Profile

Variant Office is a south London-based practice. With roots in spatial design, we bring together many years of experience in architecture, design, planning and construction to secure the success of a wide variety of projects.

The ethos of Variant Office is rooted in design research, user-centricity and a commitment to exploring the ability of space to transform lives and experiences through the careful engagement with both the client’s requirements and sensitivity to the site.

Through our practice we have been exploring how to work with a range of people and processes at different scales, to create solutions that are both inspiring, participatory and revel in the joy of unexpected possibility. We are excited about the discovery of new materials and innovative ways of arranging them. We work closely with artists and craftspeople, and collaborate with them to explore heritage and new techniques to building and creating spaces.

We believe the process is as important as the product.

 

Ashvin de Vos

Director
BArch DipArch ARB RIBA RIAS

Ashvin completed his architectural education at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art in 2004, gaining both a degree and diploma in Architecture. Ashvin is a registered architect with over 12 years’ experience in the field.

Prior to setting up Variant Office, Ashvin worked as an Associate at Erect Architecture, where he completed numerous arts, community and public space projects, notably the North Park Hub at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.

Ashvin has also worked for several practices in Glasgow and South Asia on public housing, art, cultural and education projects, from inception to completion. He successfully led a series of competition entries on a variety of scales, from public space and housing to master planning.

He is currently a design tutor at Kent School of Architecture and a visitng lecturer at London Metropolitan University.

In his spare time he looks after his newborn baby, dreams of being a rocksteady DJ in Kingston in the 60s and cooks the meanest, hottest curry in south London. He laughs at anything pomo, but secretly is a fan.

Daniel Fitzpatrick

Director
BSc Hons MSc PGDip PhD

Daniel is a planner who was awarded a BSc in Natural Sciences from Durham University in 2000, before going on to complete an MSc in Environmental Studies at the University of East Anglia in 2001. He has worked in India, Italy, Cuba, Chile, Nepal, and London. Over the last 12 years, he has worked on projects at different scales, from international development to regeneration and local government.

His interest in community planning arose from experiences of facilitation, mapping, and participatory planning techniques, when working as a project manager for public realm projects, including play areas and housing schemes in London.

He has just finished a PhD in Planning Studies at the Bartlett School of Planning UCL, investigating mutual housing models in London. He continues to tutor at the Bartlett School of Planning on planning, urban design, housing and governance issues. He enjoys his bike, spaghetti, swimming in rivers and sonic meditations.

Julie Ann Cormie

Architect
BEnvD MAA ARB

Julie and holds a Bachelors of Environmental Design from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and a Masters Degree in Architecture from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen, qualifying in 2014.

Julie’s design interests deal with an architecture which offers mediation of differing views which emerge from sites of conflict through an intricate making-based approach.

Julie was involved in the founding of RAW Gallery of Architecture and Design in Winnipeg and has a continued interest in the intersection between art and architecture and the roles of creative institutions in the city.

Julie loves cycling down hills, eating anything BBQ, telling wild tales of treeplanting in Northern Canada and exploding homebrews.

Joe Giddings

Architect
BA Hons MA MAA ARB

Joe was awarded his BA in Architecture from Oxford Brookes University in 2012, going on to complete his studies in 2016, gaining a Masters in Architecture from the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He is a member of the Danish Association of Architects.

His personal interest focuses on the intersection of architecture and politics and his masters projects looked at the ongoing reconstruction strategy in Miyagi prefecture, Japan, and urban development in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Joe likes making things, and previously worked as part of the design and make collective Gang of Six and for two workshops in Copenhagen.

He is steadfast in his dedication to commuting by bike (whatever the weather), he likes all things Japanese, and in his distant past ripped through Bath and Brighton’s small music venues playing guitar in a number of bands.