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:

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.

Claire McKeown

Claire McKeown leads Platform 5 Consultants. She is a qualified architect and has advised both
private and public sector companies on achieving design quality. Claire studied at Cambridge, The
Royal College of Art and The Bartlett School of Architecture. She started her career as an architect in
the private residential sector later progressing to education projects. Her enthusiasm for good design
led her to become an Enabling Advisor at CABE, where her chief role was the maintenance of design
quality in the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
At Malcolm Reading Consultants, (MRC) Claire led on briefi ng, strategic feasibility studies, the
selection of design teams and competitions. Her clients included V&A, Westminster Abbey, Royal
Opera House and Evelina Children’s Hospital.

Key Staff

Marcus Todd
Senior Architect

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.

James Murray
Senior Architect

James studied at the University of Nottingham and the University of Westminster, where he completed his Part II and Part III. James joined Platform 5 Architects in 2016, having previously worked at Foster + Partners and David Chipperfield Architects.

Carlotta Torsiglieri
Architectural Assistant

Carlotta studied Architecture at the University of Parma and completed her Master’s degree at the Politecnico of Milan. She joined Platform 5 Architects in Spring 2017 with previous experience acquired at Wintech Limited.

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.

Boris Cesnik
Studio Manager

Boris joined Platform 5 Architects in Spring 2017 after almost 10 years of working in Architectural education administration and management, first at the Royal College of Art and then at the London School of Architecture. He has worked with Architects and designers throughout his entire career.

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.