Lee Griffiths

Lee Griffiths

BSc (Hons) BArch ARB RIBA CR

Lee joined Austin-Smith:Lord’s Cardiff studio in 2020. He has worked on award-winning buildings in England and Wales, including the Wales Millennium Centre and the National Museum of History in St Fagans which won the RSAW Conservation and Building of the Year 2019 awards and was the winner of the Art Fund Museum of the Year, 2019.

Since joining Austin-Smith:Lord, Lee has been active in the Education, Residential, Cultural and Conservation sectors. He believes that the best part of being an Architect is the relationships. Believing that building good relationships will build good projects and key to this is communication. That communication needs to be inclusive and transparent. He believes that the very best ideas will not be realised if they are not effectively communicated. Clear communication is the backbone to every good idea.

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Matthew Dyer

Matthew Dyer

BA (Hons) BArch RIBA CA AABC

Matthew joined Austin-Smith:Lord in 2018. An accredited conservation architect, he has worked on conservation and regeneration projects across sectors, for public and third sector clients. His expertise in the conservation of historic building fabric extends to stonework, brickwork and timber repairs and internal decoration as well as introduction of sensitive interventions in historic settings.

Matthew has overseen development of repair strategies for major projects including the revitalisation of the former Central Police Station in Hong Kong and St. George’s Hall in Liverpool.

Many of Matthew’s projects have required the assembly of complex funding packages. He has secured grants for clients from bodies including Historic England, the Architectural Heritage Fund and the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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  • OLD COLLEGE, ABERYSTWYTH
    We are developing a vision for the future of this Grade 1 Listed building
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Tom Barker

Tom Barker

BSc (Hons) MArch PgDip RIBA ARB

Tom joined the Bristol team looking to be part of a young studio with an ambition to grow in the area, and has since become a fully qualified Architect. He is keenly interested in social aspects of architectural design and the effects architecture has on the wider community, education of Architecture and conservation stemming from a passion for sustainable design.

Tom is confident in new situations and relishes the opportunity to grow and develop his understanding of the profession. He takes pride in the projects he works on, striving to maintain concept and design reasoning throughout all aspects of the project. He enjoys engaging with clients and stakeholders. Tom is Bristol Studio Lead for BIM. Outside of work, he is outgoing and enjoys an active lifestyle.

Tom’s recent projects include the University of the West of England, developing their Bower Ashton campus with a Physical Making Hub and a Digital Making Hub – both BIM Level 2 Projects.

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  • University West of England
    UWE BOWER ASHTON MASTERPLAN
    Campus masterplan, and design/delivery of two new buildings
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Olivia Laxton

Olivia Laxton

BA Interior Design

Olivia joined the practice as a graduate from the University of South Wales, having prior experience of working for a commercial practice as part of her undergraduate experience. She has proven herself as a valuable team player with excellent communication skills and an ability to deliver multiple design activities to demanding deadlines.

Olivia is a talented interior architect with skills in 3D modelling, together with a wide range of presentation and desk top publishing software packages. She has strengthened our interior architecture group and also provides flexible technical input across a wide range of architectural project types.

Outside of the studio and her keen interest in the creative arts and architecture, Olivia plays hockey to the highest standards and has represented Wales at international level.

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  • AYRSHIRE HOSPICE
    Design of a supportive palliative care environment for those in Ayrshire with life-limiting illness
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  • University West of England
    UWE BOWER ASHTON MASTERPLAN
    Campus masterplan, and design/delivery of two new buildings
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  • Business School and Growth Hub, University of Gloucester
    BUSINESS SCHOOL AND GROWTH HUB, GLOUCESTER
    Flagship building for the University of Gloucester
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  • Birmingham Dance Hub
    DANCE HUB, BIRMINGHAM
    A striking new rooftop extension to Birmingham Hippodrome’s campus, the home of Birmingham Royal Ballet
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  • Bridgwater and Taunton College National College for Nuclear
    BRIDGWATER & TAUNTON COLLEGE: NATIONAL COLLEGE FOR NUCLEAR
    The new BREEAM Excellent building will form the southern hub of the Government’s flagship National College for Nuclear (NCfN)
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  • Pembroke Learning Campus_Ysgol Harri Tudur
    YSGOL HARRI TUDUR
    The largest school project undertaken by Pembrokeshire County Council to date.
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  • Orbis
    DAN-Y-COED CHILDREN'S RESIDENTIAL & SPECIALIST SCHOOL
    Group of buildings designed to expand Orbis's care facilities for children/young adults with Autistic Spectrum Condition
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  • Bath Road Modular Housing
    BATH ROAD MODULAR HOUSING
    12 temporary apartments, providing interim accommodation for the homeless
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  • Tenovus Mobile Chemotherapy Unit
    MOBILE CHEMOTHERAPY UNIT
    Mobile chemotherapy treatment vehicle for Tenovus Cancer Care, the largest of its kind in the world
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  • Gelliswick (Hakin) Primary School
    GELLISWICK VC PRIMARY SCHOOL
    A new £8m BREEAM excellent primary school for 480 pupils
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  • COLEG Y CYMOEDD ABERDARE CAMPUS
    BREEAM Excellent new college building on a town centre site
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Neil Farquhar

