The Practice

John Hanson and Associates was founded in London in the 1950s and since 1990 his son, Andrew Hanson, has carried on the tradition as a partner in Circus Architects, a director of Harper Mackay and, since 2002 managing director of Hanson Architects.


Hanson Architects is an award winning, design-led practice based in Ladbroke Grove with a proven record of obtaining intricate planning consents and completing complex buildings on challenging and constrained sites.


We strive to create site and client specific solutions that maximise the qualities of light, space and materials. 

Hanson Architects have built schools, restaurants, offices, bars and houses.  We have gained specialist knowledge in the construction of basements completing over twenty in central London, the largest basement in Notting Hill under the JCB, a new building for Notting Hill Prep School in 2012.  We are currently completing the first school ever built under a motorway for the same client in Ladbroke Grove.

Andrew Hanson DipArch (Dist) RIBA RIAS ARB


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Andrew was educated at the Architectural Association and the University of Edinburgh and is a former member of the RIBA Council, chair of the London Region of the RIBA, member of the RIBA Education Committee, chair of the RIBA London Planning Group , chair of the RIBA Awards Jury for London Region from 2007 to 2010 and runner up in the election for RIBA President in 2009.  He is currently a chair of both the Wandsworth and Richmond Council Design Review Panels.


Andrew is closely involved in all projects throughout the office at both a strategic and detailed level from concept to completion. 

Stephen Hodgen BA (Hons) DipArch

Associate Director

Stephen joined Hanson Architects in 2006 and was appointed Associate Director in 2009. He has over 20 years experience specialising in commercial, educational, private housing and residential developments and is involved in most projects at concept stage providing an overseeing directional role throughout as well as managing jobs on site. 

He recently become an Architecture Ambassador for the RIBA National Schools Programme running design workshops with year 5 children at St. Barnabas Primary School Pimlico. 

Paul Tierney RIBA ARB

Associate Director

Paul Tierney joined Hanson Architects in 2008 and became a member of the RIBA and ARB early 2012.  He was appointed Associate Director in 2016. Paul has over 15 years experience specialising in private housing, residential developments and educational work and is responsible for the general management of the practice. He oversees the technical aspects of most projects as well as running work on site and has also gained considerable expertise in negotiating party wall agreements.

Paul recently become an Architecture Ambassador for the RIBA National Schools Programme running design workshops with year 5 children at St. Barnabas Primary School Pimlico. 

Simona Basili RIBA ARB

Project Architect

Before joining Hanson Architects in 2017 Simona worked throughout Europe for over 14 years specialising in residential, commercial, retail, office and listed buildings. 


Registered with the Architect's Registration  Board in the UK and Italy, She was previously Assistant Professor at the Politecnico di Milano from 2009 to 2016 and is also co-founder of the non-profit making organisation FORMA - an internal network of place-makers involved in all sectors of the construction industry organising monthly seminars and events hosted by guest speakers encouraging individuals to share ideas, knowledge and business opportunities. 

Matthew Lucas M.Arch (Dist) B.Sc(Hons)

Architectural Assistant

Matthew studied at Queen’s University Belfast, graduating with a distinction in 2018. Prior to joining the team at Hanson Architects in May 2019, he gained experience working in Belfast on various residential and educational projects.


During his studies, Matthew developed a passion towards storytelling and narrative, placing particular emphasis on the sense of belonging and comfort. He values and is influenced by site responsive architecture, simple detailing and the expression of natural materials. 

Astrid Jahncke BA (UdK) M.Arch (RCA)

Architectural Assistant

Astrid studied at the Universität der Künste Berlin and the Royal College of Art graduating in 2019.  

Before joining Hanson Architects in March 2020 she worked in Berlin and London primarily on educational, residential and commercial projects.

She is particular interested in the use of imagery to raise questions regarding technology’s impact on society and the built environment.

Maria Jones Delgado BSc (Hons) 

Architectural Assistant

Maria studied at Bartlett, UCL, graduating in 2019. Before joining Hanson Architects in November 2019, she has gained experience working in Mexico City, New York and London, on a variety of different projects ranging from social and curatorial to private residential. 


Maria also continues to work for Bartlett and Open City’s Accelerate mentoring programme; which runs workshops to help students build confidence and gain skills going in to studying architecture and the built environment.