PROFILE

Studio Egret West was established in November 2004 by Christophe Egret and David West with a shared vision: To offer strategy with architectural specificity; and specificity within an overall strategy. Not just what lies within an introvert red line boundary. Architecture is too often seen in isolation from its urban context. Planning is too often seen as soulless, unspecific proposals that gather dust on shelves. We believe that the way forward is the osmosis between planning and architecture.

Studio Egret West is just this. We follow no formula and no recipe. Not just architecture by architects and not just planning by planners. 50/50 Architecture/Urban Design with the public realm prioritized as the foundation of sustainable communities.

Our studio in London offers a unique working environment; a mixture of sketching, painting, modelling, music, food and humour. We are a growing practice of international architects, urban designers and landscape architects with diverse interests and skills. We are approachable. We promise no lectures. No superiority and no pretensions. Just high ambitions, clarity of thinking and imagination in abundance.

Studio Egret West is about energy, courage, exploring the less trodden path and an understanding that to make real change you have to challenge convention. We are constantly looking for people and places that share our ambitions and want to work with us.

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TEAM

Christophe
Egret

ArrowChristophe is an anglo-french architect who was brought up in Paris before moving in 1979 to London where he now lives and works. He studied at the Architectural Association, London, where he gained his architectural diploma in 1986. His formative years were spent working in a variety of London practices which included Foster and Partners, Ian Ritchie, Troughton McAslan, Branson Coates and Ron Arad Architects.

In 1995 he joined Will Alsop’s practice, Alsop and Stormer, where he worked for 10 years as a director, managing, amongst others, the Peckham Library (winner of the RIBA Stirling Prize 2000), the Blizzard Building for the Queen Mary Research laboratory in Whitechapel, the winning design for the Fourth Grace in Liverpool and the Manchester Millennium Village framework plan.

In 2004, Christophe established and co-founded the architectural, landscape and urban design practice, Studio Egret West, with urban designer partner David West.

Christophe aims to convey his vision through his sketches and paintings, looking whenever possible to root a new design within an existing context. His approach tends to favour evolving aggregated forms over finite monoliths, reflecting the belief that buildings should remain easily adaptable.

He is a frequent lecturer in architectural matters on subjects including residential developments and sustainable communities. He is a visiting lecturer and critic at many universities in the UK and abroad. He also sits on member advisory boards including CABE and the RIBA Trust.

David
West

ArrowDavid is a Planner and Urban Designer specialising in Urban Visions and Strategic Framework plans. Since graduating from Manchester University/TUDelft, Holland, David’s experience has been diverse and world wide. Previously at Alsop, he established and directed the ‘BIG Architecture’ group which formulated a series of radical urban strategies that genuinely challenged conventional or ingrained thinking about places. Early work at Alsop included the planning aspects of the Rotterdam Centraal Masterplan and the Strategic Urban Design Frameworks for New Cross Gate, Lewisham and Leicester. Then lifestyle orientated, mixed use schemes for New Islington (Manchester Millennium Village), currently on site.

More recently he was the project director of the multi layered Bradford Centre Regeneration Masterplan (from 16*16km, to 8*8km to 2*2km), The Northampton Cultural Mile Initiative and the Strategic Framework Plans for both Walsall Waterfront and the 250 acre Middlehaven Docks, Middlesbrough. Prior to working at Alsop, David worked for Atkins on numerous projects including a 270km Tourism/Coastal Development Strategy for Shenzhen, China; a conceptual masterplan for a 500,000 inhabitant Saadiyat Maritime City in Abu Dhabi; and the Bahian Settlement Guide in Brazil.

Having set up Studio Egret West with Christophe Egret in 2004, David has led the practice’s work to create a new sustainable community around Middlehaven Docks in Middlesbrough; conceptualised a 1 million sqm masterplan for St Petersburg Railway Lands; masterplanned Nottingham Science Park, and the strategic framework plans for Maze Long Kesh in Belfast; South Shields Riverside and the Queen Mary College Campuses. In addition he was responsible for the A1 Corridor to Community Project for LB of Islington; a borough wide public realm strategy.

David sits on the CABE London 2012 Design Review Panel.

Lucas
Lawrence

ArrowLucas is a director in the studio. In the seven years at the studio he has led an array of large scale projects ranging from urban design to single architectural schemes. These include a variety of mixed use developments incorporating, housing, office spaces, healthcare, libraries and leisure centres. Recently Lucas has led the detailed planning application for 140 new homes in a £35m mixed use scheme in London called Clapham One and is currently leading the construction of Park Hill which includes 400 new homes along with extensive landscape and commercial spaces.

