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.

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 Those now outdated images of the Architects and Contractors being in competition with each other are no longer needed.


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 for over ten years after completing her studies at the Architectural Association in 2003. She has been the project architect on many of the office's refurbishment projects and particularly enjoys the small scale nature of residential work.
Before coming to London, Amanda lived in New York city where she studied at Barnard College and worked at commercial and interior practices, Martin E. Rich AIA and Leopoldo Rosati.

Giovanni Petrolito, BA Arch, LMU dipl
Giovanni was born near Venice, Italy, and moved to London in 2004 where he attended Architecture BA and Diploma courses at London Metropolitan University. Before joining SPA in 2015, he worked at Atelier Peter Zumthor in Switzerland and at Studioilse, 6a Architects and Adam Khan Architects in London.

Loredana Costea
Loredana completed her diploma at The Faculty of English and Theology, University of Bucharest, Romania and moved to London in 2002 after having been granted a Comenius scholarship at the University of East Anglia.  She is an authorized translator and interpreter.
Loredana has been SPA's office administrator and CPD co-ordinator since 2008. 

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