Director & Founder
MA (Cantab), DipArch, RIBA, ARB
Zoë Polya-Vitry is a British-French RIBA registered Architect practicing in London since 2006 and set up her own architecture studio in 2018.
Zoë graduated with a Masters and Diploma in Architecture at Cambridge University, where she was tutored by Dalibor Vesely.
She has worked in a number of award-winning and design-focused practices, including Walters and Cohen, Stirling Prize-winning Haworth Tompkins and William Smalley. Before working in London, Zoë worked in Italy for Sergio Los, Carlo Scarpa’s former collaborator.
Zoë has specific experience and an interest in working within heritage settings including Grade I-listed buildings and historical parklands. Her approach is imaginative and instinctive, with each response being sensitive and site specific; where intuition and rigour go hand in hand.
Her work responds to the constraints of a site and its context. The architecture emerges not only from its historical, socio-political and cultural setting but it is also embedded in the natural landscape of a place.
She is an invited critic at the Architecture Department of Kingston University and an active member of several heritage bodies, including the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB)and Historic Houses.
Studio Zoë Polya-Vitry is a North London-based architecture & interiors studio. It is committed to restoring a sense of purpose to old buildings by breathing new life into abandoned or neglected structures. It sees ‘conserving’ as creating and inserting a new layer of history rather than ‘preserving’ a static state; an approach which is inherently sustainable.
The ethos of the studio is to deliver well-considered and carefully detailed buildings to provide a practical, elegant and timeless architecture which will sit well into the 21st century and beyond. By opening a dialogue with its clients and working collaboratively, the studio seeks to provide solutions tailored to their needs.
The studio turns to natural materials with the intent to create juxtapositions which interrogate the way one engages and perceives a place or a moment.