Lucas has a keen interest and role to play in the future architecture of the UK, demonstrated in wide ranging experience of developing housing typologies that are specific to individual briefs. This includes meeting challenges of high density family housing (at Holt Town, Manchester), creating exciting new apartments for inner city sites to bring new ideas to the market, and responding to the sensitivities of the future suburbia.

Lucas has a keen interest in the construction process and enjoys the challenge of realising innovative designs and complex uses of materials. Lucas is currently leading the post planning phases of over 600 homes in various projects and mixed use developments.

Prior to joining the studio Lucas worked mainly in smaller architectural practices, His major projects included a $6m art gallery in the USA where he was responsible for the construction of this high quality building. When the building was completed Lucas motorcycled from Tokyo to London on a trip that crossed half the globe, he now claims to be the first person ever to cross Siberia on a motorcycle...

Vincent
Lin

ArrowVincent is an associate architect specialising in mixed-use developments, transport and infrastructure, sports facilities, and urban design. Prior to joining Studio Egret West, Vincent worked at Alsop Architects for 7 years, where he first met Christophe and David.

Since joining Studio Egret West in 2011, Vincent has continued to lead a diverse range of projects. His first project was the winning competition scheme for the Cluster of Spires development, a landmark building that combines a uniquely community based brief at a prominent location in central London. He has also ran Cambridge Sporting Village & Community Stadium, an 8,000 seat stadium for Cambridge United with an indoor training hall and additional accommodation for Anglia Ruskin University and an elite athletes physiotherapy, strength and conditioning facility.

Recently, Vincent has successfully delivered the Urban Design Framework for Millharbour Village, a 3.6 hectare master plan including 2600 homes, two new schools, local shops, cafes, and restaurants, and two generous open public spaces. He is now leading this scheme comprising of six high-rise buildings to planning stage.

In addition to his architectural role, he is charged with international business development to capitalise on SEW’s award-winning portfolio.

Vincent is also a guest design critic at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL and University of Nottingham.

Cecilia
Lindstrom

ArrowCecilia is an associate urban designer and planner with 10 years working experience specialising in masterplanning, urban design and strategic frameworks.

Since joining Studio Egret West in 2007, Cecilia has been involved in a wide range of mixed-use schemes and public realm projects. Most recently, she was the project lead for the redevelopment of the former National Shipyard No 1 site in Chepstow, South Wales, and the regeneration of the iconic Alton West Estate in Roehampton, proposing a series of focused interventions to upgrade the residential fabric, revitalise the civic centres, and reprogram the public realm. 

Cecilia was the design team project manager for the Stratford Public Spaces, which delivered a series of public realm upgrades and a 450metre long kinetic sculpture to regenerate and consolidate Stratford Island in time for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. 

She has prepared numerous strategic framework plans and urban design strategies: the masterplan competition for Southwark's massive 1970s Aylesbury Estate; the proposed regeneration of the 35 Ha South Shields Riverside Framework Plan, including the design of the 10 Ha New Shore Park, featuring walkways, viewing platforms overlooking the River Tyne, and outdoor activity areas and event spaces; phase 2 and 3 of the Greater Middlehaven Project in Middlesbrough including a 30 Ha public realm strategy; the urban design strategy for the renewal of the Sherwood Estate in Royal Tunbridge Wells; and the framework plan for a new eco development in Northern Ireland comprising 350 homes, a series of commercial and cultural/heritage elements, and a renewed public realm.

Cecilia trained as an architect in Stockholm before arriving in London in 2004 to study for her graduate diploma in planning and MSc in urban design at the Bartlett, UCL, where she graduated with a distinction in 2006.

Gemma
Noakes

ArrowGemma is an associate architect with 8 years experience in a wide variety of architecture and masterplanning related projects. She joined Studio Egret West in 2009, since joining she has lead and been part of a team on a variety of projects, from large scale masterplans to small scale bespoke developments. Some of the key projects she has been involved with at SEW have included; the design for a new business centre in Bostwana, Africa, the development for a new bridge at East Croydon station and a planning application for a new science park and private hospital building in Birmingham.

