About Us - RIBA Chartered Architects - OPEN Architecture
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Director

STEPHANIE MASON


Go-getter. People person. Vodka and cucumber tonic enthusiast. Spa dweller. Works hard, plays hard.

Stephanie joined OPEN architecture back in 2017 and has since then taken over the reins of the business with Glyn in 2019. At OPEN, Stephanie is not only Director of the company, but champions the Interiors sector with a small dedicated team in the studio.

She has a passion for designing inspirational spaces, with client satisfaction and the end user’s needs being the paramount force behind the original design idea and process. She has a wealth of experience in Interior Architecture, ranging from prestigious Developer led projects in London (such as Belvedere Gardens and 190 Strand) to projects further afield in Kuala Lumpur when working at Foster + Partners.

Stephanie’s educational background is impressive and varied; with qualifications beginning with a Master of Architecture from the Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA and later gaining a Master of Art from the Architectural Association, London in Housing and Urbanism. She has also gained a Postgraduate Diploma in Interior Design from the British Academy of Interior Design, London.

In her spare time, Stephanie enjoys getting lost in a good book with the precious time alone given her young family commitments, spending time with friends and family and relaxing over some enthralling TV.

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Director

GLYN FRIEND


Detail orientated. BMX racer. Family man. Fruity cider lover. Outdoors explorer.

Glyn is the Director principally heading the Retail Sector with an impressive varied experience across sectors prior to working at OPEN architecture. Glyn has been with the company nine years and he and Stephanie have been running OPEN architecture together since 2019. As a team they are a force to be reckoned with!

His past experience is wide and varied and includes working on prisons, residential, education, Master Planning and urban design and leisure resorts. Of this vast arena of sector expertise, Glyn is particularly interested in the Retail, Education, Urban Design and Housing fields. He is a graduate of Greenwich University culminating in his Post Grad Professional Studies (Part III) here too.

Glyn is driven by concentrating on the details be it at the macro or micro scale of architecture and the built environment. He strongly believes that good architecture and design can and does have a positive effect on people’s lives and how they live, work and travel through spaces; it is our duty as designers to embrace this when delivering projects to clients. He brings this passion in detail in all the Retail projects in the studio at OPEN architecture.

Glyn is a keen mountain bike rider, BMX racer and Judo champ. He enjoys walking, outdoor activities and visiting new places, be it cities, buildings, urban developments or our fantastic national parks.

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Director

PAUL MORRISH


Creative. Practical. Bread and Pizza maker. Photographer & Outdoor adventurer.

Paul is the Director who predominantly looks after the commercial/development projects within the practice.  He is an Architect with more than 25 years experience working on projects in the UK and abroad.  He has worked across many  building sectors including: residential, education, development and ecclesiastical projects of which a number have won RIBA National Awards.

At OPEN architecture, Paul successfully leads projects through all stages of the design process – from site appraisal and concept, through planning, detailed design on to completion on site.  He has delivered a variety of projects, of varying scales, from small private dwellings up to £15M mixed-use developments.  He has a keen eye for design which is supported by his in-depth knowledge on construction and building methodologies.

Paul loves the outdoors and volunteers as a local Air Scout leader.

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Associate

JOSEPH PRIOR


Design enthusiast. Arty. Keen linguist. Tenacious tennis player.

Before joining OPEN architecture Joseph completed his Part II at Leeds School of Architecture and his Part I at the University of Manchester. He completed his Part III exams at the University of Westminster and qualified in 2020.

For his final thesis project Joseph designed a masterplan exploiting waterway infrastructure to drive ecological development, creating suburban islands for live, work and play. He won the award for the West Yorkshire Society of Architect’s prize for excellence in drawing.

Joseph is enthusiastic about design and has past experience on private residential and conservation projects He truly believes in customising space to create quality environments to both live in and enjoy.

In his spare time Joseph enjoys art, music, keeping active and is a particular tennis enthusiast. He has a keen interest in language and is currently studying Mandarin.

