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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
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 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
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 Associate
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 on 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 has worked on high profile projects in Knightsbridge, Battersea Power Station and Fitzrovia and has developed an interest in the juxtaposition of retained and new architectural elements. Whilst working in various London practices, Chris has been heavily involved during 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 and LSBU.
Chris Singh 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 Architect
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
Holly completed her Masters of Architecture degree at the University of Sheffield, where she was awarded a Distinction. Her thesis project investigated how low impact, self-build affordable housing can enrich communities and boost social capital within a post-industrial neighbourhood in Sheffield.
She has acquired a range of experience to date, from large scale residential and masterplan developments to the adaptation of listed buildings working as a freelance architectural designer. She particularly enjoys working on complex heritage projects, and this passion for retrofit can be seen throughout her academic projects.
Holly Baines Architectural Assistant
Harry is a Part II Architectural Assistant having graduated from the University of Sheffield after completing the collaborative practice course. During his time at Sheffield. Harry was awarded the BDP Live Project award from his work with a local council.
Harry has experience working in the public sector and has helped to design a university library, a series of masterplans as well as an office fit out.
Harry Bruce Architectural Assistant
Ollie attended the Manchester School of Architecture where he developed an understanding for user centric design. His final project manipulated levels, lighting, material choices, to the potential smells that could be experienced in each space of the  building, creating a building that matched the surrounding typologies, giving the designs a sense of belonging.
Ollie is working on a range of projects at JMA, including large scale residential schemes and commercial offices.
Oliver Lambert Architectural Assistant
Holly is a Part II Architectural Assistant, having studied on the University of Sheffield’s innovative collaborative Practice course for her Master’s degree, with combined academic study with work in practice. This has given her an outlook on design that is both creative and pragmatic.
She is passionate about sustainable and socially conscious design and has experience on a range of project typologies, ranging from large scale residential and university buildings to rural farm conversions.
Holly Madeley Architectural Assistant
Hayden is a Part II Architectural Assistant who graduated from Manchester School of Architecture in 2022.
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 completed his Master of Architecture postgraduate degree at Manchester School of Architecture. Danito was awarded a Distinction for 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. He has experience on a range of residential typologies, ranging from small scale apartment blocks to large mixed-use masterplans.
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. Since joining JMA, Jack has worked on competition bids, masterplanning projects and office buildings.
Jack Rintoul Architectural Assistant
Sofia is a Part I Architectural Assistant graduating from the Manchester School of Architecture in 2022.
She has a passion and interest in context aware projects that are designed with the environment and surrounding community in mind and that have a socially conscious and sustainable aim. She hopes to learn and develop her skills throughout her Part I and explore different sectors of the industry.
Sofia Viudez Architectural Assistant