About Barr Gazetas
Difference is at the core of what we do. The design of difference is what feeds our creativity and the desire to improve, to augment, and to originate. We create places for living and working in that enhance the environment. These also feed productivity and promote calm, with many subtleties of mood and texture in-between.
We Specialise in Transformation
Our work has moved between the masterplanning of 2,000 acres in Crete to transforming tired or derelict office spaces in London. We’ve built projects for education, residential, mixed use, public realm, offices, and leisure. To each and every one we bring a new approach, a fresh perspective, informed by our experience but driven by the desire to create a new solution, a new vision, a new way to live and work.
Some architects specialise in one area; we prefer a more diverse approach. We don’t specialise in one particular discipline, we specialise in transformation. We successfully improve the most compromised buildings and sites, however tight the commercial, urban, or planning constraints. We enjoy working with the challenges and opportunities that each project presents and finding solutions that are responsive, logical, and able to stand the test of time.
We ensure a personal approach to our clients and projects and as a result, each of us is directly responsible for the success of our projects. We share an openness to new design ideas that is also present in our approach to the technology of architecture; We lead on design, but we’re always pragmatic, delivering practical designs on time and on budget, and dedicated to building in the most sustainable and efficient way. To do this we work with the very best technologists, consultants, suppliers and manufacturers.
Barr Gazetas Team
All of our staff contribute to the success of the practice with a broad range of skills and experience. The majority are qualified architects, working with architectural assistants, interior designers, as well as technical specialists.
A collective input from our diverse team each with their own specialist skills provides the quality in design and delivery through our diverse portfolio of work that we are known for. We continue to thrive as a practice and we appreciate all of our staff.
Alistair Barr founded Barr Gazetas in 1993 and has led the practice in terms of design, management and quality assurance ever since. The nurturing of new projects is one of his key areas of interest. Alistair is a Civic Trust Judge, Lead Assessor for the Academy of Urbanism Great Streets Awards and a CABE/Design Council Built Environment Expert. He is also a Director of the Academy of Urbanism.
Alistair has been teaching part-time at the School of Architecture at Greenwich University for 25 years and the University has published three of his Urban Designs Papers. Alistair has also given lectures in London, New York, Cairo and Moscow. These include Eco Build, RIBA Public Realm and Thames Gateway Conferences. Last year he gave a talk about Agile working at an office conference which has led to detailed research in this area.
Recently, the Walthamstow Forest Regeneration Conference asked Alistair to speak about regeneration and the night time economy and has contributed a chapter to the Creative Superheroes book ‘We are Utopia’, which is about using precedents in architectural design.
Anastasija Lukjanenko joined Barr Gazetas in 2019 as an Architect. She graduated from the University of Dundee and completed her professional diploma at the University of Westminster. Prior to studying architecture, Anastasija obtained a degree in Business Administration in the University of Latvia. Her background provides an opportunity to look at projects from a rational point of view.
Anastasija has experience working in Riga, where she participated in several competitions on UNESCO heritage sites, and in London, where she gained broad experience in a design-led practice, working on commercial and residential projects of varying scales.
Anastasija is interested in the relation between a human and a building, treating each project with a sensitive approach. In her free time she enjoys hiking and creating unique ceramic pieces.
Andrea Cottam joined Barr Gazetas in 2017 as an Architectural Designer and she was promoted to Senior Architectural Designer in 2020. She graduated from the University of Cape Town, followed by several years working at a Cape Town based design practice focusing on residential and hospitality commissions.
Andrea relocated to the UK in 2014, where she completed her Part III at the Bartlett School of Architecture and has been involved in several commercial projects on varying scales.
Andrea likes to explore new places and has developed a keen fascination with the relationship between architecture and people, particularly the way in which people use and adapt to spaces based on different climates, cultures and traditions.
Beatriz Guijarro joined Barr Gazetas in 2019 as an Architect, having previously worked for three years in Madrid. She graduated as Architect in the University of Alcalá in Madrid and spent a year in L’École Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Nantes in France. Her final degree project “High Performance Centre for Artists in Roosevelt Island” was selected to be published.