Gemma’s most recent project has been leading a team for the detail design and construction for the award winning Clapham One building. It is a mixed use building housing 143 flats, a large healthcare centre and new public library. Her particular focus has been on the innovative library, formed from a continuous ramp of learning, where all the rooms are accessed from the main spiral. Clapham Library was completed in June 2012.

Prior to joining Studio Egret West Gemma graduated with a commendation from the Bartlett School of Architecture. She previously worked at Peter Barber Architects for 2 years working on numerous award winning housing projects, the largest being Tanner Street Gateway, a 150 unit street based housing scheme in Barking in East London, where she saw the project through to completion. She then worked for Rick Mather Architects as a key member of the design team for a large sustainable redevelopment of central Milton Keynes.

Stefan
Shaw

ArrowStefan is an architect with experience in a wide variety of projects across the UK. In the four years since joining Studio Egret West, he has worked on developments at a variety of scales including: The regeneration of Park Hill; Europe’s largest listed building, and one of English Heritages 20 Best Heritage-led developments. Having been involved in the project since the planning stage, he is currently on site, with the project due for completion early 2013. The design of a £21m footbridge as part of phase one of the East Croydon Masterplan. East Croydon station is the second busiest interchange station in the UK (behind Clapham Junction) and the eighth most used station in the UK. Large scale housing developments in Gateshead and Goresbrook Village, smaller scale public art schemes such as the Stratford Shoal, as well as competitions in London, Moscow Istanbul and Vancouver.

Stefan graduated with distinction from the University Of Manchester School Of Architecture in 2009 receiving international student awards for his thesis project ‘Bio-City’ a high rise mixed use development, concentrated around the closed loop production of bio fuel within the buildings photo-synthetic façade.

With a keen interest in the future of urban development both within and outside the UK stefan enjoys developing housing typologies specific to individual briefs, while meeting the challenges of high density urban life. Prior to joining the studio Stefan worked in small architectural practices, with major works concentrated around the  design of a £14m Healthcare centre in Widness as part of the LIFT North West Development Scheme, where he was responsible for the construction of the cladding system and internal fit-out.

While not in the studio, Stefan can normally be found trying to learn Spanish, or cycling, swimming and running as he has a keen interest in triathlon.

Brian
Mallon

ArrowBrian is an associate architect with over 5 years experience working on a wide range of projects. He joined SEW in 2011 and has since worked on a variety of projects at both an architectural and urban scale including the winning Masterplan for Sittingbourne Town Centre, the design of 132 residential units in Hayes and masterplan for a 1,500,000 sqft mixed use development of the former EMI Headquarters now known as The Old Vinyl Factory. He has also worked on a number  of smaller architectural projects such as the Movement Community Centre in Greenwich which was completed in October 2013.

Brian moved to London to pursue his interest in urban design in 2009 where he studied Urban Design at the University of East London, graduating with a distinction for his masters. His thesis focused on the Islamic city of Marrakech where he explored the relationship between the urban form of the city and the surrounding hinterland to create a sustainable model for urban expansion in an arid climate.

Prior to moving to London Brian worked for two and half years in Ireland. Upon graduating he began working for HKR Architects. He worked on a variety of medium and large scale projects in both Ireland and Eastern Europe. He then worked for Eco2 Architects where he worked on the design of a number of low energy private houses. Brian graduated with his Part 2 from University College Dublin in 2007, part of which included a year studying at the Hochshule Liechtenstein.

Gwyn
Jones

ArrowGwyn has recently joined Studio Egret West and plans to contribute his broad architectural knowledge to the realisation of a number projects in the studio.  He is a qualified architect with over ten years experience and has a strong academic and technical background.

Within the studio Gwyn leads a number of teams bringing to fruition a number of innovative designs as they progress from design inception, development and delivery.  At SEW, Gwyn is working on a number of exciting projects; Millharbour residential development, Balfron Tower refurbishment, Bromley South hotel, Grace Owen nursery, and St Alphonsus bespoke homes. His earlier work embraces residential, transport, cultural and commercial architecture.  Previously at Weston Williamson, Gwyn was an associate leading a team of architects on residential projects for Peabody and other housing associations, as well as on transportation schemes for the Victoria Station Upgrade and two Crossrail stations. 

