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.
Alexia Michael joined Barr Gazetas in 2022 as an Architect. She studied at University of Westminster, and previously worked with Squire & Partners on prestigious new build masterplan projects, including the new mixed-use development “The Broadway” in Victoria SW1, London.
Since qualifying as an Architect in 2017, Alexia has taken several commercial projects along Regent Street from concept to completion. She is interested in architecture as an experience rather than a pure object of vision and has particular interest in commercial architecture and the re-manifestation of listed buildings. Her design ethos is driven by sustainability and end-user wellbeing.
She is a passionate believer in Collaboration amongst trades, and strives to deliver creative and quality driven spaces while implementing refreshing ideas and technologies. She is also an Ambassador for the Architects Benevolent Society and a mentor for the University of Westminster mentoring students since 2017.
Other than design, Alexia is passionate about travelling and shoes and has participated in workshops and short-courses at University of the Arts London to evolve her branding, 3D design and footwear design skills.
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 designs and creates unique ceramic pieces.
Andrea Cottam joined Barr Gazetas in 2017 as an Architectural Designer and was promoted to Associate in 2022. 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.
Becca Robertson joined Barr Gazetas in 2022 as our Finance Coordinator. She supports our Finance Director Renata in all financial aspects of the practice’s activities.
Prior to Barr Gazetas, she gained experience working within an accountancy practice providing financial services to clients.
Becca qualified in Accounting and Finance from Bournemouth University and is currently studying her ACCA chartered accountancy exams.
David Phillips joined Barr Gazetas in 2022 as a Senior Architect, with over 10 years experience working on cultural, heritage and commercial schemes in London and across the UK.
With a proactive hands-on approach, he enjoys problem-solving and finding optimal design solutions to complex multidisciplinary problems, always seeking to work collaboratively with clients, consultants, and contractors.
Having had significant experience working with listed buildings and structures set within a historic context, he is fascinated by how existing buildings can be enhanced through either re-use or the contextually sympathetic introduction of new built elements. During his time at Wright and Wright Architects, David was Project Architect for the award-winning Lambeth Palace Library, leading the project for over five years from start to completion.
David is especially interested in technical design and delivery, and he has a passion for detail and quality. With a keen interest in QA, he enjoys mentoring and upskilling junior members of the team.
In his free time, he is a keen photographer and cyclist
Derin Fadina joined Barr Gazetas in 2021 as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant. Prior to this, he worked on a variety of private residential and community projects within London and across the South-East, as well as urban research and design projects in the City of London.
Alongside practice, Derin has previously held teaching and research positions at the University of Westminster, where he is currently a visiting critic. He has an interest in the determinant social, cultural and political conditions in the evolution of cities, and the role of people and buildings in shaping them.
Derin gained his Masters and graduated with distinction from the University of Westminster. His thesis project proposed a masterplan comprising a series of live-work spaces centred around the sustainable industrial production of paper in Reykjavik, Iceland.
Eamonn McCormack joined Barr Gazetas in 2022 as an Interior Designer. Having worked in workplace interiors for the last 7 years in both traditional architecture firms and within design-and-build practices, Eamonn’s experience spans across the financial, law, engineering, and co-working sectors.
Eamonn is passionate about putting together the puzzle of initial concepts that are suitable for the client’s needs and preferences and delivering these with realistic yet creative solutions. His main passion within interior design is ensuring that environments promote wellbeing and collaboration. Adopting methods of design such as biophilia, using natural & sustainable materials as well as innovative furniture selection to create a workplace in which people want to come to work every day in a post-pandemic environment.
Eddy Garton joined Barr Gazetas in 2021 as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant, after graduating from the University of Brighton. Throughout his time at University, he developed an interest in virtuality, exploring the communication of architectural language, and the dichotomy between drawing and built form in the digital age.
His 3rd-year project “The Virtual Engine” was nominated for the Chalk Architecture Award for its ” exceptional record of research, process and investigation leading to a design proposal.”
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.
Gemma Jachnik joined Barr Gazetas in 2018 as our Studio Manager, 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.
Hannah Chalmers-Stevens joined Barr Gazetas in 2007 and became an Associate Director in 2019. Hannah met Alistair Barr whilst studying at the University of Greenwich. She works across a variety of intricate project types and is currently involved in schemes for British Land and EQT. Hannah has also worked with other clients including DTZ Investors, Schroders, M&G Real Estate, Patrizia and Blue Coast Capital.
