t-sa is an architectural atelier focused on producing work of enduring tactile quality. Its methodology deeply engages with each character of the specific context and materiality of each project. Context meaning the existing built fabric, its details, city, landscape as well as the stories and the narratives of the client and the inhabitants. Social, cultural, economical and political aspects of the background context also play important roles regardless of the scale of the project. t-sa believes in working with what already exists on site in the most economical means, delivering enriched and renewed built-life to each project. The notion of renewal is researched and investigated within the practice and through teaching at t-sa forum, our own independently run research school. Through materials and each specific context, t-sa has an interest in emotional qualities in the textures and tactility as well as connecting to the past and the future for each project environment.
From refurbishment of small spaces to new build projects, t-sa seeks for the core essence of each architectural challenge for our clients and aims to create timeless architecture with clarity and sensitive subtleties. It is helping to construct the future heritage of our built environment and landscapes.
t-sa was set up in 1996, founded by Yuli Toh and Takero Shimazaki. Formerly known as Toh Shimazaki Architecture, it works as a team discipline, often collaborating with designers, researchers and photographers on projects.
The Team and Collaborators
Takero Shimazaki — Director
Takero graduated from the University of Wales, Cardiff and The Bartlett School of Architecture, London. Having previously worked for Itsuko Hasegawa Atelier, Richard Rogers Partnership and Alison and Peter Smithson, he co-founded t-sa with Yuli Toh in 1996. He taught at the Architectural Association between 2010 and 2015 and is an external examiner at Cambridge and Cardiff. He currently runs Diploma Unit 8 at The Cass, London Metropolitan University.
Jennifer Frewen — Associate
Jennifer having graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology, worked for an architecture and masterplanning practice in Dublin. She has been an integral part of t-sa since participating in t-sa’s research workshop, t-sa forum following her degree. She is involved with guiding the direction and delivery of t-sa’s ongoing works, bringing a strong aesthetic, precision and detail to each project. She has become a lead designer in the team and a credit in the development of the practice.
Cécile David — Architect
Cécile graduated from École d’Architecture in Marne-la-Vallée, France before moving to the UK in 2011. She completed her professional qualifications at the University of Westminster. Prior to joining t-sa in 2018 she worked in several practices in Switzerland and London, where she worked on the delivery of several projects, ranging from residential extensions, retail refurbishment and a large student halls of residence in Cambridge. She is currently leading the development and delivery of cultural, commercial and heritage projects, focusing on their materiality and detailed expression.
Edward Pepper — Architect
Edward obtained his Diploma from Architectural Association having previously studied at Edinburgh College of Art. Prior to joining t-sa he worked in Scotland and Ireland on numerous housing and conservation projects. Since joining t-sa, he has been focused on delivering the atmospheric and tactile ambition for the projects he leads in the office.
Craig Mitchell — Architect
Craig gained his Diploma at Kingston University before qualifying at the RIBA. Prior to joining t-sa he has worked in the Channel Islands and a number of London practices on a variety of small and large cultural and residential projects. He is also engaged in university tutoring and continues his role as guest critic. He is currently involved in the development and delivery of a number of t-sa’s housing and heritage projects, and assists in the coordination of t-sa forum.
Haruka Nogami — Architectural Designer
Haruka graduated from Tokyo University of Science and Tokyo University of the Arts. She was a member of Kumiko Inui Laboratory while studying for her Masters and worked on a number of projects including the GTS Sightseeing Art Project and the Little Spaces exhibition at the TOTO Gallery. She is currently driving numerous t-sa projects through her rigorous design approach to in-depth material testing, careful detailing and spatial relationships.
Paolo Emilio Pisano — Architectural Designer
Keyura Alva Samson — Architectural Designer
Keyura graduated from Kingston University and The Cass School of Architecture. She has worked on a number of housing projects in London and Cambridge prior to joining t-sa. She is currently focused on exploring the material qualities of cultural, residential and heritage projects in the office. She is also coordinating t-sa forum workshop events and publications in collaboration with the Architectural Association Visiting School programme.
Giacomo Pelizzari — Architectural Designer
Giacomo graduated from the University of Manchester and The Cass School of Architecture. Prior to joining t-sa he worked in Chile and Switzerland on a variety of projects where the theme of the house was explored, from single family homes to social housing. He is currently developing housing typologies and residential projects in the office.
