Elizabeth Adams

Office Manager

Elizabeth joined Dannatt, Johnson Architects in November 2004 as Office Manager. Her skills include use of a wide range of software packages including Quickbooks, Indesign, and Microsoft office. She also speaks French, and has studied German and Italian.

Elizabeth’s role is to assist the partners with the running of the practice, including managing and monitoring the finances, human resources, and IT systems, and ensuring the smooth everyday running of the office.

Since working for Dannatt, Johnson Architects, she has been responsible for all matters relating to running the business, from paying staff, invoices and people on time, tracking finances, drawing up staff contracts, assisting with production and proof reading of documents for clients and prospective clients as well as being the first point of contact to the practice.

Office Manager

Freja Brown

Architectural Assistant

Freja joined Dannatt Johnson Architects in 2019 after completing her Part II studies at Oxford Brookes University, specialising in International Architectural Regeneration and Development. She enjoys a research-led approach to design, exploring the Shared Economy for her final year masters project. Her scheme proposed spaces for combining education with the cultivation and sharing of future foods, with a view to reduce waste and inefficiencies that exist within the current food system, whilst improving health and community.

Freja has a particular interest and knowledge of traditional built forms, construction techniques and material treatments. Her diverse experience includes working on hospitality projects in Nicaragua, Central America and as a Research Assistant to the Editor in Chief of the Encyclopaedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World Ed. II. She is currently working on a new galleries project for the Imperial War Museum London and a new collections facility in Portsmouth.

Architectural Assistant

Carl Cairns

Partner

Since joining the practice in 1995, Carl’s main area of work has been in the realisation and direction of a diverse range of large refurbishment and new build projects. These have included the refurbishment of the former Royal Naval complex of buildings which form the centerpiece of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage site for the University of Greenwich, and major buildings for the Royal Academy of Arts in Burlington Gardens.

Carl’s technical skills include extensive experience of the integration of building services within historic building fabric, fire design in historic buildings, and a broad knowledge of building construction technology from modern ecologically-driven methods of construction to use of historic building materials. Specialist areas of practice include the resolution of modern servicing and functional need within historic buildings, working with clients with multiple user groups and stakeholders, and the delivery of complex and phased refurbishment works within occupied buildings.

Partner

David Johnson

Partner

David Johnson joined Trevor Dannatt in practice in 1983 and together they formed Dannatt, Johnson Architects in 1994.

David trained at the University of Manchester where he gained an early appreciation of the philosophy and theory of reusing existing buildings and sites for new uses. This interest has evolved through practice and now accounts for a significant proportion of the studio’s work. He is registered as an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation, has lectured in the UK and abroad, and has been an external examiner at the University of Portsmouth.

He has worked on major rehabilitation and conservation projects in the practice as well as on the design of new buildings for the arts and education, and has worked with the Council of Europe exploring the assessment and potential rehabilitation of historic buildings and urban centres in the Balkans and Black Sea Countries.

Partner

Yana Nanovska

Architect

Yana initially joined Dannatt, Johnson Architects in 2012, as a Part I Architectural Assistant and returned in 2015 as a Part II Assistant after completing her Masters at the University of Portsmouth, where she was also a mentor to first year architecture students and Marketing & Events support to the Creative and Cultural Industries Department. After passing the final examination in professional practice, Yana became a qualified Architect in September 2017.

Yana took a part in Erasmus exchange programme with the Technical University in Vienna during her Masters, which broadened her range of skills and experience.

She has worked on number of museum refurbishment projects, educational buildings and interior fit-outs. Recently completed works include The Anning Rooms at the Natural History Museum and George Woods Theatre refurbishment project for Goldsmiths University. Currently, Yana is working on a project at the Imperial War Museum London to provide new galleries and learning spaces.

Yana is also a visiting tutor at University of Portsmouth.

Architect

Jonathan Parry

Partner

Jonathan joined the practice in 1990, and became a partner in 2004.

His wide range of experience in educational work from pre-schools to 5 different Universities has promoted an extensive knowledge of different forms of project and building procurement combined with a constructive approach to project management.

Jonathan also has significant experience in building conservation and refurbishment of all grades of listed building including working with English Heritage at Dover Castle and running a number of projects on the world heritage sites at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich and at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, and is a member of SPAB.

Other interests include all aspects of sustainable design and construction with practical experience, working on projects with the London Borough of Ealing on a low carbon Children and Adult Service Centre and at Kingston University on the Centre for Sustainable Communities Achieved through Integrated Professional Education.

Partner

Sophie Potter

Partner

Sophie Potter joined the practice in 2005 and became a partner in 2013.

Sophie completed her training at the University of Queensland and gained initial experience in Brisbane, Japan and Singapore before moving to the UK. Her interest in the decorative arts and the reuse and conservation of buildings and interiors has promoted the development of a strong interior design focus within the practice and a widening of the practice approach to architecture.

Specific practice experience in the arts sector with work at the Natural History Museum, the Barbican Centre and the British Museum has helped strengthen a design led approach and her strong interpersonal skills have helped bring individuals together to work as a team, offering a high level of support for clients.

Partner

Sonia Tong

Architect

Sonia joined Dannatt Johnson Architects in 2017 after completing her Part II masters at Oxford Brookes University, where she ran the Oxford School of Architecture Magazine as editor-in-chief. She qualified as an Architect in January 2019.

At DJA she has worked on the conversion of the Dreadnought Seaman’s Hospital conversion into a new Student Hub for Greenwich University and was Project Architect for Greenhill Library for the London Borough of Harrow.

She has previously worked for Peregrine Bryant Architecture and Building Conservation, where she worked on numerous refurbishment projects with listed building status or sited in a central London conservation area.

Sonia is also a visiting tutor at the University of Hertfordshire.

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