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
Natalie Bowker 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
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
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
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
Oliver Lambert 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
Eleanor Nurse 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
Peter is a Part II Architectural Assistant who graduated from the Manchester School of Architecture with a Distinction in 2023. His thesis explored the systematic processes of wastewater in Cumbria and how grassroots architecture can disrupt the failing systems.
Previously as a Part I Architectural Assistant, he gained experience in the healthcare sector, working on multiple projects from technically demanding refurbishment projects through to strategic estate masterplans.
Peter Staniforth Architectural Assistant
Ricky Wong Architectural Assistant