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brick extension in lush garden
Contemporary interior featuring concrete floor, sunken seating area, brick walls and timber cladding
detail of brise-soleil
coloured toilet corridors
Facade of Marconi House
The Coppice, photo of garden facade at dawn
contemporary interior featuring fair faced concrete wall, sunken seating area and large windows
exterior of brick courtyard building featuring an asymmetrical gable
Cascade House, wall cladding and sky light above

German Architect London: Uwe Schmidt-Hess

Uwe Schmidt-Hess
Founder and Director of Patalab

Uwe Schmidt-Hess is a German Architect and Designer, living in London. He is founder and director of Patalab, an award-winning architectural practice with offices in London and Berlin.

Uwe’s design approach reflects his background, having spent half his life in Germany and the other half in Britain. His deep cultural awareness enables him to deliver complex design projects in challenging contexts.

Uwe studied architecture in his native Germany, at Bauhaus-University Weimar. Following work experience in Asia, he arrived in London in 2004 to undertake a Post-Professional Master’s Degree at University College London. He was then employed for three years at Make Architects and worked on award-winning projects such as Grove Residence and 55 Baker Street. In 2008 he established his own practice, Patalab Architecture.

Since then, Uwe’s work has ranged from individual houses to office developments and public buildings. His practice has won a number of awards, including British Homes Award, Surface Design Award and Don’t Move Improve Award by New London Architecture.

As well as practice, Uwe has extensive experience in teaching architectural design. He is currently a Part-Time lecturer at the University of East London and taught previously at Kingston University, The Bartlett School of Architecture at UCL and the University of Greenwich.

As German Architect in London Uwe Schmidt-Hess is a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and registered at the Architektenkammer Berlin, Germany’s professional body.

Patalab Architects: Our Services

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    Full architectural design service

    From feasibility studies, planning, technical design to site supervision, covering all project work stages

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    Interior design services

    Including space planning, furniture design, and loose furniture

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    Pre-purchase, pre-design assessment, planning review, building regulations, and construction contracts

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    Support in negotiation

    With funders, freeholders, authorities, and contractors

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    Project management

    Design team coordination, contract administration, cost control, value engineering, and acting as employers agent

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    CDM Principal Designer

    Health and safety measures from concept to completion

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    Fluent communication

    in English and German

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    Translation of contract documents

    English and German

Working with Patalab

Patalab Architects is a boutique architectural practice focused on high quality design-led projects in and around London. Based on many years of experience delivering projects that meet the high aspirations of our clients, we have built a broad network of project partners alongside an in-depth knowledge of the construction process, building regulations, procurement, market conditions and planning policies. The extent of our experience enables us to take a holistic design approach; ensuring statutory requirements and the reality of the construction industry are integrated with design conception.

In close dialogue between our clients and other project stakeholders, we conduct thorough research and design studies to fully understand the potential of each construction project. Responding to specific project objectives, we work together with specialist consultants, expert advisers and local craftsmen as well as with leading manufacturers and suppliers in order to meet highest quality standards.

The Patalab team is made up of talented, experienced, and dedicated architects and designers. Our aim is to offer our clients a very personal approach and services tailored to their needs, developing and realising innovative design solutions with great attention to detail.

German Architect London: Your Project

We are passionate and experienced architects and designers. Our award-winning designs give evidence of our expertise. Our ambition is to deliver high quality, sustainable and economically viable projects to the full satisfaction of our clients.

Site development

We carry out strategic reviews for the development of premises to unlock the site’s potential and assess planning requirements.


We are passionate about working with existing buildings. Based on a thorough investigation we develop sensitive and innovative approaches how to sustainably adapt and transform existing structures into contemporary spaces.

Interior Design

Whether residential or office building, optimal organization of the interior spaces is vital. For us, the boundaries between architecture and interior design are fluid. Accordingly, we offer not only architectural but also interior design services. These can include, for example, design of all internal surfaces, design of built-in furniture, proposals for loose furniture and the development of lighting concepts.

New Build

We enjoy delivering innovative and site-specific new build projects, producing sensitive yet powerful designs that compliment their context. Striking exteriors and beautifully proportioned interiors are accentuated by rich materiality, attention to detail and exceptional craftsmanship - attributes our studio is known for.


Each listed building is to be assessed on its own merit. Repair and restoration on one hand, and modern technology and construction methods on the other can both be appropriate responses depending on the context. In our approach we appreciate and accentuate achievements of previous generations and seek to complement these situations with our own contemporary interventions.

Patalab Architects - based in London and Berlin, providing a whole range of services

  • Full architectural services from concept to site supervision
  • Deep understanding of UK and German construction market
  • Experts in interdisciplinary and lateral collaboration
  • A personal and process-oriented approach with ability to deliver
  • Developing and realising innovative design solutions 
  • Range of projects include new build, refurbishment, restoration and interior design
  • Fluent communication in English and German
  • Chartered Practice in UK and Germany

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Office Contact Details:

Patalab Architects
15 Garrett Street
London EC1Y 0TY
United Kingdom

+44(0)20 7253 2036

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Having worked with several architects, I really appreciate Patalab’s approach that combines passion for design, technical knowledge and economic understanding. Finding all three qualities within one architect’s practice is very rare.

