ARTARCHITECTS is a design-led firm of architects specialising in bespoke architectural solutions, and the renewal of historic buildings. We have wide experience of transforming spaces, and of developing architectural designs with our clients that respond both to their particular needs and to the special characteristics of each site. 
The ethos of the company draws on the shared experience of the founding partners as architects, conservation specialists and academics.


 Alex Veal 

BSc(Hons) BArch DipArch PhD ARB RIBA AABC


Alex is an RIBA Chartered Architect, Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC). He has a PhD in architectural history and theory, and offers heritage consultancy and design services to owners and developers of historic properties.


Prior to founding ARTArchitects, he worked at architectural practices in Japan (Kengo Kuma Associates), the Netherlands (Roeleveld Sikkes Architects), and the UK (BDP and Caroe & Partners). His project experience includes private houses, public buildings, National Trust and English Heritage properties, as well as numerous ecclesiastical buildings.


Alex's considerable experience working with historic buildings enables him to maximise the potential of clients' properties, adding value by conserving historic features, whilst extending and adapting with contemporary design in ways that aim to complement and enhance the character of the existing building and its setting. 


Alex has taught on, and reviewed, architectural courses at the University of East London, the University of Hertfordshire, the University of Bedfordshire, Kingston University and Cardiff University.

He has been appointed as a member of the Hertfordshire Design Review Panel in 2019. 



 Toshiya Kogawa 

Toshiya is an RIBA Chartered Architect who studied in Japan and the UK.  Prior to establishing ARTARCHITECTS, he worked at Dixon Jones Architects and Haworth Tompkins. During this period he was involved in many prestigious cultural and mixed use developments including the National Gallery Masterplan, Kings Place, Quadrant 3, and a number of large-scale residential developments in London.


Toshiya’s experience covers each of the different stages of a project. In particular, he has developed strong skills in design and construction of complex façade packages. His strong attention to detail and in-depth understanding of workmanship reflect his interest in both construction technology and traditional handcraft. 


Toshiya is a senior lecturer at University of East London. He has been actively engaged with architectural education many years and currently leading the Year 1 design studio at UEL. 

He has been appointed as a member of the Hertfordshire Design Review Panel in 2019. 

Oliver Sheppard
BA (Hons) DipArch ARB 
Senior Architect

Oliver trained at The Bartlett and London Metropolitan University, qualifying in 2011. He has previously worked for Sheppard Architects, Matthew Springett Associates and Surface to Air Limited.

He joined ARTArchitects in April 2022.

Charles Sheppard
BA (Hons) DipArch ARB RIBA SCA

Charles has worked for over 40 years as a chartered Architect and has a wealth of experience across most sectors and all stages of the design and construction process. His experience includes contemporary new build projects together with repair, refurbishment and alteration of existing buildings of many types. He has particular and extensive experience working with historic buildings and especially ecclesiastical ones. Many have been important landmark and Grade 1 listed buildings.


He is particularly adept at understanding client’s needs to adapt existing buildings and at creatively designing and realising contemporary alterations and additions to heritage buildings and within heritage settings. Although he is Conservation Accredited at the highest RIBA level, he strongly believes that conservation must include for sensitive changes to such heritage buildings and environments. This to ensure their continuing fitness for purpose within increasingly technological contexts and to ensure their sustainable futures.


Charles was a partner of Lloyd Sheppard Architects from 1997 and has been senior partner of Sheppard Architects since 2007. He is pleased to now also be able to act as consultant to ARTArchitects, who share the same values and design philosophy.

ARTArchitects Ltd

Unit 37 Spectrum House 

32-34 Gordon House Road London NW5 1LP

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