Unashamedly ambitious. Creating better places. Having fun along the way.
IF_DO was founded in 2014 by three good friends, bored by inaction and excited by the possibility of doing things differently.
We believe architecture has the power to improve lives and make communities happier and stronger. We have a knack for building relationships, exceeding expectations and delivering projects with people at their heart.
We won the first competition we entered, The Dulwich Pavilion, and its success led to work across Education, Arts, Community, Workspace and Housing.
We are a close team who hold each other to the highest standards. Our growing reputation is for well loved and thoughtful work.
Sarah is a firm believer in collaboration – amongst colleagues, with clients, with stakeholders, and with the people who will be enjoying our buildings for years to come. She’s brilliant at finding a way through competing interests to come up with a design that works for everyone, and this kind of determined diplomacy was one of the key ingredients in the transformation of a dilapidated structure near Waterloo Station into a vibrant community hub.
Sarah feels strongly about sharing our knowledge and experience beyond the practice, and she has taught at both the University of Brighton and the London School of Architecture. She is a chapter leader for Urbanistas, a women-led network devoted to supporting and encouraging women working in the built environment, and is passionate about the need to make architecture a more diverse and equal profession.
Al combines the perfect balance of imagination and pragmatism, and he’s fascinated by the path from one to the other, or – in more architectural terms – from initial sketch to finished building. For him, the craft and ‘buildability’ of architecture is crucial, and he led the delivery of the Dulwich Pavilion, the project that has perhaps done the most to show what we are capable of when we bring conceptual thought and technical ability together. But for Al the real success of the project lies in the impact it’s had on everyone who’s visited, and the positive contribution it’s made to the community.
Al is committed to increasing the socio-economic diversity of our profession. He is an RIBA mentor to architecture students and is involved with the Stephen Lawrence Charitable Trust and the Social Mobility Foundation, helping create more opportunities for young people from all backgrounds.
Thomas is a big-picture thinker and masterplanner by nature. He has a wide-angle view on every element of our work and sees connections that might not be immediately obvious. He’s also a great communicator – both in person and on the page – and his TEDx Talk on ‘Architecture’s Ripple Effect’ is the perfect introduction to how we think and work.
This interest in the wider repercussions of architecture goes hand in hand with an interest in sustainability and creating healthy environments. He’s drawn to working on projects where IF_DO can make a positive and far-reaching impact. He was the driving force in making our work at St Teresa’s School so rewarding, both for us and for the school, by involving the students in reshaping their school for the better, and inspiring them with what architecture can do.
Eve joined IF_DO in July 2020 after graduating from the Bartlett School of Architecture. She has a keen interest in self build and prototypical architecture, as well as the use of natural materials. She explored these ideas in her final project at the Bartlett, creating a series of images investigating the impact of materiality on spatial conditions within a tenement block.
Eve is part of the design team for a number of IF_DO’s community and social infrastructure projects.
Anna is the project architect for IF_DO’s transformation of the Observer Building in Hastings which will create a 4,000sqm mixed-use community facility. She joined IF_DO in 2020 following four years at Webb Yates Engineers where she led on a range of residential, refurbishment, arts and community projects.
Anna brings to IF_DO a firm belief in the potential of architecture and design to affect positive change. She actively works to support equality in architecture, and is part of the coordination team at Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN). She is an elected member of the RIBA Council.
Geethica is a highly skilled designer from inception through to technical detailing, and enjoys close collaboration with stakeholders and the wider design team through every project. She worked in both Berlin and Copenhagen during her training.
She has run a number of projects at IF_DO including the design of a new build house in Suffolk, and the exhibition design for the Klimt / Schiele exhibition at the Royal Academy (October 2018). Geethica joined the IF_DO team in 2017 having graduated from The Bartlett, University College of London with a BSc (Hons) in Architecture, and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture with a MA in Architecture.
Jodie joined IF_DO in 2019 after graduating from the Mackintosh School ofArchitecture. Her thesis project titled ‘Strangely Familiar’ was nominated for the RIBA Silver Medal and was selected to be exhibited at the RSA New Contemporaries Exhibition, 2020. She is interested in the material and craft of the social city, particularly in the texture of the city, and how playful abstractions of familiar entities can create fresh perspectives.
Jodie is part of the team for a number of projects, including IF_DO’s interventions at London County Hall, and the practice’s transformation of the Observer Building, Hastings.
Jamie joined IF_DO in 2020, bringing a decade of experience working for leading architectural studios in Belfast and London. He graduated with First Class honours from Queen’s University Belfast in 2010, and has a background ranging from award-winning educational projects through to large-scale masterplanning.
Jamie enjoys working on complex education and community based projects and feels strongly that all buildings should meet the highest standards of inclusivity and accessibility. He is currently the project architect for The Space, a new community centre for the Methodist Church in Enfield, North London.
Simon joined IF_DO in 2019 after graduating with a BArch from the Dublin School of Architecture. He is interested in the potential for unique and characterful architecture to enrich and empower communities, and is motivated by the creation of spaces that can make lasting and sustainable contributions to society.
He is currently exploring those ideas in his work on The Space, IF_DO’s new-build community centre in Enfield, North London, where he has been involved from the initial community consultation and brief writing onwards.
Beth joined IF_DO in 2020, bringing with her a passion for sustainable design, and practical experience of working with passive house contractors and traditional timber framers.
Having previously worked for conservation specialists in the Lake District, Beth has an interest in the sensitive adaptation and restoration of historic buildings, and the use of locally sourced, natural materials. She is currently putting these skills to use as part of a team for the restoration of a Grade II listed farmhouse.
Funto joined IF_DO in 2020 after completing her MArch at the Bartlett School of Architecture. She has a keen interest in the ways that cultural identity and socio-political dynamics influence the development of the built environment, and the lasting effect this can have on a community.
Having gained experience working on a range of housing developments in London, unlocking dense and complex sites, Funto is bringing that knowledge to bear on a number of IF_DO’s housing projects.
Architects' Journal 40 under 40, 2020
100 Architects of the year 2019, Korean Institute of Architects
Education Estates, School Project of the Year 2019, Shortlist
Sunday Times British Homes Award 2019, Home Transformation of the Year, Shortlist
AJ Small Projects Award 2019, Shortlist
Don't Move, Improve! 2019, Shortlist
American Institute of Architects UK, Young Architect Award 2018, Winner
The Architecture MasterPrize 2018, Educational Buildings, Winner
Civic Trust Pro-Tem Award 2018, Winner
FX International Design Awards 2018, Breakthrough Talent of the Year, Winner
AJ Architecture Awards 2018, School Project of the Year, Shortlist
Architizer A+ Awards 2018, Pavilions, Shortlist
Haringey Design Awards 2018, Best House, Shortlist
D&AD Awards 2018, Spatial Design/Installation Design, Wood Pencil
American Architecture Prize 2017, Small Architecture, Winner
American Architecture Prize 2017, Installations and Structures (Landscape Architecture), Winner
Blueprint Awards 2017, Best Small Project, Winner
Wallpaper* Architects Directory 2017: the world's top 20 emerging practices
AJ Architecture Awards 2017, Budget Project of the Year, Highly Commended
Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Award 2017, Shortlist
Evening Standard, The Progress 1000: London’s most influential people 2017