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 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. 

Simona Basili RIBA ARB

Associate Architect

Architect with over 15 years of international experience in architecture and interior design including residential, office, retail, renovations, and listed buildings. She was an assistant professor at Politecnico of Milan for the ABC Department of Architecture, Built environment, and Construction engineering. She is also the Co-founder of FORMA a platform of international professionals working in the built environment that encourages innovation through interdisciplinary interaction, knowledge and business opportunities with more than 1,000 members.

Astrid Jahncke BA M.Arch

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.


Charlotte Webb BSc BA

Architectural Assistant

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. 

Elisa Rhodes BA

Architectural Assistant

Elisa studied for her undergraduate at Falmouth University School of Art, before going on to work at a number of London-based practices. She is currently completing her MArch as an Architecture apprentice at London Southbank, which focuses on unprecedented rates of urbanisation, social sciences and advances in technology. Elisa has worked on a wide variety of residential projects, from the private bespoke to large affordable housing schemes.

Conscious of the built environment’s impact on our climate and society, Elisa is particularly interested in the use of natural and hand crafted materials to the benefit of high quality and unique architecture.