Hong Kong


The Oval Partnership Architecture Ltd is the London studio of an international group of architects, urbanists, designers and researchers.

Past Team Members:
Kim Walker  |  Toby Neilson  |  Margaret Bursa  |  Shuliang Wang  |  Guicun Tang  |  Stephen Henderson  |  Aoife Donnelly  |  Peaker Chu  |  Hui Ye  |  Chris Leung  |  Lin Lin  |  Yu Yang  |  Enrika Santacruz  |  Nick Wood

Jonathan Pile, Resident Director

Jonathan is an RIBA Chartered Architect with 25 years post-qualification experience.

With Chris Law and Patrick Bruce he is a founding Director of Oval Partnership Architecture Ltd, which was established in 2010.

From 1985-1992 he was at Conran Roche Architects, responsible for urban design proposals across the UK and in Europe. He worked on numerous Conran led residential, hotel, restaurant and retail projects including the multi-award winning conversion of the Michelin Building.

He has been working on ecologically driven projects in Asia since 1992 and lived in Hong Kong for five years before returning to London where he is now based.

In 1997 he founded Transient Studio Architects. The practice built up a portfolio of innovative projects exploring the blurring of boundaries between landscape and building. His ‘Hedge House’ project was shortlisted in the RIBA Future House London competition and widely published and exhibited; His award-winning public art proposal for a solar-powered open-air cinema in Wales was exhibited at the Royal Academy Summer Show in 2007 and his speculative proposal for the East Thames Corridor, ‘Spun Yarn’, was exhibited at the RIBA in 2000.

As urban design consultant to Conran and Partners he was responsible for the master plan for the 500 ha Port of Leith in Scotland, one of the largest single development projects in Europe. With Oval Partnership he developed proposals for new settlements in China including Acer Aspire Park in Taiwan and Tan Shui New Town in Taiwan.

He taught at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London for 12 years and is currently running an undergraduate unit in ‘Experimental Sustainable Design’ at Oxford Brookes University, with Toby Smith.

His work has been exhibited at the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Architectural Association and the Royal Academy.

Jonathan writes architectural criticism for A10, a journal of European architecture, is a professional photographer and keen long-distance cyclist.