Gwyn has recently completed his PhD thesis on ‘Frank Lloyd Wright beyond America’ that was funded by the RIBA LKE Ozolins Studentship.  He is particularly interested in developing new narratives for exploring architecture and in 2009 he was the recipient of the Giles Worsley Travel Fellow to the British School in Rome, and in 2006 he wrote and presented a television programme entitled Y Daith yw'r Stori (The Journey is the Story) for S4C. His Graduate Diploma at Oxford Brookes University, and his dissertation,12 Part Narrative, was the inaugural winner of the RIBA President's Dissertation Medal in 2001. Presently, he is exploring a publishing opportunity and will be speaking at the National Assembly of Wales.

Allie
Piehn

ArrowAllie is an associate architectural designer specialising in mixed-use developments, transport and infrastructure, education, exhibition, and master planning.

Since joining Studio Egret West in 2011, her projects have focused on high density urban mixed use developments. These include the Old Vinyl Factory in London (masterplan and outline planning submission for 500+ homes, workspace, retail, restaurants, museum, energy centre/hall, and active public realm), Canning Town’s Caxton St (300+ homes and creative workshops), the No.1 National Shipyard in Wales (winning competition for extension of the Welsh Costal Path, foundation centre, and 500+ homes), RIBA’s Regent Street Windows Project for Folli Follie, and various competitions/feasibility studies for projects across the UK, Cyprus and Turkey.

Previously, she worked as an engineer for the biopharmaceutical Amgen, running front end planning of process flow facilities, plant expansion, and research/manufacturing centres across California, Puerto Rico, and Ireland. Post-biotech, she worked for California based AkarStudios, where she focused on the interior developments of La Guardia, O’Hare, Sacramento, and McCarran international airports, hotel retrofit, and restaurant/retail design. Aside she has consulted for the digital animation studio Unit 9 in Italy, competition bids with Andrew Porter and Christine Hawley in London, architectural narration with Curt Illingworth Architects, and various design build construction packages/projects in Central America.

Allie completed her Masters of Architecture at the University College London with a thesis on methods of design realization. She received her Bachelors of Architecture at the California Polytechnic State University of San Luis Obispo and California State University of Florence, Italy with a thesis on architectural and envelope use of tensegrity structures.

Alix 
Roberts

ArrowAlix is an urban and architectural designer with a background in the fields of art, architecture and urban design.

Since joining Studio Egret West, Alix has led a competition for the delivery of two new mixed-use neighbourhoods of up to 1500 homes, adjacent to the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London. She is also leading the Hybrid Planning Application for a sustainable housing development on a 20Ha disused quarry site within the Thames Gateway. The proposal includes around 600 new homes, a Primary School and local convenience, embedded within extensive green infrastructure and public realm.

Prior to joining Studio Egret West, Alix worked as a Senior Designer in Urban Development for AECOM London, where she was involved in a number of complex, high profile projects within the UK and abroad. As a senior urban designer of the North West Cambridge Masterplan, Alix was involved in the Outline and Detailed Planning Application for the University of Cambridge’s most significant expansion plans in its 800 year history. The 120 hectare, mixed-use development aims to achieve the highest standards of sustainability, including 3000 new homes, University research facilities and major new landscape and public realm. 

Alix trained at Westminster University’s School of Architecture, as part of the Film and Architecture studio. Her thesis investigated unlocking brownfield sites along London’s waterways; proposals included ‘Gro(w)harf’,  an urban agricultural network constructed as a series of stacked fields within folding productive and public landscapes.

While not in the studio, Alix also provides her professional skills pro-bono for the homeless Charity CRASH, for which she has received two awards. 

Peter
Croft

ArrowPeter is an urban designer and architect, he joined Studio Egret West in 2012 and is currently working on a masterplan for 4,000 homes in south London. Prior to SEW Peter worked at Rivington Street Studio on projects for City University and London South Bank University.

Peter has trained as an architect but followed his undergraduate studies with an MA in Urban Design at the University of East London. His thesis, a design project based in Marrakech, detailed an attempt to stitch together disparate urban forms using a new housing typology that drew on common aspects of the surrounding city.

Alongside his Part II at London Metropolitan University, Peter also studied MA Spatial Planning and Urban Design. The course was jointly run with Design for London with the aim of 'reviving the notion of the planner-architect.' His thesis explored effective methods of proposition and response in major infrastructure projects.

Mark
Warren

ArrowMark is an architectural assistant and designer. He joined Studio Egret West in February 2014 and has worked on a number of projects at a variety of scales. Prior to SEW Mark worked at Hampson Williams Architects where he worked on bespoke residential projects.

