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Karenna Wilford Architects are experienced architects working extensively with the local planning authorities: Wealden, Rother, Lewes, Brighton & Hove and Tunbridge Wells with an excellent success rate.

KWA are here to help you with your extensions, loft conversions, and new builds. By engaging us, you will benefit from our team’s experience in creating unique exterior and interior designs that exceed clients’ expectations.

We are also specialists in working on listed buildings which are subject to regulations protecting their historical and architectural significance. KWA can help get the right planning consents sensitively and respectfully transforming buildings to meet the expectations of modern life. We work with planning consultants to get the best outcome for the project.

Our training and experience allow us to understand your needs and produce creative high-quality designs that meet your aspirations within the given budget; while our combination of exterior and interior design services and our attention to detail mean that we can bring out the best of your space and location. We listen to your requirements, understand them and have the experience to know what is possible, permitted and practical.

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Karenna Wilford

Director, Principle Architect

Karenna has over 30 years’ experience working for the high profile international offices of Richard Rogers and Partners, Eva Jiricna Architects and Michael Wilford Architects. Karenna has experience in residential, commercial, arts and education buildings - refurbishments, extensions and new builds as well as Grade II listed and agricultural building conversions.

Karenna really enjoys meeting clients, discussing their dreams, designing and exploring options resulting in a dream home.


Natasha Furner

Practice Manager

Natasha is the Practice Manager and is a highly skilled executive assistant who for the past three decades has provided support for a variety of businesses. She is recognised for her exceptional organisation skills and has extensive experience in extending and renovating homes.


Darren Hopkins

Associate Architectural Designer

Darren Hopkins has 30 years of experience within architecture ranging from single bespoke housing to large scale retail, commercial, residential schemes and schools, and 6-star hotel/health spa.  Darren studied architecture at the Kent Institute of art and design, Canterbury where he gained several national student awards.  At the University of Portsmouth, he gained a Masters in architecture and had several schemes published. In the 1990’s he worked with Jan Kaplicky of Future Systems and more recently for Noviun Architects. 


Karen Parker-Smith

Associate Architect

Karen studied at Brighton University and qualified as an architect in 1993. She has enjoyed a varied career, focussing on both architectural research and practice. Her architectural research, funded by the RIBA, has taken her to India, Nigeria and Ghana in search of the work of Dame Jane Drew. Karen is RIBA registered and prior to joining our team her architectural work included residential, commercial and ecclesiastical buildings. She has previously worked on the Cottage Hospice in Five Ashes and for the Hospice in the Weald in Tonbridge.


Daniela Duarte


Daniela has been working as an architect for more than 14 years on various projects and constructions in Brazil, Canada, Australia, and the UK.

During this time, she was able to demonstrate an ambition to create and deliver high-quality architecture, building up a track record of projects. She has been exposed to and directly involved in all aspects of projects from the conception, drawing package, Project management, and site inspection. 

Daniela has a passion for design and Architecture and believes that, as architects, we have the power to make the world a better place through good design.


Mohammad Zubair

Architectural Technologist


Mohammad is an Architectural Technologist, graduated from London South Bank University with 5 years of experience as an Architectural Technologist. Prestigious commercial and luxury residential experience, several blocks of flats, large scale developments with some of the biggest clients in the UK (Barratts, Countryside, Crest Nicholoson, Linden Homes, Taylor Wimpey, AELTC Wimbledon & more) alongside small scale projects/alterations etc. Proficient from design/planning stages through to Building Regulations and Construction packages assisting clients through the entire process to completion.


Louis and George

Practice Dogs

Louis and George like a good walk but haven't grasped the finer points of architecture yet! They cannot tell the difference between modern or traditional design but they can smell a rabbit from 100 metres away and enjoy chasing it!