Practice

The Manser Practice is an architecture and interior design studio with a reputation for quality. We work on all types of projects – big, small and everything in-between – from concept to completion. And we love a challenge.

  • Jonathan Manser

    MA Cantab Dip Arch RIBA FRSA

    CEO

    Jonathan comes from a family of architects – both his father and sister are architects and his mother is an architectural journalist.

    Jonathan has over thirty years of experience in the design and management of large-scale commercial and residential projects. He supervises the design teams within the studio and is skilled in creating design solutions that are appropriate to the nature and constraints of each job. Some of the key projects with which he has been involved include Heathrow Hilton T4, Umoja House Dar es Salaam, The Great Eastern Hotel, Artigiano, most of the recent private houses, and currently his own house!

    His expertise in design development, the technology of building and cost-effective detailing is a guiding force in the work of The Manser Practice.

    He is regularly invited to act as an awards assessor, including for the RIBA, and as European Hotel Design Awards Chairman of Judges.

  • Becky Watson

    London Office Manager

    With a background in TV Production and having spent the last five years working for Start Up companies Becky joined the practice in January 2016 as their Office Manager, handling the day to day running of the London office as well as offering Administrative support.

    Becky also manages the Practice’s ever growing presence in the digital and social media world.

    Becky is our CPD Co-ordinator for the London office.

  • Chris Jeffcoate

    BA(Hons) PGDip(Arch) PGDip(PP) RIBA ARB

    Director

    Since joining The Manser Practice in 2008, Chris has had a key role on a number of projects including the award winning Spring Mews mixed-use development in Vauxhall. Chris specialises in the resort hotel, hospitality and student accommodation sectors and has delivered a number of resort hotel projects within complex live environments with challenging programmes and phased deliveries.

    Beyond hospitality, Chris is also responsible for large scale sites outside of London at planning stages; enabling affordable housing, resort complexes and, most recently, working on over 50,000-sq-m of new office space in the south of England

  • Jörg Matthaei

    Dip Ing RWTH

    Associate Director

    Jörg joined The Manser Practice in 2006 after working and qualifying as an architect in Germany and became an associate director in September 2012.

    Having overseen the design and construction of projects in the UK and abroad, his focus is to achieve a high degree of architectural quality by the efficient use of both traditional and innovative materials and products.

    He has broad experience of designing ‘pod’ type prefabricated hotel rooms as part of work for Yotel, Snoozebox and Vanke, domestically as well as internationally in China, Schiphol and Frankfurt.

    In addition to gaining valuable hotel experience on projects for Thorpe Hall Hotel and Spa, Ventnor Winter Gardens and Staybridge, he worked on health care, residential and mixed use projects including Westminster Tower in Lambeth and the Spring Mews student accommodation and hotel in Vauxhall.

  • Maddalena Viti

  • Barry Mullin

    BA(Hons) Arch, DipArch(Hons) RIBA

    Joint Managing Director

    Barry joined the Manser Practice in 1994, became Director and Company Secretary in 1999 and Joint Managing Director in 2014. He has over twenty-five years of experience in the profession.

    He specialises in large scale contract administration, with a wealth of experience in designing and co-ordinating complex projects ensuring value management of design details. His work continually demonstrates that cost-effective construction is achieved through the integration of structure and services.

    Barry believes that a close working relationship with the client should be maintained throughout the project to ensure a successful outcome. Good buildings require good clients.

    Some of Barry’s key past projects are refurbishment and extension of the Grade II listed Great Eastern Hotel in Liverpool Street, London (now a Hyatt owned Andaz), new Hilton Hotels at Gatwick airport and Wembley Stadium and Sketch on Conduit Street, Mayfair (refurbishment and restoration of a Grade II* listed Wyatt townhouse).

    More recently he has been managing a number of large scale residential projects for large residential clients, as well as designing and negotiating planning for a number of new hotels, student accommodation and office projects around the country

  • Alex Warren

  • Rob Owen

    BA Hons Interior Architecture & Design

    Head of Interior Design

    Rob joined the practice in early 2013, having returned to the UK after working in Singapore. Since then he has progressed within the interiors team and became Senior Designer in September 2015. He has a broad range of experience of designing for the hospitality, food and beverage and residential sectors.

    During his time with the practice, Rob has worked on many residential developments for clients such as Berkeley Homes Plc, Quintain Estate and Developments, Family Mosaic and NEAT Developments, delivering designs for high end penthouses, apartments for the PRS and private sales market as well as shared ownership properties. His attention to detail begins with the space planning of individual apartments, and runs through to the finishing details within marketing suites and show apartments.

  • Andy Mitchell

    BA(Hons) MArch PGDip(PP) RIBA ARB

    Associate Director

    Andrew joined our London office in 2011 as an architectural assistant, and has worked on a number of commercial residential projects from inception through to completion.

    His early experience with the practice was founded in the residential sector, spending one of his three years as an assistant, Andrew worked within the Interior Design team gaining valuable experience in space-planning and interior detailing for commercial clients.

    We were delighted to welcome Andrew back to the office in late 2015, following a period with Formation Architects spent securing planning for a series of large to mid-scale residential schemes in London. He returned to the practice to join our residential team.

    On his return he went on to complete his architectural education at the Bartlett, during which he worked alongside an Associate as a package architect, on a large scale mixed use development in Greenwich, London.

    Since qualifying he has gone on to lead our team for the design of Building D, London Dock for St. George and most recently the next phase Building C2C3.

