Architects Hackney

Scenario Architecture’s close relationship with the London Borough of Hackney began more than a decade ago, when founding partners Ran Ankory and Maya Carni moved to the neighbourhood to start a family and establish a residential architecture practice.

Ran and Maya established Scenario in 2007 with a vision to develop a uniquely collaborative architecture. Scenario takes a considered approach to its clients’ desires, placing their aspirations for a new, architect-designed home in high definition. The clients’ needs are the main drivers of the design process.

A beautiful, highly functional home is the product of a deep understanding and precise analysis of each client’s unique lifestyle. Each tailor-made Scenario home tells the story of the owners – not the architects.

Ran and Maya’s first property, a three-bedroom flat in Stoke Newington, provided a platform for their ambitious ideas and innovative methods. This experience working as local architects in Hackney led to significant exposure in the press, and the unique fireplace was shortlisted for the Architectural Review Emerging Architecture Awards.

Nearly a decade later, Ran and Maya purchased, designed and renovated their second home in Hackney. The Scenario House was widely published and shortlisted for several prestigious awards – including the 2018 RIBA London Award.

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Minimal extension and renovation, Hackney.

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Extensive renovation in the south Hampstead conservation area, Camden.

Architects Hackney Your Hackney project

Starting your Hackney project

If you’re considering a residential architectural project in Hackney, we’re here to help, whether it’s a renovation, extension or new-build. We’ve created a brief illustrated overview to help you understand each stage of the process, whether you’re planning a home extension, renovation or new-build in Hackney. Most architecture projects require planning permission. In Stoke Newington, Clapton, Dalston, Shoreditch and all other Hackney neighbourhoods, that means obtaining planning permission from Hackney Council. With our successful record securing planning permission on behalf of our clients, we can claim home advantage across Hackney.


Discover if your architect has had success steering planning applications through your local council. Visit the “planning applications” page of your council’s website, then enter the architect’s name in the search criteria.

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To help you understand what it takes to obtain planning permission in Hackney, we’ve created this helpful guide. Download it below.
Planning guide

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Working with Scenario Architecture on your Hackney project

Scenario is a boutique architecture studio focused on high-end residential projects in and around London. We tackle domestic projects of every scale and complexity, from interior refurbishments to full renovations and new-builds, through our bespoke architecture service.

Our experienced, highly skilled team can take you step-by-step through the challenge of designing your new space. We’ll always collaborate closely with you from the initial drawings, detail design and planning through tender and construction to the successful completion of your project. On time and on budget.

Scenario Architecture is a RIBA Chartered Practice. We comply with the strict criteria of the Royal Institute of Chartered Architects, covering insurance, health and safety and quality-management.

Early adopters of the latest technology, we use 3D design and visualisation tools as a standard for all projects. Our experience shows that real-time visualisations and virtual reality are extremely efficient tools for choosing finishes, fixtures and fittings, and simulating natural light.

We also use 3D building information modelling (BIM) technology to produce reliable construction information, so all our project data comes from an accurate, coordinated 3D model. Using this cutting-edge technology collaboratively with consultants and contractors is proven to save our clients time and money. This Chartered Institute of Building case study featuring a Scenario project demonstrates the great benefits of this advanced technology for domestic architecture.

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Contemporary extension in a Hackney conservation area.

Architects Hackney

Complete renovation and extension in Clapton, Hackney.

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Roof extension and conversion to flats of a property in London Fields, Hackney.

Architects Hackney >> Your Hackney Project Further Reading

Pretty much as close as you can get to the ancient City of London, Hackney boasts some of the oldest and most interesting architecture in the capital. Between the medieval churches and historic shopfronts you’ll also happen upon some of the most contemporary building from the wealth of architects living in and around the borough. Large gaps in the architectural fabric – a result of disused industrial sites, subdivided estates and bombing from the Second World War – have encouraged contemporary regeneration over the past few decades. In many areas, building and renovation restrictions have been more relaxed, allowing experimental thinking to flourish. Lower prices, traditionally, have also attracted creative business and culture. The borough is a favourite of young professionals, both for its easy reach of the start-up enterprises around Clerkenwell and Shoreditch and for its bus routes into the City.

All this goes to say that Hackney has a reputation for being one of the most exciting places to live in London today. The great collection of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian houses available on the market is ripe for improvement. And brownfield sites between those houses are available for innovative development. The RIBA East Awards – sponsored by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) – are some of the most anticipated in the UK. And the RIBA London Award shortlist disproportionately honours residential developments across the borough of Hackney. Scenario House, built by our own practice in Hackney’s E5 postcode, appeared on the shortlist for the 2018 RIBA London Award. If you are considering building or improving a property in East London, you will have the opportunity to create something truly outstanding.

The oldest borough in North and East London, Hackney is filled with three- and four-bedroom family homes built during the rise of the railroads. The robust stock of Georgian, Victorian and late-Victorian terrace and semi-detached houses has great potential for expansion into side return spaces, disused underground storage holes and lofts. Living here means becoming part of the area’s long, storied history. Communities here survived the Blitz, saw the growth of London’s middle classes and welcomed millions of newcomers over the ensuing decades. Out on the streets you’ll hear a hundred languages spoken and learn about dozens of exotic foods in the markets and restaurants, from the Turkish and Cypriot communities in Stoke Newington to the Afro Caribbean populations in Dalston to the Hasidic Jewish community of Stamford Hill, the Vietnamese of Hoxton and the Bengali and Indian populations of further east.

These London neighbourhoods promise to improve as much as, if not more than, any in the coming years. The neighbourhood of Clapton, for one, is experiencing a great property boom. Here, gentrification is edging out downtrodden estates and no-go roads and the parks are once again filled with families and young professionals. Homerton is catching up fast to wealthier corners like de Beauvoir Town and London Fields, with a colourful weekend market and sprinkling of independent businesses.

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Architects Hackney >> Scenario Architecture In our clients words


We wanted to renovate our house in a conservation area in central London. Given this involved a complete demolition and new build with an extra floor on top, getting planning approval was always going to be tricky. Scenario did an amazing job on the new house ‘envelope’ and throughout the planning phase. We couldn’t have wished for better from them and having succeeded in gaining planning approval owe them a very big ‘thank you’.


Scenario designed a kitchen extension for us, and we are delighted with the results. The process was well organised, planned and delivered, and the whole team were a pleasure to work with. I would highly recommend them for their design, planning and project management skills.


Worked with these guys on the internal development of our office. From start to finish they were great. They got what we wanted first time and really made working with them very easy. Their aftercare has been great too helping us deal with something that they were not involved with in the first place. Will highly recommend them to anyone.

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