Gianni Botsford

Gianni Botsford

BA (Hons) AADipl RIBA

Gianni Botsford, Director & Head of Design, was born in Venice, Italy in 1960. He originally studied Interior Design at Kingston University (84-86) and worked for a number of practices in London from 86-94. He completed his education at the Architectural Association, London (94-96), with Professor John Frazer, before setting up Gianni Botsford Architects in 1996 which he continues to direct. He was appointed AA Research Fellow in 1997 and has taught at the AA and London Metropolitan University, as well as being a visiting critic at the AA, Bartlett, Cambridge and Bath Universities. He is currently a member of the RIBA Awards Group and sits on the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Architecture Appraisal Panel. The recipient of numerous awards, he has also lectured in the UK, India, the USA, and Mexico on the work of the practice. His research work at the AA and subsequently with Arup into the optimisation of the control of natural light has been used throughout the projects the studio has built and developed.


Jernej Cencic

Jernej Cencic

BA Arch. MA Arch

Jernej Cencic studied architecture in Italy at the University IUAV of Venice, in the Netherlands at the Berlage Institute in Rotterdam and in Switzerland at the Accademia di Architettura in Mendrisio. After obtaining his Master in Architecture in 2008, he worked in India and UK, gaining experience in masterplanning, residential, hospitality, healthcare, educational, exhibition, refurbishment, landscape and  infrastructure projects. Jernej lived in the Indian desert for 3 years working on the design and construction of an Education and research center. Since joining GBA, he has been working on the masterplan of the Kaohsiung GangShan Industrial Park in Taiwan. He has recently been appointed as a project architect for a listed building residential project in London.


Anahi Copponex

Anahi Copponex

Anahi Copponex studied fashion at Kingston University before starting her career at Marithe & Francois
Girbaud in Paris. On returning to the UK she worked for a number of designers including Ally Capellino and Sara Sturgeon, before moving towards the areas of costume and theatre design. Collaborations with the theatre director Frank Ramon on Leo Ferre in France, Architects Gianni Botsford and David Connor, and costume designs for The London Ballet School have followed. Her most recent projects include costume designs for the film ‘The Leskov Project’ to be shot in Russia this winter, and architectural screens for a residential project in London. Her collaborations over the years with GBA range from material research, modelmaking, and the testing of approaches to light, space and the body


James Eagle

James Eagle

BArch MArch ARB

James Eagle obtained his Master Degree in Architecture at Greenwich University under the supervision of Professor Neil Spiller. Graduating with distinction, James also won the RIBA Selsa Prize, was nominated for the RIBA Presidents Medals, and shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. His research interests include biological living architectural systems and surrealism. James completed his professional qualifications with the RIBA in the Autumn of 2017. Prior to joining GBA, James gained experience with Heritage Consultants Purcell working on a number of highly sensitive listed buildings and also on new proposals situated within registered parks and gardens. Since joining GBA in 2008 he has worked on many projects across differing typologies and work stages from concept to construction, including Rise and Fall, Garden House, White on White, Devonshire Place and the Welbeck Collections Gallery. 


Paulo Martinho

Paulo Martinho

Senior Architect ARB

Paulo studied Architecture at the University of Porto and completed his Masters at The University of Lisbon. He has been working as an architect since 1995, firstly in design led practices in Portugal and since 2008 in the UK in practices such as Foster & Partners and Arup. He has gained experience in a wide range of projects such as schools, universities, libraries and museums. Paulo is now in his sixth year as project architect with Gianni Botsford Architects.


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