Hannah has notable interiors experience and is currently leading the fit-out sector for Barr Gazetas. She has a keen eye for space planning and enjoys the conceptual design stage of a project. She also has expertise in project execution and has recently partnered with contractors during the delivery stages. Hannah is passionate about sustainable furniture and materials.
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 a keen interest within the built environment, and is eager to positively impact the environment of which we live by exploring the design of landscapes and buildings to better people’s everyday lives.
Holly is now undertaking her Part 2 MArch diploma at The University of Greenwich, alongside working part-time. Holly is interested in urban design, sustainability and enjoys exploring how new technologies and design methods can make a difference to cities. In her spare time she likes to keep active.
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 as an Architect in 2021 and was promoted to Senior Architect in 2022. He is currently working on 15 Bonhill Street, a commercial refurbishment project in central London.
Having worked more than 7 years in London based practices, he has gained experience on mixed-used commercial and residential developments across the capital. Prior to moving to UK Jakob worked in in Aarhus, Denmark and Barcelona, Spain.
Jakob has a keen interested in creating timeless and sustainable design
Jasmine McKenzie joined Barr Gazetas in 2021 as Part 2 Architectural Assistant and recently graduated in MArch Architecture from the University of Greenwich. During her Masters, Jasmine’s architectural thesis explored the complex consequences of land and natural resource depletion as a warning from the past for future ecologies, receiving a distinction.
Prior to Barr Gazetas, she has gained experience in varying sectors including commercial, private residential with interior design and education. Sustainability is a goal that drives her as an aspiring architect and the desire to push the creative boundaries within architecture.
Jasmine is passionate about submerging herself in new cultures and in her free time, she enjoys creating manga style hand drawings as well as art pieces.
Jon Eaglesham joined Barr Gazetas in 2002 and became an equity director in 2012. In 2016 Jon took responsibility for the studio’s governance and relationships, taking the role of Managing Director.
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 projects for The Crown Estate, Grosvenor, British Land and Marsfields.
Jon drives our passion for knowledge and ideas and takes a keen interest in nurturing new projects and refining the brief and the concept with the teams. He enjoys unlocking potential within complex city centre projects, including most recently Grain House; 7 High Street, Ealing; Quadrant Arcade; One Heddon Street; and 127 Charing Cross Road.
Jon has a passion for sustainability that is reflected across the practice. 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.
Jon Southgate joined Barr Gazetas in 2022 as an Architect and was promoted to Senior Architect in 2022, having previously worked for practices in London, Perth & Melbourne, Australia. Jon has multi-sector experience, ranging from concept design through to delivery in large scale healthcare, education, international sports, and latterly commercial workplace.
Jon completed his Master’s in Architecture at Manchester School of Architecture & later completed his Professional Diploma at the University of Westminster, gaining distinction for both. Jon holds professional certifications in BIM, with extensive experience in the implementation & delivery of BIM level 2 and has a keen interest in a 3-dimensional approach to design.
Jon advocates innovation within the design process and promotes new technologies, in tandem with a retro first approach to design, where possible, to improve building performance and reduce the carbon footprint of the design and construction industry.
Jonathan Allwood 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 likes of Grosvenor, Hines, and St Martins.
During his time at Barr Gazetas Jonathan has taken a key role on numerous large-scale refurbishment and retrofit schemes, including Grain House, Holbein Gardens and The Royal Academy of Arts.
Jonathan is passionate about sustainability and leads our environmental and carbon reduction strategies as part of our ongoing commitment to carbon neutrality.
Katie Sexton joined Barr Gazetas in 2021 as our Receptionist, supporting our Studio Manager and the rest of the BG team.
Katie had previously worked in hospitality for several years and studied Modern History at university. She has found that she likes working in a creative atmosphere, where she can be helpful to those around her.
Katie is passionate about sustainability, mental and physical health, and equality, having completed online courses on Personal Training, the Circular Economy and Modern Sustainable Building Design.
Laura Lamont joined Barr Gazetas in 2021 as an Architect. Her previous experience includes residential and commercial projects around London. She has studied in Cornwall, Liverpool, and London; completing her Professional Diploma at Westminster University in 2019.
Laura enjoys working with existing buildings to release their full potential to deliver efficient, sustainable outcomes. Outside of the office Laura spends her time walking her dog, travelling and experimenting with analogue photography.
Linda Parish joined Barr Gazetas in 2021 as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant. She previously worked for global practice DP International, gaining great exposure to large commercial projects in Asia and Europe.
