Lee Griffiths

Lee Griffiths

BSc (Hons) BArch ARB RIBA CR

STUDIO LEADERSHIP : CARDIFF

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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Tom Barker

Tom Barker

BSc (Hons) MArch PgDip RIBA ARB

STUDIO LEADERSHIP : BRISTOL

Tom joined the Bristol studio shortly after it was founded in 2016. Since then he has been focussed on building the reputation of the Bristol Studio through design quality and developing regional relationships. Tom has continued on to become the Studio Leader in Bristol Studio responsible for promoting a positive Design Studio Culture and continuing the work of developing business relationships in the South West.

Tom has a particular interest in environmental and social impacts of architecture. Key to this is the narrative architecture can have in a community, from project conception to long term use of the building. In recent years Tom has been active in Education, Arts and Culture, Civic and Residential sectors.

Tom is an excellent and confident communicator in large project teams, and within community engagement. He is experienced in leading and delivering BIM Level 2 projects and implementing the 3D modelling for coordination, and public engagement. He thoroughly enjoys engaging with clients, stakeholders and the design teams and values good relationships and communication as the key to successful projects.

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  • SUNNYSIDE HOUSE, BRIDGEND
    Addressing an urgent need for affordable housing in Bridgend by providing 65 high-quality, sustainable homes for social rent in close proximity to the town centre.
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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 of Exeter Creative Quadrant
    UNIVERSITY OF EXETER CREATIVE QUADRANT SPACE
    The new makerspace is a flexible, minimalist design located in a central courtyard, emphasizing sustainability and innovative design teaching
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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

STUDIO LEADERSHIP : CARDIFF

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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  • Community Hub Swansea. Transformation of department stores.
    COMMUNITY HUB, ARCHIVE + LIBRARY, SWANSEA
    Transformation of two vacant department stores in the heart of Swansea.
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  • YSGOL Y GRAIG PRIMARY SCHOOL
    New build, 240 pupil, one form entry primary and nursery school in Merthyr Tydfil
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  • Life Sciences Innovation Centre, Inverness. Exterior shot.
    LIFE SCIENCES INNOVATION CENTRE, INVERNESS
    £9 million Life Sciences Innovation Centre in Inverness for partnering Client consortium of Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).
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  • UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH WALES NEWPORT CAMPUS REFURBISHMENT
    Interior Design services for phased refurbishment works
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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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  • 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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  • Bath Road Modular Housing
    BATH ROAD MODULAR HOUSING
    12 temporary apartments, providing interim accommodation for the homeless
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  • COLEG Y CYMOEDD ABERDARE CAMPUS
    BREEAM Excellent new college building on a town centre site
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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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Mesha Annetts

Mesha Annetts

BA (Hons) MArch

STUDIO LEADERSHIP : LIVERPOOL

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

STUDIO LEADERSHIP : GLASGOW

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
    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

STUDIO LEADERSHIP : CARDIFF

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

STUDIO LEADERSHIP : LIVERPOOL

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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  • CARMARTHEN HWB
    Re-purposing of the redundant Debenhams department store building in the centre of Carmarthen into a new Hwb facility
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  • SCHOOL OF HEALTHCARE SCIENCES RELOCATION, CARDIFF UNIVERSITY
    Relocation of the School of Healthcare to a new site adjacent to the UHW hospital
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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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  • 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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Adam Sunderland

Adam Sunderland

BA (Hons), BArch, Dip Arch

STUDIO LEADERSHIP : LIVERPOOL

Adam joined Austin-Smith:Lord in 2006 with more than 13 years domestic and foreign experience in design, technical and project management. He has worked with four award winning practices. His experience encompasses public and private sectors with involvement in civic, healthcare, education, residential and hotel projects. Adam became an associate in 2013.

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  • AMR BROUGHTON
    Worked with Arup and Welsh Assembly Government to design this AMR facility, now occupied by AMRC and Airbus
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  • Liverpool Central Library
    LIVERPOOL CENTRAL LIBRARY
    "It’s like going to meet your gran and finding she’s turned into Beyoncé’
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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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  • LIVERPOOL SCHOOL OF MANAGEMENT
    The new extension is a highly sustainable, BREEAM Excellent building.
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  • TOM REILLY BUILDING, LIVERPOOL
    Delivered in just two years, a new state-of-the-art faculty building
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Neil Alexander

Neil Alexander

BSc PgDip (Arch) RIAS RIBA

STUDIO LEADERSHIP : GLASGOW

Neil joined Austin-Smith:Lord in 2008, progressing from a year out ‘part 1’ student of the Mackintosh School of Architecture to a qualified architect. He makes a strong contribution to the Glasgow Studio, running a number of large scale projects.

Neil has gained significant experience in the fields of social housing, transportation and education through various developments in and around the West of Scotland, Northern England, South Wales and the Middle East. Working on both design & build and traditionally procured contracts, Neil has gained a rounded knowledge of sector requirements, varied construction techniques and design standards utilising drawn, CAD and BIM software packages to progress design and construction information.

  • Key Projects
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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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  • Liverpool Central Library
    LIVERPOOL CENTRAL LIBRARY
    "It’s like going to meet your gran and finding she’s turned into Beyoncé’
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  • Pearce Street Housing Govan
    PEARCE STREET
    Multi award-winning residential development for a tight urban site in the historic core of Govan, Glasgow
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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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  • Paisley Town Hall Refurbishment
    PAISLEY TOWN HALL REFURBISHMENT
    Conservation and refurbishment of the category A Listed Town Hall
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  • Hill Street Charing Cross
    HILL STREET, GLASGOW
    Bold and striking landmark project on a highly visible and high profile site
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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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  • Paisley
    49 'very sustainable' homes on a riverside setting overlooking the Clyde and Glasgow Green
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  • GREENDYKES PHASE 1, EDINBURGH
    Award winning housing development for Greendykes North in Craigmillar
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  • PATNA & ST XAVIER'S PRIMARY SCHOOL
    Amalgamation of two local primary schools onto a shared campus with nursery and shared community
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