Thomas Smith Partner

MA (Oxon) AA Dipl PgDp RIBA

Tom brings a broad understanding of land, property and development to the practice, and he has a particular passion for architectural work with a contemporary resonance in rural and historic environments. Whether considering objects, buildings or landscapes, Tom seeks to capture the essence of place and convey it through the quality of architectural space to provide something of lasting value.

Tom grew up in the bucolic setting of a secluded valley in the Cotswolds, and his experience is deeply rooted in landscape, especially that of the countryside. He studied Modern History at Oxford University, where specialism in History of Architecture propelled him onwards to the cosmopolitan environment of the Architectural Association. Extensive travel across both Europe and Asia has provided him with a recurring source of inspiration.

Tom worked for Rick Mather Architects and Charles Tashima Architecture in London, and for Channa Daswatte in Sri Lanka, before founding the practice with Robert in 2010.

Robert Gluckman Partner

MA (Oxon) AA Dipl PgDp RIBA

Robert has extensive experience of Planning and construction within London’s historic context. Before founding the practice with Tom, he worked at Squire and Partners where he was closely involved in the design of several highly crafted and bespoke mixed-use projects in Mayfair. He has also worked at Wilkinson Eyre and Richard Rogers in London, and at UrbanMark in Tallinn.

Having studied Mandarin Chinese at Oxford University, Robert lived and worked in Taiwan, travelling widely in East Asia. He went on to train as an architect at the Architectural Association in London and qualified in 2009 with Distinction.

Robert is interested in the scope for great architecture to promote health and well-being, whether in a domestic or work context. Built space and its relationship to the natural environment has the capacity to nourish us mentally and physically, and these are values that he aims to share through his work.

Philip Shears Partner

BA(Hons) Dip Arch.

Philip joined the London office of Gluckman Smith Architects in July 2018. He is a creative who understands the power of architecture to transform all our lives. With a keen eye for design quality, attention to detail and love of craftsmanship, he is recognised for delivering robust and elegant buildings.

He has a proven track record of significant landmark planning permissions in London. He has managed private estates that include notable listed buildings and has also been involved in large mixed-use developments in sensitive urban locations. Philip has worked for leading London practices, most recently as a Director at Squire and Partners – and, in joining Tom and Robert as a partner, he brings 20 years’ experience to the practice.

His understanding of some of the most competitive and high-value sectors in the industry adds a very commercial string to Gluckman Smith’s bow. In a collaborative environment where drawing on each other’s strengths and skills is key, his expertise is engaged in every corner of our practice.

Diana Dina Architect and certified Passivhaus designer

BArch Dipl Arch (hons) MSc CEPH RIBA

Diana was pivotal to the success of Font House, and her contribution won her an RIBA Project Architect Award 2018. Her ability to explain complex detailing, her excellent relationships with all the teams on site, and her careful balance of scrutiny and support, made for a smooth and enjoyable project.

Diana originally qualified as an architect in Bucharest, Romania, and it’s there that she first became interested in sustainability. She then received a Distinction for her MSc in Environmental Design at the Bartlett School of Environment, Energy and Resources (UCL).

Prior to joining Gluckman Smith in 2014, Diana was an Associate Director at bere:architects where she worked on a wide range of low energy and Passive house projects, further refining her construction expertise and detailing skills.

Sustainability is at the heart of Diana’s approach to architecture, to which Font House is a testament, showing that sustainability is always at the forefront, whatever the historic context and constraints. She is a Certified Passivhaus Designer and has an impressive knowledge and deep understanding of all environmental design. Diana’s work includes projects such as The Argal Home Farm Studios for local creative enterprises, alongside a highly specified Glulam frame new build Workshop for an emerging furniture design practice, outside Falmouth in Cornwall, and several residential refurbishments and extensions in West London, including work on grade II listed buildings and in Conservation areas.

Matthew Colledge Architect

BArch (Hons) Dipl Arch PgDp RIBA

Matthew works in our Cotswolds office and brings with him the knowledge and skills gained from working for high-end London practices. He has significant construction experience as well as a developed understanding of working on contemporary buildings which are sensitive to their setting.

Before joining Gluckman Smith, Matthew was an Associate at Squires and Partners Architects, where he was instrumental in the design and construction of large-scale developments, including Greenwich Wharf; a multiple block riverside apartment scheme and The Frames in Shoreditch, a new commercial office building providing 4,500m2 of flexible workspace. Prior to this Matthew gained experience working on the design of large-scale renewable energy projects and education projects. In addition to this, Matthew also worked at Stephenson Bell Architects, whilst studying Architecture at the University of Manchester, graduating with a first-class honour. He then went on to receive a distinction for his BArch thesis. With an impressive eye for detail and understanding of conservation and heritage, Matthew has been instrumental in the design of diverse rural projects, including alteration and extensions to listed buildings, farmsteads and historic estates.

 

Anthony Ko Architectural Assistant

AA Dipl

Anthony brings a fresh and valuable perspective to the work of the practice. Working on many current projects, including Argal Farmhouse, Anthony delivers efficiency and precision within all his work. He previously worked at Kohn Pederson Fox in London and New York, has lectured at the Architectural Association in London, and has taught at Atelier La Juntana in Spain.

In 2016 he was awarded the KPF Traveling Fellowship which allowed him to lead a two-month journey along the Yellow and Yangtze Rivers across China as part of an independent research project. This was developed into a final thesis on how contemporary Chinese architecture manifests itself in today’s cultural landscape, and an exhibition of Anthony’s work was featured as part of the London Festival of Architecture in 2017.