who we are

Anne Thorne has been a practicing architect for over 25 years and set up Anne Thorne Architects Partnership in 1991. She has a long commitment to community participation, historic buildings and housing design. She is a member of a co-housing group and an expert in all things related to co-housing. Anne was a founding member of Matrix Feminist Design Collective where she was architect for the Jagonari Centre. At ATA she has run collaborative projects with artists and schools in the design of urban spaces as well as building projects such as the award winning Angela Carter Close scheme. Anne is an ARB registered architect, on the RIBA Housing Group and a member of the Art Workers Guild.

Fran Bradshaw is an architect working on regeneration and sustainable projects, with a strong focus on user involvement. She has been a partner at ATA since 1996, where she led retrofit and new build award-winning schemes at Angell Town, Brixton. Fran earlier trained and worked as a bricklayer. She lectures widely on sustainability matters, and has a serious involvement in progressing environmental sustainability. Fran is ARB registered, an trustee of the AECB – the sustainable building association, and a member of the Passivhaus conference UK group.

Zana Dean has been running housing, education and community projects since joining ATA in 1997. She has a special interest in post occupancy monitoring and energy evaluation. Before joining ATA she was involved with a number of self-build projects both as an architect and a builder, including a Segal-style low-energy timber solar house, pole frame structures using forest thinnings and rammed earth construction. She has taught at Sheffield University and currently examines on the Professional Practice course at Cambridge.


Junko Suetake was a Partner ATA between 2010-2012 and an associate since 2007. She has worked in Japan and in London with Alsop and Stormer Architects before joining ATA in 2006.  Junko is an designer in the broadest sense, working at all scales and striving for good architecture. She has a strong interest in timber buildings and was the project architect for the RIBA award winning Bateman Mews houses. Junko is a certified Passivhaus designer. She now practices independently at Suetake Studio 2. 

Rute Nieto Ferreira has been working with ATA since 2003, became an associate in 2008 and a partner between 2010-2012. She has a particularly interest in buildings for children, housing and engaging clients and users in the design process. Rute has an MA from the Royal College of Art and alongside working with ATA she has been involved with projects in her hometown of Porto, Portugal. She has taught at Oxford Brookes University, at the CASS/ London Metropolitan University and at the University of Brighton. She is registered with the ARB and the Portuguese architects board.
See Rute Nieto Ferreira.