The son of an Irish builder, Patrick Lynch was born in Henley-on-Thames and studied at Liverpool and Cambridge universities, spending a semester at l'Ecole d'Architecture de Lyon. He worked in Germany for two years before returning to London to start Lynch Architects in 1997. Between 1997 and 2003 he taught at Kingston University and was a unit master at the Architectural Association from 2001-3. He continues to contribute to academic conferences and publications and is currently writing a study of the London terrace, which explores the public character of the 18th-century town house. Lynch Architects is based in Hoxton, east London, and comprises Patrick, his wife Claudia Lynch and their associate, Jacques Dahan. They are currently completing several private houses as well as public art commissions and an art gallery.