Established in 2011, by Christophe and Paul, after initially meeting at a community street party in South London, Thomas and Spiers Architects consists of a fun and passionate team of Architects and designers.
Christophe Spiers Technical Design Director
Christophe studied architecture at the Bartlett, UCL, before working for five years for a renowned firm of Architects in Chiswick, specialising in high end residential projects in the London area. Seeking a more complete understanding of construction methods in conjunction with good design, Christophe set up a design and build company offering a full design service with an in-house construction team with a focus on detail and high end finishing, as well as working with developers on land acquisition and planning feasibility. He has also worked on voluntary schemes, such as sustainable rainforest shelters in Dominica. Christophe now co-owns Thomas and Spiers Architects and maintains a keen interest in all matters technical.
Paul Thomas Architect & Design Director
Paul spent two years working for award winning practice de Blacam and Meagher in Dublin, before completing his Diploma at the Bartlett, UCL. Two and a half years spent working for Hopkins followed, based in London and abroad, working on the RIBA award winning Lawn Tennis Association facility, the International Finance Centre in Dubai and a prestigious new Chemistry Building for Princeton University. He has worked on voluntary construction projects in Bolivia, Arizona and South Africa. He has been an external practitioner, teaching architecture with environmental design at Nottingham University for six years, and now teaches at the Architectural Association in London.
Emily Seymour-Taylor Architect & Associate Director
Emily joined Thomas and Spiers in 2012 having previously worked for renowned practices in London and Oxford. She is a fully qualified and registered Architect and looks after the more challenging projects in the office! Ruthlessly efficient, Emily ensures that drawings actually leave the office when they’re meant to and keeps the rest of the in team in check, whilst simultaneously keeping clients happy and projects running smoothly. Emily’s inner calm comes from a devotion to well-being, having the highest attendance record at the Tuesday yoga class, whilst also maintaining an equally impressive commitment to the office dodgeball league.
Veronika Mikulkova Architectural Assistant
Veronika is a graduate in Architecture and Urban Design from the Brno University of Technology. She has worked in Finland in a studio focussed on urban design, and also in the Czech Republic on residential projects, as well as competition winning project, The Czech pavilion at EXPO 2015 in Milan. Veronika is passionate about scandinavian interior design and very fussy about her coffee. She spends her weekends traversing the country in an attempt to understand and find a more balanced relationship between architecture and the natural landscape and loves swimming and skiing but never at the same time.
Lizzie Hicks Architectural Assistant
Lizzie graduated from The University of Nottingham in 2011, and returned to Suffolk to work for an award winning coastal practice, focussing on innovative and sustainable residential design. After a brief foray into the world of graphic design and illustration (where she still likes to go at the weekend), she joined Thomas and Spiers as an architectural assistant in 2014. Lizzie likes exploring the Suffolk countryside and coast, as well as tending to her own urban garden, and always remembers to shut the chickens away at the end of the day.
Man Yee Li Architectural Assistant
Man Yee joined Thomas and Spiers in summer 2019 as a graduate from the Mackintosh School of Architecture. Her studies centred on the progression of a Japanese tea ceremony, after spending 6 months living and eating her way through Kyoto. Man Yee loves working on beautiful collages both on and off the computer, and is as green fingered as she is tech savvy – looking after our technical needs as well as nurturing and growing succulents. The office now resembles a terrarium and we’re thrilled to bits!