ABOUT



Award winning practice, Sanya Polescuk Architects (SPA) has an established reputation for their confident modern redesign of listed residential and commercial properties and of those in designated Conservation Areas. SPA breathes new life into old - their sustainable and viable approach makes historical settings fully appreciated habitats in the 21st century.

With skilful refurbishment and extensions, SPA is able to regenerate an existing dated building into a welcoming, functional and contemporary setting, with an emphasis on being environmentally sound. SPA enjoys the challenge of working with complicated contextural constraints inherent in existing properties, including having to work closely with the Local Authority. These challenges helps fuel solutions are imaginative, functional and seek to maximise the potential of the building.

Approach
Nothing has to be only what it appears at first glance. A space is like a stage set, enabling a variety of scenes to be played out. We create spatial continuity that facilitates movement and generates light. "Rooms" can have ambiguous definition; without clear extent, always carrying on beyond the eye, they can form an overall architecture that is both ordered and dynamic.


We like re-claimed materials, adopted, adapted and boldly fused with the best of modern design; a mixture of light Industrial components and materials, with their confident aesthetics and precision, juxtaposed with the more modest, rudimentary, craft-like aesthetics of natural materials and on-site techniques.


We treat colour with a similar logic by exposing and enhancing it. Wherever possible a natural or man-made material with distinct inherent hue is used for its permanence, solidity and longevity. Applied colour is introduced to add dynamism and underline the difference between the building's permanent structure verses its fit-out.


We work as a team with other consultants and contractors to create innovative, realistic and exceptional quality designs. Always keeping in mind that we all work for, and with, the client. Those now outdated images of the Architects and Contractors being in competition with each other are no longer needed.


People

Sanya Polescuk, Dip Eng Arch, RIBA
Principal Architect & Practice Founder
Sanya set up practice in 1998 with a vision to breath new life into old buildings. She has made the practice particularly skilled in applications of sustainable technologies to historic environments.
Born in Croatia, Sanya received her Diploma from the University of Zagreb before coming to London in 1988 via Amsterdam, where she worked for Herman Hertzberger. Before establishing SPA, she worked for Hopkins Architects, Allsop, Lyall & Stomer and Sell Wade Postins, a conservation specialists to The National Trust and Ecclesiastical buildings.
In addition to running the practice, Sanya has been involved in mentoring architecture students from Southbank University, Westminster University and Central St. Martins. 





Amanda Li Hope, BA Arch, AAdipl
Amanda has been at SPA since 2003 after completing her studies at the Architectural Association. She has been the project architect on many of the office's refurbishment projects and particularly enjoys the small scale nature of residential work. 
Amanda's interest in sustainable and detail-orientated design also carries over into fine jewellery - when she swaps her hard hat for a pair of visors Amanda designs and makes jewellery for her own collections and bespoke commissions. She was one of the world's first Fairtrade Gold licensees.




Alex Blundell, BSc, DipArch, ARB
Alex is a project architect and a teacher in the architecture department at Uel where he originally studied. Before coming to SPA, he worked at Robert Dye Architects and a multidisciplinary practice specialising in structural engineering. Alex has worked on projects ranging from individual joinery pieces to large scale residential renovation both above and below ground. Originally from the countryside, he first worked at a drawing board. Now he spends his city time afloat as much as possible on river with a passion for boats.





Martyna Felus, BA Arch 
Martyna joined SPA in 2017 straight after graduating from Central Saint Martins. Throughout her studies Martyna worked part-time in retail industry which was a great lesson in time-management. Before arriving to London in 2014, she studied at Cracow School of Art and Fashion Design achieving Diploma in Interior Design.



Giovanni Petrolito, BA Arch, LMU dipl
Giovanni was born near Venice, Italy, and moved to London in 2004 where he graduated from London Metropolitan University. Before joining SPA in 2015, he worked at Atelier Peter Zumthor in Switzerland and a number of practices in London. Giovanni developed a special expertise in architectural CAD and IT and in addition to supporting SPA's system, he also teaches at UEL and Kingston University.



Loredana Costea
Loredana completed her diploma at The Faculty of English and Theology, University of Bucharest, Romania and moved to London in 2002 having been granted a Comenius Scholarship at the University of East Anglia. She is an authorized translator and interpreter and has been SPA’s office administrator, looking after CPD and marketing, for over 10 years. In her spare time, you will often find her involved in various charitable activities in UK and Romania.  

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