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About

Theis + Khan Architects are an award-winning design studio based in Kent. We design buildings that are an insightful and creative response to an individual brief. Thorough research and thoughtful analysis are the starting points from where we develop new ideas and solutions with our clients to create buildings that express a sense of place, are meaningful and joyful to their users and have architectural integrity.

We have developed a new humanism in architecture — an ethical and sustainable approach that results from a thorough examination of a building’s true purpose and siting. Our building projects are always underpinned by rigorous judgments of spatial relationships, light, geometry and proportion.

Since 1995 we have designed churches and community centres, nurseries, offices, shops, mixed-use buildings, art galleries, health centres, housing developments and one-off private houses, each project driven by the same spirit of inquiry. Working closely with all members of the design team including clients, users, planners, consultants and contractors produces a design approach that is clear, logical and appropriate. We enjoy developing long-term relationships with our clients and always take the long view using past experience to ensure that our buildings maintain their quality and relevance long into the future.

People

Soraya Khan

Director/Architect

BA DipArch ARB RIBA

Soraya studied at Canterbury College of Art, School of Architecture and graduated with a Distinction. After working for practices including Pollard Thomas Edwards and John Miller + Partners, Soraya set up practice in London with her partner Patrick Theis as a Director at Theis + Khan architects.

Soraya has been a visiting tutor at Strathclyde University, an external examiner at the University of Westminster and an RIBA judge and chair for the RIBA Northern Ireland regional awards. She has also judged the RIBA President’s Awards for Research, The IBP Journalism Awards and the RIBAJ MacEwen Awards. She is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects and was awarded the Freedom of the City of London in 2017. She was a committee member of the Architecture Club and is a panel member of Design South East. Soraya was a trustee on the board of the Temple Bar Trust a charity set up to promote and encourage both students of Architecture and the wider public in architectural education.

Patrick Theis

Director

BA (Hons) MA RCA

After graduating from the Royal College of Art in 1986 Patrick spent 10 years with John Miller + Partners (formerly Colquhoun + Miller) where he quickly became an Associate. Patrick led on several projects including the Tate Gallery Lodge, the Stevens Building at the Royal College of Art and the School of Occupational Therapy and Physiotherapy at the University of East Anglia which was subsequently awarded an RIBA National Award in 1994.

Patrick co-founded Theis + Khan Architects with his partner Soraya Khan in 1995. Patrick has sat on the Stirling Prize long list jury and been a Roses Award judge. He has also lectured most recently at the RIBA Winchester lecture series.

Contact

Theis + Khan Architects

11-13 Lonsdale Gardens

Tunbridge Wells

Kent, TN1 1N1