At Lawray Architects, we want to make sure we understand your goals and realise how important a strong relationship is. That’s why our skilled team takes the time to get to know you and your unique circumstances, to make informed decisions based wholly on your needs.
Our team has a wealth of experience and qualifications that mean they can comfortably handle projects both big and small with the same level of professional service.
We’re on hand at any time to advise and support you through the building process and any challenges that may arise. Our aim is to make your project as easy for you as possible, so you can enjoy the experience of seeing your vision come to life.
|Martin Fox||Managing Director|
Martin joined the practice, then known as The Lawray Partnership, in 1978 and progressed through Partnership and then Directorship to sole owner of the Company in 2013.
He is a qualified chartered architect with specialist knowledge and skills in design and presentation, who understands the importance of history and research.
He is passionate about the need to retain the traditional skills of observation and sketching and believes these are highly transferable to the modern culture of computer drafting, where the possibilities for highly complex forms are still in their infancy.
He believes architects are uniquely placed to offer clients a complimentary set of skills based not only on the immediacy of a design solution, but on a greater awareness of humanity’s place in nature and responsibilities not only to our own environment but that of future generations.
He promotes a collaborative approach to work both within the company and in the wider constructional sector and encourages the sharing of ideas and experience at all levels. He says,
‘Good communication is vital. A project forms a union between different people who share a passion for creating a building, not just for today, but one that will change and grow with the people who use it and like any union, all are equal members that must communicate a commitment to achieving the best possible solution’
Such collaboration still requires directing and he sees Lawray Architects as a natural choice for taking on that leadership and has worked to reinforce the skills within the company to manage that. Architecture, as an evolutionary form, fascinates him.
‘When I first qualified I thought it would be impossible to establish what I would want to incorporate into my own house, were I to build one. What I saw as a lack of decisiveness, actually made me realise that buildings constantly change and we should embrace that; making our building adaptable and reusable, even down to the materials they are made from.’
His daughter’s degree in Environmental Management reinforced this principle.
‘Modern materials and construction detailing have brought together too many disparate elements, making it almost impossible to break them down for other uses once the primary one has ended, resulting in unnecessary landfill and degradation due to toxic by-products’.
He believes that designers have a duty to promote a more transparent and environmentally aware process that actually creates a positive impact. A good start would be to read ‘Cradle to Cradle’ by Michael Braungart and William McDonough – already, unbelievably, 14 years old.
Mark Robinson has been a Regional Director at Lawray Architects since 2009 and specialises in construction detailing for theatres, housing, schools and industrial projects. He began his career at Lawray in 1998 as a Senior Technologist and became an Associate in 2005. He also acts as the Studio Manager and Cardiff Technical Group Leader, alongside running projects and overseeing the writing of NBS specifications, technical design, space planning and providing Clerk of Works services. He worked on the award-winning project Y Ffwrnes in Llanelli (LABC award).
Alan has been with the company for over 20 years and, since graduating from the University of Greenwich in 1999, has become a director in the London studio.
As a long established architect, his experience has allowed him to progress from supporting roles on projects to leading them. Alan is keen to design and create where possible and will always put pencil to paper to produce ideas.
As a director, Alan strikes a balance between overseeing projects and teams and leading the marketing strategies for the practice.
Chris Evans MCIAT joined Lawray Architects as an architectural technologist in 2005. He was promoted to an associate in 2009 after taking on many more senior responsibilities in the Cardiff studio. He acts as the architectural lead on many projects from inception to completion or post-RIBA Stage D for design and build projects.
Chris sits on the Marketing board and assists with business development schemes. He also oversees many other duties such as PQQ and quality submissions, production of planning applications, design and access statements, and building regulations, as well as managing competition and award entries.
He has worked on many award-winning projects, including: Y Ffwrnes Cultural Centre in Llanelli, and the Combined Services Centre at Llandrindod Wells.
David joined Lawray Architects management team in 2010 as a highly experienced chartered
architect and graduate of the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff.
David has developed a close team to deliver large multi-storey urban developments, small-scale projects and much between. By understanding the dialogue required to achieve successful architecture, David has nurtured longstanding relationships with many of our clients over the years.
His reputation within the profession is marked by his positions as the President of the North Wales Society of Architects and councillor for the Royal Society of Architects in Wales and the Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts.
As a Welsh speaker, David has acted as a judge for both Civic Society and RIBA Regional Awards and is a regular contributor to the Grand Designs Live “Ask the Expert” panel. He also holds a Professionally Qualified Person (Design) CSCS card.
Keith O’Hanlon joined Lawray Architects in 1984 and is one of our longest serving members of staff. He was promoted to director in 2009.
In our Wrexham studio, Keith is part of the Practice Technical Group. He is responsible for managing all aspects of technical delivery. Keith is committed to the ongoing development of BIM delivery and has been responsible for overseeing integration of BIM into Wrexham studio.
As a chartered member of CIAT, Keith is keen to support all staff in attaining full membership, and to help each one develop a wide range of skills and experience.
