Lynch Architects is an RIBA Chartered practice situated in Hackney, East London. Lynch Architects was founded by Patrick Lynch in 1997, and we recently celebrated our 25th anniversary. The practice undertakes projects at every scale from private houses, art galleries and public spaces, to master plans and major commercial and residential buildings. We believe in the craft of architecture, and our studio is a place where we make things - models at various scales, and images that reflect the tectonic and figurative qualities of architectural projects. Our work has been widely published internationally, and was exhibited at The Venice Biennale in 2008 and 2012, and at the Milan Trienalle in 2018. We contribute to architectural culture as teachers and as writers, and also act as conservation architects and as heritage specialists. In sum, we are General Practitioners, specialising in beauty and use.
The practice is responsible for designing and delivering some of the largest development schemes across London, as well as very small, almost invisible design solutions that compliment and help their neighbours. Recent projects include The Zig Zag Building, an office building, and Kings Gate, a residential scheme, both for Landsec, situated at Victoria Street in The City of Westminster. We are currently working for a diverse range of clients on a wide range of projects, including a 17 story office building, n2, also for Landsec at Victoria; social and market housing (for Hackney Council): government and cultural projects (for Westminster Council), as well as houses and monuments. We are committed to the idea that good design entails the search for a poetic economy of means.
We have won a number of awards including best office building at The World Architecture Festival in 2016; a commendation from The American Institute of Architects (for Kings Gate) in 2018; and The Young Architect of the Year Award in 2005.
We are currently recruiting. Please send a CV and a small portfolio to email@example.com with a short letter explaining how you might contribute to the ethos of the practice.
We also run a small publishing house from within the practice, Canalside Press, which publishes the Journal of Civic Architecture (JoCA) as well as books on the history of modern architecture, photography and poetry. Dr Patrick Lynch, the founding partner, has written a number of books, two of which - published by Artifice/Blackdog - are available to purchase via the Books and Writing section of this website, as are copies of the JoCA. For details of this, and other book publications, see www.canalsidepress.com
Patrick Lynch founded was born in Oxfordshire and studied architecture at The University of Liverpool 1987–1993. He holds an M-Phil in The History and Philosophy of Architecture from The University of Cambridge 1995–6 where he was supervised by Dalibor Vesely. Patrick gained his PhD from London Metropolitan University in 2015, where he was supervised by Peter Carl, Helen Mallinson and Joseph Rykwert, and he also studied theology and philosophy at The University of Oxford. His writing and design work has been widely published. Recent books include The Theatricality of the Baroque City (2011) and Mimesis (2015). Civic Ground, a version of his PhD, was published in 2017. He is a member of RIBA, The Art Worker's Guild, The Worshipful Company of Architects, and sits on Islington Council's Design Review Panel and RIBA Education Committee. Patrick is the editor and publisher of the Journal of Civic Architecture, which is published twice a year by Canalside Press. He established the press in 2018, from within the offices of Lynch Architects. On Intricacy, a book with and about the English architect John Meunier was published in 2020, Change is the Reality: The Work of Robin Walker Architect appeared in 2021, and Part of a City: The Work of Neave Brown Architect was published in 2022. Patrick has taught at the Architectural Association, London Met, UCD, Kingston, and Cambridge. He is an Honorary Professor at The University of Liverpool, and also teaches part-time at The Bartlett UCL and at KU Leuven. He can be found on Instagram @pad_lynch
Claudia Lynch studied architecture at T.U. Dresden 1990–5 and at The University of North London 1995–7. Before joining Lynch Architects full time in 2005 she worked on medium and large scale projects for Michael Wilford & Partners and as an associate at van Heyningen & Haward. She is a member of RIBA.
David Evans studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London 1983–1989. He worked in the office of EPR Architects Ltd from 1989 to 2009 becoming a Director in 2004, a position he held until joining Lynch Architects in 2010. David has taught architectural design at undergraduate level at the University of Liverpool, and is a Professional (Part 3) Examiner at London Metropolitan University. He is a member of RIBA.
Rachel Elliott studied at The Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow University, from 1995-2002. She worked at van Heyningen & Haward from 2002 before joining Lynch Architects in 2010 and has worked on a wide range of projects, acting as client representative for the delivery of the Kings Gate and The Zig Zag Building developments in Westminster. Rachel has significant experience working on listed buildings, including extensive involvement in the redevelopment of Corfield Court, an historic mixed-use city block for St John’s College, Cambridge, while at van Heyningen & Haward. She has attended the SPAB Repair of Old Buildings Course and the RIBA Conservation Course and obtained accreditation as a Conservation Architect. Rachel is the project architect for Westminster Coroner's Court project for Westminster City Council. She is a member of RIBA.
Luke studied architecture at Manchester University 2004–10, joining Lynch Architects as a graduate in 2010, where he worked on the initial and detail design of Kings Gate. He was the project architect for the Kings Gate penthouses, and is currently the project architect for The Fairbank Estate project in Hoxton for Hackney Council. He is a member of RIBA.
Carol studied engineering at the University of Warwick from 1985 to 1988 and architecture at the University of Bath from 1994 to 1998 and the University of Edinburgh 1998–2000. She then worked at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studio from 2000–2007 followed by Patel Taylor from 2007–2011. Carol is currently the project architect for n2, an office building for Landsec in Westminster. She is a member of RIBA.
We are always looking for talented people to work with, and sometimes have vacancies.
To apply please send your CV, cover letter and examples of your work for the attention of Patrick Lynch.
Please note that we will only accept hard copy applications. Email applications will not be considered.