Studio

With offices in London and Amsterdam, Studio Woodroffe Papa is an architectural and urban design practice with an international perspective and global reach.

 

Our approach is based on integrated, joined-up thinking, working seamlessly across the different scales of architecture, masterplanning and place making – strategy and detail.

 

We look as broadly as possible at all the issues, to consider all outcomes, at all scales. This offers unexpected opportunities; delivering more valuable solutions for our clients that bring something extra to each project.

Directors

Dominic Papa and Jonathan Woodroffe are actively involved in all stages of the design process. 

 

They studied Architecture together at the University of Portsmouth before Dominic moved to the Architectural Association to complete his studies while Jonathan continued his studies at the University of Cincinnati, USA.

 

Dominic and Jonathan champion design quality in many forums across London and Europe and have contributed their knowledge to design guides, handbooks, peer review and as independent advisers to large-scale regeneration projects.

Team

An open and collaborative studio environment where our talented multinational team bring ideas and success to the practice by offering a diverse range of skills and experience to all our projects.

 

Whatever the size of the project, an interactive design process allows us to explore and test different design options quickly in order to bring new and fresh ideas to the challenges our clients face

 

This has led to our projects winning or being shortlisted for many prominent awards; recognised for delivering distinctive and sustainable, mixed-use places.

Key People

Dominic Papa

Director + Founder

Dominic Papa has 27 years of experience on large-scale urban and architectural projects in the UK and overseas. He has been involved in championing good design in a number of roles and an advocate for greater integration between the disciplines of architecture and urban design.

 

Over the last five years he has been developing expertise and guidance for achieving better quality family living, how we can retain productivity and manufacturing in our cities and new urban transformations associated with the knowledge economy.

 

Dominic graduated from Portsmouth University and the Architectural Association. He gained experience on large-scale urban design and architectural projects at Farrell and Company before becoming an associate at Wiel Arets Architects and Associates in the Netherlands for 6 years. He founded Studio Woodroffe Papa in 1997 in Amsterdam. 

 

Dominic’s expertise has led to his participation in a number of design review panels throughout London and further afield. He is currently the review panel Chair for Islington Borough Council and Lewisham Gateway Design Quality Panel, and a Building Environment Expert at Design Council CABE. He also actively participates in the Estate Regeneration Design Advisory Group in Hackney. He is currently working as an independent adviser on Auckland’s largest housing regeneration project.

 

He has lectured and taught in schools of architecture in the UK and abroad and is currently a Course Master at the Architectural Association graduate school. He is also a research fellow of the Royal Commission for the Exhibition 1851.

Jonathan Woodroffe

Director + Founder

Jonathan Woodroffe has 28 years of experience on large-scale urban and architectural projects in the UK and overseas. Jonathan graduated from Portsmouth University in 1989. He worked as a project architect at WilksonEyre and Neutelings Riedijk, two of Europe’s leading architectural practices before founding Studio Woodroffe Papa in 1997.

 

Jonathan’s ability to analyse and critique constructively across the disciplines of architecture and urban design has led to his participation in a number of professional design panels. He is a member of INTA (International Urban Development Association) and regularly advises city authorities across Europe on urban and territorial development. As a Board Member of Europan Netherlands, Jonathan been working with the city of Amsterdam for the last two years, championing design quality and advising on the development of future mixed-use neighbourhoods.

 

Jonathan believes in the innovation and added value that research and academic involvement can bring to the profession. He lectures regularly and has taught at the Architectural Association in London, the Academies of Architecture in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Tilburg, and the Bergen Architecture School. Most recently, he was a Visiting Professor at l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture Paris-Val de Seine.

 

He is a strong advocate for organisations that help stimulate professional opportunities for architects across Europe. Jonathan set up Young European Architects in 2007 and co-founded Europan Netherlands in 2017 to promote the exchange of ideas, competencies and professional experiences between the next generation of European architects.

Frank Provoost

Associate

Frank joined Studio Woodroffe Papa in 2011 and brings 20 years of experience working on large-scale architectural and interior projects in the UK, Belgium and France.  Frank’s expertise is in handling difficult and sensitive projects in an assured and calm manner as well as offering expert guidance through the planning and building process. Frank has experience leading projects across a number of different sectors from civic and educational to residential and mixed use. 

