Practice

Levitate architecture practice was formed by Spencer Guy and Tim Sloan in 2005, founded on their shared belief in the importance of transformative projects and high-quality, contemporary design.

Our talented and experienced team works with a wide variety of clients, project scales and building types across the UK, led from London but with valued bases in the South West and Yorkshire.

Whether it be a brand new apartment complex, the redevelopment of a historic site, a city loft extension or a sculptural installation, we aim to deliver spaces that function effectively and are a joy to be in. Inventive common sense is the basis of all of our work, leading to architecture that is contextual, efficient and full of light.

We are experts in conservation work – led by director Jo Hibbert, with associate Sarah Earney – and have experience working with historical buildings of varying status and type, including Grade 1, II* or II listed and scheduled ancient monuments.

As well as architectural services we can provide planning, landscape and engineering consultancy services, with the help of regular collaborators who we consider to be integral to the Levitate team.

Levitate
26 Lloyd Baker Street
London WC1X 9AW
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7833 4455 studio@levitate.co.uk
Nearest tube
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Kings Cross
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Levitate
26 Lloyd Baker Street
London WC1X 9AW
United Kingdom
+44 (0)20 7833 4455 studio@levitate.co.uk
Nearest tube
Angel
Kings Cross
Farringdon
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Spencer Guy
Director
BA (Hons) DipArch ADPPA FRSA RIBA

Spencer founded Levitate with Tim in 2005 and has an active role in the design of all Levitate projects.

He is currently studying part time for a postgraduate research degree in the reinvention of Arts and Crafts in contemporary housing at Bath University.

Spencer grew up in Yorkshire, and after studying at the University of Sheffield and the Bartlett School of Architecture, he trained in the offices of Sir Michael Hopkins, Harry Seidler, and Niall McLaughlin.

He lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife, son and daughter, having designed and built their own Code 6 country house on the edge of the Chiltern Hills.

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Tim Sloan
Director
BSc DipArch FRSA RIBA

Tim founded Levitate with Spencer in 2005 and has an active role in the design of all Levitate projects.

He studied at the University of Edinburgh and the Bartlett School of Architecture, where he was awarded the Sir Bannister Fletcher Prize and the RIBA Silver Medal for diploma studies. He gained experience at RHWL Arts Team and in the office of Sir Michael Hopkins, where he spent nine years. He is a fellow of the RSA and a member of the RIBA Library Committee.

Tim lives in Islington with his wife and three sons. Together they are in the process of extending a Perthshire barn into a family home.

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Jo Hibbert
Conservation Director
BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA AABC

Jo has been director of our conservation office since 2006. She has extensive experience of conserving, restoring and renovating scheduled ancient monuments and listed buildings. Her work with Levitate includes the conservation of Sandsfoot Castle and the Old Farmhouse at West Pennard, successfully removing both from English Heritage’s Buildings at Risk Register.

Jo studied architecture at Sheffield University. Following her first degree she worked with English Heritage, then undertook an ICOMOS Summer Scholarship with the New York Landmarks in Manhattan. She completed her diploma at Oxford Brookes, winning a SPAB Lethaby Scholarship.

She then worked at Acanthus Ferguson Mann Architects in Bristol, becoming an associate and taking a repair project at the Royal West Academy from inception to completion. From 2004 she worked for Jonathan Rhind Architects, setting up its Taunton office and as a result making excellent contacts with local officials, consultants and contractors. During this time she started the refurbishment of the Grade 1 listed Whitestaunton Manor in Somerset, including the conservation and repair of its hammer beam roof.

Jo is the retained church architect for a number of significant churches in the South West, she sits on the Exeter Diocesan Advisory Committee and is a studio tutor for the final year of Diploma at Bath University.

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Sarah Earney
Associate
BA (Hons) DipArch MSc (Conservation) FRSA RIBA

Sarah is a conservation architect with a Masters in Historic Conservation, and as Associate she manages the practice’s conservation work with our Conservation Director, Jo Hibbert.