He enjoys working with our clients to achieve interesting, yet economical, functional space planning solutions. He’s been responsible for a number of award winning schemes across a range of sectors, including the recently completed Police Station in Llangefni.
|Nick Marsh||Senior Architect|
Nick has been a director at Lawray Architects since 2009, after being promoted three times since joining in 1993.
He leads the technical delivery through project phases and provides valuable building conservation advice for all three studios. He also specialises in historic building and conservation aspects of building refurbishments and repair, and expert reporting on building defects. He was admitted to the Architects Registration Board in 1995 and is also a member of the Society of Construction Law.
Nick studied at the Welsh School of Architecture (BArch, 1993), University of Cardiff, and took his postgraduate degree at the Architectural Association (2001).
|Carrie Tomkewycz||Practice Manager|
Carrie joined Lawray Architects in 2003 as a regional office manager. Responsible for the administration of the studio, ensuring compliance with the Quality Assurance Policy, maintain ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 accreditations.
In 2014 Carrie accepted the role of practice manager supporting the Board of Directors with HR, administration, accounting and finance for the entire company. Furthermore Carrie became the Company Secretary for Lawray in 2016
As a full member of the Institute of Leadership and Management and with a Professional Diploma in Accounting, Carrie has the qualifications and experience that allows her to provide the essential support required.
Carrie has coordinated many successful submissions and tenders over the years and remains a vital member of our management team.
|Ray Pye||CDM Director|
Raymond Pye is a founder member of Lawray Architects. He is responsible for advising Lawray staff and management on policies, procedures and all matters concerning Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) regulations. He also provides CDM Coordinator Services to comply with the CDM Regulations 2007 on behalf of Lawray Ltd.
He became a consultant to Lawray in May 1997, when he founded Hasps Term Partnership: offering CDM Coordinator services under the Design and Management Regulations 2007.
He became a member of the Association of Planning Supervisors in June 2000 and is qualified as a Registered Member (CDM Coordinator) of The Association for Project Safety.
|John Evans||BIM Manager|
John joined Lawray Architects in 2013 as the practice Building Information Modelling (BIM) manager. He brings many years of experience in the architecture and construction industry to the team.
At Lawray Architects, he reports and advises the Board of Directors on strategic development of new technologies and implements the agreed strategies. He supports existing and legacy technologies throughout their lifecycle across the business, projects, consultants, contractors and clients when they’re called on by project directors. He also provides a BIM Management Consultancy Service alongside Lawray Architects’ architectural teams.
John started as an architectural technician, before moving into CAD and IT management, and progressing into a senior managerial and strategic role covering all aspects of BIM.
|Stephen Hall||Director of Lawray Management|
Stephen Hall BSc MCIOB MAPM has over 25 years of experience delivering projects and programmes, and working for clients, consultants and contractors in the property and construction industry. He is now the director of Lawray Management as well as establishing his own consultancy business.
As project director, Stephen recently completed a project at University Square Stratford, which comprised of a new campus building built on behalf of the University of East London and Birkbeck University. He is about to commence the management of a new facility for the Central School of Ballet.
Lawray Architects and Stephen have a longstanding relationship as he originally used to direct the project team. The formation of Lawray Management in autumn 2015 created a new skill centre as part of a programme of growth and improvement.
Stephen’s experience in the property industry spans many sectors, including: retail, healthcare, higher education and commercial developments. He is a Chartered Builder and an active member of the Association for Project Management.
|Lyn Hopkins||Associate - Senior Architect|
Lyn took the position of senior architect at Lawray Architects in 2015, after 12 years at Capita Architecture in Cardiff. He completed his undergraduate studies at the Manchester School of Architecture and his formal architectural training at the RIBA North West. He is an accomplished designer, draughtsman and advanced Revit user, and is also a fluent Welsh speaker.
Lyn’s experience includes leading teams to deliver a number of education and healthcare projects. He’s been a key member on a number of MOD and office projects and has also previously been part of a small team based in Trinidad that delivered four community hospitals.
Within our team, Lyn has acted as design team leader on a range of projects offering a breadth of skills in the realisation and coordination of many designs. He’s also successfully implemented Revit (BIM software) throughout much of his work.
|Jonathan Dakin||Assistant Principal Designer CDM|
Jonathan joined Lawray in 2016 as the Assistant Principle Design for Lawray CDM. Jonathan graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University where he studied BSc Architectural Design and Technology. He is currently an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and is also an Associate member of the Association of Project Safety.
Jonathan has gained experience through fulfilling various roles for Principal Contractors from tender stage through to project handover and as an Architectural Technologist he played a key role in every stage of the architectural process, from client brief to completion on site.
Jonathan is currently involved with the delivery of the Principal Designer service along with assisting in the delivery of Clients Duties under CDM2015 in an advisory capacity and developing and updating Lawray CDM Consultant management systems.
|David Ineson||Assistant Principal Designer CDM|
David joined Lawray Architects in 1998 as a trainee. After completing a HNC in Building Studies at Yale College, Wrexham, he was promoted to the position of Senior Architectural Technologist, and has recently been appointed as Assistant Principal Designer / CDM Consultant within the Wrexham office.
