Laura Valantine


Laura is a qualified architect both in the UK and her native Lithuania.

Since joining KSR in 2008 she has gained respect for her strong technical skills, design sensitivity and ability to control quality on site. Having been brought onto contractors’ teams, she understands the construction industry from both sides.

Laura loves craft beers and comics – she’s even had her own comics published.

Pernille Tomkins

It is fair to say that Pernille (pronounced PER-NILL-A) runs KSR! As Office Manager she keeps us all under control. She may sound American when she answers the phone, but she assures us that she is Norwegian.

Michelle Sweeney

Michelle heads up KSR Interiors. She is an enthusiastic and highly motivated Interior Designer with over 10 years experience working over a variety of design disciplines. As an all-round designer, Michelle enjoys working closely with clients to develop new and exciting concepts and seeing them come to life on site. Her background in development ensures that all projects are ultimately practical, realistic and deliverable.

In her spare time, Michelle enjoys walking in the country, travelling and fine whiskies!

Virginia Newman

Virginia is an integral part of KSR in supporting the team, mentoring young designers and overseeing our marketing strategy.

She retains a strong interest in architecture and has a particular experience in dealing with listed buildings and sensitive sites, especially conservation areas, which require a considered response. At a local level, Virginia sits on the St John’s Wood Society Planning Group which is consulted by Westminster on all planning applications in the area.

Virginia takes an active role in the profession, she currently sits on the RIBA Board as well as various RIBA committees which influence the way in which architects work. She is a keen promoter of equal opportunities in architecture and the wider construction industry, and has recently been named the RIBA Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Champion.

Ru Micanovic

Ru is a long-standing member of KSR. Having originally worked on a number of large residential developments, Ru has developed a particular expertise in the design and delivery of exclusive private houses. She relishes the challenges and attention to detail that these buildings demand, and enjoys providing the bespoke personal service that our private clients require.