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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 also have expertise adapting listed buildings and working in conservation areas.


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 have also built the first ever school under a motorway for the same client in Ladbroke Grove.

The Team


Andrew Hanson



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.


Lynda Miehe

Associate Director

BSc Arch, BArch (Hons 1), MFA, RAIA

Lynda studied Architecture at the University of Sydney and went on to work for a number of award-winning practices, gaining extensive experience on various cultural, residential, recreational, educational and commercial projects, both in Australia and Asia, including the master plan for the Sydney 2000 Olympics. Since moving to London, she has worked in several architectural studios, leading residential, cultural and educational projects and design competitions. During this time, Lynda completed a Master of Fine Art, which allowed her to explore her passion for visual arts. In 2016, Lynda co-founded Webb Miehe Architects, focusing on high-end residential and small commercial projects.

Joining Hanson Architects in 2022, Lynda plays a key role in managing all aspects of the design, creative, and construction phases of projects, to ensure that the studio achieves the most successful and exciting outcomes for all clients.


Esther Calinawan

Architectural Assistant

BA (Hons) Arch

Esther studied and completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Westminster in 2020.
She joined Hanson Architects in the summer of 2022 after a gaining residential experience in Knightsbridge over the previous year.

Esther also has a background in Product Design and a strong interest in arts and crafts. In her spare-time she enjoys going for walks, as well as dabbling in gouache painting and crocheting.


Caspar Barker

Architectural Assistant

BA (Hons) Arch

Caspar joined Hanson Architects in the summer of 2023 after completing his undergraduate degree at Newcastle University. Here, he developed a particular interest for the relationship between person and home. Designing a canal-side housing project located in Leeds, intended to tackle the rising issues of an ageing population. Alongside a dissertation that explored the progressive social housing systems of Vienna and the EU. Caspar remains committed to placemaking and producing responsive homes for our rapidly changing environment and society.


Stephen Hodgen

Associate Director

BA (Hons) DipArch

Stephen joined Hanson Architects in 2006 and was appointed Associate Director in 2009. He has over 25 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.


Charlotte Webb

Architectural Assistant

BSc (Hons) BA (Hons) Arch

Charlotte joined Hanson Architects after completing her studies at Oxford Brookes University, graduating in 2021. Prior to this, she studied Economics at the University of York and has a keen interest in the relationship between social and residential infrastructure and urban economic policy.

During her studies she also enjoyed exploring the use of fictional literature within architectural design and how this could be used to predict the implications of rising sea levels within London.


Harry Fitzsimmons

Graduate Architect

BSc (Hons) MArch

Harry joined the Hanson Architects team in the summer of 2022 after completing his MArch at Cardiff University. During this, he focused on the relationships between historical buildings and their current uses, using this to design an adaptive reuse project in Vienna. He continues this interest in historical reuse throughout his current work.

Prior to this, Harry worked in Bournemouth as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant, as well as being the Marketing and Communications Secretary for the Student Association for the Welsh School of Architecture.

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