Mark completed his master’s degree in Architecture at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, Copenhagen and graduated with a distinction. His thesis project, ‘The Orchestrated City, Berlin’, was shortlisted in the RIBA President’s Medal awards, 2013.

The project was also chosen to be exhibited at Berlin Unlimited urban arts festival, 2014. ‘The Orchestrated City’ is a speculative project that interrogates the idea of a true ‘vertical city’ and explores methods knitting a tower into its existing urban fabric. Mark completed his undergraduate degree in Architecture at the University of Brighton. 

David
Grant

ArrowDavid is a model maker from the Wimbledon School of Art with 28 years experience working in architecture, film & television, product prototypes, display and exhibition and theatre.

His extensive experience of architectural model making includes projects with Fosters, ALSOP, Zaha Hadid, Aedas, David Adjaye Associates and Hawkin Brown. David's intuitive ability to grasp project briefs, his wealth of expertise with a wide variety of materials and new technology and his passion for photography have seen him become an integral member of Studio Egret West.

Since joining the studio, David has worked on a diverse range of high profile projects including the Stratford Town Centre Public Realm where his work has been essential in developing and materializing the artistic and creative potential of the Studio's design process as well extensively used in client and community consultations.

An ongoing project of David is the expansion of the model making facilities at Studio Egret West.

Theo
Petrohilos

ArrowTheo is an architect and designer with the concern to create architectures and environments that stimulate and intrigue their inhabitants, He joined Studio Egret West in early October 2012, and has already worked on a number of bids at the micro and macro scale, working closely with clients to create exciting schemes.

He has previously worked at Alsop architects, working on mixed-use and transport and infrastructure projects in the UK, Canada, Germany and Vietnam, including a bid for a park development above Union Station in Dubai which interwove landscape with museums, offices, retail and the station below. He worked on the CA$150 million Finch West underground Station and bus terminal in Toronto. Incorporating sculptural elements texture and colour the scheme vibrantly engaged the streetscape above and the subterranean environment of the Spadina line extension in collaboration with artist Bruce Maclean. He has also worked on the De Vere Gardens residential development for David Chipperfield Architects and worked since he was seventeen at Make Architects. 

Theo studied for his undergraduate and masters degree in architecture at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, graduating in 2012. His satirical thesis project provided the Wall Street headquarters for a speculative financial company that buys and sells the air above New York. 

Theo is also a Jazz musician and cartoonist.

Lucy
Head

ArrowLucy is as an architect and joined Studio Egret West in October 2012 working on feasibility/concept design projects. Prior to joining SEW Lucy worked for Featherstone Young. Over a period of three years, she worked on a range of projects; from one off private residential homes, to public arts buildings and an advertising agency, many of which required a high level of bespoke design, and allowed her to gain valuable site experience.

After completing her Bachelor of Architecture at the University of Brighton in 2008, Lucy went on to complete her Masters of Architecture at the University of Westminster in 2012.  Her design thesis focused on (re)adjusted territories in Marseille, creating a municipal scheme to choreograph the interplay of the cities functions and characters. Her dissertation focused on the regeneration of the Heygate Estate in South East London and led to a deepened interest in the future of social housing and the role that architecture and urban design can play in this.

Cristina
Pinho

ArrowCristina is an architectural assistant who joined Studio Egret West in June 2013. 

Cristina completed her Masters of Architecture at the University of Oporto, Portugal, in 2011, having studied for one year in TUDelft, the Netherlands. Her final thesis focused on the social concerns implicit in the design process and method of renowned architects such as Álvaro Siza and Rem Koolhaas.

Before joining SEW, Cristina was part of the first team of Arrebita! Porto – a volunteer project which goal is to renovate old houses of the historical center of Oporto by creating collaborative protocols between academics, students and other professionals. This contributed for a better understanding of the social role of architects and their importance in the future of every community.

During her internship period Cristina worked in Adalberto Dias Arquiteto Lda office and in DRCN, where she worked in renovation projects of monuments classified as National Heritage. Later on, she worked in AJAK Oy, in Helsinki, where she collaborated in different urban planning projects and competitions. This allowed her to work in a bigger scale and start to understand the intricacies of the relation between architecture and planning.

Thomas
Clark

ArrowThomas is a landscape architect with over 2 years experience.He graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2012 with a MSc in Landscape Architecture.