In Spain she worked on a variety of projects in the residential, commercial, and retail sectors, all located in either Spain or Beijing. While some of these projects were new-build, she specialises particularly in refurbishment and interior design.
Her interest in the restoration of historic buildings started at university, which specialised in the field, but she also enjoys furniture, art and design.
Edward joined Barr Gazetas in 2019 after graduating from the University of Brighton, where he won the RIBA South East Student Prize for his project ‘The Architectural Algorithm’, which explores the boundary between the digital and physical worlds. He has four years’ experience in practice having worked in London and the South West on a range of projects, ranging from small-scale residential homes up to churches and National Headquarters.
Edward assists with the production of models in the office with his in-depth knowledge of 3D printing and in his spare time he enjoys exploring his interest in digital technologies through building robots to make complex drawings.
Federica Bonaccorsi joined Barr Gazetas in 2018 as an Architectural Assistant. She graduated in Architecture from the University of Catania, having also spent a year at Universidade de Evora (Portugal) gaining skills in urban design. Her previous experience includes residential, public realm and restoration projects in the UK and Italy.
Federica has a particular interest in the integration between the community and the built form, designing with sensitivity towards the environmental context – physical, cultural and social.
Gavin Robinson joined Barr Gazetas in 2020 as a Senior Architect.
Gemma Jachnik joined Barr Gazetas in 2018 as our Studio Manager and PA to the Directors, having previously worked as the Studio Manager at John Robertson Architects.
Gemma studied Russian at university and then went on to complete a course in interior design. Gemma has realised that she prefers life supporting the creative scenes where she can put her organisational skills to good use and keep the studio running smoothly.
Gemma is interested in mental health and wellbeing in the workplace and enjoys looking for new ways to make Barr Gazetas an even better and healthier place to work.
Giudi Veneri joined Barr Gazetas in 2013, becoming an Associate in early 2017. She is an experienced Architect in both new-build and listed buildings, having worked on and delivered several complex and sensitive mixed-use and retail redevelopments with clients that include Greenwich Hospital, The Crown Estate, The Pollen Estate, and Market Tech Plc.
Giudi has trained and worked in Italy, Sweden and the Netherlands and has a deep interest in sustainable architecture and the use of innovative technologies and materials. For the past few years, she has been working on listed buildings and refurbishments, always trying to apply sustainable measures to these while respecting their fabric. She has completed the refurbishment of the NLA award winning Quadrant Arcade on Regent Street for The Crown Estate, together with a number of mixed-use buildings in central London, all of which required particular attention to detail. She is currently working on several office schemes for Orchard Street Investment Management and Clearbell.
Giudi has completed the UKGBC Future Leaders 2017 Course and is now part of the UKGBC Leadership Forum. She is an active member of British Council for Offices and Women in Property. She also oversees the work experience and intern programme for the practice.
Hannah Chalmers-Stevens joined Barr Gazetas in 2007 and became an Associate Director in 2019. Hannah met Alistair whilst studying at the University of Greenwich. She works across a variety of intricate project types and is currently involved in schemes for Patrizia and KBC Bank. Other clients Hannah has worked with include DTZ Investors, Schroders, M&G Real Estate and UK & European.
Hannah has notable interiors experience and is currently leading the fit-out sector for Barr Gazetas. Recently completed projects include three floors of office place for Anomaly in Clerkenwell, as well as a workspace for Hudson Sandler.
Hannah is an active member of Women in Property, NLA and the BCO.
Holly Freeman joined Barr Gazetas in 2019 as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant. She graduated from Ravensbourne University London where she developed an interest within architecture and urban design.
Holly is eager to positively impact the environment of which we live by looking into landscapes and building technologies, and the impact this has on people’s everyday lives. This influenced her dissertation which was an investigation into how architecture can help mitigate the issue of urban air pollution.
Holly also enjoys exploring current and futuristic design trends and is constantly seeking to learn.
Iain Botha joined Barr Gazetas in 2015. He completed his Architecture Master’s Degree at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa and worked for five years on a variety of commercial and industrial projects both in the private and public sector around Johannesburg and Pretoria.
Iain specialises in the use of Revit and Navisworks and is helping to build-up Barr Gazetas’ BIM capabilities.
