About Wellstudio Coliving
Wellstudio Coliving is an innovative London based architecture practice specialising in the design of wellbeing oriented coliving spaces across a range of scales, client types, and urban locations.
Our research-based design approach underpins our creation of eudaemonic community spaces which foster human connection, support mental and physical wellbeing, and use biophilic design principles to connect residents to natural elements.
Wellstudio founder and director, Tom Manwell, also holds the position of Head of Spatial Design at our partner organisation, ‘Conscious Coliving’, a global coliving consultancy whose foundational ethos is outlined in The Coliving Manifesto. Our shared knowledge base, known as ‘The Coliving Library’, is a compilation of best practice examples of coliving projects around the world. We collaborate on a joint research program which is informed by eminent industry experts, aimed at creating coliving spaces which realise their truest potential.
On each project we work closely with our clients to create a bespoke brief, which aims to fulfil the requirements of our clients, stakeholders, the local community, and its residents. We lead on the design, planning, and construction phases to deliver a built product which satisfies building requirements and falls within budget. We benefit from 10 years of experience navigating the U.K. planning system and have an understanding of the complexities, and restraints which face coliving developments as an asset class.
We work closely with a range of reputable consultants, from structural engineers, construction cost experts, environmental specialists to properly vetted and accredited contractors, enabling us to being their expertise to bear with the view of delivering great project outcomes.
Underpinning our specialism in wellbeing is our knowledge and understanding of the internationally recognised WELL Building Standard which we use to inform our designs. The WELL Building Standard creates a framework for the design and operation of buildings to improve nutrition, fitness, mood, sleep patterns, and the performance of its occupants; in summary, enabling the residents of our buildings to thrive.
Wellstudio Coliving Team
Founder & Director
BSc, DipArch, ARB, RIBA
Over a period of 10 years Tom has gained experience with a range of award winning practices. Working as a part 1 at Mecanoo, part 2 at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands and Studio Egret West and Project Architect at Levitt Bernstein. He has gained a breadth of knowledge working on small, medium and large scale residential schemes in London, the U.K. & Europe.
Tom graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture at degree stage and obtained a high merit from the University of East London at Diploma. He became a fully qualified Architect in 2012 and has been director of Wellstudio for 7 years.
Tom is also a director of Conscious Coliving, an international consultancy helping operators and developers create coliving that thrives.
BA, MA, MSc
Over a period of 5 years Negin has gained experience in architecture as a freelancer. She has worked for a variety of companies designing small to medium size residential and commercial buildings.
Negin is interested in integrating health into architecture and the built environment. Her specialist area of focus is minimising energy consumption and the carbon footprint of residential buildings.
Negin graduated from IKIU in 2015 with a high distinction. She also graduated with a distinction in Architecture & Environmental design from the University of Westminster in 2019.
BA, DipArch, CAUBR
Laiz holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture & Urbanism from the Federal University of Parana in Brazil. She is a fully qualified Architect in Brazil registered with the CAU-BR professional body.
She has over 5 years of experience working across both the residential architecture and interior design sectors, worked on the development of cycle mobility and Heritage projects at the Research and Urban Planning Council of Curitiba.
She loves cycling, practising yoga, and exploring other wellbeing centred practices.
Laiz is passionate about sustainability & biophilic design.