Tigg + Coll Architects were established in 2008 by the two Directors, David Tigg and Rachel Coll. We are a young, energetic and innovative RIBA Chartered Practice based in west London.

The directors bring two very different perspectives to the practice from their experience at previous design studios, engaging with the full range of architectural scales. Between them they have an extensive range of high quality, design-led experience on projects varying from the development of macro regeneration schemes to national arenas; education buildings through to high-end residential, restaurants and boutique hotel fit-outs. This combination of experience allows them to bring together a plethora of individual skill sets and knowledge that can be applied at different scales to compliment each other.

As an established practice, we pride ourselves on our unique ability to understand intricate design briefs and produce outstanding, award-winning Architecture in complex delivery environments. Our current workload spans high-end residential, mixed-use development and masterplanning, through to Co–Living, PRS and build-to-rent sectors. We have a growing expertise in the student residential sector and project which span across the UK and continental Europe.

Our extensive capabilities in project delivery have allowed the practice to develop exciting schemes, exceeding client expectations and delivering beyond the core requirements of the brief; from maximising tight, urban sites through to interventions in historic listed settings. We seek to challenge and be challenged by complex briefs and physical site restraints.

As a leading design studio, we continue to develop and grow both in our ability to deliver ever-larger and more complex developments. We have recently completed several high-profile, successful projects that enjoy a central focus on communal living and shared experiences. The creation of an identifiable sense of home, fostering social connections and forming a sense of community through the careful curation of spaces is what inspires our enthusiasm and creative drive in the residential sector and beyond.


We offer a full range of Architectural services, generally based on the principles of the RIBA Plan of Work, Stages A-L. We can undertake the full range of design, procurement and construction stages or alternatively individual stages to suit your specific requirements and budget.

Tigg + Coll Architects bring intelligence in design and creative experience to the full scale of projects ranging from macro urban planning initiatives, architectural space planning right down to detailed design. By appointing us as your Architect we can help guide you through the complexities of both the design and construction process. We will help you achieve added value through excellence in design, providing inspiring ideas, suggesting new ways to utilize space and enrich finishes. Beyond this we can make sure every element of the design is fully implemented through out the construction phase by monitoring progress on site to get your project built.

We are trained designers and problem solvers and can bring real value for money to your project. As Architects we have completed extensive and rigorous professional training regime and are bound by a code of professional conduct. Both the directors at Tigg + Coll Architects are fully qualified Architects, and both ARB (Architects Registration Board) and RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) registered.


The practice was formed by the two directors, David Tigg and Rachel Coll who bring two complimentary perspectives to the practice from their respective backgrounds with previous practices at different ends of the architectural scale.​

Between them they have an extensive range of high quality, design led experience on projects ranging from national arenas and education buildings to high end residential, restaurants and boutique hotel fit-outs. This combination allows them to bring together a plethora of individual skills and knowledge to compliment each other.

David Tigg

Before founding the practice in 2008, David previously worked at global award winning practice Wilkinson Eyre Architects. He was lead design Architect on the £145 million Kings Waterfront Arena (now Echo Arena) built for the Liverpool City Council for The City of Culture in 2008. David has extensive large-scale project experience as well as superb detailing knowledge and thrives on the realisation of projects on site.

He has led the designs team for Tigg + Coll Architects largest and most complex development work both in established residential sectors but also in emerging co – living and high-end student residence developments.

He has recently lectured on the practices design ethos at the Cass school of Architecture David studied at Cambridge University and MIT Massachusetts.

Rachel Coll

Rachel read Architecture at Cambridge University. She previously worked at award winning design practice Project Orange and was Project Architect on the Whitechapel Dining Rooms, which won the practice Building Design Interior Design Architect of the year 2009.

Rachel has a meticulous attention to detail, which is exhibited throughout every stage of her projects. She loves interesting finishes and experimenting with bespoke design, believing that these are key elements in forming the character and quality of a space.

Rachel continues to lead the offices design ethos in high-end residential refurbishments and interior fit out projects developing the reputation of Tigg Coll Architects as a leading London design practice.

Simon Parsons
Senior Associate

Simon joined Tigg + Coll Architects in 2015 having previously work at Orms, Stride Treglown and Hawkins\Brown Architects. During this time he gained experience working on a variety of complex educational and residential projects throughout the UK.

Prior to this he studied at Sheffield University before completing his architectural education and qualifying as an architect at the University of Westminster.

Whilst at Tigg + Coll Architects, Simon has lead a number of important projects including a large scale residential development in SW London, a new build Villa in Kensington and the refurbishment of the key communal spaces for student accommodation in West London. He is also currently overseeing the implementation of BIM within the practice.

Helen Sutton

Helen joined Tigg + Coll Architects in 2014 from Michael Trentham Architects in Bermondsey, where she ran high-end residential projects in SE London and gained her Part 3 qualification. Since graduating from The University of Nottingham and the University of Westminster, she has had a wide range of experience from large-scale international commercial and education work during her Part I and II with Broadway Malyan in Manchester and London, to smaller bespoke residential projects during her year in Melbourne.

