Kate Thomas

Kate Thomas

BA (Hons) Interior Design
BSc (Hons) Architecture

HEAD OF INTERIOR DESIGN

Having studied separately as both an Architect and as an Interior Designer, Kate is experienced and qualified in both fields.

Rather than distinguish between interior and exterior design Kate prefers instead to consolidate and unite the two. The quality of Kate’s interior architecture was recognised at Cardiff School of Management and Cardiff School of Art and Design which both received RIBA Awards.

Kate is highly organised and an accomplished Project Director with an infectious enthusiasm and drive which ensures projects are progressed positively and effectively. She is adept at communicating, listening and understanding which is particularly valuable for stakeholder workshops and presentations. Kate is an important member of our senior management team and her wider practice roles include driving staff development and training alongside resource management.  She is a key member of our practice-wide Education sector and Arts, Culture & Heritage sector groups

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  • Birmingham Royal Ballet
    BIRMINGHAM ROYAL BALLET (Interiors)
    Refurbishment of the Birmingham Royal Ballet building
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  • BANANA ISLAND VILLAS
    Three villas in the affluent Banana Island neighbourhood of Lagos, Nigeria
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  • Cardiff Metropolitan University Alexander House Refurbishment
    ALEXANDER HOUSE OFFICE REFURBISHMENT, CARDIFF METROPOLITAN UNIVERSITY
    Full design services for the disused and dated 1980s 3-storey building, converting it into contemporary office space
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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 (INTERIORS)
    Flagship building for the University of Gloucester
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  • Ffwrnes Interiors
    YSGOL FFWRNES (Interiors)
    First BREEAM Outstanding school in Wales at design stage
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  • Cardiff School of Art and Design
    CARDIFF SCHOOL OF ART + DESIGN (Interiors)
    Our second RIBA Award winning project for Cardiff Metropolitan University
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  • Shrewsbury Museum
    SHREWSBURY MUSEUM (Interiors)
    Sensitive restoration and conversion of the Grade II* listed Vaughan’s Mansion and Grade II* Music Hall
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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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  • Ysgol Bro Dinefwr
    YSGOL BRO DINEFWR
    1200 pupil secondary school designed to BREEAM Excellent, and EPC rating of ‘A’
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  • Cardiff School of Management
    CARDIFF SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT (Interiors)
    RIBA Award-winning building, forming first phase of a redevelopment masterplan for Cardiff Metroplitan University's Llandaff Campus
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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 (Interiors)
    BREEAM Excellent new college building on a town centre site
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Matthew Dyer

Matthew Dyer

BA (Hons) BArch RIBA CA AABC

HEAD OF CONSERVATION

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
    Restoration and adaptive re-use of landmark Grade I listed Victorian University building into an arts focussed community facility
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Siobhan Vernon

Siobhan Vernon

MA(Hons) Landscape Architecture, CMLI

HEAD OF LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE

Siobhan joined Austin-Smith:Lord in 2007 after three years at TGP Landscape Architects and four years at Gillespies. She became an associate in 2008. Siobhan graduated from Heriot Watt University/Edinburgh College of Art in 1999.

She is co-author of the Landscape Architect’s Pocket Book, published by Elsevier in January 2009 and is an examiner for the Landscape Institute’s professional practice exam.

Siobhan’s projects have received numerous accolades including Scottish Property Awards, Scottish Design Awards, Roses Design Awards, and My Place Awards.

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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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  • UPPER FARM COSMESTON MASTERPLAN, PENARTH
    Masterplan for 22 ha site comprising former quarry workings and abandoned Victorian railway
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  • Girvan Community Hospital
    GIRVAN COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
    This building set a new standard for hospital design for the NHS in Scotland
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  • Roseisle Distillery
    ROSEISLE DISTILLERY
    Multi award-winning, BREEAM excellent distillery
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  • PARK HILL, SHEFFIELD
    Landscape Design for Phase 2 of the iconic Park Hill development
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  • BRIDGEGATE PUBLIC REALM
    The project features the 9m high Trinity Mirror sculpture that reflects the stunning neo-Gothic Trinity Church and reveals inscriptions on an anamorphic projection around its base.
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  • Clyde Gate Office Pavillion
    CLYDE GATE MASTERPLAN, URBAN REALM + OFFICE DEVELOPMENT
    Masterplan, public realm and office development
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  • Countess Street Saltcoats public realm
    COUNTESS STREET PUBLIC REALM, SALTCOATS
    An enhanced environment for the Town Hall, and a new convival urban space
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  • Helensburgh Town Centre Colquhoun Square
    HELENSBURGH TOWN CENTRE + ESPLANADE
    Redesign of Colquhoun Square in the heart of the town centre, rejuvenation of all the principal surrounding streets and redevelopment of the West Bay Esplanade
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  • Kilwinning Main Street
    KILWINNING MAIN STREET
    “A shining example of what can be achieved. The creative thinking behind this scheme has invigorated the town’s main street by attracting new business"
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  • Wellington School Campus Masterplan
    WELLINGTON SCHOOL CAMPUS MASTERPLAN
    A flexible, long-term vision for the school
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  • Bridgeton Urban Design Study
    BRIDGETON URBAN DESIGN STUDY
    Urban design study for the revitalisation of Bridgeton Cross in Glasgow’s East End
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  • STOBHILL HOSPITAL MENTAL HEALTH FACILITIES
    Landscape architects for public realm and secure external spaces for new units at Stobhill Hospital
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Andrew McCafferty

Andrew McCafferty

BArch(Hons), DipArch ARB RIBA ARIAS

HEAD OF ARCHITECTURE
SECTOR LEAD: INDUSTRY  + INFRASTRUCTURE

ARB registered in 1988, Andrew has over twenty nine years post qualification experience in private architectural practice in Scotland and North of England. Having joined Austin-Smith: Lord in October 2008, Andrew was promoted to Associate in January 2010, Director in 2014 and is currently Principal for the Glasgow studio.

Andrew is versatile working in most sectors – commercial, retail, industrial, education, healthcare and transportation. He is experienced in a lead consultant role, coordinating design teams, committed to project delivery and has an excellent track record in both building refurbishment and new build.

Andrew has lectured at the University of Strathclyde as part of the university’s practice management curriculum and as part of APEAS is responsible for examining RIBA part 3 candidates for professional qualification.

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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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  • PARTICK BUS STATION REDEVELOPMENT
    Reopened to the public September 2018 after £2.5m refurb
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  • Migdale Community Hospital
    MIGDALE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL
    New-build hospital on a Greenfield site in Sutherland, design to provide treatment for elderly care
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  • South Lanarkshire College
    SOUTH LANARKSHIRE COLLEGE LOW CARBON TEACHING BUILDING
    First in the UK to achieve Outstanding rating in the BREEAM 2014 New Construction assessment process at both design and construction stage
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  • Hamilton Bus Station
    HAMILTON BUS STATION
    Redesign of this 17-stance bus station through to completion
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  • SPT Subway
    SPT SUBWAY MODERNISATION, GLASGOW
    Modernisation programme comprising of Kelvinbridge, Shields Road, Cessnock and Bridge Street subway stations
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  • Deafblind Scotland
    DEAFBLIND SCOTLAND LEARNING & RESOURCE CENTRE
    Called ‘The Field of Dreams’, this project offers deafblind people more opportunities to learn, enjoy a range of subjects, collaborate and become more familiar with the ever growing world of IT
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