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Senior Architect

JOANNA LOIZOU


Gets the job done. Baking queen. Multi tasker. BMXer.

Joanna has over 15 years' experience, working in mainly the residential sector with past experience working in education, healthcare and development sectors.

In the past she has worked closely with Housing Associations across London to achieve deliverable schemes, which include high end apartments to affordable social housing. She is a graduate of the University of Greenwich and is RIBA accredited.

In more recent years Joanna has developed a specialism for the private residential market, with an emphasis on good design achieved within often tight budgets. At OPEN she has had a pivotal role in developing and improving the domestic housing technical packages. She has the ability to work across a project for all stages and has a mentoring role within the office to make sure consistent technical information is being delivered across all domestic residential schemes.

Outside of OPEN, Joanna enjoys a hectic home life with her two sons and with any free time remaining loves a good book and baking.

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Architectural Assistant

FERN NADOLNY


Artist. Baker. Linguist. Keen traveller.

Fern has acquired over 6 years in practice between London and Kent. Her experience is predominantly within the residential and mixed-use sector. She has been involved in a number of projects around the country, and has developed great interest in humanitarian Architecture throughout her career. 

Fern first graduated in London back in 2015, and resumed her studies to conclude her Masters Degree in 2018. She has since lived around Kent and has applied her expertise here. Her ambition is to resume her studies in January 2023 in order to become a fully qualified Architect. 

Outside of work Fern enjoys painting, life drawing, visiting historical sites, reading many Jo Nesbo books and baking delicious Brazilian treats. She has a very eclectic background and speaks four languages which naturally awakens her love for travelling and exposure to new cultures and customs. 

 

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Architectural Assistant

SARA SANTOS


Keen Traveller.  Music Lover.  Book worm.  Skier.

Sara moved to the UK in 2012 from Portugal where she completed her Masters degree at Lusfona University in Lisbon.  Her thesis explored the vital impact of architecture in urban renewal and regeneration within historic neighborhoods of Lisbon.

Since making the move she has mainly worked on residential and hospitality projects, whilst developing a keen interest in 3D modelling and rendering techniques.

She passionately believes in reinventing and enhancing buildings by maintaining cultural heritage through adaptive reuse. Her favourite challenges are contemporary projects in sensitive sites and existing buildings.

Outside of work she enjoys reading, travelling and listening to some good old vinyl records whilst spending time with her family. She has recently discovered a passion for skiing as well.

 

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Architectural Assistant

MICHAEL BAUTISTA - TRIMMING


Squash Player. Cycling Enthusiast. Avid Golfer. Coffee Connoisseur.

Michael joined OPEN in 2020 as a Part II Architectural Assistant, before this he completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degree at Newcastle University. His master’s thesis was a dystopian tale commenting on societies reliance on data and social media, inspired heavily by George Orwell’s novel 1984.

Michael is enthusiastic about architecture that has a focus on attention to detail and material, he believes this can create unique spaces which not only compliment but improve their setting. Having gained numerous years of experience working in the North East on a wide variety of projects including residential, civic, development, heritage, leisure and healthcare projects of varying values, he looks forward to see what the warmer South East has to offer. He hopes to begin his Part III in the near future.

Michael enjoys graphic design and illustrations putting his passion to use during his time at university, being a co-founder, editor and graphic designer of Newcastle’s Architecture School’s student run zine production before he graduated, as well as editing and curating a number of printed publications.

Outside the office Michael is an avid squash player, he also likes to get outdoors, spending his time playing golf, cycling and travelling as much as possible.

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Architectural Assistant

LUKE WADE


Running enthusiast. Will go the extra mile. Ready with a quick witted one liner.

Luke completed his bachelor's degree in 2018, graduating from the University of Plymouth. Following a year of travelling Luke joined OPEN architecture in 2019. Since joining he has worked on a variety of jobs, ranging from larger development projects to bespoke private residential designs.

Luke’s focus lies on sustainable architecture and its unification with contemporary design. He is interested in the development of architecture that seeks to minimize the negative environmental impact through the use of technology, whilst still maintaining a consideration for thoughtful design.