Jakob Tauman joined Barr Gazetas in 2021.
Jon Eaglesham joined Barr Gazetas in 2002 and became our Managing Director in 2016. Jon is involved with projects at every level and contributes to all internal design reviews. He manages the growth and development of the practice and leads many of our most significant projects for clients including Savills IM, Helical, Pollen Estate, The Crown Estate and Grosvenor.
Jon is head of our retrofit discipline and enjoys unlocking potential within complex city centre projects, including most recently Quadrant Arcade, One Heddon Street, and Charing Cross Road.
Jon has a passion for sustainability that is reflected across the practice. Among other things, this has resulted in projects investigating better, cleaner models for transport infrastructure. Jon recently partnered with Jaguar’s Director of Design to develop ideas for ‘Automotive Electrification and Architecture’, and he is leading our work with Skyports to provide infrastructure for passenger and cargo drones.
Jon is a sustainability specialist for the RIBA Awards, and a judge for both the BCO and WAN Awards.
Jon is an active member of the UKGBC, NLA, BCO, and The London Society and in 2019 was elected to the BCO Board of Management.
Jonathan joined Barr Gazetas in 2008 and became an Equity Director in 2016. He leads a team within the office that has delivered projects for The Crown Estate, Savills IM, Aberdeen Standard and others.
During his time at Barr Gazetas Jonathan has had a key role on many large-scale refurbishment and retrofit schemes, including Drury Lane, 20 North Audley Street and The Royal Academy of Arts. In 2015, he completed 7 Air Street for The Crown Estate on Regent Street. The project won the BREEAM Best Office Award and is the first listed building to achieve BREEAM Outstanding accreditation. He is currently working on a range of commercial and mixed-use schemes across central London.
Karen Fuller joined Barr Gazetas in 2013 as an experienced, qualified Architect. She has worked on many commercial and mixed-use schemes including Power Road Studio 1, 21 Glasshouse Street and Cottam House. She is currently leading a number of commercial projects including 127-133 Charing Cross Road.
Karen is particularly interested in the intelligent, sustainable refurbishment of existing buildings and the intricate integration of new with old.
Karen previously worked on a variety of projects at Sturgis Associates and Denton Corker Marshall, including commercial, retail, residential and civic.
Kate Murphy joined Barr Gazetas in 2020 as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant. She graduated from Cardiff University, where she spent her final year project focusing on ‘Archiving Place’.
Kate has previous experience working for practices in Portsmouth and particularly enjoyed working on conservation projects within Portsmouth Dockyard.
Having previously studied History of Art at York University, she has a keen interest in historical architecture and wishes to gain more experience within the restoration of heritage buildings.
Kate is interested in interior and furniture design and in her spare time likes to go antique markets.
Linda Parish joined Barr Gazetas in 2021.
Manisha Bhavsar joined Barr Gazetas in 2014. She is a qualified Senior Architect with experience working on several residential, mixed use and commercial projects. Currently she is working on the refurbishment of Sherborne House for Riverside Capital.
Prior to working at Barr Gazetas, Manisha worked for Feilden+Mawson where she gained experience working on new build residential and adaptation work of historic buildings, from conception to detailed design.
She has a great eye for detail and is passionate about restoration of historic buildings and the juxtaposition of how ‘old meets new’ to create architecture that recognises heritage with a look to the future.
Michael Trigg joined Barr Gazetas in 2020 as a Senior Architect.
Mike Owens joined Barr Gazetas in June 2016 as an Architectural Assistant, having previously worked in practices in Sydney and London. His previous experience spans residential, commercial office and leisure sectors across the UK. He completed his architectural education in 2019, gaining his Part III from The University of Westminster.
He has particular interest in wellness within architecture. Whilst designing to ensure an integrated approach to sustainability and longevity for the environment, he is concerned with design that promotes wellbeing for the occupants. Be this through design layouts that promotes life enhancing habits, awareness of not only sustainable materials but also healthy materials for the user & the inclusion of plants and nature with new technology that enhances spaces.
Neda Soltani joined Barr Gazetas in 2021.
