What We Do

Owers Warwick Architects evolved from NRAP Architects, a long established Cambridge-based practice. Directors, Richard Owers and Richard Warwick, bring years of experience across many sectors and are supported by an excellent team of talented and enthusiastic architects, architectural assistants and support staff.

We pride ourselves on having a strong team ethic, with regular design and technical reviews to hear each others’ ideas and to collectively progress our designs.

We are passionate about our architecture and work collaboratively with clients and design teams to create wonderful buildings.

 

“Vibrant and imaginative architecture that not only moves forward the boundaries of innovation but also offers practicality and sympathy with surrounding structures and landscapes.”

Ed Jarron, former Bursar of Clare Hall

 

Practice

Team

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Richard Owers
MA (hons) Dip Arch RIBA
Director

Richard Owers is a director of Owers Warwick Architects, and a Trustee of Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry.  He is the former Chair of the Cambridge Association of Architects and has acted as a design panel member for both SHAPE East and the Cambridge Design and Conservation Panel, as well as on the editorial board of the Cambridge Architecture gazette.

Richard studied at the University of Edinburgh and trained at Edward Cullinan Architects. From 1992 he worked in private practice in Berlin. As an associate at Wuttke & Ringhoff he collaborated on two competition-winning schemes for public buildings: Weimar City Hall and Meiningen Town Hall. He returned to England in 1997 and joined Penoyre and Prasad Architects where he worked as an associate on a number of arts, education, health care and housing schemes.

Richard set up Plastik Architects in London in 2002, was short-listed for “Young Architect of the Year” in 2007 and joined forces with Nicholas Ray to create NRAP architects in 2007. He has been a visiting tutor and internal examiner at the University of Wales in Cardiff and has acted as an independent design consultant to the Kent Architecture Centre. He has written articles on urban design and sustainable architecture for “EcoTech” magazine, developed a design module for the Open University and contributed to professional journals in Britain and Germany.

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Richard Warwick
BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA ARB
Director

After working for over 20 years in London, I joined the practice in 2018, having decided to relocate professionally to Cambridge, where I live with my family.

I am now a co-owner of Owers Warwick Architects. Over the last few years, I have enjoyed growing the commercial and educational sectors of the business together with modernising our practice.  I am proud to have been part of building an excellent, talented and enthusiastic team.  I am passionate about promoting sustainable architecture, in particular, reuse of existing structures.   I have been fortunate in my career to have worked across a variety of industry sectors including residential, education, workplace, office, hotels and transport.

Before moving to Cambridge I was an equity director at ORMS where I designed and led several large, high-profile projects including the Standard Hotel in Kings Cross, the refurbishment of 160 Old Street and 3 Broadgate.  Working for 3 years in a multi-disciplinary practice I gained experience on Crossrail and low-energy schools.  For 13 years I was an associate director at a Bennetts Associates. For my year out I worked in Kingston, Jamaica.

Outside running our practice, I am an RIBA Part 3 tutor at Westminster University, a member of the Architectural Association’s Part 3 examining board, tutor on the Cambridge University Part 3 course and examiner at RIBA North West. I am an active member of Design: South East panel and review schemes across the south of England.  I am also happy to be a committee member of BCO East Anglia Chapter and a school governor at a local primary school.

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Laura Williams
MA (hons) PG Dip Arch ARB
Associate

Laura is an Architect with over 5 years’ experience who joined Owers Warwick Architects in March 2019. She studied at the University of Edinburgh, graduating with a First-Class Honours, and qualified as an Architect at RIBA North in 2018.

Laura has experience working on commercial buildings, private and developer led residential design, and educational projects. She is a Young Ambassador for the Cambridge Forum for the Construction Industry, a volunteer for Form the Future and a BCO NextGen member.

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Arthur Trieu
BSc (Hons) MPhil (Cantab) ARB
Associate

Arthur joined OW Architects in May 2021. He qualified as an Architect in 2019 and has six years of experience working in London. He graduated from the University of East London with a nomination for the RIBA President’s Bronze Medal. Through his Part II and Part III experience, Arthur built up the contractual and technical knowledge and skills needed to carry a diverse range of projects through their late stages, with an emphasis on leading design team coordination, and liaising with the contractor team.

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Rachel Earnshaw
MA (Cantab) MArch PG Dip Arch ARB
Architect

Rachel joined OW Architects in August 2019, returning to Cambridge where she studied as an undergraduate. She graduated from Newcastle University with distinction in her part II studies and completed her RIBA Part III qualification at the University of Cambridge.

Rachel’s PART II thesis project explored alternative means of architectural representation, using physical model making and hand drawing to create installation pieces which aimed to challenge and highlight the societal dependence on social media images. Whilst at Newcastle she was also part of a live build with a team of MArch students designing and building a timber pavilion in a rural peatland location near Kielder water. Rachel has previously worked at a London based architecture practice, where she gained experience working on a variety of projects, ranging from small scale housing renovation to a larger commercial leisure complexes.