Linda is currently studying for her Part 3 qualification at the University of Greenwich and looking forward to working on projects a little closer to home.
Linda has a passion for landscape architecture having gained experience in the field early in her career.
Lorenzo Garolfoli joined Barr Gazetas in 2021 as an Architect. He graduated from the University of Palermo (Italy) in 2013 with a Master’s Degree in Architecture and shortly after decided to move to London inspired by the world of opportunities it represented. He quickly gained invaluable experience working closely with directors and senior architects in projects ranging from small family-owned houses to mixed-use commercial schemes in central London. He has since registered as an Architect at the ARB in spring 2018.
Lorenzo is currently helping with the delivery of Grain House, a large commercial project in London. He looks forward to learning more about sustainable methods of construction and how they can contribute to solving the climate emergency.
During his free time, he enjoys fitness, martial arts, and video gaming.
Magnus Wills joined Barr Gazetas in 2021 as an Associate. He has a proven record of delivering high-quality design across a wide range of sectors, including large and complex projects in sensitive historic locations.
Magnus will lead the Grain House development, a refurbishment and extension project connecting five existing buildings to create new sustainable commercial office and associated retail units for client Hines.
With over 20 years’ experience in the UK construction industry, Magnus has previously delivered award-winning schemes for MICA (Rick Mather Architects), BDP and Panter Hudspith Architects.
He enjoys leading multi-disciplinary teams and working closely with contractors and specialists to deliver best value for our clients. He has a particular interest in sustainable and low embodied carbon solutions.
Mahlon Asante joined Barr Gazetas in 2022 as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant and recently graduated in MArch of Architecture from the University of Greenwich. During his Masters, Mahlon worked with themes of urban renewal and place making, proposing a Landscaped Market which responds to community needs in Newham.
During his Bachelor year out he worked in Aarhus, Denmark engaging in a range of projects from master planning to small cabins. Following this, he gained significant hands-on experience working in a small Hackney based practice.
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.
Marc Iffland joined Barr Gazetas in 2021 as an Associate. He has strong technical knowledge and a track record in leading interdisciplinary teams delivering significantly high-quality buildings, primarly in the residential-led high-rise sector. Since starting at Barr Gazetas, Marc has taken the lead on 7 High Street, a complex cut-and-carve office development, and supports the wider team through technical reviews.
A German and US-trained architect, Marc arrived in London in 2007, and since then has worked for Foster+Partners, RSH+P, Prime Development and Sheppard Robson on a number of worldwide recognised projects.
Marc cares passionately about the architectural quality of his projects as well as the professional development of the individual members of his teams. He is proud of his mentoring role and using his experience to nurture upcoming project leads.
Maria Gosende joined Barr Gazetas in 2021 as our Marketing Coordinator, having previously worked at the RIBA, where she managed different projects and events and was responsible for the RIBA London marketing strategy.
Maria graduated in Architecture from Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana, Colombia, and worked as an Architectural Assistant until 2018. Since then, she has focused on the marketing and management side of architecture, where she has put her organisational and creative skills to use.
Maria has a passion for graphic design and sustainability and exploring the sides of architecture that not many get to see.
Maria Mantikou joined Barr Gazetas in 2022 as an Architect, having previously worked for more than eight years on commercial and residential projects of various scales for local authorities and private developers across London and Britain. She has extensive experience in leading sensitive community-led infill and deep retrofit schemes to existing post-war housing blocks, including the Grade II listed Barbican Estate.
As a Part I Assistant she worked for the Hellenic Ministry of Culture on listed and UNESCO protected historic public projects in her homeland Rhodes, Greece.
She studied at University of Plymouth and University for the Creative Arts, where she also gained a Masters degree in Urban Design. In 2017 Maria gained her RIBA Part III qualification from The Bartlett, UCL.
Maria’s main aim for each project regardless its scale, budget or client group, is to employ a sensitive approach and deliver a carefully designed and highly crafted scheme.
Mike Owens joined Barr Gazetas in 2021 as an Architect, 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.
Natalija Janovica joined Barr Gazetas in 2022 as an Architect. She obtained her RIBA Part 1 and 2 at the University of East London and her Part 3 at the University of Westminster. Before this, she studied Architecture and Planning in Riga, Latvia.
For over four years, Natalija worked in a small architectural practice where she gained experience working on redevelopment and restoration of Grade 2 listed buildings, as well as other small residential and commercial projects.
Apart from building design, Natalija has always been interested in space planning and the technical aspect of architecture and design.