During her time at Tigg + Coll Architects she has been Project Architect on a £3m refurbishment of the common spaces to student accommodation for Greystar’s Chapter Student Living at their Kings Cross site. She has also worked on a number of other student sites for Greystar and NIDO, as well as a number of high-end residential projects including House for Agnes and Rawlings Street.

She is currently working on a high-spec interior fit out in Notting Hill, as well as the successful competition winning design ‘house for Theo and Oskar’.

Manuel Gonzalez Nogueira

Manuel qualified as an architect in the University of Madrid (UEM), and gained an MArch with Distinction from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College of London, before joining Tigg + Coll Architects in 2015.

He has previously worked for Estudio Alvarez-Sala and Andrés Perea Arquitecto design studios in Spain, specialising in sustainability and Zero Energy design projects. Manuel also has a keen interest in academia and has collaborated as an external tutor with UEM, and FADU Universities as well as being invited as a critic to the Architectural Association.

Since joining Tigg + Coll Architects he has worked on the high-end student accommodation refurbishment, as well as in both private residential extensions and large-scale residential complexes. Additionally, Manuel has worked on some architectural competitions, such as the winning scheme ‘House for Theo and Oskar’.

Paul Colfer
Senior Architectural Designer

Paul joined Tigg + Coll Architects in June 2014 and completed his PG Cert (Part III) at London Metropolitan University in 2017. He studied for his MArch at Nottingham Trent University and also lectured for the NTU School of Architecture. He was nominated for the RIBA Silver President’s Medal and accomplished an academic achievement award for his design project. As an aspiring architect he gained a broad experience early in his career at Laing O'Rourke, CPMG and Allford Hall Monaghan Morris. He joined Tigg + Coll Architects after working on the University of Amsterdam and now enjoys working on a wide variety of projects spanning all RIBA work stages.

Matthew Mouncey
Senior Architect

Matthew qualified as an Architect in 2018 whilst at Tigg + Coll. He finished his MArch in Architecture at Newcastle University in 2016, where he tutored alongside his studies. Prior to this, he graduated with First Class Honours from Nottingham Trent University. He was nominated for the RIBA Bronze President’s Medals in 2012 and was featured as standout Student in the Architect’s Journal in the same year.

Matthew joined Tigg + Coll Architects from Central London studio Holder Mathias Architects. He has additionally worked for artist and sculptor Wolfgang Buttress for a number of years, playing a role in the inception, synthesis and completion of a range of diverse international and award-winning projects. Now at Tigg + Coll Architects, he hopes to draw on his experiences in arts, academia and architecture to realise well-considered, elegant schemes. He is currently working on a number of private residential new-builds in Kensington and East London.

Hollie Muir

Hollie is currently studying her Part III having completed her MArch Part II at the University of Westminster in 2018 and previously completing her MArch Part I at UCLan in 2014. She also received the RIBA Student Bursary award from 2016 to 2018.

Prior to joining Tigg + Coll Hollie worked at HOK International and Farrells on a number of London based projects including Government and high-end residential. As well as large scale international design including airport concept design and masterplanning in the middle east.

Since joining Tigg + Coll Hollie has been involved in a number of exciting private residential projects in London, including the complete refurbishment and extension of a 5-storey townhouse in Notting Hill and a new build property in Islington.

Janis Vilcins

Janis studied architecture in Scott Sutherland School of Architecture in Aberdeen where graduated with Distinction in 2016. His MArch thesis project was nominated for several awards including RIBA Silver Medal, Archiprix International Award as well as published in AJ and Blueprint.

Before joining Tigg + Coll Architects, he worked in Latvia and London where he gained a broad experience on a variety of residential, housing, educational as well as conservation/ heritage projects.

Since joining Tigg + Coll Architects Janis has been involved in a number of exciting residential and student housing projects.

Monika Byra

Monika completed her Part I at the Silesian University of Technology in Poland and her part II at the Technical University in Delft, the Netherlands. Her thesis exploring scenarios of urban regeneration of the old factory complex in Lisbon has been pre-nominated for the Archiprix Award.

She has previously worked on different projects varying from an extensive residential scheme in north London to creating and masterplanning a series of holiday houses in South Korea. She has also gained experience in interior designing during refurbishment of the reception area in the Grade II listed building in London and working on other small commercial spaces.

Monika's first project at Tigg + Coll is a refurbishment of student accommodation for Greystar’s Chapter Student Living, providing common spaces which adds to the student experience, fostering social connections and helping to create a sense of community

Melanie Rich

Melanie completed her MA Architecture at the Royal College of Art after winning a scholarship from Burberry. Prior to this she completed her part I at the university of Bath where she is also currently completing her Part III qualification.

Melanie joined Tigg + Coll in 2019 after working for Wilkinson Eyre Architects where she gained a varied experience working on cultural and large commercial projects within central London. Within the office Melanie has worked on developing the design for a student housing scheme in SouthBank and is now working on a complete refurbishment and extension to a grade II listed 5-storey town house in Bayswater.

