Practice Profile

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1-2 Herbal Hill, London, EC1R 5EF

Based in Farringdon, London, Oliver Cooke and Francis Fawcett lead a studio of talented and creative architects and designers. The practice was founded in 2015, combining the two directors’ significant experience in designing and constructing cultural buildings, housing developments, and commercial office and research buildings. Previous experience included working together at Stirling-prize winning practice Herzog & de Meuron in Basel and London.

Oliver Cooke

RIBA, ARB, MArch Harvard, MPhil MA Cantab

Oliver Cooke studied at the University of Cambridge and Harvard University, completing his Masters in 2007 with a thesis project with Herzog & de Meuron. During studies he worked at Renzo Piano Building Workshop (Paris), Jamie Fobert Architects and Allies and Morrison. He worked at Herzog & de Meuron Architects in Basel and London from 2007 until 2013, working as project architect on the new residential tower Wood Wharf, and as architect on Tate Modern Extension, the Dreispitz office and residential tower in Basel, and an unpublished large residential project in London.


Between 2018 and 2021, Oliver was a Design Fellow at the University of Cambridge and he remains a Director of Studies at Corpus Christi College. He has been a guest critic at several universities.

Francis Fawcett

RIBA, ARB, Dipl. Arch. ETH Zürich, MA Cantab

Francis Fawcett studied at the University of Cambridge and ETH Zürich, completing his Diplom in 2007. He worked at Make Architects in 2004, then at Herzog & de Meuron Architects from 2008 until 2015, as project architect on the Blavatnik School of Government, and senior architect on Tate Modern Extension, Lord’s Masterplan, Roche tower and Basel Exhibition Centre.


Francis taught an undergraduate design studio at the University of Cambridge from 2016 until 2021 and has been an invited critic and lecturer at several UK universities and the Bauhaus, Germany.



MA Sussex, BA (Hons) UCL, Sorbonne Université


Sophie joined Cooke Fawcett in 2021. She brings over 20 years of experience working in the creative sector, with a particular background and expertise in culture-led regeneration, community engagement and public art.


Sophie was Resource Development Officer for Arts Council England, South East (2005 – 2010) and managed a major, culture-led regeneration programme in Margate on behalf of the Arts Council and Historic England (2010 – 2015). During this time, she was an occasional guest critic for the Kent School of Architecture and Planning. Sophie has since worked with artist Alex Chinneck on the development and delivery of ambitious public art projects, including flagship projects for London Design Festival (2015) and Milan Design Week (2019).




Andy joined Cooke Fawcett in 2015, having previously worked with its directors at Herzog & de Meuron in Basel and London. Between 2019 and 2020, Andy moved to New York where he was an Associate for SO-IL, working principally as the project manager for a publicly-funded 6500m2 soundstage. At the end of 2020, Andy re-joined Cooke Fawcett and has since worked across a variety of projects at a range of stages and scales.


Andy studied Architecture at the University of Cambridge (BA / Part 1), the Royal College of Art (MA / Part 2) and qualified as an Architect under the Architectural Association’s Part 3 programme.


The studio at a Bold Tendencies opening, with Francis and Oliver (far left)




Since joining Cooke Fawcett in 2021, Pauline has worked on a range of private residential projects. She studied at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture in Clermont-Ferrand, where she graduated in 2020 with honours. She spent the first year of her master’s degree in Germany as part of an exchange with the Technische Universität of Dresden.


Through her experiences and travels in Europe, Pauline has developed a particular interest in the relationship between architecture and its cultural, environmental and poetic context. Her diploma focused on a possible re-qualification of hypermarket sites, as a way to reclaim the urban margins, while exploring the key question of food production in the city.




Laura joined Cooke Fawcett in 2020. She has a broad range of experience working on projects at different scales, including master planning, mixed use residential developments, private residential houses, and community arts and educational projects.


Laura gained her RIBA Part I with First Class Honours from Oxford Brookes University in 2014 and her RIBA Part II from Newcastle University where she graduated with Distinction in 2019.




Eden joined Cooke Fawcett in 2019. Since then, she has worked on a range of exciting residential and cultural projects, including our projects for Cockpit and Quidhampton Mill.


Prior to joining Cooke Fawcett, Eden studied at Cambridge University graduating with first class honours. In her studies she examined themes of sensory experience and wellbeing through the design of an ophthalmology centre. Her dissertation focussed on circadian health in architecture. Eden has a particular interest in sustainable architecture that balances fundamental aspects of human comfort and wellbeing with energy efficient, future thinking design.




Millie joined Cooke Fawcett in 2021 after graduating from the University of Cambridge where she explored the redevelopment of Manchester through the lens of heritage representation. Millie’s interests include working with existing historic fabric and nature within architecture.




John joined Cooke Fawcett in 2021, having previously worked at ArkleBoyce Architects where he was involved with a range of high end residential projects and office fit outs.


John studied Interior Architecture at Northumbria University and completed his masters at the University of Sheffield, where he explored the architecture of locality in designing a new model for low carbon greenbelt housing.