“Ash Sakula is a creatively brilliant architecture practice, designing buildings and places full of incident and reasons for sociability, that delight the communities that inhabit them”

– Chris Brown, Igloo Regeneration

The Practice
From its experimental beginning, Ash Sakula has gone on to work for a broad range of clients across the public, private and subsidised sectors including theatres, galleries, housing, offices and shops. It prides itself on its ability to work in challenging areas where development possibilities need fresh thinking and inventive design.

Ash Sakula is currently working on mixed-use projects in Hackney Wick, Southwark, Deptford and Newcastle, a car free development in Banbury, and a leisure scheme in Hangzhou, China. The studio is based in a former 1930s workshop in the heart of London’s jewellery quarter. Our work has won many design awards and is extensively published both in the UK and abroad.


Cany Ash
Before setting up Ash Sakula in 1994, Cany Ash worked for the GLC Architect’s department and Burrell Foley Fischer as well as in New York and Berlin. She has taught at a number of architectural schools as a critic and studio tutor and is an External Examiner at Cambridge University. She is an experienced co-designer, leading design workshops with young people and many community groups. She has served on the RIBA Awards Group, as a CABE Enabler, a Client Design Advisor and a Civic Trust Awards Assessor. Currently she is member of the South East Design Review Panel.


Robert Sakula
Prior to setting up Ash Sakula in 1994, Robert Sakula worked with Clough Williams-Ellis, David Lea, and DEGW. Robert is a Civic Trust Awards Judge, a RIBA Competitions Advisor and a RIBA Awards Jury Chair. He has taught and lectured at many schools in Britain as well as in Berlin, Stockholm, Oslo, Milan, Portland and Chongqing. He is a member of four design review panels.


The Team
Our studio collaborators are a diverse and talented team of architects and designers who have come here from Britain and many other countries because they are passionate, enthusiastic and dedicated to Ash Sakula’s way of doing architecture.

  • Annie Farley Kijowska
  • Matthew Rust
  • Lee Jesson
  • Joseph Hamblin
  • Gemma Holyoak
  • Rukmini Raghu
  • Brygida Woźniel
  • Pierluigi Palese

Their abilities in architecture and design development are supplemented by skills in consultation and co-design, 3D visualization, graphics, film making, animation, landscape and experience design.