Alex Antoniou

Alex qualified as an Architect in 2015 after completing his Professional Diploma at the Bartlett, graduating with Merit. He completed his BSc and MArch degrees at Cardiff’s Welsh School of Architecture. As part of his studies Alex has worked in Cyprus and Germany, gaining experience in the Berlin-based Architecture and Landscape company Topotek 1.

Prior to joining Tigg + Coll, Alex worked at award-winning practice Project Orange, as well as OSEL Architecture. He has extensive knowledge of working within the residential sector, delivering high end residential projects from inception through construction, as well as developing designs and concepts for residential and hospitality projects.

Since joining the practice, Alex has been involved in the delivery of our new office and in a exciting multi-unit development, as well as being involved in a few potential inspiring projects.

Isabela Popescu
Part II Assistant

Isabela studied at the Cass, Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design and previously worked at Studio Downie Architects where she gained experience in large-scale residential projects. Since joining Tigg + Coll Architects she has been involved in a large-scale student accommodation refurbishment 'Chapter Kings Cross' and is currently working on various private residential refurbishments in Lansdowne Road, Elgin Crescent and Northumberland Place.

Elena Shopiak
Part II Assistant

Elena studied Architecture and Urban Planning at Riga Technical University where she gained her Part II qualification in 2016. Her academic work explored her passion for working with heritage with her thesis dedicated to preserving the military forts built in the times of the Russian Empire in a seaside Latvian town. She has also completed her Erasmus in the University of Salerno in Italy which is highly regarded for its academic programme in Architecture and Restoration.

Before joining Tigg + Coll Elena has worked with a number of architecture practices in Latvia specialising in fit-out and high-end interior design projects.

Since joining TCA, she has recently been working on an exciting co-living project in South London and a residential scheme in west London. Elena is looking forward to obtaining Part III qualification in the UK and working on projects spanning across all RIBA work stages.

Megan Carmichael
Part II Assistant

Megan completed her Part 1 at Northumbria University and her part 2 at Westminster University. Her final project focused on re-imagining a derelict hospital into a facility for the ageing generation, to breathe new life into a North-East London community.

Megan gained her Part 1 experience in Vancouver, Canada. Working on a range of residential and interior design projects across British Colombia. Since joining Tigg + Coll Architects she has been involved in the interior design fit-out for high-end student accommodation both in Sheffield and Belfast and is currently working on a private residential project in Kensington.

Jonathan Foulger
Part II Assistant

Jonny studied at the University of Plymouth and completed his MArch at the Sheffield School of Architecture where he graduated with distinction. His thesis project was nominated for the AJ Student Prize and was awarded for excellence in draftsmanship.

Prior to joining Tigg + Coll in 2020, he gained experience working at Studio Octopi and Panter Hudspith Architects in London on a range of public and cultural projects in the South East of England, many which involved the redevelopment of existing buildings which is something Jonny has a particular interest in. He has recently been working on a new residential development in West London and is currently assisting in the design for the practice's new office.

James Bubaris
Part II Assistant

James completed his MA and BA in architecture at the University of Northumbria in Newcastle. His academic work was involved around his passion for environmental and humanitarian research & design. His thesis explored architectural methods that promote sustainable agricultural practices, through reversing the anthropocentric role of the farming industry.

Prior to joining Tigg+Coll Architects James gained his experience on user-centered educational & housing projects around London. Since joining Tigg + Coll architects James has been working on an exciting pair of Mews houses in Westminster and a residential scheme in East London.

Elise Billings-Evans
Part I Assistant

Elise completed her Part I in 2018 at the University of the West of England, graduating with First Class Honours. During this time her interests in adaptive reuse and architectural conservation lead her to research contemporary architectural interventions within the City of Venice, funded and exhibited by the British Council. Previous to studying architecture, Elise obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Mathematics from the University of Bristol.

At Tigg + Coll Elise is currently worked on a large scale residential scheme in North London providing a mix of apartments and townhouses within the context of a number of Listed Buildings, and on a student accommodation scheme in Spitalfields, reorganising and reimaging common spaces both big and small creating a series of unique spaces.

Giselle Thong
Part I Assistant

Giselle completed her Part 1 at the Bartlett School of Architecture. Throughout her three years there, she explored different representations of architecture, including through film, and experimented with the use of rammed earth as a sustainable building method.

At Tigg + Coll, Giselle is currently working on an extension to student accommodation in Spitalfields, exploring the relationship between new and old on a large-scale project.

Sophia Mcgowan
Part I Assistant

Sophia is currently a Part 1 student at the University of Bath. During her first year and a half, she explored architecture in a range of projects including a brick home for a botanist, an infant school and a regenerative housing development. They looked into our live/work relationship at home as well as how to implement sustainable and passivhaus design techniques.

Since joining the office, Sophia has worked on different family homes, acontemporary urban development and in a high-end student accommodation.