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David MacDonald
MA (Hons) MArch PG Dip Arch ARB
Architect

David joined OW Architects in November 2020. After completing his MArch at the University of West of England he relocated to Shoreditch, London. He gained a large amount of technical experience over 3 years at the practice, taking projects from stage 4 through to practical completion. David has experience working on commercial, healthcare and education projects, delivering a range of construction packages in coordination with the main consultants information.

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James Howells
BA (Hons), M.Arch, ARB
Associate

James joined OW Architects in spring 2023.

An architect with seven years experience post-part III, James has a drive for the technical development and delivery of projects and a strong understanding and experience in BIM.

James has worked on a number of commercial, education and large scale residential development projects, as well as mixed-use masterplans.

 

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Rory Luscombe
MA (Cantab) MArch PG Dip Arch ARB
Architect

Rory joined OW Architects in July 2020, after graduating from the University of Sheffield with Distinction in his master’s studies. He completed the Collaborative Practice course while working for 2 years at BDP in Birmingham, combining his academic studies with practice-based experience on a number of education and residential development projects. He used his studies to develop his interests in the future role of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the construction industry and understanding of how technology can improve productivity and sustainability.

Rory previously worked at AFL Architects in Manchester on several of Healthcare projects, and at Rodney Melville + Partners in Leamington Spa on the conservation of a series of listed churches and stately homes. He completed both his BA Architecture and his RIBA Part III at the University of Cambridge.

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Aimeé Daffarn
MA (hons)
Practice Manager

Aimée relocated to Cambridge from London to join OW Architects in 2017. Prior to her move she was Practice Manager at London based architects and exhibition designers Nissen Richards Studio. .

Before becoming a Practice Manager, Aimée worked for London architecture, education and community engagement experts The Building Exploratory.

She has an MA in Arts Management and studied History of Art at the University of Nottingham. During her MA she developed an interest in audience development and learning outreach in the Arts.

Aimée works closely with the Directors and is responsible for the smooth running of our studio.

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Isaac Read
MArch PG Dip Arch ARB
Architect

Isaac joined OW Architects in August 2021 after completing his MArch at the University of Westminster. He has since gone on to complete his part 3 at the University of Cambridge. He has a passion for crafts and making, which he has continually explored for many years with his father, a cabinet maker and joiner. Through this interest, he has gained extensive practical experience working on several bespoke timber frame projects often involving conservation and renovation work on oak framed barns. This covered a range of crafts and trades using both traditional and modern methods.

During his time at OWA Isaac has worked on a number of laboratory and office projects. Upon joining the practice, he worked on Burlington Press a 10,000sqm laboratory and office scheme outside of Cambridge that features the refurbishment of an existing printing press building and the development of a purpose built laboratory building on the site. More recently he has been project leading Shakespeare House a 2,100sqm office refurbishment project in the heart of Cambridge, taking a dated 1970s office building and updating its fabric to provide highly sustainable and attractive office space with. Having built a rapport with the client on Shakespeare House, Isaac is also working on a similar office project, Poseidon House on the Castle Park Campus in the north of the city. This will see another dated office building updated along with a café extension and external terrace to service the rest of the park and surrounding area.

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Charles Norbury
MArch
Architectural Assistant

Charles joined OW Architects in August 2021 after relocating from Australia. Charles previously worked in Melbourne at Cox Architecture on a variety of project types that included residential, commercial, cultural, sports and infrastructure. Projects varied in scale and included the 6.5 million-pound conversion of the historic Nicholas Hall into a boutique commercial tenancy, the 18.0 million-pound refurbishment of 150 Lonsdale Street which included podium extension, lobby and communal occupant spaces and the approved 150.0 million pound 383 Latrobe Street comprising 44,000sqm of A-Grade office space over 33 levels and the Elizabeth Street North development consisting of 70,000sqm of biomedical, office and retail space.

 

Charles graduated from Monash University in 2016 with a Master of Architecture, he has bachelor degrees in Arts and Architecture and commenced an MST in Built History at the University of Cambridge in 2020.

Charles is passionate about adaptive reuse and the role of architects in the ensuring a more sustainable future.

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Ellen Peirce
Architect
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Amelia Coles
BA (Hons) Arch
Architectural Assistant

Having completed her Part 1 placement with us 2021/2022  Mia returned to OWA for Summer 2023 and continues to assist the team on occasion whilst she continues her part 2 studies in Sheffield.

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Olga Karchevska
BSc (Hons) MArch
Architectural Assistant

After graduating from the Bartlett, UCL, Olga worked as Part I Architectural Assistant at Ben Adams Architects on a broad range of projects including residential, office, mixed use, hospitality and charity. Prior to joining Owers Warwick, she worked as a part 2 architectural assistant at a practice specialising in residential and interior projects in London, after completing her part II studies with distinction at Newcastle University.

