Following Up Post Occupancy

In early 2018 we decided to reach out & connect with the residents of homes that we have designed. Our aim was to learn about what aspects of our designs work well and what parts could be better and to feed these insights back into our design process to improve future homes we are currently working on.

We also saw this as an opportunity to explore first-hand the connection between the well-being of the residents and the functional aspects of their homes and the apartment schemes that they live in.

It has been very satisfying to close the loop, revisit the projects and get to know the residents a little by meeting them in their homes and given us a deeper appreciation of how design can directly contribute to increased resident well-being.   

The survey has, as hoped, yielded a number of valuable design insights in particular in the design of apartments for families.

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East Bay Mill Planning Submitted

We recently submitted planning application for East Bay Mill in Colchester, Essex. Our proposal for Regent Land and Developments seeks to deliver 20 contemporary family dwellings, including the conversion of a former granary mill building that was severely fire damaged in 2015.

Family homes have generous living spaces, the designs include brick and weatherboard cladding and gardens and roof terraces that take advantage of the river side setting. The scheme opens up the riverside foot and cycle path along the River Cole, enhancing the river bank with landscaping.

The development's design responds to the historical context and will bring this derelict river side site back to life.

East Bay Mill
East Bay Mill
East Bay Mill

Montpelier Road Planning Permission

We have received detailed planning permission for our redevelopment scheme of Montpelier Road, a former care home in Ealing. Our service as a lead consultant for Sanctuary Homes will deliver 16 new homes with generous private amenity space. 

Lateral apartments provide large three bed family apartments with gardens on the lower level with all other homes in an optimal corner position on upper levels.

The scheme is designed to maximise onsite carbon savings and includes water tanks in the form of raised planters to attenuate rain water run off.

The site has been acquired by London and Quadrant Housing and will be one of the first schemes delivered as part of its Build London Partnership which intends to build 100,000 new homes on small sites in the next 10 years.

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Ready To Design Brighter Futures? | Project Architect

Celebrating twenty-one years in practice, KC+A architects are looking for a talented Project Architect to join the team. With a competitive salary package and ample opportunity for advancement, we are looking for a candidate to engage in an exciting range of design-led projects in London & the South-East.

KC+A are committed to designing better spaces for people to live, work and play in, through the integration of sensitive consultation, design quality and efficient use of resources. With projects ranging from £5M to £40M, including schemes in private/social housing, heritage, urban design and mixed-use facilities, we aim to design buildings which enhance the quality of life for the inhabitants and visitors of London and South-East.


Applicants for the Project Architect role must have the following:

  • RIBA Chartered Member with a minimum of 3+ years’ post Part III qualification experience in delivering medium/large scale projects.

  • Experience of delivering affordable & private housing led schemes in London & the south east. Knowledge of the GLA & HCA housing design & funding standards.

  • Experience of Build to Rent and/or Later Living schemes an advantage.

  • Experience in planning work stages 0-3 and post planning delivery stages 4 -7.

  • Detailed knowledge and experience of UK Building Regulations.

  • Exceptional design & problem-solving skills.

  • Excellent presentation skills.

  • Enthusiasm and a desire to learn.

  • The ability to work effectively as part of an in house team.

  • Experience in managing work flows.

  • Advanced skills in: REVIT, AutoCAD, Sketch Up, Adobe suite, Office, in a Windows environment essential

  • Excellent communication skills with fluent spoken and written English.


Apply via email to Kiran Curtis (enquiries@kcaarchitects.co.uk) including:

1. A cover letter exemplifying your skillset and experience & explaining why you feel you would be a good fit at KC+A

2. A CV/summary portfolio (maximum 10 pages)

3. Contact details of two references

4. Proof of the right to work in the U.K.


KC+A architects is an equal opportunities employer, governed by our comprehensive in-house policy. We value the creative potential which individuals from diverse backgrounds and with differing skills and abilities.

enquiries@kcaarchitects.co.uk

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KC+A | Brand refresh

We hope you like our brand refresh & new website.

After 21 years our mission remains as strong as ever and our ambition is to continue creating better places for people to live, work and play for the next 21 years and more. To recognise the contribution of our growing team of talented architects & designers, who share this vision, we are updating our name to KC+A (Kiran Curtis + Associates). We are excited about the future, let’s work together to design a brighter one.

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New website | Designing Brighter Futures for 21 years

We are delighted to present you with our brand-new website. Over our 21 years in the industry our focus has always been on designing commercially successful, mid-size developments that create brighter futures. We continue to do this by integrating sensitive consultation, design quality and efficient use of resources. We hope you like the new design which showcases our projects & will keep you up to date with what is happening at KC+A.

Gascoyne Road | Resident survey

We recently produced a short post-occupancy video for our Gascoyne Road project in Hackney to see how the residents of Crisp Court are finding their new home.

The project provides 19 homes as well as a community centre for the surrounding neighbourhood.

‘We are delighted with Crisp Court and the new Gascoyne Community Centre.  The project has delivered some excellent affordable family houses, stunning apartments overlooking the common and a superb new community centre. KCA have done a great job steering the project through from start to finish.’ Sarah Cunningham, Sanctuary Housing

Museum of Architecture Gingerbread City Exhibition at the V&A Museum

This year we are taking part in the annual Museum of Architecture Gingerbread City exhibition running at the V&A Museum from 8th December until 6th January. The exhibition features an entire city of structures made completely out of gingerbread, with projects created by different architects, designers and engineers.

This year’s theme of ‘Imagining the Future City” inspired us to create ‘Peppermint Perch’, a healthy environment for students to flourish and grow, provided of course they refrain from nibbling the cookie walls or licking the marzipan plants! The scheme hosts a shared community of residents which is made up by a series of indoor and outdoor spaces. These include active social spaces such as the café, games room, outdoor gym and growers garden. There are also quiet study pods and pocket contemplation gardens where scholars can retreat and recharge. Hanging gardens are an integral part of the scheme providing clean air and stress relief to busy Gingerbread City dwellers.

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The Gingerbread City exhibition has already been featured in several publications such as The Daily Telegraph, Business Recorder, The Business Times, as well as some international outlets KTVQ, The Daily Star Lebanon, WPXI.

Book your ticket and see you there!

Romford Road wins planning consent

We have secured planning consent on behalf of Local Space for this infill scheme in Newham. An attractive brick building will mark the corner of Romford Road & Disraeli Road and will provide 11 much needed new affordable family homes.  The building design is animated with deep window reveals, brick detailing to provide texture & metal balconies.  The streetscape enhanced with hedgerows & a low perimeter brick wall. Residents will share a communal garden.