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 and UCLan.
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
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 Associate Director
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 Director
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 / Associate
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 Associate
Rhiannon joined JMA as a Senior Architect with over 20 years design and delivery experience in the Education, Commercial and Residential sectors, and has worked on a range of new build, conservation and re-use projects.
Rhiannon graduated from the Manchester School of Architecture and has taught at both Liverpool University and Manchester School of Architecture.
Rhiannon Hodgeon Senior Architect
Maddy joined JMA as an experienced Architect from a AJ100 London practice where she worked on a variety of residential projects, including private homes, multi-unit mainstream developments, complex heritage projects and large-scale super prime developments.
She has lead projects from start to finish, specialising in the technical detail design and delivery stages.
Maddy Webb Senior Architect
Ross completed his Master of Architecture degree at Dundee University and worked in Edinburgh for several years on a wide range of residential and commercial projects. He has a keen interest in regenerative projects whether that’s large-scale regeneration of an area or repurposing an existing building, and particularly enjoys the challenge and complexities that comes with creating a aesthetically pleasing relationship of the old and the new.
He has led projects from inception to completion and finds enjoyment in the technical aspect of architecture and delivery stages.
Ross Aitken 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
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 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
Chris is an Architect currently working on a mixed-use masterplan within the city centre. Prior to joining Jon Matthews Architects, Chris worked on high profile projects in London and developed an interest in the juxtaposition of retained and new architectural elements. Whilst working in various London practices, Chris has been heavily involved in their Revit implementation processes.
Chris completed his undergraduate studies at The University of Greenwich where he obtained First Class Honours. He gained his Masters at The Bartlett School of Architecture.
Chris Singh Architect
Henry is a chartered Architect with over 11 years experience. Following his Masters at Westminster University, he achieved his part III qualification at the RIBA North West. Prior to joining Jon Matthews Architects, Henry was based in London and was a team leader working on a wide range of projects.
He has experience of the full RIBA stages 0-7 across residential, retail and commercial sectors. Realising projects from inception to completion is his driving passion.
Henry Goodwin Architect
Samuel has over 5 years of experience in professional practice and has led projects in the residential, healthcare and commercial sectors. He completed his undergraduate and Masters degrees at the University of Bath, receiving first class honours in both degrees, along with a nomination for the prestigious RIBA Silver Presidents Medal.
He’s previously worked for AJ100 practices in London and Manchester. Samuel brings an analytical eye to early-stage design to ensure it is in line with the over aching vision and intent for a project.
Samuel Kalejaye Architect
Stephen gained his masters from Mackintosh School of Architecture. He previously worked and studied in Amsterdam and Oslo.
Alongside architects from the Norwegian Refugee Council, he travelled to Romania for his thesis project to explore the emergency response to the war in Ukraine. This resulted in a project that critically evaluates the role of high-rise buildings within the socio-political landscape of the city to present a dignified reception for refugees that integrates with city life.
Stephen Brown Architectural Assistant
Anuja is a Part II Architectural Assistant, she completed her Masters degree from the Nottingham Trent University. Before coming to the UK in 2018, she studied for her Bachelors degree in India and gained two years of work experience there.
Prior joining JMA, she worked in the residential sector in southwest Wales. Her experience gained working in a small-scale firm aided her to closely appreciate the RIBA work stages and UK construction industry.
Anuja Dongre Architectural Assistant
Laura is a Part II Architectural Assistant who graduated with First Class Honours from the University of Limerick in Ireland. Her thesis project explored the development of integral community spaces and routes within the mews lanes of Limerick City’s Georgian Quarter.
Prior to joining JMA, Laura gained experience working in the residential sector in Dublin.
Laura Ginnell Architectural Assistant
Jan is a Part II Architectural Assistant who graduated from Manchester School of Architecture. His thesis work explored sacred and egalitarian spaces within the Manchester Mayfield area, it won the Steacy-Greenaway Portfolio Prize, the U+I Landsec Student Design Award and was shortlisted for the Sheppard Robson Jicwood Prize.
Prior to joining JMA, Jan gained Part I experience in the education and master-planning sectors in London and has taught as a skills tutor at Manchester School of Architecture.
Jan Laming Architectural Assistant
Hayden is a Part II Architectural Assistant who graduated from Manchester School of Architecture.
During his time in university, Hayden was short-listed for a number of reputable prizes including the Sheppard Robson Jicwood Prize and B.15’s HENN Model Making award for using model making as part of the architectural process. Hayden was also awarded for a research project during his Part II course.
Hayden Moores Architectural Assistant
Danito gained a Distinction in his Master of Architecture postgraduate degree from Manchester School of Architecture. His thesis work which explored the origins and development of an imagined urban settlement in Birmingham.
Danito has experience in residential and mixed-use sector working with clients and planning officers in Birmingham and London.
Danito Oledan Architectural Assistant
Jack  completed his Masters of Architecture at the Manchester School of Architecture, where his thesis explored the systems we can devise to create ‘resilient’ communities. His interests lie in designing for people and improving society through the medium of architecture and urban design.
Prior to JMA, Jack gained Part 1 experience in the masterplanning and residential sector in London.
Jack Rintoul Architectural Assistant
Jake studied at the Mackintosh School of Architecture. His work featured in the recent MacMag publication and he received the Michael Quigley scholarship award for academic studies.
His current interests lie in the successful relationships between people and the changing built environment. He hopes to solidify this understanding during his placement year at Jon Matthews Architects, broadening his skills and knowledge before returning to the Mac to complete his masters.
Jake Stewart Architectural Assistant
Nikki is an Interior Designer from London and a Graduate of Interior Architecture & Design from the University of Hertfordshire. She has worked on a number of large-scale projects across the UK and Europe, predominately in hospitality, working closely with clients from concept stage to completion, alongside a residential project in New York and Exhibition Installations for local artists.
Nikki works on a range of residential and hotel developments at Jon Matthews Architects.
Nikki Drewett Interior Designer