She has been the project architect for a range of conservation and new build projects in sensitive historic sites. Many involve contemporary additions to listed or historic buildings, ranging from historic but unlisted building through to Grade II, II* and I listed buildings and scheduled ancient monuments. She carries out a range of heritage consultancy projects, including condition surveys, heritage statements and conservation management plans.

Prior to joining Levitate in 2006, Sarah graduated with commendation from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL.  She worked on a number of projects for Hudson Architects during her studies, and then for Niall McLaughlin and Simon Conder following graduation.

Sarah is also an examiner for the RIBA North West professional qualification course.

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David Guy
Regional Director (North)
BA (Hons) DipArch CPPMA RIBA

David is responsible for Levitate’s projects in the North, and is also our Technical Director. He has been the project architect for a number of schemes and has extensive experience in the detailing and engineering co-ordination of projects at a large range of scales.

David followed his prize-winning degree at the University of Sheffield with a diploma at the Bartlett School of Architecture, graduating with a commendation in design. He is also a graduate of the 2002 Murcutt Masterclass, held at the University of Newcastle in Australia, which emphasises ecologically responsive and responsible design.

During his studies, David worked with Michael Wilford on his family home in Sussex and the new British Embassy in Berlin. Following this he worked at MUMA on university projects in America, before joining Levitate, where he became a project director in 2006.

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Toby Knipping
Architect
BSc (Hons) MArch (Dist.) ARB

Since joining Levitate in 2012, Toby has worked on a wide range of projects, from a new school cricket pavilion and a 50m regional competition pool to new-build houses, offices and several competition bids.

Toby graduated from the University of Bath in 2009 with first class honours, having been awarded the Basil Spence Prize for design team working. During his studies he worked for award-winning practices in Wales and the South West, including CaSA Architects, who specialise in well-crafted contemporary and sustainable architecture.

He then studied for his Masters in architecture at the University of Sheffield, collaborating on a number of action research projects, including community construction projects in Paris with Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée. After graduating with distinction, Toby worked for Michael Hopkins and Partners in London.

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Lizzie O’Neill
Architect
BArch (Hons) MArch ARB

Lizzie is a project architect specialising in residential schemes of all scales, from one-off houses to large apartment projects. She enjoys working with listed and existing buildings, with a focused interest in renovation, re-use and the insertion of contemporary designs into the context of existing structures and places. Alongside architecture she has a keen interest in landscape and garden design, which informs her work within the practice.

Lizzie joined Levitate in 2014, having completed her Part II at the University of Bath, graduating with first-class honours, winning the RIBA Wessex Region Design Prize for Part II and featuring in Blueprint Magazine’s ‘Class of 2014’. Prior to this she undertook her Part I studies at the University of Nottingham and worked at Arup Associates, Squillace Nicholas Architects (Sydney), Charlotte Rowe Garden Design and Flower Michelin Architects.

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Liam Wales
Architectural Illustrator

Born in Yorkshire in 1971, Liam is an artist and illustrator and has recently decamped to East Sussex with his young family. His work includes visuals for architects and interior designers, reconstruction paintings for English Heritage, house portraits and editorial illustrations. Liam has been collaborating with Levitate since 2010, lending his watercolour skills to produce elevations and perspectives for several conservation and housing projects.

James-Harrington
James Harrington
Architectural Assistant
BA (Hons)

James graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2015. His course work focused on temporary architecture, which he went on to explore in practice while working at Ash Sakula on the Canning Town Caravanserai, a temporary community project built from upcycled materials.

Since joining Levitate in 2015, James has worked on both residential and commercial projects, including the digital light installation in Leicester and the second phase of our Friars Mill redevelopment.

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Bess Harding
Studio Manager

The most recent addition to the Levitate team, Bess is in charge of the day-to-day running of the studio and looks after our website and the all-important Twitter account. Raised in Dorset, Bess has lived in London since 2003 and has previously worked in an advertising agency and a graphic design agency. She also works part-time as an illustrator.

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George Goldsmith
Architectural Assistant