Karenna Wilford



Karenna is a highly effective and practical professional with 30 years of experience, she has a warm personality and high sense of integrity and focus. Prior to forming Karenna Wilford Architects she held various senior positions both in Architecture and business. She has successfully developed and managed her own Architectural and Interior design practice in London and Sussex for twenty years. Karenna is experienced in organisation, facilitation and budget management. She is skilled at bringing enthusiasm and resourcefulness to team working and problem solving and has invaluable experience dealing with a wide variety of challenges and personalities.

Karenna has been registered with the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) and the arb (Architects Registration Board) since 1991.


1995 – Present   KARENNA WILFORD ARCHITECTS.          

Developed a strong client base by delivering high quality architecture, interior and project management for various sized domestic and agricultural projects - refurbishments, extensions and new builds, agricultural building conversions with budgets ranging from £100,000 - £2,500,000.


Recent projects include obtaining planning permission for a large barn conversion and new house in Five Ashes, design of a new house in Nutley, several extensions and refurbishments in the Mayfield area, obtaining planning permission to convert an agricultural property, a new house at Cross in Hand, a multi property renovation and refurbishment in Cranbrook.

Career history

Karenna has worked for a number of leading architecture practices including Richard Rogers & Partners, Eva Jiricna Architects, Michael Wilford and Partners, Kit Allsopp Architects and James Stirling.


These include:

Spier Estate – a luxury resort in South Africa comprising Vineyard, retail, hotels, apartments and Art Centre. – Project Architect for residential and retail.

Portland Marina – marina, restaurants, hotel, visitor attraction and housing. - Project Architect.

Music School, Stuttgart. – Project Architect for interiors and furniture.

Singapore Arts Centre. – Project Architect for two theatres.

Design Council, London - Entrance, Information Centre and Exhibition Space.

Canterbury Cathedral - State chairs and prayer stools.

Joan and David Shoe Stores throughout the United States.

Dulwich Art Gallery – refurbishment and study of lighting and ventilation.

Beach Plaza Hotel, Monaco - Refurbishment of reception, bar and bedrooms.

Exhibition display system – M.O.M.A. Oxford and Design Museum, London.

Design Council, London – Entrance, Reception and exhibition display area.

Neville Daniel Hairdressing Salon, London.

GQ Magazine, London – Editor’s office and furniture design.

Exhibition display system in association with Pentagram Design.

B & W Audio systems – design of an exhibition in Paris and photo shoot set designs, Visitors Centre and lecture facilities.

House reconstruction in Southern Germany.

Refurbishment of a private 4 storey listed house and flat in Central London.

Feasibility study for a 4 star hotel in Central London.

Family Service Centre, School and Counselling Centre - Project Architect.

Private Nursing Home – Project Architect.

Northampton Crown and County Court – Associate Architect.

Central London – Office development - renovation and refurbishment.

Linn Products Industrial estate competition.

Billingsgate – office development.

Office Development, Reading.

Private Art Gallery in Holland Park.

Cornell University Performing Arts Centre.


1991-           Registered Architect.              ARB and Royal Institute of British Architects     

1991            Professional Practice and Management               Westminster University     

1985-1987   Master of Arts and Diploma in Architecture             Royal College of Art     

1981-1984   B.A. (Hons.) Degree in Architecture                       Kingston Polytechnic

1980-1981   Foundation Course in Art and Design                     Brighton Polytechnic

Karenna Wilford Architects Ltd 2020

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