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 the former Chairman of the Cambridge Association of Architects. He has also acted as a design panel member for both SHAPE East and the Cambridge Design and Conservation Panel and 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, including a sustainable housing development for the regeneration of Gravesend in Kent.

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. Since September 2006 he has been living in Cambridge where he continues to combine full-time professional practice with occasional teaching.

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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 Architect

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 Architect

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 recently graduated from Newcastle University with distinction in her part 2 studies. Rachel’s thesis project explored alternvative 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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Aimeé Daffarn
MA (hons)
Practice Manager

Aimée joined OW Architects in 2017, having relocated to Cambridge from London where she was Practice Manager at London based architects and exhibition designers Nissen Richards Studio. Aimée is responsible for the smooth running of our studio.

Prior to becoming a Practice Manager, Aimée worked for London based 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 where her dissertation focus was the social relevance of modern British sculpture in public spaces. During her MA she developed an interest in audience development and learning outreach in the Arts.

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Alexandria Bramley
BA(Hons) Arch
Architectural Assistant

Alexandria joined OW Architects in September 2022, after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Cambridge. Her dissertation explored the representation of memory in architecture journalism, inspired by a summer internship working at ArchDaily. Here she communicated with Architects from around the world, proactively searching for fascinating architectural projects in addition to curating over 150 published articles.

Her final year project focused on a retrofit and redevelopment of a 1960s housing estate to enhance the lives of lone parent families in Harlow, Essex. Creating a co-housing complex, as well as the development of childcare facilities on site and adapting the existing public space to better suit the needs of residents.

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Joe Bass
BA (hons) Arch
Architectural Assistant

Joe joined OW 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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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 his BA Architecture at the University of Cambridge.

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Oleh Ivashko
BA (hons) Arch
Architectural Assistant

Oleh joined OW Architects in September 2022 after completing his undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield. His final year dissertation was a proposal of an extension for The Arts Tower in Sheffield, solving the notorious wind tunnel effect. He was awarded International Undergraduate Merit Scholarship for all 3 years of study. Oleh also obtained a BSc degree in Applied Maths and Physics in 2018, helping him understand the engineering side of architecture.

Oleh has always been interested in technology and software – programming modules from the first degree helped him explore parametric design. Flying drones started as a hobby for him but turned out to be very useful for architecture.

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Rossella Massidda
MArch PG Dip Arch RIBA
Architect

Ross joined Owers Warwick Architects in March 2022. She graduated from the Faculty of Architecture in Alghero (Sardinia) and qualified as an Architect at Cambridge University in 2020.

Ross comes from a 5-year experience in the residential sector with private developers, housing associations and Local Authorities as clients. Her experience includes medium to large residential and extra care developments, and hotels in Cambridgeshire and Essex. 

During the last 2 years prior to joining Owers Warwick, Ross developed technical knowledge and skills to lead projects at RIBA stages 4-5, coordinate the design team, and liaise with clients and contractors.

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Rachel McMahon
BA (hons) Arch
Architectural Assistant

Rachel joined OW Architects in October 2020, after completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Sheffield. Her final year dissertation focused on a case study exploring the impact of London’s temporary container housing as an approach to tackling the housing shortage. She then went on to gain experience working on a community placemaking project in London during the summer of 2020. Rachel was able to explore her interest in sustainable architecture through her final design project, a Construction Skills Centre in Sheffield, which looked into the importance of reuse in construction and preservation of historical urban fabric.

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Isaac Read
MArch
Architectural Assistant

Isaac joined OW Architects in August 2021 after completing his MArch at the University of Westminster. Isaac’s final project explored the traditional construction methods of thatching and bricklaying and combined the modern parametric design methods to design architecture which celebrates the craft history of Clerkenwell.

 

Isaac 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.

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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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Tim Mellor
Architect

Tim joined Owers Warwick in Spring 2022 and brings as wealth of architectural experience to the team.

 

Architecturally he is inspired by the patterns in natural structures and evolutionary nature of all living things. Tim believes the distinct spirit of a place and environmental stability are very important and people that will use a space should be involved in the process of the design themselves as much as possible.

Tim enjoys music and playing music with friends. He plays a number of musical instruments including the Northumbrian small pipes, he sings and runs a folk club at weekends.

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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

August 2022: We are currently looking for RIBA Part 2 and 3 Architectural Assistants to join out Cambridge Studio.

Owers Warwick Architects are always keen to employ talented and enthusiastic architects and architectural assistants. If you would like to join our growing team in Central Cambridge please email your CV and a short portfolio to jobs@owarchitects.com

Modern Slavery Statement

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.

OWA Modern Slavery Statement 2022

Practice History

Clients

Commercial
Astra Zeneca
DTZi
Airbus D&S
Kadans Science Partner
X&Y
Anglian Water
The Howard Group
Tramco Cambridge
This Land
CGC Properties
Mission Street
Nuveen Real Estate
Blacktrace
Threadneedle UK Property Authorised
Investment Fund
Guardiancare
Grove Housing Ltd
Highland Homes
J. Sainsbury plc
Marshall of Cambridge Aerospace Ltd
Olivetti Research
Rouse Kent Limited
Stanford Research International
Sleeperz Hotels
The Churchmanor Estates Company plc
The Rampant Lion Press
Trafford Park Estates
Wynnstay Farming Company Ltd, Wales
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
Education: Secondary + Primary
Reigate Grammar School
Christ’s Hospital School, Horsham
English First, Cambridge
Heath Mount School, Hertfordshire
North Westminster Community School
St Bede’s School, Cambridge
The Friends of the Rees Thomas School, Cambridge
Public Authority
Cambridge City Council
Cambridgeshire County Council
Gravesham Borough Council
English Heritage
Milton Keynes Development Corporation
South Cambridgeshire District Council
Religious + 3rd Sector
Clare Castle Country Park
Anjuman-E-Islahul-Muslimeen of London
Friends of Rock Road Library
Kingsley Hall Community Centre, London
The English Dominican Congregation
Friends of the Western Buddhist Order
Romsey Mill Trust

Contact

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Owers Warwick Architects
13-15 Covent Garden
Cambridge
Cambridgeshire
CB1 2HS