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), in Professor John Frazer’s Evolutionary Architecture Unit, 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, London Metropolitan University and the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, has run a unit in the annual Studio in the Woods since its inception, as well as being a visiting critic at the AA, Bartlett, Cambridge, St John Cass and Bath Universities. He was recently 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, Taiwan 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.


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 and Dr Rachel Armstrong. Graduating with distinction, James won the RIBA Selsa Prize, was nominated for the RIBA Presidents Medals, and shortlisted for the Jerwood Drawing Prize. His reseach has been published by Wiley in AD Surrealism in Architecture and exhibited across the UK. His research interests include biological living architectural systems, biodigital design methodologies and surrealism. James completed his professional qualifications with the RIBA and is a UK registered architect. Since joining GBA in 2008 he has worked on many projects across differing typologies and work stages from concept to construction, including House in a Garden, White on White, Two Stair House, Villa Arcipelago, Rise and Fall and the Welbeck Collections Gallery. 


Stephanie Aue

Stephanie Aue

Dipl Ing Arch

Stephanie joined the studio in 2019. She studied Architecture at the University of Hanover, Germany and at UWE Bristol, UK. Since graduating in 2010 she has worked in design-led practices in both Berlin and London, being responsible for the concept design and detail development of a range of projects including educational, residential and mixed-use. At GBA she is currently leading the project team for a part new-build, part refurbishment house in Hampstead, which was originally extended by a very young Norman Foster in 1968.


Kosuke Ino

Kosuke Ino

BA MArch

Kosuke Ino built his academic career in Japan and the UK, receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the Waseda University in Tokyo and his Master’s degree from the University of Brighton. After his graduation, he worked for a design-led Japanese architectural practice, Design Office Ant, in which he gained the conceptual and technical understanding of  traditional and contemporary Japanese architecture. From his experience working in both Japan and the UK, he has developed an interest for integrating different architectural ways of thinking between different cultures. Since he joined GBA in 2018, he has worked on several cultural and residential projects using his skills of physical and 3D model making and visual programming of environmental analysis.


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