51a Regent Studios
8 Andrews Road
London E8 4QN

office@oebarchitects.co.uk

 

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TEAM

Tessa Baird
David Eland
Simranjit Singh Rahi

Previously:

Nompsy Chigaru
Ricky Kwok
Marie Magnien
Punya Sehmi

OEB was formed in 2018, talking about what it means to make architecture now.  Each project asks how to be socially-minded and articulate whatever the use or scale, and how to find delight in the ways that materials of both economy and ecology might perform.   The practice is all-tech - some high but mostly low, looking for construction that makes sense, and makes a sensibility.  OEB likes nature and artifice, and aims to be careful with both.  
 
The practice builds on over thirty years of combined experience in architecture, teaching, and construction.  We work closely with clients, consultants, and contractors through all RIBA work stages, from developing initial ideas to completion on site, and are very happy to discuss potential projects of any shape or size.

 

DIRECTORS

Tessa Baird is a registered architect with extensive experience working on projects in sensitive historic environments, for both public and private clients.

Tessa has led design teams with multiple participants through all RIBA stages, ensuring design integrity is maintained through technical resolution and construction.

 

Tessa teaches at Central St Martins, and serves on the London Borough of Tower Hamlets Conservation and Design Advisory Panel.

David Eland is a registered architect with over fifteen years experience working in architecture and construction, predominantly designing and building contemporary timber structures.

David was previously director of Ozkurt and Eland Architects specialising in bespoke and hand-made projects, leading a number of high quality residential projects through all RIBA Stages to completion.

He has lectured widely on community self-build and has been a guest critic at a number of universities.

As undergraduates David and Tessa were co-founders of a self-build collective and Scottish Charity 'Voluntary Design and Build', which grew to have over 60 members.  The organisation designed, fundraised, and constructed a number of buildings in the UK and Central Europe, investigating the ways that collective enthusiasm for building work can be organised as a process of self-education.

UPDATES

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NEW ARCHITECTS 4

We are very happy to be included in the publication from the Architecture Foundation 'New Architects 4', with so many illustrious friends and colleagues.   The book is a survey of the best British architectural firms established in the past ten years.

BRIGHTON UNIVERSITY PUBLIC LECTURE

OEB was invited by Charles Holland to speak about our work as part of the Spring '21 Lecture Series at Brighton

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DRAWING MATTER

'Seeing Not Showing' - A written piece on a drawing by Marie-Jose Van Hee and some different kinds of sketching is published on Drawing Matter here