The Team

Established in 2011 by Christophe and Paul, after they’d met at a community street party in South London, TAS is a team of architects and designers specialising in sustainable and contemporary building design.

Christophe Spiers

Christophe Spiers

Technical Design Director

Christophe’s attention to detail and craftmanship pervade his work and life. At TAS, he loves to get up close with construction, exploring ideas with contractors, while his love for sailing boats led him to build a 16-foot yawl. He is happiest when in his workshop making furniture, experimenting. This attention to detail is what drew Christophe to study architecture at the Bartlett, UCL, before joining a renowned firm of architects in Chiswick specialising in high-end residential projects. To seek a more complete understanding of how construction methods can be influenced by good design, he established a design-and-build company, a theme he encourages the TAS team to explore.

Paul Thomas

Paul Thomas

Architect & Design Director

Since building his own house at Loxley Stables, Paul has become increasingly fascinated with energy consumption and how buildings really perform from season to season. At TAS, this translates into experimentation with materials and techniques to incorporate sustainability into design. Throughout his career, Paul has explored how the built environment can combine with nature to create a heightened living experience. Before founding TAS, he worked at award-winning practice de Blacam and Meagher in Dublin and at Hopkins both in London and abroad. He has taught at several institutions, including at the Architectural Association focusing on environmental design.

Emily Seymour-Taylor

Emily Seymour-Taylor

Architect & Associate Director

Emily is drawn to the social aspect of architecture; how a space, or a translation of spaces, can affect an individual and improve people’s lives. She has developed a keen interest in affordable housing and how to bring community involvement into the process of creating beautiful homes. Following her studies at the University of Newcastle and London South Bank University, Emily worked for practices in London and Oxfordshire. At TAS, her work spans full project lifecycles and means she wears many hats as an architect, sketching one day, problem-solving another. This variety means her approach to developing ideas and solving challenges is always fresh.

Ondrej Hamrsmid

Ondrej Hamrsmid

Architectural Assistant

Ondrej continuously finds new ways to understand the relationships between the built environment, nature and people. Since he was young, he has experimented with combining multiple disciplines to create spaces that have a positive influence on people, taking into account the wider context. Before Ondrej arrived in London, his career and studies in Architecture and Urban Design at Czech Technical University in Prague took him as far as Istanbul and Copenhagen. His work spans full project life cycles, including a psychiatric hospital in Denmark, Chelsea Waterfront in London and Hagibor in Prague.

Lizzie Hicks

Lizzie Hicks

Architectural Assistant

Lizzie’s approach to architecture is informed by her love for drawing, illustration and graphic design. At TAS she often produces the more technical construction drawings, but her work covers the full project lifespan from planning and on-site management to contract admin. As well as design skills, Lizzie brought to TAS her knowledge and appreciation of Suffolk. After graduating from The University of Nottingham, she worked for a practice on the Suffolk coast. Lizzie continues to explore the countryside around her, bringing ideas back to her own garden where she enjoys growing her own food.

Veronika Mikulkova

Veronika Mikulkova

Architectural Assistant

Veronika is currently on maternity leave – we look forward to welcoming her back soon! Veronika works on a wide variety of projects at TAS, from modern housing schemes in busy London streets to new communities in rural villages and sustainable new homes. Throughout her work, she enjoys introducing her passion for Scandinavian interior design and materials. After graduating in Architecture and Urban Design from the Brno University of Technology, Veronika worked in the Czech Republic and Finland. Since arriving in the UK, she has continued to travel the country to find a more balanced relationship between architecture and the natural landscape.

Elena Rentero

Elena Rentero

Architect

Elena was first led to architecture to discover how her design and craft skills could benefit other people. She enjoys studying the connections between the environment, the urban space and the people who live in it, an exploration she began in Madrid and has continued in the UK. At TAS, Elena continues to learn about sustainable architecture and passive house design, as well as new construction technologies. She is particularly interested in the regeneration of old buildings, mixing contemporary design with old architecture to maximise the potential of what already exists.

Victor Urzola

Victor Urzola

Architectural Assistant

Victor was torn between a career in music or a career in architecture, two avenues that he believes are the greatest ways to learn about the world. Ever since architecture won, he has explored how it reflects both human intellect through time and nature, and how these two elements communicate. To TAS, Victor brings his appreciation for community projects that bring people together both now and in the future, as well as for how culture influences architecture. As a Colombian, having worked across Latin America, he understands the importance of colours and patterns as part of the design process.

Felicity Francis

Felicity Francis

Operations Manager

Felicity is a writer, who also happens to have experience running growing businesses. Alongside her career as a business journalist and freelance writer, both in the UK and internationally, she grew and ran a software company with her sister, which they successfully sold in 2020. At TAS, Felicity helps to keep the business side running, while assisting with communications and marketing. Much of her freelance writing has always focused on property and architecture, areas that she is now enjoying exploring more deeply as she gets to understand the creative process.