tonkin liu
architecture landscape sculpture

who we are

For 19 years we have been designing and delivering highly acclaimed buildings, landscapes, and sculptures. We solve the unique needs of our ambitious clients through an emphatic search for optimal design solutions. Each project is carefully crafted to the context that frames it, the people that occupy it, and the culture that surrounds it. As chartered members of the Royal Institute of British Architects, our dedicated and talented team offer a great breadth of professional experience and trusted expertise.

We are proud to have won 17 RIBA Awards, which recognise ‘the best architecture in the UK’ and the prestigious Stephen Lawrence Prize for ‘new, experimental architectural talent’. The studio was showcased in Taschen’s ‘40 Under 40’ book on the future of architecture, and our projects have appeared on Channel 4’s ‘Grand Designs’ and ‘House of the Year’. In 2017 the Singing Ringing Tree was named one of the 21 British landmarks of the 21st Century. Our full list of awards can be found here.


Anna Liu Director ARB RIBA FRSA
Anna is an architect with 18 years professional experience in the UK, China, Japan, and the US. She founded Tonkin Liu with Mike Tonkin in 2001 and leads the studio’s public landscape and sculpture projects. Alongside practice, Anna is a tutor, examiner, and juror for leading architecture schools and awards, including the Architectural Association, the University of Westminster, and the RIAS Building of the Year.


Mike Tonkin Director ARB RIBA CMLI FRSA
Mike is an architect and landscape architect with 25 years professional experience in the UK and Hong Kong. First trained as an architectural technician, he utilises his extensive and inventive construction knowledge to lead the studio’s building projects. Alongside practice, Mike is a tutor, examiner, and juror for leading architecture schools and awards, including The Bartlett UCL, the University of Bath, and RIBA.


Alex Woolgar Associate ARB
Alex joined the studio in 2014 and has been the Project Architect for the Water Tower and several public sculptures including Doe Lea, Hull Solar Gate and the Singing Rining Tree. He graduated from the University of Westminster, where he developed his skills in advanced geometries and digital modelling. Alex was made an Associate in 2017.

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Alex Peacock Architectural Assistant


George Gil Architectural Assistant


Jack Hastie Architectural Assistant


Matthew Burnett Associate ARB RIBA
Having joined the studio in 2015, Matt has been the Project Architect for the Manchester Tower of Light, Photon Space, and the Old House. After graduating from the University of Westminster he worked at PRP Architects, gaining notable experience delivering large-scale housing projects. Matt was made an Associate in 2017.


Guillaume Choquard Architectural Assistant


Negar Taatizadeh Architectural Assistant


Chun Zhang Studio Coordinator