Prior to joining Studio Woodroffe Papa Frank worked as a a project architect at Abscis Architecten in Ghent for more than 10 years. Frank graduated with a Master of Architecture from the Institute of Arts and Sciences, Ghent in 1997. 

Alina McConnochie

Design Lead + BIM Co-ordinator

Since joining Studio Woodroffe Papa in 2012, Alina has become a key member of the team as the studio’s Design Lead in collaboration with the directors.  Alina’s expertise is to work across scales having a keen interest in both urban design and architecture. Alina also coordinates the BIM processes and standards in the studio.

 

Alina completed her Master of Architecture in 2009 at The University of Technology, Sydney winning the Australian Institute of Architects prize for most outstanding graduate.  Prior to joining Studio Woodroffe Papa Alina worked as an architectural designer at Woods Bagot Sydney working on a number of education and commercial projects. Alina has also been a researcher and educator at the Architectural Association London, the Bartlett School of Architecture London and the University of Technology, Sydney.

Liang Shang

Urban Design Lead

Tristan Kelly

Technical Design Lead

Since joining Studio Woodroffe Papa in 2014 Liang has developed an expertise in complex large-scale masterplanning and urban regeneration projects. Liang has contributed to the delivery of several strategic framework plans and urban design strategies in Europe, Singapore and China often working on international teams on projects with numerous stakeholders. Most notably, the 300 ha Segment Noord, Over De Ring masterplan in Antwerp and the 160 ha Jurong Lake District Masterplan in Singapore. 

Liang completed his Master of Architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, London in 2014 and also has a Bachelor of Architecture from Shenyang Jianzhu University, China,  He worked in architectural practice in Bejing before relocating to London in 2013. 

Tristan has over 10 years experience in the design and construction industry, joining Studio Woodroffe Papa in March 2018.  Tristan has worked on residential, commercial and interior projects across multiple scales. Tristan has extensive knowledge in material and technical detailing and can offer added value to the team on all aspects of the design from concept stages through to technical design. 

Prior to joining Studio Woodroffe Papa Tristan worked at Brian O'Tuama Architects delivering a number of residential and interiors projects, working closely with clients, contractors and fabricators to realise bespoke and thoughtful solutions. Tristan also spent four years working in architectural practices in New York, contributing to the design of numerous social and supportive housing projects. He graduated from the Galway Institute of Technology, Ireland in 2005. 

Sheenwar Siti

Architectural Assistant

Since joining Studio Woodroffe Papa in February 2020, Sheenwar has worked on a variety of large-scale housing and masterplan projects ranging from 300 to 3000 homes.  These include a competition for Braschaat, Belgium where he worked on a proposition for 300 housing units across 3 different sites, stage 4 drawings for our Dockley Road project in Southwark and a large scale residential led urban design project on the outskirts of Wellington, NZ.  

Sheenwar graduated with a Master of Architecture from the London School of Architecture in 2018, having previously completed his Bachelor of Design in Architecture at Central St Martins in 2015. 

Jane De Croos

Finance Manager

Jane has been with Studio Woodroffe Papa since 2020 as Finance Manager. Jane manages the accounts and financial planning for the studio.

 

Jane is self-taught and has extensive experience in financial services, having managed the finances for various private and charitable organisations throughout her career and her own start-up business. Jane also has a BSc in Psychology from Nottingham University and a Masters in Pharmacology from UCL.

 

She has recently written her first novel and is co-founder of a children's charity.

Clients

Within the UK

 

Argent

Aviva Investment 

Bouygues UK

Cadwyn Housing Association

Countryside Properties

East Thames Housing Association

Elephant & Castle Regeneration

Fashion Street Regeneration

Galliford Try Partnership

Genesis Housing Association 

Hadley Properties Group

Heart of Thames Gateway Partnership

Home Group

HRA Maritime

Igloo Regeneration Partnership

Kier 

Land Securities

London Borough of Barking & Dagenham

London Borough of Hackney

London Borough of Haringey

London Borough of Tower Hamlets

London Development Agency

London & Quadrant Housing Association

Mace Group

Matching Green

Network Homes

Oldham MBC

One Housing Group

Peabody

SG Capital

Sir Robert McAlpine

Tower Hamlets Community Housing

Toynbee Housing Association

Transport for London

Urban Splash Developments

Wates Group

Wharfside Regeneration

William Pears Group

Willmott Dixon

WX Investments

Outside the UK

 

