We are award winning architects based in London. Our projects are international and we operate across residential, hospitality and service industries.

We believe thoughtful architecture and design benefits society and is a force for social change. From the smallest intervention to a large scale development – regardless of scale, architecture has the potential to shape and transform society for the better.

We take an interest in everything in equal measure: from the most improbable to the most obvious, from the smallest to the most imposing, from the most economical to the most luxurious. Art is a source of constant inspiration within our practice and a true driver of our existence. We like to surprise and reinvent each time whilst keeping the same demanding level of quality and attention to detail.

We are guided by one overarching principle: to craft impeccable, elegant and thoughtful spaces and objects.

Manea Kella was founded in 2017 by Elena Kella and Adrian Manea.

Elena Kella
Architect and Director

Elena is a RIBA Chartered Architect, director and co-founder of Manea Kella. She is driven to deliver the highest standards of architecture and interior design. Her ambition is to maintain a similarly rigorous attention to detail regardless of the project scale. Elena previously worked at Patel Taylor where she gathered substantial experience delivering large-scale masterplans with a powerful sense of place. Elena is currently leading Tracon’s Head Office, a high performance workplace that will provide choice and balance between work modes. The project calls for interventions that celebrate the building’s complex history and unlock the hidden potential of its spaces.

Adrian Manea
Architect and Director

Adrian is a RIBA Chartered Architect, director and co-founder of Manea Kella. He offers a personalised approach to architecture that ranges in scale from single residences to the extension of cities. Adrian led Casa Popeea, working closely with the client to transform the listed property into an eleven room boutique hotel, delivering high quality facilities that enhance the experience of guests and members of the public. Prior to establishing Manea Kella together with Elena Kella, Adrian worked on innovative mixed-use development projects at high profile architecture companies in the UK such as Gensler and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands. 

Caroline Chong
Architectural Assistant

Caroline is a Part 2 equivalent architectural assistant from the University of Melbourne, where she completed her course in 2015 with Deans Honours. She is interested in the sensory elements of spaces, from the interplay of light and shadow to the textural and tonal qualities of materials. Prior to joining Manea Kella in 2021, she worked in Melbourne at an award winning architecture practice where she gained experience across civic, commercial and residential projects. She is currently working on the creative adaptation of a disused historic manor in Bucharest, which will become a new community hub with workspaces, cafe and events spaces.

Eugenia Pavone
Architect

Eugenia is an architect with experience in the architecture and planning industries within France and the UK. Prior to joining Manea Kella in 2021, Eugenia worked at award winning architecture firm, Coffey Architects, where she was engaged in residential, commercial and educational projects, including extensions and refurbishments to the City University Library and an office building for the British Land Head Office. She is currently working on house projects in London, as well as a multi-residential building in Brăila, Romania, which aims to weave 8 new apartments into a disused site containing building fabric of social significance.

Timothy Bedingfield
Senior Architect

Tim is an architect with extensive experience in a range of residential work, from high quality houses to large scale residential masterplans. He is fascinated by the ways that buildings actively shape and positively contribute to the social fabric of cities. Prior to joining Manea Kella in 2021, he worked at Burgess Architects and Panter Huspith Architects, where he collaboratively delivered Orchard Gardens, a mixed-use housing development in Elephant and Castle. Tim is currently leading Eden Gardens, an environmentally driven mixed-use masterplan located on the Black Sea coast.

Rotem Lewinsohn
Architectural Assistant

Rotem is a Part 1 architectural assistant with over 4 years of experience in the architecture industry. She previously worked as a fashion designer and has a keen interest in the detail, environmental and humanistic aspects in design. She has gained experience in Israel and UK on projects of varying scales, ranging from interior fit outs, office buildings and parametric district level masterplanning. Since joining Manea Kella in 2021, she has been assisting with complex problem solving for a mixed-use master plan project, Eden Gardens. She is also undertaking her Part 2 studies at the Architectural Association School of Architecture.

Awards

2022  British Homes Awards - Shortlisted: Homes Transformation of the Year
2022  IFI DDA - Finalist IFI Design Distinction Awards: Stay category
2022  Créateurs Design Awards - Longlisted: Best hospitality project 
2021  Anuala de Arhitectură - Winner: HoReCa design award category
2021  Dezeen Awards - Longlisted: Emerging interior designer of the year
2021  World Architecture Festival INSIDE Awards - Finalist: Hotels category
2021  FRAME Awards - Nominated: Hospitality category
2020  FX Design Awards - Winner: Hotel category
2020  AHEAD Europe Awards - Shortlisted: Hotel conversion
2020  AZ Awards - Winner: Commercial and Institutional interiors
2020  BigSEE Interior Design Award - Winner: Hospitality interiors
2020  Dezeen Awards - Longlisted: Hotel and short-stay interior
2020  HD Awards - Finalist: Restorations, transformations, + conversions
2019  Dezeen Awards - Longlisted: Emerging interior designer of the year

Press                                                                                               

2022  Manea Kella - Architect's Journal
2022  Manea Kella - Livingetc
2021  Manea Kella - Design Curial
2021  Manea Kella - The Times
2021  Manea Kella - RIBA London Practice of the Month November 2021
2021  Casa Popeea - World Buildings Directory by WAF
2021  Elena Kella - Designerati
2021  Adrian Manea - Designerati
2021  Manea Kella - Wallpaper Magazine
2021  Manea Kella - FX Awards 2021: Judges
2021  Manea Kella - FRAME Magazine
2021  Casa Popeea - FRAME Magazine
2020  Casa Popeea - Sleeper Magazine
2020  Casa Popeea - Azure Magazine
2020  Manea Kella - Dezeen Virtual Design Festival 
2020  Casa Popeea - Romanian Design Week 2020
2020  Casa Popeea - Hospitality Design 
2020  Casa Popeea - Igloo Romania
2020  Casa Popeea - Elle Decoration UK 
2019  Casa Popeea - Dezeen's top 10 hotels of 2019 
2019  Casa Popeea - Dezeen
2019  Casa Popeea - AD Russia
2019  Casa Popeea - Archilovers
2019  Casa Popeea - Archello
2018  Crown Hill Road - Dezeen
2018  Crown Hill Road - Arc Magazine
2017  Romney Court - Dezeen
2017  Romney Court - Dezeen
2017  Manea Kella - The Modern House Directory

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