Neda Soltani joined Barr Gazetas in 2021 as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant. She obtained her Masters and graduated with distinction from University of Westminster in 2020. Her thesis project was nominated for the Bronze Presidents Medal and was shortlisted for Architzer’s One Drawing Challenge. Prior to this she gained architectural experience in Seville, as well as working freelance on residential and commercial refurbishment and interior design projects in London.
Neda has a keen interest in socio-political culture of place and colonial studies. She has recently been able to translate these interests into education as a co-tutor for the Reimagining Cities Masters module as the University of Westminster.
Her ambitions are to collaborate on sustainable and innovative projects with sensitivity, attention to detail and craft.
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 as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant. 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.
Rebecca Martin joined Barr Gazetas in 2022 as a Senior Architect and promoted to Associate later that same year. She brings years of valuable architectural experience to the team, involving a wide range of significant buildings including educational, residential and Government projects as well as commercial developments. Since starting at Barr Gazetas, Rebecca has taken the lead on 127 Charing Cross Road, a commercial refurbishment project in central London.
Rebecca strives to work proactively with clients, design teams and contractors. At work and beyond she enjoys nurturing the younger generations. She has been contributing to Open City’s Educational Program for several years and has served as a school governor.
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.
Sarena Shah joined Barr Gazetas in 2021 as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant. She is currently studying for her Part 2 at the London School of Architecture. She has previously gained experience working with Article 25 designing a dental clinic in Morocco. She obtained her Part 1 from the University of Nottingham, during which she spent a semester at the Ningbo campus involved in projects varying from ‘New Retail’ to creating a bamboo structure.
Sarena has a keen interest in community focused architecture using the context as a design driver.
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.
Shonnah Coetser joined Barr Gazetas in 2021 as an Architectural Designer. She qualified as an architect in South Africa and has extensive experience working in commercial, retail and resort projects internationally.
Shonnah relocated to the UK in 2016 and since she has expanded her experience to include high-rise residential and mixed-use schemes.
As a typical South African, Shonnah enjoys travelling, the outdoors and gardening. You can often find her reading or doing yoga.
Shukti Sahni joined Barr Gazetas in 2021 as an Architectural Assistant Part 2. She was previously at Sheppard Robson where she mostly worked on delivery stages of residential projects.
Shukti graduated from the Architectural Association, London with Masters in Architecture in Housing and Urbanism where she developed an interest within housing and urban design scale projects. Her design intervention focused on collective living in London, investigating the intricacies of urban transformation and contemporary living through an analysis of communal life across a distributed scale, starting from within the building and then expanding outwards to accommodate its surroundings.
Shukti also has 2 years work experience designing residential buildings and family bungalows, along with site supervision for interior projects in Mumbai. She completed her five year Bachelors Degree in Architecture from School of Planning and Architecture, Delhi.
Apart from Architecture, Shukti also gained a Bachelors Degree in Bharatnatyam (the oldest form of Classical Dance).
Simon Scarlett joined Barr Gazetas as an Architect in 2015 and was promoted to Senior Architect in 2022, having previously worked at Wilkinson Eyre 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 British Land amongst others.
Tom is experienced in the design and delivery of projects at a variety of scales and has a passion for sustainability-led design in the reimagining and repurposing of existing buildings. He is currently leading two prominent projects in Battersea, as part of a wider emerging creative district, and a large new-build residential scheme in North London, utilising modern methods of construction.
He is an Architects Journal Retrofit Awards judge and leads Barr Gazetas’ social pillar with overall responsibility for practice development and training.
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 and was promoted to Senior Architect in 2022. 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.
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.
Yana Shymanovich joined Barr Gazetas in 2021 as an Architectural Designer. She graduated with a degree in architecture from Belarus and completed her Master’s in Sustainable Buildings and Environment at Newcastle University. Her final thesis focused on building performance evaluation, post-occupancy evaluation and the performance gap.
Yana has experience working in large commercial, industrial projects and small to medium scale residential projects. She has a passion for environmentally sustainable and socially conscious design, buildings and places with character and a strong sense of identity.
In her spare time, Yana enjoys hiking, dancing, drawing and painting.
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.
|2022||Building London Planning Awards||Best Project for Sustainable Planning||Holbein Gardens||Shortlisted|
|2022||AJ Retrofit Awards||Workplace £5-10m||Broadwalk House||Shortlisted|
|2021||NLA Awards||Conserving||Broadwalk House||Shortlisted|
|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|