His final year projects focused on creating an entirely sustainable mixed use development, public park, and timber production area in Berlin, reintroducing ancient Caledonian woodland and a series of installations that measure atmospheric and climactic condition in the Scottish Highlands, and dealing with Detroit’s housing blight through a new landscape planning model. Whilst studying, Tommy worked for a year at Stoss Landscape Urbanism in Boston. His primary focus was on a number of international competitions and developing the design for a new public plaza at Harvard University.

Since graduating Tommy has worked with Martha Schwartz Partners on a series of ambitious international design projects in China. Tommy joined SEW in May 2014 and has worked on a number of landscape projects at various scales, from a 600 home development, to a school, to a 60s playground.


Alisan
Dockerty

ArrowAlisan is an architectural assistant with 3 years of experience. She joined Studio Egret West in 2013, and is currently working on a range of projects varying from small scale housing developments to high-density, mixed-use residential schemes.

Alisan previously worked at the Fairhurst Design Group in Manchester, where she worked on the design stages of two science parks and higher education buildings. Later, she joined Michaelis Boyd Associates where over a period of 2 years, she worked on a number of high-end residential projects and restaurants. During this time she gained experience covering the all design stages from inception to construction.

Alisan graduated from her Part II with a Distinction from the Bartlett School of Architecture. Her design thesis focused on the environmental decline of the Kissimmee River and its surrounding habitats in Florida. Sustainable architectural interventions of both master plan and detailed design scale were explored to aid river restoration whilst creating a new waterfront resort for tourists. This project allowed her to work at urban design scale, develop an understanding of sustainable technologies and how they can be integrated into the built environment.

Duncan
Paybody

ArrowDuncan is a landscape architect with over 7 years experience. His portfolio of projects ranges from design interventions in sensitive rural environments to city centre public realm design and detail, education projects, private gardens and residential masterplans.

Prior to starting at SEW Duncan worked at Planit Landscape Architects in Manchester and was Project Landscape Architect on the award winning Brockhole Jetty. In 2011 he moved South to pioneer Planit's London Studio delivering their first London project, a new piece of public realm in the heart of Hammersmith.

Duncan has a Landscape Architecture with Planning BA (hons) degree and a Post Graduate Diploma in Landscape Architecture from Sheffield University.

Niamh
O'Reilly

ArrowNiamh is an architect who joined Studio Egret West early in 2014.

Since joining the studio, her projects have focused on mixed-use developments, education and master-planning projects.

These include Erith Quarry, (mixed-use masterplan for 600 homes, a 3 Form Entry Primary School, landscape and public realm spaces) where she was the project architect on the Detailed Planning Application for the Primary School. She has also been involved in The Boiler House (residential block with commercial space, phase one of The Old Vinyl Factory), the London Underground Design Idiom, a feasibility study for Watford Junction (mixed-use masterplan) and bids for The London Chest Hospital (residential competition) and the Ford Stamping Plant in Dagenham (mixed-use masterplan).

Prior to joining Studio Egret West she worked for Nicholas Hare Architects, where over a period of five years she was involved in a variety of educational projects. These include Cornelius Vermuyden School and Art College, Ormiston Victory Academy, Stratford School Academy and Berryfields Primary School.

During her Part I internship, she worked for RMJM London on a range of commercial and masterplanning projects in Russia, including the Gazprom HQ in St. Petersburg. She was also involved in the campus masterplans for Oxford Brookes University and Oxford and Cherwell Valley College.

Niamh completed both her Undergraduate and Diploma courses at the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art. She received the Glasgow Institute of Architects Commendation for her final year thesis project; A Centre for Architecture and Design in Porto. The scheme formed the heart of a masterplan, which aimed to regenerate a deteriorating corner of the historic city. Her research dissertation, based in Glasgow, explored the aesthetic principles of urban spaces and how they can impact on peoples’ perception of places.

She completed her Part III Post Graduate course in Westminster University and was awarded a Merit for her case study work, which was based on Cornelius Vermuyden School and Art College in Essex.

Outside the studio, Niamh has been involved with Open City organising and running projects with primary school children as part of the Architecture in Schools programme. She was also the lead designer of the Oasis Social Club for artist Rebecca Davies, which is a demountable ‘working men’s club’ which travels to various communities around the UK.

Karl
Diskin

ArrowKarl is an architectural assistant who joined Studio Egret West in December 2013. 

