Tristan Couch

Tristan Couch


Founding Director

Tristan Couch has a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne and an MEng in Civil Engineering from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. After working for three years with a structural engineering practice in Australia, he joined Max Fordham LLP in 1997, becoming a partner in 2001. 

Tristan was Partner in Charge of the Young Vic Theatre project; National Theatre Studio (including a close control archive to house the National Theatre's media archive); and the London Library (amalgamation of seven listed buildings into one, including a close control rare books stack and two passive ventilation books stacks). 

Tristan’s environmental services engineering work for Skelly & Couch includes the RIBA National Award-winning Jerwood Gallery in Hastings and many listed projects, from Command of the Oceans, the new visitors’ centre and exhibition space at Grade I-listed The Historic Dockyard Chatham, shortlisted for the 2017 RIBA Stirling Prize; to a major ongoing refurbishment of the Grade II*-listed Battersea Arts Centre, badly damaged by fire in 2015.

Tristan is currently working with Historic Royal Palaces on an extension building to the Grade I-listed Kensington Palace Orangery and a new 200-seat auditorium in the surrounds of Grade I-listed Chetwynd Court, King’s College Cambridge.

Additional extensive experience includes Grade II*-listed Hoxton Hall; the new Caryl Churchill Theatre beside Grade II-listed Sutherland House at Royal Holloway London; the 2018 RIBA Stirling Prize contender, Chadwick Hall, which is new student housing for Roehampton University next to Grade II*-listed Downshire House, and also shortlisted for an AJ Architecture Award; several projects at the King’s School Canterbury (the world’s oldest extant school); and the Grade I-listed concert hall at St John’s Smith Square, Westminster.

Among other developments, Tristan is currently working on a project to refurbish and extend a Grade II-listed building for the Dorset County Museum and an extension refurbishment for Grade I-listed Theatre Royal Drury Lane in London’s West End. He led environmental and services work at the iconic new Bridge Theatre next to City Hall and Tower Bridge in London, open in October 2017.