Profile

Variant Office is a south London-based practice. With roots in spatial design, we bring together many years’ 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 (Ongoing)

Daniel 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 went on to work in India, Italy, Cuba, Chile and Nepal, before arriving in London. Over the last 12 years, he has worked on different projects, from international development to regeneration and local government.

He has worked as a project manager for public realm projects, including play areas and housing schemes in Hackney. His interest in community planning arose from these experiences of facilitation, mapping, and participatory planning techniques.

He has been studying for a PhD in Planning Studies at the Bartlett School of Planning UCL, investigating mutual housing models in London. He currently also tutors 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.  He likes wooden beams and polished concrete but not together at the same time.

Joseph Swan

Associate
BSc BArch

Joseph studied architecture in University College Dublin and in the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. He has worked for a number of practices in Dublin, principally Heneghan Peng Architects, where he contributed to projects of all scales and at all stages, from an office fitout to the Grand Egyptian Museum. With Heneghan Peng, he helped to design the Irish pavilion for the 2012 Venice Biennale. He has also worked for Arup Engineering in London and taught digital design and manufacturing in University College Dublin.

Most recently, he spent a year living in Brazil, where he taught at two AA workshops and worked for SUBdV Arquitetos and Ciclo Arquitetura, combining high-tech design and low-tech realisation. He is a member of nós, a group of young Irish architectural graduates, who have been shortlisted in international competitions, and who have raised various pavilions and mounted various exhibitions.

His favourite dinosaur is the majestic Parasaurolophus, his ideal lunch is catered by San Marino, he deeply dislikes cheese in food, he greatly appreciates cheese on the cinema screen, and his greatest fear is the heat death of the universe.

Stephen Lovejoy

Architectural Assistant
BArch MArch

Stephen began his architectural education at the University of Nottingham before studying for his Masters at Manchester School of Architecture, where he was shortlisted for Manchester Society of Architects’ “Future Architect of the Year” award.

He has worked for practices in Shanghai and London prior to joining Variant Office. During this time, he has been involved in a wide range of projects, including residential, commercial, cultural, historic and public realm schemes.

Stephen is a design tutor at Manchester School of Architecture and the Technical Programme Director for the Mlambe project, a charity using earthbag construction to build schools in rural Malawi. He is currently studying for a Diploma in Professional Practice & Management in Architecture at Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.

He loves cycling, running and swimming and is on an impossible mission to read every good book ever written. He likes timber construction and secretly longs to live in a tree house, but worries that gaining planning consent in London might be tricky.