  • Caroline Capaccia

  • Guy Barlow

    BA (Hons) Dip Arch MA RIBA

    Joint Managing Director

    Guy was raised in York and went on to study architecture at Sheffield University. He joined the practice in 1999, was made a Director in 2004 and set up the northern office in 2005. He became Joint Managing Director in 2014.

    Guy’s interests lie in creating efficient and uplifting buildings and spaces for those that use them. He believes in working from first principles, working with the client to robustly analyse how a building will be used then designing it using a simple, clear and integrated design approach. This ensures that what is delivered supports the activities that go on within it.

    He believes that the skill of an architect is to deliver a building that not only functions, but lifts the spirits, and this is supported by the cross-fertilisation of ideas between sectors. He has a passion for art, sculpture in particular, and is interested in the benefits of working with artists in the built environment. A number of the projects he has delivered have either showcased artwork or integrated it into them to deliver enriched environments for the end user.

    He has broad experience of delivering masterplans, healthcare projects, transport buildings, housing and  hotels. He is currently delivering a series of healthcare projects, a cruise liner terminal, a mixed use housing and office scheme and a social enterprise hotel, an emerging building typology.

    Guy is also an external tutor at the University of Sheffield and a RIBA Awards assessor.

  • Amy Frost

  • Melissa Kendall

  • Jon Leung

  • Jem Taylor

    BA (Arch) B Arch (Hons) RAIA

    Associate Director

    Jem joined the practice as Associate Director in 2016. A registered architect in Australia, he has been practicing in the UK since 2005 designing and delivering complex and high quality projects across a wide range of sectors. These include: housing, extra-care, media centres, education, offices, mixed-use schemes, urban and large public realm projects.

    Jem has a strong commitment to designing and delivering quality places and buildings that are sustainable, tactile, simple but rigorously conceived for their users, community, climate, cultural and physical contexts. In each project he seeks to find a common DNA linking all the elements of brief, aspiration, design and technical delivery; and to rigorously question, investigate and refine all inputs into the design process. He has successfully applied these skills to the master-planning of contemporary housing and mixed-use regeneration schemes, design for the elderly in extra-care, careful but clear insertion of new buildings and adaptations into historically important contexts, as well as crafting the intricacy of artists’ installations with the most gritty of civil engineering requirements in his coastal public realm work.

  • Sophie Moore

  • Charlotte Chin

  • Josh Brookes

  • Chris Coupland

    BA (Hons) DipArch MArch RIBA

    Senior Architect

    Chris joined the practice as an Architectural Assistant in 2011 after completing his Diploma in Architecture at the University of Huddersfield. Whilst continuing to work at the practice he completed his Master’s Degree, attaining his Part III accreditation with distinction in December 2013. During this time he was responsible for the delivery of Clinical Decisions Unit at Barnsley Hospital.

    Since then he has been an integral part of the northern team, developing a broad range of experience in various sectors, through his work on projects including a Social Enterprise Hotel in Inverness, mixed-used development at Eagle Wharf Road London, and Hull Cruise Terminal.

    He has also designed and delivered a number of Healthcare projects for the practice, including the Endoscopy Department and Urgent Care Village at Chesterfield Royal Hospital, Clinical Decisions Unit and Women’s & Children’s Masterplan at Barnsley Hospital, and the Main Reception at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

    Chris’s approach is to achieve well-organised and rational architecture through quality design and attention to detail. He enjoys working with and coordinating the client and design team to achieve the optimum design solutions.

  • Barbara Storey

    Financial Director

    Barbara joined the practice in 1999 and was appointed Financial Director in 2005.

  • Emma Waterland

    York Office Manager & Business Development

    Emma has over 16 years’ experience of Business Development and Marketing in the Built Environment sector, having worked for both contractor and consultant.

    In addition to providing general support for our York office Emma looks after business development for the practice, supporting a strategic approach to the ongoing development of key sectors and clients. She also manages key bids and marketing material, events and award submissions.

  • Christian Peel

  • Chika Eruchie

  • Bradley Spencer

  • Guy Duhig

  • Jo Cain

  • Artur Kozlicki

  • Sian Maycock

  • Richard Ryder

  • Dean Bartlett

  • Chris Philips

  • Michael Manser

    CBE RA Dip Arch PPRIBA RWA Hon FRAIC

    Founder

    Michael qualified in 1954 and went on to establish Michael Manser Associates in 1960. He was President of the Royal Institute of British Architects (1983-85) and was widely recognised as an innovator, educator, writer and leader in the profession.

    Michael’s first house was for his parents and more followed including his family home.  He continued to produce innovative houses and established a reputation as a modernist. He was influenced by Mies van der Rohe, the California Case study houses, Andrea Palladio, and the mathematics of proportion.  He met fellow Modernists through his journalism in the 1950s / 1960s; writing for the Observer, Architectural Design and Home magazine.

    His early reputation was founded on one-off houses, some of which are now listed. Larger projects followed notably the ground breaking 400 bedroom Hilton Hotel at Heathrow Terminal 4. Other notable and award winning buildings included the Queen’s Suite Terminal at Heathrow, Southampton Airport, the British High Commission in Dar Es Salaam, Thorncroft Manor and Waterlooville Baptist church.  He was honoured to be associated with the Manser Medal for the design of one off houses.

    He was an Academician for both the Royal Academy of Arts and the Royal West of England Academy.

    He was awarded a CBE for services to architecture in 1993.

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