Anton Gorlenko — Collaborative Photographer
Anton completed a Masters Degree on the history of European Neoclassical architecture at Moscow State University. He has worked as an art critic for various magazines and in 2008 launched 1064 ° Goldsmiths Guild, a creative agency working on book design, installations, films and jewellery. Since moving to London in 2012 he studied architecture at the Architectural Association and is currently working as a freelance architectural designer, collaborating with Strelka Institute.
Doll Knowles — Hospitality
Ian Parlane — Financial Director
Past team and collaborators
John Ahern, Tomoyo Arimoto, Louisa Barfoot, Jason Bechtle, Simon Davison, Emmanuel Dupont, Angie Foong, Jon Errazti De Miguel, Tom Gibson, David Giera, Tanya Goknel, Isabell Gonzaga, Egon Hansen, Emily Harland, Aki Hiraoka, Takehiko Iseki, Yeewan Iu, Risa Iwashita, James Kitson, Stefan Kogler, James Lloyd-Mostyn, Charlie Luxton, Kate Luxton, Anna Mansfield, Alasdair Mckenzie, Rosie McLaren, Carin Nakanishi, Antonio Otero, Colin Priest, Ben Rogers, Mami Sayo, Wee-Liam Seow, Meiri Shinohara, Sarah Smith, Erika Suzuki, Kenji Suzuki, Take Suzuki, Kirsty Taylor, Anna Maria Trauttmansdorff, Franziska Wagner, Yu Hsiang Wang, Yoko Watanabe, Ceri Williams.
Graphic Designer and Screen print artists
Luma Studio – Lucie Murtagh and Mark Stonehouse
- P.Buxton, ’50 Architects 50 Buildings’, Hexenhaus, June 2016, p. 134-137
- T. Shimazaki, ‘JIA MAGAZINE’, no. 329, Aug 2016, p. 12-15
- L. Mark, ‘Building study: Takero Shimazaki Architects Leicester Print Workshop,’ The Architects’ Journal: Workplaces, Issue 12, vol. 243, May 2016, p.26-34
- The Architecture Foundation, ‘New Architects 3’, Merrell Publishers, London 2016, p. 284-285
- T. Wilkinson, ‘Typology: Cinemas – Takero Shimazaki Curzon Bloomsbury Refurbishment, London, 2015’, The Architectural Review vol. 1427, Jan 2016, p. 66
- V. Richardson, ‘Takero Shimazaki Architects’ renovation of Brunswick Centre cinema is both raw and refined’, Architecture Today no. 262 Oct 2015, p. 38-47
- E. Lawrenson, ‘Farewell, Leicester Square’, Sight & Sound, Issue 8, vol. 25, Aug 2015, p. 44
- R. Bound, ‘Now Showing – London’, Monocle, Issue 83, vol. 9, May 2015, p. 95-100
- R. Gilbey, ‘Pink concrete, optical tricks and ferried olives: inside the redesigned Curzon Bloomsbury’, New Statesman, 31 Mar 2015
- C. Maslen, ‘Zoning: how to create a cosy open-plan home’, The Sunday Times, 21 Sept 2014
- Venice Biennale, August to November 2012, Venice Takeaway, British Pavilion: Architecture of People, Nature and Place, 'Venice Takeaway'
- AA Project Review, June 2011, Intermediate Unit 2 – Crafted Narratives
- TOTO Gallery, September 2010, Adaptable Structures
- Nanyodo Bookshop, April 2010, Adaptable Structures and Tactile Details: Exhibition of Work from the t-sa Tokyo Forum
- Royal Academy, March 2009, Andrea Palladio: His life and legacy
- Embassy of Japan, June to July 2008, Craft in Context: an Exhibition of Work from the Toh Shimazaki Architecture Forum
- Buro Happold, February to March 2008, Architecture: Where to? Toh Shimazaki: The Working Table
- Zollverien, Essen, Germany, August 2006, Talking Cities, ENTRY2006 – Toh Shimazaki Installation
- Bookartbookshop, May 2005, Draw It: An exhibition of drawings on the cover of Blueprint. Image, Takero Shimazaki.
- Royal Academy, August 2004, Summer Exhibition, Open & Shut House Collage
t-sa forum architecture school
t-sa is actively involved in education. t-sa forum, an independent school run by the practice was set up in 2006 and is now running annual workshops. t-sa forum aims to bridge the gap between academia and practice, teaching students to test creative working methods in professional environments. t-sa forum is a research wing to t-sa and has been investigating the idea of renewal in our built environment, focusing on ‘refurbishment’ as a theme in buildings in the UK. Takero Shimazaki taught at Architectural Association (2010-2015) and is currently an external examiner at Cardiff and Cambridge.