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.
▸ Joe Swift
Joe Swift, studied architecture in Brighton, UCL and the London Metropolitan University, where he was awarded International Resourceful Architect of the Year 2010 and Global Architecture Graduate runner up in 2011. He worked for Austin Smith Lord before moving to Cuba for a year to work for the restoration of Habana Vieja. Upon his return he worked for AiR under Jo Townshend’s direction. Joe went on to work at Carden & Godfrey, an architecture practice specialising in conservation and restoration projects, here he worked on Grade I and II Listed Church projects, the Dover War Time Tunnels and Dover Castle - a National Monument. He has worked at JTA since 2011.
▸ George Holland
George has recently joined JTA having spent the last 18 months working on a garden centre in Hampshire. His experience in practice is in private residential architecture, working on extensions and new build houses in London and the South East. A graduate of Sheffield and Cardiff Universities, George has recently started the Part 3 course at London Met. Currently George is refurbishing his own flat, learning first hand the challenges of work on site! George is a keen cyclist and traveller and is a qualified Park Ranger.
▸ 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 in the process of renovating a 1915 Dutch Barge.