We are design-led and research-orientated. We are critical about what we do. But we have lots of fun as we love the challenge of the craft of building.
A Small Studio Ltd. was founded in 2011 by Helena Rivera. Helena trained in architecture at University College London and the Royal College of Art. She is a fully qualified Architect registered on the Architects Registration Board (ARB) and chartered with the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Helena is specialised in the British planning system and has a Doctorate (PhD) in Regional Planning from the Bartlett School of Planning (UCL).
Helena is Visiting Lecturer at the University of Greenwich and together with Kalliopi she leads an undergraduate studio in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism. She is a Board member of the local Business Improvement District (BID) and is part of the RIBA mentoring scheme for students.
Helena grew up in the Netherlands and has always ridden a bike in the city. She is actually Colombian and takes her black coffee seriously. She has lived in London 25 years and loves the city.
Kalliopi Bouzounieraki is an Associate Architect at A Small Studio and joined the practice in 2017. She is a fully qualified Architect registered on the Architects Registration Board (ARB). Kalliopi grew up on a Greek island, drawing classical columns since an early child. At the age of 18 she moved to the UK where she completed her Architecture studies at Kingston University and the University of Edinburgh.
Kalliopi is Visiting Lecturer at the University of Greenwich and together with Helena runs an undergraduate studio in Landscape Architecture and Urbanism. She also leads a Resolution module at the University teaching students to create fantastical drawings.
Kalliopi is passionate about her reading and writing. She likes walking around the city of London with a sketchpad in her bag and is always on the lookout for new columns to sketch.
Iria Suárez is the material specialist at A Small Studio. She trained as a fashion designer in Spain and studied an MA in the History of Design at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Royal College of Art in London. She is interested in the impact that space and materiality have on society and is an advocate for the promotion of sustainability and well-being.
Volunteering at the Victoria & Albert Museum from 2014-2017 is where she consolidated her interest in museums and archiving materiality. She is in charge of our materials library, leading the studio’s project on London’s first sustainable material library dedicated to the promotion of net-zero emissions in the construction industry.
To build the library and understand the materials, she has developed a classification system called ‘Sustainability passport’. This passport system is based on the five layers that compose a building and correlates to our Schedule of Works.
We like working and collaborating with people.
We take pleasure in interpreting the client’s design brief.
We don’t see problems, we see challenges.
We enjoy working with materials: how they are made, where they come from, how they can be used and re-used.
Our projects are in the detail. But we never lose sight of the bigger picture.
We ring-fence an element of each project and don’t interfere with its budget.
Our work ages gracefully. Whether it is a 2-week installation or a building for life.
We love our planet and we want to respect it.
Our projects are biased towards the socially inclusive, accessible and age friendly.
We see beauty in diversity. We like working with different scales, different people and in different contexts.