JTA was formed in 2010 and has a diverse portfolio of work, ranging from bespoke luxury residential to school projects and is used to adapting its approach to suit the requirements of the brief and the client. We aim to work in close consultation with the client and other stakeholders and consider the development of the brief to be paramount to the success of a project.
Our team works with both new build and existing buildings and has experience of working with buildings of different eras and styles. JTA develops a contemporary language to clearly meet the client’s requirements and is experienced in marrying this sympathetically with the existing building fabric and vocabulary.
▸ Jo Townshend
Jo graduated from the Bartlett, UCL in 1995 and spent 5 years working in London architectural practices. After spending a further two years converting and renovating a farmhouse in France she co-founded Architects in Residence (AiR). AiR won the competition to build a new River side Café in Rotherham as part of their regeneration programme and was selected to the framework list of small practices for the 2012 Athletes Village in the Olympic Park. AiR was also shortlisted for YAYA in 2008. Jo went on to found JTA in 2010 which is developing into a successful and vibrant small practice.
Jo moved to Blackheath in 2003 because she loved the Span Houses and their communities, designed by Eric Lyons, and has lived in a Span house for the last 12 years, renovating and extending her house. As a member of the resident’s committee in her Span Development which is fifty years old, Jo learnt about the importance of longevity and about whatit takes to make successful projects stay successful and how this can be built into the initial designs.
Jo was a governor at a local primary school for over six years. In her role as Chair of Governors she had to help the school develop capital projects. This has been an invaluable process of understanding the project development/construction process from the position of the client.
She has also taught design at the City & Guilds of London Art School and been an external examiner for the London Metropolitan University for RIBA Part 3 Professional Qualification.
Jo is a fluent French speaker experienced in working with local artisans and professionals in France and has previously been registered as a French architect in the Ordre des Architects.
▸ Andy Hedger
After completing an engineering apprenticeship, Andy graduated from UWE, Bristol with a degree in Architecture and Planning. He spent a year working within a planning consultancy, specialising in gaining permissions for a variety of developments on sensitive sites including Conservation Areas, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Andy joined JTA as an Architectural Assistant in 2016 and is currently undertaking a Masters in Sustainable Architecture at the Centre for Alternative Technology. Outside of work and study he is in the process of renovating a 1915 Dutch Barge.
▸ Angel Madix
Angel joined JTA as an Architectural Assistant after spending a year working on a residential project in Southern Portugal. She is a recent graduate of the University of Brighton, leaving with a First Class Honours in Interior Architecture. This time led to an understanding of intercultural awareness, considering the narrative between building users, community integration and navigation of space. Angel is also currently working on her C1 Spanish Diploma.
▸ Victor Catanovs
Hailing from Riga, Victor has studied and worked between Milan, Dublin and London over the past 10 years. Through his experience working on various projects in major European cities, Victor has developed a passion for designing homes. In 2016 he graduated with a Masters degree from the University of East London.
Joining us in early 2018, any visitor to the JTA offices would have had the pleasure of meeting our loveable office receptionist Scout. She is keenly interested in long muddy walks, treats and a good belly rub!