We are a small architectural practice which operates within an informal and open office. We are a hierarchy free enterprise where everyone has a voice and is encouraged to contribute towards the creative output of the firm.

The atmosphere within the firm is both light-hearted and buzzy, and where no one is allowed to take themselves too seriously. The quality of the work we produce is the only thing we allow ourselves to take seriously.

In terms of age, gender and nationality we are broadly mixed and we firmly believe that this helps us to keep a sense of balance in all that we do.


Tom Pike

Director & Architect

Tom Pike

Director & Architect

Dip AD, Dip Arch, RIBA.

Tom Pike has had a long and fulfilling career in architecture and design, during which he has been involved with a wide variety of disciplines.

Tom initially studied fine art and 3D design at Farnham School of Art and then went on to study architecture at Kingston University. On graduating in 1978, he co-founded the architectural and interior design practice of Tilney Pike Shane. The firm flourished during the 1980s and soon became one of London’s forefront practices of commercial interior design.

In 1987, Tom started up his own firm, The Pike Practice, and began to focus more on architectural work. The Pike Practice enjoyed a sustained period of growth, both in scale and in the breadth of projects. Everything from factories to fashion showrooms, Harley Street clinics, barristers’ chambers, restaurants, art galleries and office interiors, formed an important part of the firm’s workload.

In 2008, Tom joined partnership with Matthew Giles who had been working at the firm since 2003, and the practice then changed its name to Giles & Pike Architects. The firm now specialises in high-quality residential work, ranging from domestic refurbishments and extensions to new-build houses and developments.

Away from the office, Tom’s passions lie in both art and sport. He is a part-time painter, an art collector, a cricketer, tennis player and a keen follower of rugby and football.

Matthew Giles

Director & Architect

Matthew Giles

Director & Architect

BA, Dip Arch, RIBA

Matthew studied architecture at Liverpool Polytechnic and the University of Liverpool, graduating in 1996. Whilst a student architect, Matthew was employed by the multi-disciplinary firm Shed KM in Liverpool, where he worked on a number of urban renewal schemes, including the first Urban Splash development, Concert Square Apartments

After graduating, Matthew spent three years working in Miami and the Caribbean as a project architect and site architect on several exclusive hotel developments. This gave him invaluable experience, very early in his career, about building construction, contract administration and the machinations of the building industry.

On returning to London in 1999, Matthew worked for United Designers overseeing and designing high-end residential projects, including houses for David Ross and Bruce Willis. During his time at United, Matthew was also responsible for several competition projects including the winning entry for No. 1 Glasgow, a city centre hotel in the former Glasgow Post Office Building.

In 2002, Matthew joined The Pike Practice where he has spent the last few years designing and project managing a large number of high-class residential developments, both new-build projects and private house refurbishments. In 2008, Matthew became a partner of the firm and in 2010 the practice was renamed Giles & Pike Architects. He is now instrumental in running the practice.

When he’s not in the office he spends much of his time conjuring up ways to build his dream house and adding to his art collection. He is also a keen cook, and enjoys preparing Italian food for his own consumption!

Paula Bridges

Architect

Paula Bridges

Architect

BA Arch, MSc, RIBA

Paula grew up and was educated in Brazil, graduating in architecture from the Federal University of Minas Gerais.

Arriving in Britain in 1993, she settled in Edinburgh, and worked for several practices there, as well as taking an MSc in Computer Aided Building Design at Strathclyde University.

In 1997, Paula came to London and worked for The Halpern Partnership (now called Formation Architects). The most significant project she worked on was the refurbishment of the Langham Hotel in Portland Place, including the design of a new leisure complex.

 

Paula joined The Pike Practice in 2002 and since then has been a key member of the team. She has been responsible for some of the firm’s most significant projects and has recently headed up the team on the St Mary’s Road project – a major new-build house in Wimbledon.

As well as her interests in architecture, Paula is keen to improve her windsurfing skills, take a photography course and to learn more foreign languages.

