Larissa Johnston Architects

Larissa Johnston Architects is a small London-based architectural studio delivering intelligent, original and aspirational design solutions for buildings and projects. The focus of the practice is on residential and public projects.

The practice takes an analytical and contextual design approach whether reworking existing buildings, or designing new buildings within a particular landscape or urban context. The architectural design is sensitive and responsive yet distinctly contemporary. The Islington Maisonette project, which has been widely published, is an example of a strikingly minimalist and modern reworking of a traditional building.

In additional to developing a varied portfolio of residential projects the practice has an ongoing interest in the public realm. This has been largely pursued through participation in a number of competitions including the Coniston Cricket Pavilion International Competition for which the practice was one of three to be shortlisted.

The work of the practice is largely derived from a cohesive manipulation of space, light and the sensual quality of materials to produce spaces which are a joy to inhabit. Quality is at the heart of everything that is produced and this is achieved through an intensely rigorous design process alongside an open, exploratory and collaborative dialogue with clients and project teams.

Larissa Johnston Architects was founded in 2015 by Larissa Johnston. She brings to the practice 20 years of experience working for leading architectural practices in London and Australia, on a number of multi-award-winning projects. At Stanton Williams, Larissa was the Project Architect responsible for the delivery of the new King’s Cross Square and the Hackney Marshes Centre.

Larissa has a keen interest in the craft of making beautiful work, an eye for impeccable detail, and a love of natural materials. She has worked on a number of self-build projects, particularly involving detailed timber joinery. This experience has informed her practice of architecture.

Alongside her work in practice Larissa is a technical design tutor and guest critic at the University of Greenwich. She has also participated in a number of architectural education programmes including RIBA student mentoring at Central Saint Martins, and Open City’s Architecture in Schools programmes.

Professional associations

ARB, RIBA (Level 1)

Type(s) of work

Private residential, Conservation & Heritage, Public buildings

Main locations

London, South East England, South England, South West England, Depending on size of project we are happy to work anywhere in UK or international

Projects by Larissa Johnston Architects


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