Aga Kahn Trust for Culture

Almere Hart CV, NL

Amstelland Ontwikkeling Wonen BV, NL

Amsterdam City Council, NL

Antwerp City Council, BE

Ascendas Land Pte, SG

AV Jennings, AUS

Bergen City Council, NOR

Blauwhoed, NL

Bouwbedrijf Moes, NL

Capella Capital, AUS 

Classic, NZ

De Woonmaatschappij, NL

Dura Bouw, NL

Haarlemmermeer City Council, NL

Hengelo City Council, NL

Het Oosten, NL

HKUST Trust, PRC

Groningen City Council, NL

ING Vastgoed, NL

JTC Corporation, SG

KOP Properties, SG

Kristal NV, NL

MAB, NL

Melview Developments, NZ

Multi Vastgoed BV, NL

NEMO Real, LAT

Nieuwegein City Council, NL

Norwegian Housing Bank, NOR

Regional Opleiding Center van Amsterdam, NL

Rotterdam City Council, NL

Rotterdam 2001/WaterCie, NL

TODD Property 

Vlaamse Huisvestingsmaatschappij, BE

Wanda, PRC

Waterwegen en Zee Kanaal, NL

Wilma Bouw, NL

Woonzo, BE

Zaanstad City Council, NL

Awards

2017

Jurong Lake District Masterplan, International Competition, First Prize

In collaboration with KCAP Architects&Planners, SAA Architects, Arup and Lekker

International Design Awards (IDA) for Architectural Lighting, Gold 

Ascent 

2015

RIBA South West Awards, Shortlisted

Bircham Park MSCP

 

Housing Design Awards UK, Shortlisted

The Old Dairy

 

2011

NLA Awards, Winner

The Old Dairy

 

Evolution Gateshead, First Prize

Gateshead (with Studio Egret West and Alison Brooks Architects)

 

Open Oproep Competition, First Prize

Paspoel Anders

 

Housing Design Awards UK, Shortlisted

Arch Street

 

Premio Ugo Rivolta, Shortlisted

James Voller Way

 

2010

NZIA New Zealand Architecture Medal Finalist Urban Design, Winner

Beaumont Quarter

 

NZIA New Zealand Architecture Award Urban Design, Winner

Beaumont Quarter

 

2009

NZIA Auckland Architecture Award for Urban Design, Winner

Beaumont Quarter

 

RIBA Award, Housing of the Year UK, Winner 

James Voller Way

 

RIBA Manser Medal  National House / Housing of the Year), Runner Up

James Voller Way

 

RIBA Stirling Awards, Midlist

James Voller Way

 

Housing Design Awards UK, Shortlisted

James Voller Way

 

LEAF Awards Europe for Planning and Landscape, Shortlisted

Castle Hill, Ebbsfeet

 

Building Awards UK Housing of the Year, Commendedation

James Voller Way

 

2008

Scotswood Housing Competition, First Prize

 

Ebbsfleet Architectural Framework, First Prize

Castle Hill Ebbsfleet, (with Proctor & Matthews Architects and Space Craft Architects)

 

2006

Elephant & Castle Housing Competition, First Prize

 

Tarling Estate Mixed-Use Community Centre, First Prize

 

HKUST Campus Building, First Prize

 

Europan Implementation Award, First Prize

 

2005

Next Generation Award UK, Shortlisted

 

2004

Store Lungegardsvann Waterfront Masterplan Competition, First Prize

 

AM/NAi Award, Shortlisted

Schots 1 + 2

 

RIBA Awards, Shortlisted

Schots 1 + 2

 

2003

International Competition for the Redevelopment of Kipsala, Riga, First Prize

 

Mies van der Rohe Award, Shortlisted

Schots 1 + 2

 

2002

Groningen's Best Building of the Year, First Prize

Schots 1 + 2

 

2000

Living in the Year 2000, First Prize

Grenoble site

 

Anglo-Dutch Awards For Enterprise, First Prize

 

Regeneration of the Tarling Estate, First Prize

 

1999

UK Young Architects of the Year, Shortlisted

 

1998

Vinex Housing Competition, First Prize

Bloembollenhof

 

1996

Europan 4 Housing Competition, First Prize

Manchester site

 

1994

Europan 3 Housing Competition, First Prize

Groningen site

 

1993

National Design Award for Urban Design, Winner

Karlsruhe Masterplan

 

1991

International Competition for the Urban Revitalisation of Samarkand, First Prize