Paul Fielding joined Barr Gazetas in 2019 as an Architect. He studied at Sheffield University and Liverpool University, and previously worked with Wilkinson Eyre on prestigious new build commercial projects, including a 250m tall tower, sky park, and transport hub in Toronto. Before that he spent five years with Eric Parry as part of the small team that completed 10 Fenchurch Avenue with its new public roof garden in the City of London, as well as the RIBA award-winning Welding Institute in Cambridge. He has taken numerous projects from concept to completion.
With interests in new technology, facades, materials, and a three-dimensional approach to design, Paul is always looking for creative ways of improving communication, efficiency and ingenuity in the design process, to create architecture of skill and craft, and places that are authentic, inclusive, and relevant to all.
Polina Oikonomakou joined Barr Gazetas in 2018 as an Architect, having previously worked with practices in London and Greece. She has worked on a variety of projects, including residential, retail, and commercial, gaining experience on a range of new-build and refurbishment projects. She completed both her degrees at the University of Plymouth and, in 2017, gained her Part III qualification from the Bartlett School of Architecture.
Polina has a great eye for detail and is interested in furniture and interior design as well as the restoration of historic buildings.
Pradumn Pamidighantam joined Barr Gazetas in 2014, having previously worked with practices in London and Liverpool. He was promoted to Senior Architect in 2020. His previous experience ranges from educational to hospitality and retail. Since joining Barr Gazetas, he has worked on the Greenwich Market Enhancements, 15 King Street and Interchange Atrium in Camden. He has recently delivered One Heddon Street, The Crown Estate’s first co-working scheme.
Pradumn has been active in developing the co-working model within the office and pushing design within this new sector. Additionally, he has experience with WELL, an emerging health and well-being standard.
Pradumn has a keen interest with the relationship of nature and architecture. He is involved in architectural education, as a guest lecturer and critic visiting Nottingham Trent University and the University of Liverpool, where he has studied.
Pradumn is an active member of the BCO and The Academy of Urbanism and is currently writing a fantasy adventure novel which he hopes to publish in the future.
Rafael Viegas Ramos joined Barr Gazetas in 2021. During his BA studies, Rafael’s project explored the responsibility of architecture in solving conflicts in cities, and bringing people and communities together though excellence in urban spatial and fabric design. This resulted in him obtaining the RIBA East Student Award in 2016.
Rafael joined a small architectural/planning firm in Norwich where he learnt about Passivhaus and in-depth UK planning. He then graduated from the University of Westminster with a distinction in his Master’s degree.
His interests lie within sustainability and WELL spaces. Being an expert in biophilic and wellness design, Rafael is currently enrolled at the University of Westminster to start his Part 3 and is keen to start his WELL AP journey.
Rafael has a collection of over 100 different species of house plants.
Renata Bruni joined Barr Gazetas in 2005 after qualifying in Accounting and Finance at Southbank University. She became Finance Manager in 2014, and then Finance Director in March 2021, overlooking the financial side of the business.
She is a member of AFMG (Architects Financial Management Group).
Richard Caddy joined Barr Gazetas in 2020 as an Architect. He completed his RIBA Part III at the University of Brighton in 2019.
Between his RIBA Part I and RIBA Part II, Richard gained a wide range of practical and professional experience across the residential, commercial and healthcare sectors. He developed an interest in the application of building materials and products in architecture while working as a labourer before moving into an office-based role as a Part I Architectural Assistant at a practice based in West Sussex. In 2014, he completed a Masters in Building Surveying at Sheffield Hallam University and subsequently joined a multidisciplinary construction consultancy where he undertook contract administration, project management and building surveying duties.
Richard embraces the value that reflective thinking can add to the development of a practice and is keen to utilise his knowledge and expertise to add social, economic and environmental value to the construction industry and wider public.
Savvas Havatzias joined Barr Gazetas in 2015 as an architectural assistant and was promoted as an Architect in 2017. He graduated from University of East London and has worked in both London and in Cyprus.
Savvas was lead Architect on Bedford Park, Duke Street, 39 St James and others. His Regent Street marketing suite ’Mezzanine’ was shortlisted for best product design at the Blueprint Awards.
