MEET The Team


Director & Founder


Yuk Yee phang



Jose Manuel escudero



Urszula Witkowska

Architectural & Interior Designer



Martina VANIN

Architectural Assistant

Jeffrey lau

Architectural Assistant



Practice Manager



Office Top Dog 



Vivian Chan

Vivian was born in Malaysia, winning the ASEAN scholarship to study in Singapore at the young age of twelve. She obtained her Masters in Architecture at the National University of Singapore in 1999 and gained her RIBA Part III with distinction from the Bartlett School of Architecture in 2004. In Singapore, she worked for CIAP on a variety of residential, commercial and religious projects; in particular the award-winning Garden of Remembrance Columbarium.

Vivian moved to London in 2002 to join Foster + Partners where she worked on the prestigious Kamakura House. Subsequently she worked at David Morley Architects where she was the project architect on several education and higher education / sports laboratory projects to include The Campus in Weston-Super-Mare that won the RIBA 2005 award. She joined Walters and Cohen in 2008 and was leading a BSF project in Bristol.

After cutting her teeth at some of the best practices in the country, she decided to set up a private design practice in London in 2009. As the founding director, Vivian is responsible for the creative design direction of every project that comes from the studio; ensuring that designs are worked through with rigour and passion.

Narrow Lane Farmhouse won both the West Lancashire Design and Sustainability Awards in 2015 whilst the Domino Houses in London won the Special Mention Architizer A+ Award 2016 and was a finalist at both the Brick Awards & Haringey Design Awards 2016. Voss Street houses won Highly Commended award for the New London Awards 2020.

Vivian was a finalist at the 2016 Asian Women of Achievement award for Professions which recognises women who have trained and qualified in their chosen professional practice and have become a leading practitioner. She was an invited judge at the prestigious Brick Awards in 2019, 2021 & 2022 along with many industry experts. Vivian volunteers her time as a Trustee with the Lloyd Park Childrens Charity since 2020.

She loves the arts and is keen on wild water swimming.


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Yuk Yee Phang

Yuk Yee was born in Ipoh, Malaysia. After obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Design (Part 1) and Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture (Part 2) with First Class Honours from the University of Tasmania in 2003, she served as a United Nations volunteer architect in India under an UNDP funded programme ‘Promotion of Appropriate Housing Technologies’, and has helped to design and train the local masons to construct safer disaster-resistant homes at a lower cost. In Singapore, Yuk Yee worked for MKPL Architects and Maps Design Studio on high-end leisure and residential projects before moving to the UK.

Yuk Yee joined London-based practice Walters and Cohen Architects in March 2008, where she worked on several education and cultural projects, including the award-winning Towers Junior School and St Swithun’s Junior School in Winchester. She was made Associate in 2011 and completed her Part 3 at The Bartlett (UCL) in 2012.

Yuk Yee joined Studio Verve as an Associate in Spring 2015, where she was providing technical design support for various residential and commercial projects. She was made Associate Director in the Summer of 2016 and Director in December 2016, overseeing the delivery of projects across the practice.

Yuk Yee is currently leading on several challenging mix-use and residential schemes in London.

Yuk Yee has been passionate about her hobbies – she makes comic illustrations, she paints, she plays the piano, she cuts hair, she does photography, she plays table tennis and she has very recently started playing tennis (very badly!).

Urszula Witkowska

After receiving her Master degree in Environmental Engineering from AGH University of Science and Technology in Krakow, Poland in 2005, Urszula worked for two years as an AutoCAD Draughtsman and Surveyor.

In 2006 she joined Kingsland Surveyors Ltd in Surrey, UK and after a few months she was moved to the Architectural Survey department where she was working on many residential, commercial and historical projects in London. In 2010 she obtained the Bachelor of Architecture from University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury while she was working part time for the same firm. She joined Studiodare Architects for a few months in 2008 and worked on high-end residential projects in Central London. In 2009 with a group of students she won a second prize in Student Design Charrette Competition.

Ula joined Studio Verve Architects in autumn 2010 as an intern initially working her way up to running projects on site. She has been a key member of the design team responsible for the Bow Quarter Duplex Conversion, the highly published Redchurch Loft in Shoreditch and the award-winning Narrow Lane Farmhouse. She also oversaw the remodelling of the The Cloisters project in Bayswater. Having an exceptionally keen eye and feel for materials and details, Ula leads the Interior Design in Studio Verve.

Blessed with an early education in classical music she enjoys playing piano and cello in her free time.

Martina Vanin

Martina studied Architecture at the IUAV University of Venice, Italy. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Science of Architecture (3 years) followed by a Master’s Degree in Architecture (2 years); qualifying as a registered architect in Italy in 2013.

Upon graduation Martina joined ASV studio in Castelfranco Veneto (Italy), working on several projects in the fields of architecture, urbanism, community and design. During this period she was also working on a private residential project as a freelancer.

She then moved to London and joined Studio Verve in 2015 working on a masterplan and various mix-use residential projects.

Martina loves cooking and experimenting with new recipes to share with her dear ones – but above all she is a real foodie who enjoys eating! Blessed with green fingers; Martina also loves walking close to nature.

Jose Manuel Escudero

Jose studied Architecture at ETSAVa University of Valladolid, Spain. He spent a year studying in Florence as a part of his studies, under the Erasmus exchange program. He did an internship at the studio of Giampaolo Mochi as a part of his stay. He qualified as an architect in Spain in 2016.

During his college years, Jose researched on the topics of historical buildings, cultural landscapes and heritage. This research granted him more insight and sensitivity when dealing with existing buildings.

He moved to London at the beginning of 2017 and joined Studio Verve in spring 2017. Jose was registered with the ARB as an architect in early 2019.

Jose was made an Associate with the practice in 2021.

Outside of work, Jose enjoys swimming and watching movies. In his free time, he also loves travelling, discovering new places and going for a hike in the nature.


Jeffrey attained his Part I at the University of Sheffield and Master Degree at Kingston University. He worked in Hong Kong for his year out experience, which provided him with a good foundation and skill set for his architectural career.

Having studied in the UK for a long period, Jeffrey has a good understanding of both western and eastern contexts. The building environment in Hong Kong has given him a particular interest in communal spaces in the city, while the architectural experience in Europe has bestowed him an enthusiasm for design and materiality.

During his year out, Jeffrey worked on projects on different scales, ranging from small renovations to high rise developments.

He joined Studio Verve in 2020 as a Part II Architectural Assistant, supporting the office with various projects.

Carolina Cely

Carolina studied Business Administration at the Universidad de la Sabana in her native Colombia and has, since graduation, enjoyed a widely varied career in administration.

Since moving to the UK in 2010, her roles have included working for the eminent record label and publisher, Toccata Classics, being charged with the notoriously difficult role of organising classical musicians; coordinating courses and academics at the educational company Early Excellence; subsequently controlling all material and stock flow at the tailor’s Drake’s.

Always calm (not only in a crisis) Carolina practices yoga in her spare time and is also an avid knitter, concert goer and reader, plus being a major cat and dog lover.


Born in September 2009, Tiger is a long-haired Jack Russell originally from Maidstone, Kent. A sprightly little thing; Tiger is the resident stress-ball; watching the comings and goings of our architectural practice. Over time he has built up a reputation for himself- endearing himself to some of our clients, builders, people in the industry and more importantly our neighbours in the building.