David has gained his full membership of CIAT and became a Chartered Member (MCIAT) in August 2010. He is also an Associate Member of RIBA, and the Association of Project Safety (APS)
David has experience in both conservation and new build projects, including: educational, domestic, commercial, and industrial and leisure developments for both private and public sector clients. His strengths include an extensive knowledge of numerous Autodesk packages and Revit software for BIM modelling.
He’s worked on blue light schemes for North Wales Police and Fire Authorities, most notably a new Operational Hub in Llangefni for NWP—a county winner of the North Wales LABC Building Excellence Award 2014.
|Matthew Richards||Senior Architectural Technologist|
Matthew is responsible for the delivery of technical information and daytoday running of projects in the Cardiff studio. After graduation with an HNC Architectural Design and Technology qualification, he was promoted to senior architectural technologist in 2014
Matthew’s duties include subcontractor coordination and answering queries during the construction phase. Through this experience, he has developed many strong working
relationships with members of our construction and design teams.
He prides himself on being very thorough in all aspects of his profession and he’s committed to delivering projects to a very high standard.
|Rhys Edwards||Senior Architectural Technologist|
Rhys returned to Lawray Architects as a graduate in June 2009, following a placement year as an architectural assistant at the Cardiff studio in 2008.
As a senior architectural technologist, Rhys works with members of the design team to produce design and production information. During his time with us, he’s worked on numerous projects where he’s been key in making sure delivery is on time and within scope. Rhys has assisted on various primary, secondary and higher education schemes as well as projects within the residential and commercial sectors.
He is currently an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists with intentions to progress to full Member status (MCIAT) in the future.
|Andy Clarke||Senior Architectural Technologist|
Andy joined our Wrexham studio in 2003 as a senior architectural technologist. He recently returned from being seconded by Lawray Architects to work for a blue chip, international contractor on site at Sellafield, West Cumbria. He provides architectural support and resolves various construction issues for nuclear buildings.
On other projects, Andy’s been responsible for project design development from inception to completion. He ensures schemes are developed in accordance with planning conditions, Building Regulations and specialist requirements, while coordinating the proposals with all design requirements throughout construction.
He always strives to be a vital team member by highlighting any potential initial design issues early and providing solutions to solve them. He also manages handing over work to other technologists, providing them with an understanding of what is needed and checking their work prior to formal issue.
|Beata Cachovanova||Architectural Assistant|
Beata joined Lawray Architects in 2015 as a part II architectural assistant. She has a Master’s of Architectural and Urban Planning degree and studies at Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Architecture.
Beata specialises in architectural conservation after gaining experience in the heritage sector of Slovakia. She has a natural artistic flare and spent time in Dublin where she designed and painted signs for shops and cafes. Beata is a great help in the team and provides support in the studio with creating drawings, designs and drawing packages.
|Kurt Jones||Architectural Technologist|
Kurt joined Lawray Architects in 2013 as a graduate from the School of Art and Design at the University of Wales in Cardiff. Kurt is a fluent Welsh speaker and an enthusiastic staff member who works closely with design teams to produce design and production information for a variety of projects.
He is proficient in a number of design packages including Microstation, Revit and Sketch up, where he produces drawings in both 2D and 3D. He also recently passed his CSCS H&S cardholder training.
|Michael Barnes||Architectural Technologist|
Michael started Lawray Architects in September 2014. He’s worked on numerous projects where he has been a key player in delivering design and production information. Most recently, Michael has worked on a number of Housing Association projects that include a variety of house types and flats.
Michael’s experience lies within many 2D and 3D CAD programs, including: Revit, AutoCAD, SketchUp, as well as design programs such as Adobe Photoshop. He has gained valuable experience while working with us and hopes to continue to broaden his knowledge of architectural design and technology.
|Sam Howell||Architectural Technologist|
Sam joined Lawray as a graduate in 2012 and is now an architectural technologist in the Cardiff studio. He is specialised in REVit, delivering production information as a REVit output, following Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes on all projects.
His forward-thinking and innovative approach to work has allowed him to develop and finely tune his skills in REVit at a fast pace. His knowledge has improved the proficiency of the rest of the team.
Over the years, Sam has shown a solid work ethic and dedication to achieve every goal that he sets. He shows the enthusiasm and dedication to achieve the highest detail in all his work and aspires to be our ‘REVit Champion’.
Sam has a good understanding of Welsh and is currently developing the confidence and ability to converse to a high standard.
|Sarah Owen||Senior Administrator|
Sarah joined Lawray Architects in 2014 as an administration assistant in the Cardiff studio. When she’s not keeping the studio ticking over with her daytoday duties, Sarah studies for her Business Admin Level 3 NVQ qualification.
As well as a valuable member of the support team, Sarah is also part of the quality management team and a health and safety representative. She often assists the senior management team with preparing of PQQs, tenders and bid documents.
Olivia joined Lawray in 2015 as an administration assistant in the Wrexham studio. Olivia ensures our clients are met with a professional and efficient service while providing administration support to the practice manager and Wrexham team.
She is an exceptionally wellorganised person and demonstrates this in all of her duties. Her proactive, approachable attitude is an inspiration to others and we want to provide Olivia with an environment that will allow her to thrive.