Savvas has won the RIBA Regent Street Project and Architects’ Journal Future Reception competitions among other architectural prizes. He enjoys all areas of design and is currently designing his own line of furniture.
Shukti Sahni joined Barr Gazetas in 2021.
Simon Scarlett joined Barr Gazetas from Wilkinson Eyre in 2015 having previously worked and studied in Milan. A keen filmmaker, Simon takes a very visual, three-dimensional approach to design, with a focus on narrative and user experience.
Simon has previously worked on a number of international projects with experiences ranging from large, infrastructural and high-rise schemes in North America; to residential developments in Europe and Africa; as well as a number of smaller scale refurbishments and new-builds in rural and urban Britain.
Sydne Langbridge joined Barr Gazetas in 2018 as an Architectural Designer. At Barr Gazetas she has been involved in a number of projects of varying scales, most recently she enjoyed working procurement of a design guide for bespoke turnkey offices.
Prior to Barr Gazetas, Sydne gained experience in high end residential and educational projects with a special interest in Heritage and bespoke design. A particular highlight was working on the new media centre for the College of Magic in Cape Town.
Sydne graduated with a Master’s degree in Architecture from the University of Cape Town and registered with as a professional Architect in South Africa before relocating to London.
Sydne enjoys exploring London and all it has to offer as well as painting with oils in her free time.
Tina Mole joined Barr Gazetas in 2012 after graduating from the University of Brighton, where her thesis project ‘The Collaborative Town Centre’ was featured in the Architects’ Journal. She was promoted to Associate in 2019.
Since qualifying as an Architect in 2015, Tina has worked on several commercial projects at Green Park in Reading, rejuvenating existing office buildings with a series of modern interventions. She’s led a series of landscaping and amenity enhancements to Battersea Studios, including shipping container cafés. Her work in the residential sector includes a modern extension to the Tower House in Lewisham, an Art Deco former cooperative department store.
Tina is currently working on an office refurbishment at 30 Cleveland Street, a complex scheme involving rear and roof extensions. She’s particular enjoying the restoration of the historic Art Deco façade and reinterpretation of the building’s heritage through the internal fit-out.
Tina is interested in public engagement design and recently took part in events for Open City Archikids and RIBA Day of Play. She is a member of Women in Property and active in mentoring new staff members.
Tom joined Barr Gazetas in 2015 as an Architect, having developed his knowledge of architectural conservation at Donald Insall Associates. He was promoted to Associate in 2019. Tom’s interests lie in the adaptation of heritage buildings for present day use, particularly the integration of contemporary interventions into historically sensitive sites.
He has experience in the redevelopment of listed historic buildings of high significance throughout London and Britain, and is helping to further develop the Barr Gazetas’ heritage knowledge base and portfolio.
Tom is an active member of The Academy of Urbanism.
Tom Jordan joined Barr Gazetas in 2013 and became a Technical Director in 2021. He is in charge of the QMS and Technical Review of all projects in the office as part of our QA procedures. He is particularly interested in staff mentoring and attends all of our Stage kick off reviews.
While working in Boston in the USA, Tom gained experience on a wide range of international projects including civic buildings, museum exhibitions, commercial buildings, laboratories, private and multi residential and furniture design. He is currently working on commercial and residential schemes for British Land, The Mercers’ Company, InfraRed Capital Partners and Oxford Properties.
Over the last decade he has delivered a wide range of projects for The Crown Estate, Aberdeen Standard, MHA London, Shaftesbury, Orchard Street Investment Management, Dulwich College and Blue Coast Capital amongst others.
Tom Lacey joined Barr Gazetas in 2006 and became an Equity Director in 2016. He leads a team within the office that has delivered complex projects for Schroders, Aberdeen Standard, Oxford Properties and UK & European amongst others.
Tom is experienced in the design and delivery of projects at a variety of scales. He has recently completed the mixed-use redevelopment of a department store in Lewisham as part of the regeneration of the High Street alongside interior fit-out projects for Anomaly and UK-GBC. He is currently leading our design of a 10 storey new build office scheme in Battersea and the refurbishment of Broadwalk House for British Land, part of the Broadgate Estate.