John Bostock
Project Manager at the Golden Square Group

This is the second house Patalab has transformed for us and created a fantastic home for me and my family. Simon‘s and Uwe‘s passion for design can be seen everywhere in the house. The beautifully crafted spaces provide the perfect background for our family life.

Client of Heath House

With exceptional design skills, technical expertise and a thorough understanding of the construction process, Patalab are well rounded architects. But maybe even more importantly, through their personal engagement, professionalism and commitment to quality, Uwe and Simon became trusted project partners.

Put simply, Patalab are brilliant. The team brought creativity, craft, care and a truly collaborative spirit to our project. Their eye for detail, a high quality finish and the fact that the service they give is based on understanding client needs meant we got exactly what we wanted.

Alex & Kat
Client of Grove Park Apartment

Patalab have developed a profound understanding of our complex operation and spatial requirements to facilitate Richmond Pharmacology’s medical research activities. This has been translated into an inspirational and functional environment, enjoyed by our employees, clients and patient volunteers. Patalab guided us very professionally, meeting our challenging project delivery time frame and exceeding our expectations in creating an efficient and innovative space for our research organisation.

Dr Ulrike Lorch
Medical Director, Richmond Pharmacology

I had a very positive experience with Patalab. Their proposed design for the house, which involved opening up and extending out to bring in light, was the most creative proposal I received at the planning stage, and it has resulted in an airy, bright and well-integrated living space. The project management and oversight was extremely well organised and thanks to ongoing communication throughout the project, I felt confident in the process and timing and I am delighted with the outcome.


Patalab not only provided excellent design services but also fully understood the commercial parameters, resulting in an innovative and economically viable project. The scheme’s design features set it clearly apart from other office developments and was a major contribution to its letting success.

Albert Hay
CEO of Capital & City

Patalab was recommended to me and after my initial meeting with Uwe, discussing design ideas and how to realise them I decided to go ahead. A decision I have not regretted. Not only was I very impressed by Patalab's exceptional attention to detail but also the smooth delivery, managing design and construction processes very competently.
I am very happy with the turnout and love the interplay between colours, materials and spaces.

We were very happy with the services provided by Patalab, particularly with regard to their level of commitment to design. They were professional throughout the project and the level of aftercare was exceptional.

Sebastian Potiriadis
Development Manager, The Estate Office
Client of Chandos Street

Before starting our project we met with several architects discussing our objectives. We were most impressed by Patalab‘s response. Not only had they a great track record but also a very exciting design approach. The result of the year-long project is a fantastic apartment, which is now our lovely new home. We have been most touched by Sophie‘s and Uwe's care and enthusiasm throughout the process.

We chose Patalab after having interviewed five other Architectural practices. We were impressed from the very outset with Patalab's design proposals. Their thoughts about efficient use of space and creating enhanced volume was exactly what we were looking for and we felt that our tastes were aligned.

We appreciate so much what Patalab brought to the table and how they delivered on our dreams that we can’t wait to find another project to have the opportunity of working with them again.

Client of EC1 Penthouse

I believe Patalab's biggest achievement has been to demonstrate a clear design focus, whilst offering a fully functioning and comfortable home. Furthermore, I’m particularly pleased with the amount of natural light we’ve been able to draw into the spaces, given the introverted nature and limitations of the site.

Client of The Gables

We were hoping for a design feature in the lobby that would become a talking point. But Patalab have exceeded our expectations in the way they have combined functionality with artistic style. Like us, our tenants are deeply impressed and so are their visitors, when they arrive in the lobby.

Albert Hay
CEO of Capital & City

Patalab’s particular skill was to expand our imagination of what was possible, especially given the build was in a conservation area. Translating our wish list into a stunning design for a contemporary, eco-friendly, and light-filled home for the whole family, the whole design process was innovative, engaging and very enjoyable. And the completed house is beautiful and elegant - we love it.

Client of The Coppice

I wanted to create a school that not only meets the educational needs of my pupils, but would also be a space where they could have an amazing experience. Patalab have helped me achieve this.

What used to be a small one bedroom flat is now a beautiful and generous two bedroom apartment, filled with light and great ceiling height. This refurbishment and extension required planning permission and listed building consent. Uwe and Jordan have excellently guided us through this process and achieved the maximum amount of additional space. I especially appreciate the dramatic new stairwell which makes the approach to the living spaces on the second floor a joyful experience.

Client of Cascade House

Working with Patalab was an amazing experience - inspirational and fun. I love my transformed home with its light-filled spaces, the combination of materials and all the carefully considered details which make it very special. Living here is a pure joy.

Client of Eclectic House

German Architect London: Selected projects

Snowflake School for Children with Autism, external view

Snowflake School for Children with Autism

Container Construction, external view

118 Vallance Road

Garden staircase

German Embassy Garden Staircase

Middlesex House, street entrance

Middlesex House

Facade of Marconi House

Marconi House

Timber brise-soleil

Wimbledon Garden Room

Street facade of 1930's Arts-and-Craft residence in Hampstead, London

Heath House

Converted Garage: sunken seating area

The Gables

External night view of office refurbishment at 141-143 Shoreditch High Street

141-143 Shoreditch High Street