Kate Yaldren

Studio Manager

Kate Yaldren

Studio Manager

Kate completed a foundation course at Winchester School of Art in 1991 and then went on to do an HND in shoe design and millinery at Cordwainers College. MORE

On graduating she joined Coexistence where she worked on the sales side of the company. Kate then moved to SCP where she took on the role of accessory buyer and manager ofthe Shoreditch showroom. In 2007, she joined Inform Furniture where she worked on the selection and the specification of Scandinavian furniture, and also assisted on the project management and installation side of the business. In 2008, Kate joined Giles & Pike Architects as practice manager and she is instrumental in developing the project management services.

Ellen Sacks-Jones

Architect

Ellen Sacks-Jones

Architect

BA (Hons), BArch (Hons), Prof Dip, RIBA

Whilst studying architecture at Newcastle University, Ellen worked for the renowned northern firm of FaulknerBrowns on sports, hotel and education related schemes.

After university she moved back to London and continued her education at the Architectural Association where she completed her Part III.

In 2008 she joined the firm BHM Architects, where she qualified. Whilst there she worked largely on educational projects, including an Academy School in West London and several smaller private school projects. Ellen joined Giles & Pike Architects in 2010 and rapidly became an important member of the team.

 

Ellen has a particular interest in designing educational environments. As a student, she was involved in an architecture programme for schools, which encouraged children to take an interest in the built environment.

Ellen has curated architecture exhibitions, and has written various articles for the RIBA. Her interests outside work lie in travel and theatre.

Basia Karas

Architect

Basia Karas

Architect

Basia came to London in 1996 as an architectural student, and worked here for a year. She then returned to complete her studies at the Technical University in Wroclaw, Poland.

After qualifying as an architect in 2000 in Poland, she then came back to London to work. Subsequently she qualified with the RIBA Part III exams in 2005.

Before joining Giles & Pike Architects she worked for several architectural practices and development companies.

Her experience is varied, having worked on boutique hotels, office buildings and high-end residential projects. Also prior to joining Giles & Pike Architects she worked for a high profile project management and development company.

 

She has a particular interest in timber frame construction, and recently designed a timber framed contemporary house in Wroclaw (her home town).

Away from the office, Basia enjoys scuba diving, skiing and travelling to far flung locations. In 2009 she and her husband completed a world tour and had many adventures and exhilarating experiences, such as riding horses across the Mongolian steppe, trekking in the Himalayas, hot air ballooning over the karst Mountains in China and diving with giant manta rays in Hawaii.

 

Edwina Threipland

Architect

Edwina Threipland

Architect

MA Cantab, Dip Arch, RIBA

Edwina studied architecture at Cambridge University (Part I), London Metropolitan University (Part II) and Westminster University (Part III).

Between Part I and Part II, Edwina travelled to Malaysia and spent two years working on high-end residences and commercial projects in Bangkok, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. During her Part II diploma she became interested in climate change and related issues. She worked with Raoul Bunschoten in his urban master-planning studio, specialising in housing that mitigated its environmental impact through floodwater manipulation and renewable energies.

On graduating, Edwina pursued her interests in climate-related design and joined ZEDfactory, where she ran new-build projects that achieved zero carbon ratings and ecological refurbishments of existing housing stock.

Edwina moved on to KSR Architects where she became a team leader responsible for matters relating to sustainability and ‘green design’. She joined Giles & Pike Architects in 2010 and has taken up a key role in the practice.

Away from the office, Edwina has recently completed a house for her family in Spain, using full-height glazing with spectacular views over the mountains and sea. She is also interested in theatre set design and has designed sets for Taming of the Shrew at the National Theatre in Cambridge. She enjoys writing on architectural matters, ecological issues and designed the cover for Ken Yeang Ecodesign Dictionary.

William Parker

Architectural Assistant

William Parker

Architectural Assistant

William studied for his BA in Architectural Design at the Manchester School of Architecture, obtaining a first class honours degree in 2014. During his final year his design focus was within the atelier ‘adaptive architecture for climate change’, and through this he developed a keen interest in sustainable and nature-inclusive design.

After his studies in Manchester, William took some time to work within another passion of his: contemporary art. He spent two years operating production at a project space in Mayfair, as well as opening a small residency programme and construction installation for international galleries at art fairs, such as Frieze London.

Alongside this he completed a Masters In Art and Space at Kingston University before joining Giles Pike in early 2017, on his placement year as a student architect. William is also keen traveller. Most recently he redesigned and converted an American school bus into a motorhome, before completing a trip across the United States.