Tom Riddell-Webster joined Barr Gazetas in 2020 as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant after graduating from Westminster University with distinction. His thesis project, nominated for the AJ Student Prize 2020, explored the effects of Globalisation on Hanoi city, before using the 1000 year old Vietnamese tradition of Kite flying as a vehicle for cultural reconstruction.
Prior to Barr Gazetas Tom has three years of experience at Foster + Partners where he has worked on a wide range of projects from Alabama’s Global Institute for Freedom and Justice, to JP Morgan’s headquarters in New York.
Tom Sykes joined Barr Gazetas in 2020 as an Architect. After graduating with a distinction from Northumbria University, Tom moved to London and completed his professional diploma at Westminster University in 2016. He has since worked on a variety of projects in residential, cultural, and commercial design as a lead project architect. Tom’s first-hand experience in London commercial design has led to a number of completed projects, which have allowed him to widen his knowledge and skillsets.
Tom has a keen interest in façades, carefully selected materials and graphic design. He believes in good communication and strives to collaborate with others to deliver refreshing ideas.
Other than design, Tom is a passionate musician and often performs as a lead guitar player in a disco & funk band.
Tzi Man joined Barr Gazetas in 2021.
Urko Gorostizaga joined Barr Gazetas in 2018 as an Architect. He graduated from the Architecture University of Alcalá and he spent a year at University of Technology in Wrocław, Poland, where he gained skills within the heritage conservation field. His previous experience includes residential, public realm and restoration projects in UK and Spain.
Urko is interested in the integration of new technologies with design and the new shapes and experiences they can create. He particularly enjoys furniture design and art.
Zurine Alonso joined Barr Gazetas in 2016 as an Architect. She graduated from the Architecture School of San Sebastian in Spain, having also spent a year at La Sapienza University in Rome, where she gained skills in maintenance and restoration of classical architecture.
Zurine has worked on several of our commercial projects, including Power Road Studios, and is leading the refurbishment and extension of Grain House, a block of five historic buildings in Covent Garden.
She is interested in combining contemporary interventions within historical buildings. Her interests also include interior and product design.
|2021||AJ100 Awards||New Member of the Year||Shortlisted|
|2020||Civic Trust Awards||Civic Trust Award||Quadrant Arcade||Shortlisted|
|2019||NLA Awards||Wellbeing Prize||One Heddon Street||Shortlisted|
|2019||NLA Awards||Retail||Quadrant Arcade||Winner|
|2019||Hubble Office of the Future Awards||Health & Wellness Award||One Heddon Street||Winner|
|2019||NLA Awards||Workplaces||One Heddon Street||Shortlisted|
|2019||FX Design Awards||Retail Space||Quadrant Arcade||Shortlisted|
|2019||BD ‘Architect of the Year’ Awards||Interior Architect of the Year||Various||Shortlisted|
|2019||BCO Awards||Fit Out of Workplace||One Heddon Street||Shortlisted|
|2019||AJ Retrofit Awards||Listed Building||Quadrant Arcade||Shortlisted|
|2019||AJ Retrofit Awards||Hotel, Retail & Leisure||Quadrant Arcade||Winner|
|2019||AJ Retrofit Awards||Offices||One Heddon Street||Shortlisted|
|2018||BCO Awards||Project up to 1,500m2||Anomaly||Shortlisted|
|2017||FX Design Awards||Workplace Environment Small||Atrium||Shortlisted|
|2017||AECOM Excellence Awards||Best Small Project||7 Air Street||Winner|
|2016||The Energy Awards||Commercial Building Project of the Year||7 Air Street||Winner|
|2016||OAS Development Awards||West End Development of the Year||7 Air Street||Shortlisted|
|2016||NLA Awards||Conservation & Retrofit||7 Air Street||Shortlisted|
|2016||Building Awards||Sustainable Project of the Year||7 Air Street||Winner|
|2016||BD ‘Architect of the Year’ Awards||Refurbishment Architect of the Year||Various||Shortlisted|
|2016||BCO Awards||Refurbished/Recycled Workplace||7 Air Street||Shortlisted|
|2014||BREEAM Awards||London Region||7 Air Street||Winner|