Neil Farquhar

BSc(Hons), PgDip, RIBA, ARB

Neil has worked extensively within the education sector and has been instrumental in the creation of a number of award winning projects in complex and sensitive sites. This body of work is also complemented by a diverse and challenging range of projects, from a cultural centre in the heart of Abu Dhabi, to a community centre in Uganda.

He is a natural designer and recently won the RSAW Remnants Competition for the creative re-use of left over urban spaces, and prior to this produced the winning design for the RSAW Sustainable School Competition with an “innovative and inspirational” design that has been widely publicised.

He is a skilled communicator and enjoys working collaboratively to deliver project requirements and exceed client aspirations.

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  • V&A East Collections & Research Centre
    V&A EAST COLLECTION & RESEARCH CENTRE
    Pioneering new Collection and Research Centre in London’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Diller Scofidio + Renfro with Austin-Smith:Lord
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  • Business School and Growth Hub, University of Gloucester
    BUSINESS SCHOOL AND GROWTH HUB, GLOUCESTER
    Flagship building for the University of Gloucester
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Mesha Annetts

Mesha Annetts

BA (Hons) MArch

Mesha is a passionate designer with strong creative abilities. She prides herself in having a positive attitude and work ethic. Working closely with our Project Directors & Project Architects on a multi-million pound education project, Mesha has experienced numerous stages of work from design development through to construction. She is currently studying for RIBA Part 3 recognition.

Mesha has previous experience working with a small architectural practice in London, as well as a leading UK housing developer. Both allowed her to develop an extensive eye for detail and the ability to manage a broad range of responsibility.

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  • TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY: THE CURVE
    Competition-winning design for the heart of Teesside University’s campus
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  • The Reader Calderstones Park
    THE READER, CALDERSTONES PARK
    Refurbishment of the Grade II Mansion House within Calderstones Park to create The Reader’s International Centre for Shared Reading
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  • Wigan Bus Station
    WIGAN TRANSPORT HUB
    The underside of the striking form of the concourse roof is clad in anodized aluminium sheeting, creating a strong focal point over the key entrance area
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  • LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
    The new extension is a highly sustainable, BREEAM Excellent building.
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  • Bridgwater College Advanced Engineering Centre
    BRIDGWATER COLLEGE ADVANCED ENGINEERING CENTRE
    £4.2m new build Advanced Engineering Centre
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Alexandros Veloudis

Alexandros Veloudis

MSc Conservation
RIAS RIBA ARB

Alexandros studied at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Greece. He then carried out his postgraduate studies at the TU Delft and has obtained an MSC in Architectural Conservation from ESALA at the University of Edinburgh. He has worked for several practices in Greece.

Alexandros is an RIBA Conservation Registrant and an Affiliate Member to the IHBC. He provides design development, conservation consultation, BIM, draughting and graphics across various projects. Alexandros is part of the Austin-Smith:Lord Conservation Team and the Knowledge Management Team.

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  • AYRSHIRE HOSPICE
    Design of a supportive palliative care environment for those in Ayrshire with life-limiting illness
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  • Design Charrettes
    DESIGN CHARRETTES
    Our team has delivered 14 design charrettes from Elgin to Greenock...
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  • University West of England
    UWE BOWER ASHTON MASTERPLAN
    Campus masterplan, and design/delivery of two new buildings
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  • PARTICK BUS STATION REDEVELOPMENT
    Reopened to the public September 2018 after £2.5m refurb
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  • PERTH CITY HALL
    The Austin-Smith:Lord / MVRDV proposal was to redefine Perth City Hall as Perth’s Living Room; a place for everybody to enjoy
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  • Pembroke Learning Campus_Ysgol Harri Tudur
    YSGOL HARRI TUDUR
    The largest school project undertaken by Pembrokeshire County Council to date.
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  • WELLINGTON SCHOOL CAMPUS MASTERPLAN
    A flexible, long-term vision for the school
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  • Ayr Gaiety Theatre
    GAIETY THEATRE, AYR
    Full refurbishment of the Grade B Listed auditorium
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Victoria Slater

Victoria Slater

BA(Hons), MArch, ADPPA, ARB

Victoria graduated from Liverpool University School of Architecture in 2015 having completed her Master in Architecture and achieved a First Class honours in both her Degree and Masters course. Following graduation Victoria joined the practice’s Cardiff studio and recently qualified as an architect, gaining her Part 3 supported by an excellent range of work experience and Austin-Smith:Lord’s Graduate Development and Training Programme.

