Tatiana von Preussen

Tatiana von Preussen graduated in architecture at Cambridge University and Columbia University in New York, where she was awarded the New York Society of Architects Award.

She founded vPPR with Catherine Pease and Jessica Reynolds in 2009 and led the teams working on RIBA Award-winning Otts Yard and Vaulted House, which were also finalists for the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Award and RIBA House of the Year, respectively. She is now working on several other new-build houses internationally. She is currently leading a team to deliver Halo, an interactive way-finding device to be distributed along a major public route in Croydon, London.

Her research has included leading vPPR’s exhibit at the RIBA House of Tomorrow Exhibition with Jessica Reynolds in 2016. She has previously taught at Columbia University with Jeffrey Inaba and has been a studio master at the Architectural Association with Maria Fedorchenko. She often works as a visiting critic in both the UK and the US and lectures nationally and internationally about the work of vPPR.

She worked previously for Field Operations, in New York, on the construction of The High Line park and has a particular interest in the intersection of landscape and building.

She has been a board member for a regional board of the Guinness Partnership and is passionate about housing and place-making.

vPPR is an award-winning practice known for bold designs that work intelligently in complex locations. We believe that architecture can and should be brave through simple, honest clarity, while still responding to local history and context. We design buildings that find opportunities in constraints, responding with elegant yet striking forms that playfully negotiate between private and communal spaces.

We work at home and abroad on projects that range from urban masterplans to private houses, from the cultural to the commercial. We find that universal principles can be applied across sectors, helping to reinvent building types to suit modern life. Housing is a passion, and we not only deliver projects but also speak publicly on the subject and have been featured in major UK exhibitions.

vPPR has won many awards including: RIBA London Award 2017 for Redchurch Street; RIBA London Emerging Practice 2015; RIBA Award 2015 for Vaulted House; RIBA House of the Year Award 2015 for Vaulted House, Finalist; Architects Journal’s Emerging Woman Architect of the Year Award 2015; RIBA Stephen Lawrence Prize 2014, Finalist for Ott’s Yard; RIBA Award 2014 for Ott’s Yard; Ideal Home of the Year (Housebuilder/ Developer) 2014 for Ott’s Yard; Housing Architect of the Year, Blue Ribbon Award 2014; Building Design Young Architect of the Year Award 2013, Finalist.

GSAPP Conversations

James Brillon, a second-year Columbia GSAPP M.Arch student speaks with Tatiana von Preussen (M.Arch ’07), Catherine Pease, and Jessica Reynolds, the co-founders of London-based vPPR Architects. They met at Avery Hall prior to the trio’s lecture in January 2017, and discuss how the firm uses precision, geometry, light, and communal space to overcome the extreme constraints of developing housing on infill sites in dense London neighborhoods.


Course Semester Title Student Work Instructor Syllabus Requirements & Sequence Location & Time Session & Points Call No.
A4105‑14 Fall 2018
Advanced Studio V
Tatiana von Preussen, Jessica Reynolds, Catherine Pease
0 Points
A4105‑14 Fall 2017
Architecture Studio V
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Tatiana von Preussen, Jessica Reynolds, Catherine Pease
Full Semester
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