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Raghav Garg
BA (Hons) MArch
Architectural Assistant

Raghav joined Owers Warwick Architects in early 2024, bringing a diverse background in architecture. Prior to this, he gained valuable experience working closely with a sole practitioner in Liverpool, contributing significantly to the detailed construction drawings of a £15 million student accommodation project at RIBA Stage 5. Additionally, he gained valuable experience at a medium-scale firm in Manchester, where he worked on projects in residential, educational, and healthcare sectors, advancing them from feasibility through planning stages.

Raghav completed his Masters and Bachelors at the Manchester School of Architecture, graduating with distinction. His Master’s thesis explored architectural concepts such as contextualism, critical regionalism, and storytelling through design. Notably, his thesis project focused on exploring beauty and delight in architecture, through an objective perspective. He

designed a residential scheme within the Preston flag market which integrated into the historic market environment. Overall, Raghav’s approach emphasizes celebrating local character while ensuring seamless integration with the surrounding context, reflecting his dedication to thoughtful and contextual design.­­

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Ruby Doherty
BA Hons Arch
Architectural Assistant

Ruby graduated in 2022 from The University of Sheffield after studying a dual degree in Architecture and Landscape. Before joining Owers Warwick, she gained a year’s experience working at a landscape architecture practice in Manchester where she worked on a variety of scales of landscape projects, ranging from a small-scale temporary workshop space to larger scale city centre schemes and public parks.

Additionally, she spent 6 months working as an architectural and horticultural assistant in Seville which enabled her to further appreciate the importance of contextual design. Her final year project at university focused on the design and part retrofit of a Street Art Gallery for the Kehlam Island region of Sheffield, focusing on reconnecting the site with the city centre and creating new opportunities for community space.

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Joe Bass
BA (Hons) Arch
Architectural Assistant

Joe joined Owers Warwick Architects in November 2020, after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield. His final year dissertation explored the effect to which IKEA designed spaces can affect and regenerate emotional well-being, utilising virtual reality experiments to create a guide on improving the home. He was awarded the Robert Cawkwell Prize in Architecture for his writings, and graduated with first class honours.

In addition to his passion for designing and studying regenerative spaces, Joe is particularly interested in physical model making and concrete casting as design tools.

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Sam Harrison
Finance Manager

Sam Harrison joined OW Architects as a bookkeeper and general administrator in 2008. She is responsible for our day-to-day financial administration.

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Meli
Office Dog

Meli joined OW Architects in 2019 and is experienced in office security and people management. Her interests outside of the office include a passion for food and sleep.

Employment

If you are interested in joining our growing team please email your CV and a short portfolio to jobs@owarchitects.com

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Owers Warwick Architects endeavours to ensure that modern slavery and human trafficking is not taking place within its directly employed workforce or any of its supply chain. We have a zero-tolerance approach to modern slavery and human trafficking and are committed to acting ethically and with integrity in all our business dealings and relationships.

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Practice History

Clients

Commercial
Astra Zeneca
DTZi
Airbus
Kadans Science Partner
X&Y
Anglian Water
The Howard Group
British Land
This Land
Top Road Develeopments
Mission Street
Nuveen Real Estate
Blacktrace
Threadneedle
Wrenbridge
Grove Housing Ltd
Highland Homes
Marshall of Cambridge Aerospace Ltd
Olivetti Research
Clare Castle
Education
Anglia Ruskin University
Cambridge University
Cantabrigia Advisors
Departments of Chemistry, Geography Manufacturing, Engineering Plant Sciences & Psychology
The Syndics of the Fitzwilliam Museum
Churchill College
Clare Hall
Corpus Christi College
Darwin College
Downing College
Hughes Hall
Jesus College
King’s College
Magdalene College
Peterhouse
Pembroke College
Selwyn College
St John’s College
Trinity College
Oxford University
Balliol College
University of Greenwich
University of Nottingham
Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham
Reigate Grammar School
English First, Cambridge

Collaborators

Alan Baxter
Assent
Atkins Realis
Avison Young
Building Design Partnership
Bidwells
Brinson Staniland Partnership
Buro Four
Buro Happold
CamProp Construction
CAR Ltd
Carter Jonas
CB3 Consulting
COEL
Cogent Building Consultancy
CPS Building Services
CSI Commercial Systems International
Cushman & Wakefield
Elliot Wood Partnership
Eyre Group
Heyne Tillet Steel
Hilson Moran
Hoare Lea
Inuti
ISG
Jensen Hughes
Joel Gustafsson Consulting
Max Fordham
Montagu Evans
Mott Macdonald
Munro Building Services
Ramboll
Robert Myers Associates
Salus
Savills
Scotch Partners
Scott White and Hookins
Smith & Wallwork Engineers
Socotec
Stace
Stantec
Turley
Wilmott Dixon Interiors
8build

Contact

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Cambridgeshire
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