Karl completed his Part II/Postgrad Diploma in Architecture at the Mackintosh School of Architecture in June 2011 and his Part I/Bachelor of Architecture at the same school in 2008. Karl’s thesis at the Mack explored ideas of symbiotic relationships between urban centres and the hinterland through integrating closed-loop waste management technologies into new urban districts, addressing the self-depleting viral systems at the heart of modern urban respiration. 

Since joining the Studio Karl has worked on a variety of masterplans including a 4000 home mixed-use scheme in east London and a RIBA competition-winning proposal for the regeneration of Maidenhead town centre. Before joining SEW Karl worked with John McAslan + Partners, Metropolitan Workshop & Grimshaw Architects on a range of Transport, Hospitality and Mixed-Use urban projects in the UK, the US, Norway, Ireland, and Australia. 

Ilia
Mouline

ArrowIlia is our IT manager.

Nikki
Osborne

ArrowNikki moved to London in 2012 to join Studio Egret West as the in house Graphic Designer. She has responsibility for the production of all Studio Egret West publications and reports. She also gets involved in establishing brands and communication strategies for projects and places. Recent work includes preparing the consultation materials and identity for Millharbour Village, the documentation for the transformation of the Aylesbury Estate and the overarching brand for the No.1 National Shipyard in Chepstow.

After graduating from Kingston University with a Graphic Design degree, Nikki worked in Sri Lanka teaching at various schools around the country. After returning, she went on to work at Planit Landscape Architects in Manchester as the in-house graphic designer.

Sally
Wallace

ArroSally is our accounts manager.

James
Cook

ArroJames is an architectural assistant and started at SEW in September 2014. His previous experience at Darling Associates and DanksBadnell saw him working on a range of residential schemes scaling from one off high-end bespoke houses to large mix-use affordable housing schemes, whilst also having experience working on industrial projects.

He studied his Bachelor and Masters degree at the University of Liverpool working on a range of projects which included exploring the role of libraries in 2025, master-planning, whilst developing design projects around the end-user. His thesis project explored healing architecture, designing an alcohol recovery centre which incorporated sensual and therapeutic spaces with use of different materials and lighting techniques.

James was awarded the David Inman fund for his dissertation and spent a month in Japan researching the history of Japanese housing and rise of micro houses, furthering his interests into innovative materials and lighting techniques and how they be used to improve housing design.

Liam
Ashton

ArroLiam joined Studio Egret West as an Architectural Assistant in 2014 and has worked on large mixed use schemes involving residential, cultural and commercial elements at competition and pre-planning stages.

After completing his undergraduate studies, Liam worked for two years at RIBA award winning practice OMI Architects in Manchester where he gained experience working on projects in residential, ecclesiastical and commercial sectors across all work stages.

Liam graduated from the MArch course at Sheffield University in 2014. His thesis 'Ageing in the City', which was awarded the HLM Prize, explored the city as a place to grow old and alternatives to the isolating typology of the purpose built extra care home.

Mathilde
Lecomte

ArroMathilde is an Architectural Assistant Part II and Urban Designer, who joined Studio Egret West in 2015.

Mathilde completed her Master of Architecture at the school of Paris-Malaquais (France) in 2014, in the urban planning section. She graduated from her part II with first class honours, working on a fictional urban development with the arrival of the high speed train line in the small city of Laval in France. The starting point of the project was a rumour about the construction of a new train station in the outskirts of the city, that she emphasized to drive the whole future development of this territory. This project allowed her to experiment a new kind of urban development strategy based on the self-fulfilling prophecy and on the new practices of urban spaces.

Mathilde previously worked at McAdam Architects in London, where she worked on a 16,000 sqm mixed-use project in Moscow, on both the landscape and the architectural design. She also studied at PUC of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil during her master and worked at Appareil Architecture in Montreal (Canada), where she worked on the planning competition COGITO for the public realm strategy around the Museum of Arts in Quebec City.

Mathilde has a passion for the mobility-related sphere and for what results from urban flows. She likes spending time in train stations and seeing how people interact with these transition spaces.

Ruben
Ramos

ArroRuben is a Qualified Architect in UK and Spain, he has a solid background running complex projects through technical stages as well as a predisposition to adventure in architectural competitions.

He joined Studio Egret West in 2015, and is currently leading a residential project in Erith, London, comprising 120 apartments, as part of a wider Masterplan designed by SEW and to be executed in phases over the next years.

