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Theis + Khan Architects are an award-winning design studio based in Tunbridge Wells, 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.


Soraya Khan



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


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.

Simon Sharpe

Associate Architect

BA (Hons) MArch ARB RIBA

Simon studied at the University of Portsmouth before completing his Professional Practice & Management (ARB/ RIBA Part 3) at the Architectural Association in London.

He joined Theis + Khan in September 2015 and has worked as project architect on the Bat and Ball Community Centre and Station projects in Sevenoaks, the refurbishment of Tenterden Town Hall in Kent as well as number of residential developments.

Prior to joining Theis + Khan architects he worked at Kaner Olette Architects and Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt where he worked on a number of award winning projects.

Stephen Pelly

Associate Architect

BSc DipArch ARB

Stephen studied at the University of Dundee and the University of East London before completing his Professional Practice & Management (ARB/ RIBA Part 3) at London Metropolitan University.

He joined Theis + Khan in March 2019 and is currently working as project architect on a number of large scale residential and community projects.

Prior to joining Theis + Khan Stephen worked for 3DReid and Michaelis Boyd Architects on a wide range of commercial and residential schemes.

Claire Swallow

Practice Manager


Claire spent 10 years as a Management Accountant and completed her AAT in 2015. Since then, she has completed the Operational Level of the CIMA qualification, before choosing to move out of London and step away from full time accountancy in 2020. Claire joined Theis + Khan in 2022 and is now studying part time with the Open University for a BA (Hons) in Design and Innovation with a view to develop her graphic design skills.

Claire has a particular passion for diversity and inclusion and has previously worked as an ambassador for LBTQWomen as well as running a number of companywide LGBT Networks in her previous roles.

Daniel Bulgen


BA (Hons) MArch ARB

Dan completed both his undergraduate studies and masters degree at Kingston University London, where his thesis explored sustainability through frugality. He has recently completed a postgraduate degree in Professional Practice in Architecture (ARB/ RIBA Part 3).

He joined Theis + Khan in 2020 after previous roles at Dixon Jones and BGS Architects where he worked on several award winning commercial and residential schemes.

Dan has a particular interest in contemporary projects within sensitive sites and existing buildings.

Matthew Orme


BA (Hons) MArch PGDip ARB RIBA

Matthew studied at Plymouth University and the University of Kent prior to completing his PGDip in Management, Practice and Law (ARB/RIBA Part III) at the University of Brighton.

He joined Theis + Khan in January 2022. Before joining the practice he worked at Purcell working on a wide range of heritage commercial and public projects ranging from Grade II Listed Buildings to UNESCO World Heritage Sites across the South East and London.

Lisa Edwards

Architectural Assistant

BSc (Hons) MArch

Lisa joined Theis + Khan in 2020 after completing her MArch degree with distinction at the University of Kent. Following her studies, Lisa was awarded a commendation for her thesis ‘Reclaiming the Sento’ in the 2020 RIBA Presidents Medals. The project was inspired by a term studying abroad in Tokyo, and proposes a new urban bathhouse and disaster relief accommodation.

During her part 1 placement, Lisa worked for Grainge Architects assisting on community and residential projects.

Outside of architecture, Lisa also has a keen interest in film and photography.

Josh Mooney

Architectural Assistant

BA (Hons)

Josh joined Theis and Khan in 2021 following the completion of his part 1 degree with a first in architecture from the University of Westminster. During his time there Josh won an excellence award for his portfolio of which focused on both temporary and long term regeneration plans for disused land in London.

Outside of the office, Josh is a keen painter and often sketches outside.


Theis + Khan Architects
11–13 Lonsdale Gardens
Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN1 1NU

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01892 518094