Jon provides the overall design leadership to the practice.
Jon is a graduate of the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow winning the Bourdon Prize for Architecture, the John Cowell Prize, the RIAS sketchbook commendation and the Mackintosh School of Architecture Masters Scholarship. He received his Masters in Architecture in 1997. Jon is a regular industry speaker, RIBA Awards judge and visiting critic at the Mackintosh School of Architecture.
Jon Matthews Director
John is a studio director, responsible for leading the technical excellence across the practice. His meticulous attention to detail keeps everyone on their toes.
Notable achievements include the delivery of British Council for Offices award winning projects; The Hive for Argent and Fabrica for Royal London. John leads the ongoing delivery of some of Manchester’s emerging landmark developments; Axis Manchester, Oxygen Towers and Brazennose House.
John Crellin Director
Matt is a studio director responsible for leading the design standards across the office overseeing a robust programme of design reviews.
Matt has worked at several AJ100 practices designing award winning buildings. Matt is a budding photographer on social media with in depth knowledge of filter settings.
Matt also leads on recruitment and resourcing for the practice.
Matthew Hayward Director
Andrew brings left sided skills to a predominantly right sided group. After graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Construction Management he achieved dual qualification as a solicitor, specialising in construction within leading international law firms.
Andrew saw the light and joined a FTSE PLC developer as a Group Counsel and Company Secretary before joining regeneration specialists Urban Splash as Legal and Commercial Director.
Andrew Waugh Commercial Director
Silvia has ten years experience in the residential, hotel and office sectors delivering complex, large scale projects. She received her MArch degree at the University of Florence where she developed her passion for historical buildings and contextualism. Her international experience has given her strong design skills and technical knowledge.
Silvia previously worked at Fuksas in Rome, UN Studio in Amsterdam and Foster + Partners.
Silvia Filucchi Associate
As a design and project team lead, working principally within the residential, commercial and masterplan sectors, Frances is currently leading a diverse range of projects from private houses to city scale masterplans.
Notable achievements include both her undergraduate and post-graduate thesis projects being nominated for the RIBA Presidents Medal award.
Frances McGeown Associate
Richard leads a team delivering a series of city centre regeneration projects such as Brazennose House, Trafford Wharf and the residential mega project, Oxygen.
He has previously worked at Scott Tallon Walker in Dublin and Pascall + Watson in Abu Dhabi working on various aviation, workplace and retail schemes.
Richard Scott Associate
Jo ensures the smooth running of the office. She is the face of the practice to visitors, whilst in the background she supports operations by maintaining office systems and overseeing staff and support functions to ensure the technical team can deliver a first-class service to clients.
She has responsibility for accounts, finance, payrolls, HR, IT, bid preparation and the co-ordination of the team to ensure operational needs are met.
Joanne Bradbury Practice Manager
Sam has more than ten years professional architectural experience designing and delivering high quality projects with particular expertise in education and private residential. He has previously acted as Technical Advisor for a range of public sector clients under the Building Schools for the Future programme.
Sam trained at the Mackintosh School of Architecture before completing his professional training at Westminster University.


Sam Ainsley Architect
Jo is a project lead and has been involved in a number of high-profile developments within the practice. She has experience in residential, sports, leisure and commercial sectors and previously worked on masterplanning and ecological design at Bauman Lyons, Urbed and Atelier d’architecture autogérée.
Jo completed her Masters degree at the University of Sheffield and was awarded a distinction for her thesis project and featured in the AJ’s top student work shows.
Joanna Beal Architect
Jake has benefited from a wide variety of sector experience throughout his career, ranging from multimillion-pound private residential new builds and church renovation projects, through to large scale commercial, leisure and residential developments.
His university work was exhibited at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Centre for Architecture in New York City after being recognised as a top 20 ‘exemplary’ project by the AIA and AECOM in the global student competition.
Jake Boardman Architect
Ian is an experienced project lead working on several of the practice’s high profile residential projects.
He has worked in a wide range of sectors including hotels, commercial, residential, masterplanning and aviation.
Originally from the south coast, Ian first studied at the Manchester School of Architecture and achieved his RIBA Part III professional qualification in 2015.
Ian Burnett Architect
Maria undertook her architectural studies in her native city of Sevilla and has a strong passion for urban design and sustainability.
Since relocating to the UK in 2017, she has developed a diverse portfolio within the mixed use, residential and heritage sectors with experience across all RIBA work stages.
Maria Cadaval Architect
Ricardo completed his architectural education at the University of Lisbon. Within practice, he has developed strong technical skills and has developed an interest in sustainable architecture.
Since relocating to the UK in 2015 he has worked in different practices of varying scale. During his time in practice in the UK Ricardo has gained experience in residential, mixed-use, commercial and heritage sectors.
Ricardo Martins Architect
Sam began his architectural career with a 2-week work experience placement in 2011 before starting his undergraduate degree and has been working with Jon ever since. He has worked on a range of projects at varying RIBA stages which has given him broad experience across all sectors.
For the past two years he has been focussed on the delivery of the recently completed Local Blackfriars.
Sam Power Architect
Tom joined the practice in 2019 and is project lead on Brazennose House, an office development in the heart of Manchester’s civic area. He has been a key project team member on a number of other projects and has experience in the leisure and commercial sectors.
He completed his architectural education at the University of Huddersfield where he was awarded the Huddersfield Society of Architects award for graphic design for his final student project.



Tom Rawnsley Architect
Enrique completed his Masters degree of Architecture at the University of Valladolid in Spain. His academic experience included landscape, urbanism and structural design.
Since moving to Manchester in 2017, he has worked on a range of large scale residential developments within the city. This has given him a breadth of experience across all RIBA Work Stages and has developed varying technical, software and design skills.


Enrique Rodriguez Architect
Dafini is a Part II Architectural Assistant and graduate of the Manchester School of Architecture. At university she was actively involved in organisations including the Architecture Students Network (ASN); the main body representing architecture students in the UK.
She has experience of sports centres and masterplanning, working closely with clients, planning officers and consultants to achieve good design and technical resolutions which meet both client and future occupiers needs.
Dafini Karagyozova Architectural Assistant
Tom is a Part I Architectural Assistant and completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Nottingham where he received the highest design mark and was awarded the prize for best portfolio in the year. He went on to take part in a number of open days where he presented his work to future students.
Since joining the practice ha has worked on a range of projects including large scale residential and commercial offices.
Tom Walker Architectural Assistant
Ricky is a Part I Architectural Assistant, joining the practice in 2019 after completing his undergraduate degree at Liverpool John Moores University.
He is involved in a variety of projects, assisting on commercial and residential projects such as Brazennose House and Oxygen Store Street and large-scale mixed use masterplanning.
Ricky Wong Architectural Assistant
Experienced in muddy walks, cadging biscuits and with special responsibility for office security and cuddles.
Lilly The Office Dog