Skene Catling de la Pena

Charlotte Skene Catling Charlotte Skene Catling co-founded Skene Catling de la Peña architects in 2003. She has written about architecture, design and fashion and has contributed to the Sunday Telegraph, The Burlington Magazine, The Architectural Review and ARCH+. She runs projects that border architecture and other disciplines such as film and music in parallel to her practice. Charlotte taught a post-graduate architecture unit at the Royal College of Art between 2007 and 2012, advised as a consultant in the formation of the London School of Architecture (LSA), and is completing a research project with the photography department of the Royal College of Art and the Rothschild Foundation focused on representation in architecture. She is external examiner for the University of Greenwich and currently teaches at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Germany.

Jaime de la Peña studied architecture at the University of Westminster. He has practiced in Berlin with the Maximiliano Burgmeyer Architektburo; in Sri Lanka with Geoffrey Bawa, and in the UK with Walters and Cohen. He set up Skene Catling de la Peña with Charlotte Skene Catling in 2003 and remains a regular collaborator, as well as working on his own projects in the UK, Spain and Sri Lanka.

Vanessa Perry studied architecture at the University of Westminster. She worked with DEGW, and Maxwell Hutchinson, before leaving architecture for the law. She has, however, now returned to architecture to work as practice manager for Skene Catling de la Peña, following a decade managing and fee-earning for a City firm of solicitors who specialised in the area of complex crime and “white collar” fraud.

Theodora Bowering studied at the University of Sydney, graduating with First Class Honours in 2006. She was awarded the Faculty of Architecture Alumni Prize and the Ethel M Chettle Prize among other distinctions. She has built at a range of scales having spent time working as a stonemason under RAIA Gold Medalist Richard Leplastrier, conceptualising a small pottery studio while in private practice and gathering over four years experience working on public, commercial and residential projects in and around Sydney. Additionally, she has spent three years teaching Design and Communications at the University of Sydney as well as guest tutoring at Strathclyde University in Glasgow. Theodora has been working at Skene Catling de la Peña since October 2010.

Tomoaki Todome studied architecture at the Miyagi University, Japan, and the University of East London, where he graduated with distinction in 2009. His thesis project, Attentiveness, looked at the role of memory in the experience and critique of architecture through theoretical and physical explorations. After interning at Maki and Associates in Tokyo, he started working at Skene Catling de la Peña in April 2011.

Amaia Orrico Aicua graduated from the University of Navarre, Pamplona, Spain, in 2010. Her Final Degree Project focused on the development of a façade system, particularly the potential for flexibility and variation within the system to respond to specific contextual, environmental and perceptual relationships. She has been working at Skene Catling de la Peña since January 2011.

Samuel Chisholm graduated from Manchester School of Architecture in 2007 with First Class honours. He spent three years working for Skene Catling de la Peña before returning to university in 2010. He is currently studying Diploma Architecture at London Metropolitan University.

Cecilia Grazia Susca studied at the Politecnico di Bari. She graduated in 2005 and her final degree studio focused on Islamic architecture. She worked in several offices in Bari and participated in competitions. In 2006 she won first prize with Carlo Moccia at “Venice la Biennale” competition with a project about the water front of Crotone named “Cities of Stones”. In 2007 she specialized in virtual restoration and Geographical Information Systems for the contemporary use of cultural heritage at the ITC-CNR of Bari (National Research Institute – Technical Building Institute of Bari)

Tom Greenall graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2005 with a First Class honours degree in architecture, before completing his masters at the Royal College of Art in London. He graduated in 2009, winning the Alsop Award for Urbanism and a place in Building Design magazine’s Class of 2009 – a student prize given to the top six architecture graduates of the year. With his thesis project, Tom focused on the potential for religious texts to be used as design guidance and has subsequently been commissioned by the writer Alain de Botton to collaborate on a new book concerned with secular society. Tom has also completed award-winning buildings with architects DSDHA and has written for both Building Magazine and Building Design magazine.

Jordan Hodgson graduated from Leeds Metropolitan University in 2006 with a First Class honours degree in architecture, before studying for a Masters degree at the Royal College of Art in London. His thesis project, in which he exploited the potential of 3D computer modelling to imagine a future London emblazoned with Neo-Baroque ornamentation, was nominated for the Conran Prize and the 3D reid Student Prize, and was shortlisted for the RIBA Silver Medal. He has been widely published, most recently in a book entitled ‘Digital Architecture: Passages through Hinterlands’, and has been included in magazines such as ICON, the Architects Journal and Building Design Magazine. In 2009, Jordan formed ‘House of Jonn’, a multidisciplinary practice, with a fellow RCA graduate and has been awarded a creative residency at the Hospital Club in London.

Markus Bergstrom studied in Copenhagen at the Danish School of Design and afterwards at the Royal College of Art, graduating in 2006 from the Design Product department. During and after his studies Markus has worked with a number of practices, among others Uglycute in Stockholm, Atelier Bow Wow in Tokyo and Michael Marriott in London.

Tania Moreira David studied Architecture at Lusiada University in Lisbon. She worked in several offices in Lisbon; Meridiano Architects, ACN & GMG, and 3G Architects before starting her own practice. She formed Tania David Architects with a colleague in 2003. With a focus on residential work, they also designed a Cultural Centre, a Club-house, a Design Studio and participated in competitions.

Tatiana Vela Jara graduated from Sheffield University School of Architecture in 2008 with first class honours. Her work focuses on the intimate relationship between users and architecture, always led by concept, experience and sensations. Tatiana was nominated for the WIP Student of the Year award in 2007 and her work has been published by the university.

Henry Kleine graduated in 2002 in architecture and town planning at the Hochschule fur Technick Wirtschaft und Kultur, Leipzig, Germany. He worked in numerous offices across Sweden, Italy and the UK on award winning urban regeneration, cultural and art related projects. After researching the relationship between sculpture and space at the HGB, Academy of Visual Arts in Leipzig and Central St. Martins College of Art and Design. Henry is collaborating with international artists from London, New York and Berlin and is currently setting up his own gallery and project space.