted
Housing

Toynbee Hall
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RICS Awards

Shortlisted
Residential

Backwater
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2016

Don't Move, Improve! Awards

Winner
Best Interior Design

Facet House
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2015

Blueprint Awards

Shortlisted
Best Small Project

Shoffice
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AJ Retrofit Awards

Winner
Higher Education category

Lewisham Southwark College Business Centre
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2014

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

Royal Academy

Summer Exhibition

Tribeca
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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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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

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

Marcus Todd
Associate

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

Nompsy Chigaru
Architectural Assistant

Nompsy joined Platform 5 Architects in May 2019. She attended the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow for both her Part I & II. She is about to complete her Part II course at the University of Westminster. Her previous work experience includes BDP, OEB and XUL Architects.

Jumanah Bawazir
Architectural Assistant

Jumanah completed her Part I degree at the AA School of Architecture, London. She joined Platform 5 Architects in September 2018.

Pawel Napiorkowski
Studio Manager

Following years of experience in interior design and creative space management, Pawel joined Platform 5 Architects in Summer 2019.

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.

Virtual Reality

We have integrated Virtual Reality into our design process, allowing our clients to be immersed in the building, experiencing what it is like to walk through every space. This level of visualisation is far beyond what can be achieved through looking at drawings and our clients find they can make quicker and better informed decisions.

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.