Ken Taylor

(Dip. Arch.) Registered Architect


Ken graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow after gaining his undergraduate degree at the Polytechnic of Central London. He has worked as a freelance architect in Scotland and London, including Rock Townsend / Ralph Erskine on the “Ark” Office Building in Hammersmith, London, and for London Underground, working as a site architect on the Will Alsop designed North Greenwich Station. In 1998 he bought the ex milk depot at 2c Kings Grove Peckham with sculptor and film maker Julia Manheim. They have since turned this into a live /work studio and home adding three flats to the front of the building. At the beginning of the new millennium Quay 2c was formed as a vehicle for multi disciplinary projects. The practice has completed a varying portfolio of projects including a number of housing and mixed use buildings, and became pioneers of the use of solid laminated timber (CLT) structures with the Fairmule House and Chancery Court projects. The Laundry Houses in Peckham, a self developed project of two 4 bed houses has recently been completed which also uses CLT.

Ken has taught and lectured extensively in the USA, India, Europe and had a part time lectureship at the Oxford School of Architecture for many years. He has also lectured and run design studios in many other contexts and Universities, was trustee and chair of Artpoint Trust, a Public Arts Commissioning Agency in Oxford and is co-curator of m2gallery on the front of Quay House in Peckham. He served on LB of Newham’s Design Review Panel for a number of years and is currently on LB Southwark’s Design Review Panel.


Julia Manheim

Artist, Diploma in Art and Design

Director of Quay 2c

Julia graduated in Jewellery Design from Central School of Art, London. Since then, she has run her own studio, at first making experimental jewellery and more recently, sculpture, installation art and short films. Her work has been exhibited widely and is included in many collections. She has worked as lead artist on several public art projects including: Wolverton Walk, Crawley PFI Schools and Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, Maidenhead, which gained her an R.S.A. Art & Architecture Award. Julia also won a McNaughton Review 2000 design award for ‘Secret River’ an artist’s book. She is the author of the ‘Sustainable Jewellery’ book and an integral part of the Quay 2c design team.


Iain Hales

Master of Arts, BA Sculpture, MFA Sculpture

Office Manager

Iain graduated in 2009 from the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL and came to work for the company in the autumn of 2010.  Since completing his MFA Iain has undertaken the Emerging Artist Residency at Covepark in Scotland and taken part in a number of exhibitions, including the inaugural exhibition of Cole Contemporary.

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