Prior to joining Studio Egret West, he worked as an Architect for DSDHA and Acme in London, and for Cruz y Ortiz Arquitectos in Seville, among others. At DSDHA he led the winning entry for a residential development in Bethnal Green, and the finalist entry for a Masterplan, Cultural Centre and Restoration of a 16th century convent in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. At Acme he worked on Victoria Gate Arcades, a luxury shopping centre in Leeds, as part of a wider project including a John Lewis store and a casino. At Cruz y Ortiz, he led the project for the Olympic Stadium in Madrid, presented to the Olympic candidatures 2016 and 2020, which is meant to host Atletico de Madrid Football Club when completed in 2018 as a Champions League Stadium with capacity for 70,000 seats. At Cruz y Ortiz he also worked on a wide range of projects over the years both in Spain and The Netherlands. In Spain he led the projects for two luxury hotels in Seville and Cordoba, as restoration of 19th Century palaces, and run a number of competitions. In The Netherlands, he led the winning entry for a residential development in Utrecht, and worked in projects such as the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the towers San Francisco and Boston in Wilhelminapier, Rotterdam. Other projects for previous offices include the restoration of a castle in Alicante, and a variety of housing, hotel and offices projects in Madrid.

Elizabeth
Gilbert

Julija
Dublovik

Lone
Blomhoj

Marisa
Gama

Nathan
Humfryes

Ramon
Mendonza

Usmaa
Gulzar

Yo
Sop Ryoo

CLIENTS

    

 

 

AWARDS

2013

RIBA Awards:

park hill sheffield:

  • Phase 1A Redevelopment RIBA National Awards 2013
  • Phase 1A Redevelopment Yorkshire Awards 2013
  • Phase 1A Redevelopment Yorkshire Conservation Awards 2013

Sunday Times British Homes Award:

THE FOLD:

  • Commended Best Apartment Building

RIBA Stirling Prize 2013:

Park Hill:

  • Shortlisted RIBA Stirling Prize 2013

RESI Awards 2013:

Clapham One:

  • Winner Development of the Year 2013

Civic Trust Awards 2013:

The Library Building, Clapham One:

  • Winner Architectural and Built Environment Scheme Award

Local Government Chronicle 2013:

Evolution Gateshead:

  • Winner Best Public Private Partnership Award

2012

Sunday Times British Homes Award:

The Library Building, Clapham One:

  • Winner Best Apartment Building

Park Hill Sheffield:

  • Winner Best Conversion, Restoration or Refurbishment

Studio Egret West:

  • Winner Architect of the Year

Green Apple Award:

Park Hill Sheffield:

  • Winner The Gold Award

New London Architecture:

Clapham One:

  • Winner Best Community & Culture

East Croydon Masterplan:

  • Winner Best Masterplan

Housing Design Awards:

The Gatefold Building:

  • Winner Scheme Project

Building Design AYA Award:

Studio Egret West:

  • Finalist for Masterplanning Architect of the Year
  • Finalist for Public Building Architect of the Year
  • Finalist for Public Realm Architect of the Year

2011

UK Property Awards:

Clapham One:

  • Winner Best Mixed Used Scheme
  • Winner Best Public Service Scheme

London Planning Awards:

Surrey Canal, London's Sporting Village:

  • Shortlisted Best Conceptual Project

World Architecture Festival Awards:

Park Hill:

  • Shortlisted Best Residential Project

Stratford Shoal:

  • Shortlisted Best Landscape Project

Building Design AYA Award:

Studio egret west:

  • Shortlisted for Masterplanning Architect of the Year

Daily Telegraph British Homes Awards 2011:

Clapham One, The Library Building:

  • Winner Housing Project of the Year 2011

2010

Building Design AYA Award:

Studio egret west:

  • Shortlisted for Masterplanning Architect of the Year

Housing Design Awards:

Clapham One, The Library Building:

  • Winner Scheme Project

Retrofit Awards:

Park Hill:

  • Winner Future Project

London Planning Awards:

Ponders End Framework for Change:

  • Winner Best Conceptual Project

2009

Building Design AYA Award:

Studio egret west:

  • Shortlisted for Masterplanning Architect of the Year

Nottingham Evening Post Awards:

No.1 Nottingham science park:

  • Winner Design Excellence

Nottingham Civic Society Commendation Awards:

No.1 Nottingham science park:

  • Winner Design Commendation

 2008

Nottingham Civic Society Commendation Awards:

No.1 Nottingham science park:

  • Winner Design Commendation

Midlands Property Awards:

No.1 Nottingham science park:

  • Winner Design-Led Project of the Year
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