We are a London-based design practice specialising in projects of social value across architecture, product and environment.
Kennedy Woods is a diverse team of collaborators and problem-solvers who bring energy, insight, and vision to drive forward our clients' projects through strategic thinking and user-centred design. There is no house style, only an obsession with refining and improving processes to get better results. The practice was established by architect Chris Kennedy and product designer Tom Woods to bring a fresh and hybrid approach to projects in their two fields.
Tom and Chris's friendship goes back nearly 30 years to an opportune meeting over a pack of crayons. As a collaborative duo, Tom brings energy, insight, and creative flair to projects, and Chris, strategic-thinking and attention to detail (characteristics all too apparent in the tea-towel portraits they drew for their mums all those years ago).
Tom is an experienced product designer who graduated from Central St Martins before going on to work across a broad range of disciplines and scales: from mass-manufactured goods, distributed in over 40 countries to bespoke hand-crafted furniture. A strong intuitive grasp of how people interact with objects and spaces, together with an aesthetic sensibility towards the elegant and utilitarian, is evident in his approach to object, packaging and graphic design alike.
Chris is a chartered Architect and an accomplished graduate of Cambridge University and the Royal College of Art, who has received distinctions for his work at undergraduate, postgraduate and RIBA Part 3 level. He has a wealth of job-running experience on both domestic and commercial projects in a Contract Administrator role. His work is characterised by rigorous iterative investigation, alongside a passion for innovative use of materials that was honed during two years working in Japan.
We believe a strong culture is the key to achieving fulfilment, producing great work and building lasting relationships. Our culture is based upon the following values, which are at the heart of everything we do.
Put yourself in the other person's shoes.
Communicate simply and clearly.
Be open, inclusive, and approachable.
Produce work of social value that solves real problems.
Be optimistic, and inspire others to be courageous.
Rigorously question assumptions throughout the design process.
The Other Half
Alongside practising design, we run a programme of educational workshops and events throughout the year as a way to engage with our community and offer industry insight to students at all stages of education. Click here to learn more.
When positions become available they will be advertised here.
Please note we will not respond to requests for unpaid internships.