Victoria’s relationship with Austin-Smith:Lord began having won one of the 2014 RIBA Wren Insurance Scholarships awarded to just five students across the whole of the UK. Through this award Victoria received mentoring from senior architects with the practice during her Thesis project on Care Cooperative in rural environments, using care in the community as a driver for sustainable regeneration in post-industrial villages.

Victoria has a passion for excellence in design and for projects that have the potential to regenerate and enhance communities. She is currently focusing on a range of projects, particularly those within the education and social housing sectors and has already established a great portfolio of project experience including the award winning new Aberdare Campus for Coleg y Cymoedd.

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  • Sunnyside Wellness Village
    SUNNYSIDE WELLNESS VILLAGE
    Integrating Wellness into the design of this sustainable, mixed-use development
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  • University West of England
    UWE BOWER ASHTON MASTERPLAN
    Campus masterplan, and design/delivery of two new buildings
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  • Business School and Growth Hub, University of Gloucester
    BUSINESS SCHOOL AND GROWTH HUB, GLOUCESTER
    Flagship building for the University of Gloucester
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  • FITZALAN HIGH SCHOOL, CARDIFF
    This replacement new 11-18 high school represents a significant new facility for the pupils, staff and local community
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  • Orbis
    DAN-Y-COED CHILDREN'S RESIDENTIAL & SPECIALIST SCHOOL
    Group of buildings designed to expand Orbis's care facilities for children/young adults with Autistic Spectrum Condition
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  • COLEG Y CYMOEDD ABERDARE CAMPUS
    BREEAM Excellent new college building on a town centre site
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Rhiannon Davies

Rhiannon Davies

BA (Hons) MArch

Rhiannon joined Austin-Smith:Lord in 2014. She is a responsible and highly conscientious graduate. Rhiannon has gained experience being involved in many large scale projects, spanning multiple sectors including Primary and Higher Education, Arts and Culture Projects, Transport, and Leisure. These have included working on both new build and refurbishment projects in listed buildings, providing prestigious teaching and conference spaces, children’s educational facilities, specified research laboratories, community led regeneration schemes, and infrastructure and transport hubs.

Rhiannon’s range of project experience has given her an appreciation of the project ‘life cycle’ from inception and feasibility, through procurement, design and detailing, onto handover and operation. She prides herself on having a keen eye for detail and cross discipline coordination, developed through working closely with the project teams throughout the detailed design stages.

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  • AYRSHIRE HOSPICE
    Design of a supportive palliative care environment for those in Ayrshire with life-limiting illness
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  • TEESSIDE UNIVERSITY: THE CURVE
    Competition-winning design for the heart of Teesside University’s campus
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  • The Reader Calderstones Park
    THE READER, CALDERSTONES PARK
    Refurbishment of the Grade II Mansion House within Calderstones Park to create The Reader’s International Centre for Shared Reading
    READ MORE
  • Wigan Bus Station
    WIGAN TRANSPORT HUB
    The underside of the striking form of the concourse roof is clad in anodized aluminium sheeting, creating a strong focal point over the key entrance area
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  • Shakespeare North Prescot
    SHAKESPEARE NORTH PLAYHOUSE, PRESCOT
    The 350 seat theatre forms the centrepiece of a contemporary new landmark building
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  • LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
    The new extension is a highly sustainable, BREEAM Excellent building.
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  • Essa Primary School
    ESSA PRIMARY SCHOOL
    Set up under the Government’s Free School initiative by the Essa Foundation Academies Trust
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Philip Morton

Philip Morton

BA(Hons), Dip Arch

Since joining Austin-Smith:Lord, Philip has worked across a wide range of projects, focusing particularly but not exclusively on public sector assignments. He is a proficient designer, with more than 10 years post qualification experience, but he also possess adept management and technical skills. These skills have been developed over time by working within the design team, as lead designer, and with a variety of contractor teams on site; some of these projects have developed into award wining schemes. Philip has also had the opportunity to produce successful enquiry and bid documents with a variety of developer/consortium groups.

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  • Chester Bus Interchange
    CHESTER BUS INTERCHANGE
    The new £10 million bus station forms an important visual element to the historic City Gateway site
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  • Carmelite Monastery - Liverpool
    CARMELITE MONASTERY
    Brick Development Award winner: Purpose-built new monastery for the Carmelite Sisters in Liverpool
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  • Peoples History Museum
    PEOPLE'S HISTORY MUSEUM
    Our mission was to consolidate the Museum onto one site and give it a striking new presence in the city
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  • Essa Primary School
    ESSA PRIMARY SCHOOL
    Set up under the Government’s Free School initiative by the Essa Foundation Academies Trust
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