Gianni Botsford, Director & Head of Design, was born in Venice, Italy in 1960. He originally studied Interior Design at Kingston University (84-86) and worked for a number of practices in London from 86-94. He completed his education at the Architectural Association, London (94-96), with Professor John Frazer, before setting up Gianni Botsford Architects in 1996 which he continues to direct. He was appointed AA Research Fellow in 1997 and has taught at the AA and London Metropolitan University, as well as being a visiting critic at the AA, Bartlett, Cambridge and Bath Universities. He is currently a member of the RIBA Awards Group and sits on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Architecture Appraisal Panel. The recipient of numerous awards, he has also lectured in the UK, India, the USA, and Mexico on the work of the practice. His research work at the AA and subsequently with Arup into the optimisation of the control of natural light has been used throughout the projects the studio has built and developed.
Jernej Cencic studied architecture in Italy at the University IUAV of Venice, in the Netherlands at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and in Switzerland at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio. After obtaining his Master in Architecture in 2008, he worked in India and UK, gaining experience in masterplanning, residential, hospitality, healthcare, educational, exhibition, refurbishment, landscape and infrastructure projects. Jernej lived in the Indian desert for 3 years working on the design and construction of an Education and research center. Since joining GBA, he has been working on the masterplan of the Kaohsiung GangShan Industrial Park in Taiwan. He has recently been appointed as a project architect for a listed building residential project in London.
Anahi Copponex studied fashion at Kingston University before starting her career at Marithe & Francois
Girbaud in Paris. On returning to the UK she worked for a number of designers including Ally Capellino and Sara Sturgeon, before moving towards the areas of costume and theatre design. Collaborations with the theatre director Frank Ramon on Leo Ferre in France, Architects Gianni Botsford and David Connor, and costume designs for The London Ballet School have followed. Her most recent projects include costume designs for the film ‘The Leskov Project’ to be shot in Russia this winter, and architectural screens for a residential project in London. Her collaborations over the years with GBA range from material research, modelmaking, and the testing of approaches to light, space and the body
Liz Tatarintseva received her Diploma from the Architectural Association School of Architecture in 2014. She has worked for several London based practices including Amanda Levete Architects, Jerry Tate Architects and Foster+Partners, gaining experience in masterplanning, gallery and residential projects. Her interests in generative design have led her to hold computational workshops at the UCL Bartlett Graduate Urban Design. Since joining GBA in 2014, she has been working on a tower and shopping mall in China, as well as several residential projects in London.
Luigi Parise started his career as a 3d-visualiser in Italy 1995. Since then he has realised images and animations for several architectural and multidisciplinary practices, working on national and international projects such as Hong Kong Stone Cutter Bridge, IKEA store in Padua, AquaWorld park in Milan, El Cairo Egyptian Museum Competition, Tripoli Archaeological Museum and Strait of Messina Bridge. Moving to London in 2014 he joined Gianni Botsford Architects as a visualiser and photographer. He is currently working on several projects in China, Italy and UK.
Paulo studied Architecture at the University of Porto and completed his Masters at The University of Lisbon. He has been working as an architect since 1995, firstly in design led practices in Portugal and since 2008 in the UK in practices such as Foster & Partners and Arup. He has gained experience in a wide range of projects such as schools, universities, libraries and museums. Paulo is now in his fifth year as project architect with Gianni Botsford Architects.
Mike joined GBA in the summer of 2011 after gaining his BA(hons) at London Metropolitan University and re-joined the studio after having completed his MArch at the university of Westminster in 2015. Mike has worked on projects of various scale and typology from residential to masterplanning including Hsinchu Stone Village Resort Hotel and One Line Sky Chapel. He is currently working on Hualien Stone Village and Kaleido House.
Hiroshi Takeyama is experienced in gallery, residential and urban design. He studied Architectural Design at Yamaguchi University in Japan, and Urban Design at UCL Bartlett School of Architecture in UK. After receiving his Master of Architecture degree from UCL in 2008, he joined Gianni Botsford Architects and has participated in a number of projects. Hiroshi had a leading role for gallery spaces such as the Victor Felix Gallery, the Latvian Museum of Art and Polish National Museum competitions, as well as a shortlisted proposal for a new Quaker Meeting House in London , Master Planning for the Hsinchu Stone Village in Taiwan, and various residences in London.