Meet the team: Leoni Uskuri

We’ve created a short blog series where we meet the team behind Uskuri Theobald Architects. Uskuri Theobald Architects are a new, young and innovative practice based in St Albans, Hertfordshire. This week we’re meeting Leoni Uskuri who is one of the three directors.

Over to Leoni to answer our questions!

What is something in architecture that your clients have to deal with that you want to fix?

I’ve noticed over the last 10 years our clients have to become experts in so many different fields such as design, planning, building control, CDM. It goes on and on.

Renovating your house is probably going to be one of the biggest and most expensive things you do in your life; and for somebody outside of the construction industry it’s such a daunting task to embark on. Here at Uskuri Theobald Architects we’re starting to build an online resource with this blog and our social media outlets for the average person to read through and understand the journey they are starting - it will take away the panic, ensure the client is in control of their project and bring in the fun and excitement.

What’s your favourite part of the process?

I really love the whole process from the very initial meeting all the way through to completion on site, but the technical design stage is my favourite at the moment. Especially when we have clients who are feeling brave with materials and fun unique details. Knowing we can bring something that looks really ace to our clients homes, something that not everyone else will have and that is personal to them, is one of the best parts of designing houses for me.

Uskuri Theobald Architects latest project in Hertford which recently won planning for a substantial development in the green belt

Whats your favourite project your currently working on?

I’m currently working on a beautiful Georgian detached property in the Green belt. We achieved planning for this project recently and we’re now working up the technical and building control package and getting our clients ready to go to tender. The clients have exceptional taste which is the perfect mix of traditional Georgian detailing with an art deco twist, we are sourcing a number of reclaimed features for the house such as reclaimed doors and ironmongery to give a nod to it’s heritage. It’s the little details like this which make projects really special and really personal.

What do you like about working at Uskuri Theobald Architects?

We’re a young practice and we do like to have fun, but our ultimate goal really is to take peoples home dreams into their dream home (as cheesy as that sounds!). We click as a team because we all really believe that architecture and good quality design can directly influence the quality of your life. We’re a design led practice and we’re producing some really exciting results for our clients because of this.

What’s your background?

I’m a Hertfordshire girl born and raised and I’ve worked over the last 12 years in Hertfordshire (in architecture), I ventured into a practice for London for a few years before quickly coming back home! I’ve always been an exact mix of academic and artistic so architecture was a natural path for me to take and I really couldn’t imagine doing anything else.

What are the values that drive you?

The values that drive me are definitely family, creativity and freedom. I’ve found that we attract and work best with potential clients who are family orientated and want to explore something quite creative.

What do you enjoy doing when you are not working?

I have a beautiful little girl called Ayla Blue so on my days off you will find me with her at the farm or the zoo or down a magical fairy trail… I love reading, adore live music, I enjoy cheese and wine (too much), bourbon biscuits, travelling with Oguz and Ayla to new places, and keeping my army of house plants and cacti alive.

When Leoni isn't working away on the latest house design, you'll find her down the farm with Ayla Blue

Favourite quote: Don’t forget why you started!

Next week we’ll be catching up with Oguz Uskuri - in the meantime any questions for Leoni then comment below!

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