Luke is an avid runner outside of the office, taking part in numerous local races over the past year, including the Brighton marathon. Luke enjoys any outdoors activity, including hiking and cycling as well as travelling.

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Architectural Designer

TANYA UCHENA


Creative soul. Big dreamer. Tequila lover.

Tanya is a recent Graduate with a Honors Degree in Interior Architecture she has also achieved a CertHE in Architecture and has experience working within the residential sector.

Her studies were completed in 2020 at the University of Lincoln and her 3rd year was made all the more challenging studying through the global pandemic, she finally graduated in September 2021.

She has a passion for socially responsive architecture and the importance of creating spaces where people can interact and build healthy, long lasting relationships.

With experience working in residential architecture, she has learnt the importance of making a house a home and improving the lives that people lead within their home. Her long term goal is becoming an all around good designer, with knowledge and experience in many sectors and becoming an accredited architect.

She also spends her time enjoying a glass of Moscato and doing some art work using different mediums or learning how to play the violin.

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Technician / Surveyor

RYAN HUTCHINSON


Musician. Surveyor. Technical whizz. 

Ryan joined as a Technologist/Surveyor in 2021, he has experience working in the residential, commercial, retail and medical sectors, working on numerous projects throughout the country and abroad. Ryan cut his teeth as a Draughtsman creating highly detailed drawing packages using both Revit & AutoCAD.

In more recent years, Ryan has worked with a number of the UK’s leading housing developers aiding in the development of various apartments/flats and houses for rental, shared ownership and private sale schemes, predominantly focused on the M&E design he got a feel for the technical aspect of building design and is looking to further improve his knowledge & skills. 

Outside of the office Ryan has been studying musical theory and electric guitar through the Royal College of Music.

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Office Manager / Executive Assistant

SAM WINTER


Solution seeker. Beach lover. Doughnut maker. Mum.

Sam started working for OPEN in 2021.  She has over 25 years’ experience managing offices in a variety of industries. She has worked within Social Care, Charities, Corporate and more recently gained experience within the Building industry.

Sam keeps the studio running smoothly and enjoys making sure the team have everything they need. 

Sam has achieved NVQ Level 3 in Business and Administration and a Diploma from the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Outside of OPEN, Sam is mum to a teenage daughter and cat mum to Bailey. In her free time she will usually have a book in her hand or due to her love of music can be found on a dance floor somewhere.

Sam loves animals and finding new restaurants to try, and when she can spending time on a hot beach somewhere exotic.

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Accounts

PAULA HUDSON


Maths whizz. Beach lover. Detail orientated. Globe trotter. Quick witted. Green fingered.

Paula is our wonderful accounts person. She is a delight to work with and has helped us out enormously since she started with us in 2019. She has over 20 years' experience in looking after people’s accounts. Her OPEN architecture clients are obviously her favourites by far to work with.

Paula loves being outdoors in the countryside but also takes every opportunity she can to nip down to the coast. Devon is one of her most favourite places to be. She’s an avid gardener and loves to deepen her horticultural knowledge whenever possible. Her garden is a place she has become very proud of. Paula enjoys broadening her horizons and adores visiting one of her sons in whichever foreign city he’s currently living in (five to date).

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Receptionist & Administrator

KELLY DONAGHEY


People person. Rugby lover. Wine drinker. Foodie.

Kelly joined the team at OPEN in 2022.

She has worked across varied Reception and admin roles over the years, including guest relation's manager in a 5-star hotel and more recently in the NHS.

Outside of OPEN, Kelly is mum to 4 teenagers, 2 dogs and partner to a motorbike racer.

At weekend's, Kelly is an avid fan of Rugby and knows all the laws of the game after spending years watching her sons play the wonderful game!!

She can often be found reading a good book with a glass of wine in her hand.

To relax she loves nothing better than a city break and being a foodie she loves finding hidden gems of restaurants.

 

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