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.
Alan joined the company in 1996 taking on a junior role after graduating from the University of Greenwich in 1999. His passion for architecture has seen his natural progression through the ranks of the Practice from Associate, to Regional Director and most recently to a Director position on the Board. His affable nature has made him an approachable character willing to listen and understand the very needs of his clients and team. Alan believes the development of good architecture not only starts with a vision or creative mind, but also with the ability to create relationships, communicate, explore and discern a brief. The culmination of this approach, he believes, promotes confidence and an inclination to physically develop an idea together.
Alan’s architectural mindset has been influenced by his Martial Arts background, at a subconscious level he sees the synergy of form and space, not in conflict with each other, but as an harmonious relationship that plays and creates balance like ‘Yin and Yang’. Within his martial mind, a simple direct movement can often create or have the necessary effect without the need to be fussy and excessive, therefore ‘when it feels right, often in Martial Arts it is right’. Alan sees this simple concept translating into the very architecture he wishes to strive towards.
|Alice Jones||Architectural Assistant|
Alice joined Lawray Architects in July 2020 as a Part II Architectural Assistant based in our Wrexham Studio. She received her BSc(Hons) degree and a Masters of Architecture (MArch) with distinction from Liverpool John Moores Art & Design School.
Alice is particularly passionate about sustainable architecture and has experience in a variety of sectors including healthcare, residential and commercial. At her previous practice Alice produced drawings for heritage projects across the UK, involving sensitive sites, listed buildings and admired places. She also attends training courses such as the RIBA recognised Conservation School held at Manchester Town Hall to further enhance her skills.
In her free time Alice enjoys sports, walking and being outdoors and is enthusiastic about staying fit and healthy. Her hobbies include photography and art and craft.
|Carrie Tomkewycz||Finance Director|
Carrie joined the practice in 2003, she has progressed through from Regional Studio Manager to Practice Manager and then Directorship.
Carrie is a chartered manager and management accountant with a comprehensive knowledge of the HR, QA, administration and accounting functions of the practice. She is an intrinsic member of our team having co-ordinated many successful submissions and tenders over the years, she has been instrumental in facilitating our sustainable growth and maintaining our financial health. Her extensive experience across various departments allows her to motivate and inspire others to do those tasks well and continuously improve.
As Finance Director Carrie is entrusted to protect our revenue and profits, planning and deploying strategies to empower practice growth whilst overseeing the HR and Administration aspects of the business too.
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.
Craig joined Lawray as a Chartered Architect in the spring of 2019, after obtaining his Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice in Architecture at the RIBA North West. He previously studied for his undergraduate (BSc (Hons), 2011) and postgraduate (M.Arch, 2014) degrees at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff.
Having previously worked on projects throughout Manchester and the North West, Craig is experienced in running projects from inception through to completion, with direct involvement in high end residential, heritage and commercial projects. Craig enjoys working with buildings with historic value and has experience working on listed structures and buildings within Conservation Areas.
Away from work, Craig enjoys travelling and sketching cityscapes, with Tokyo and Venice particular highlights.
A highly experienced chartered architect and graduate of the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, David joined Lawray Architects’ management team in 2010, having previously held a directorship at a large multi-disciplinary practice.
With particular responsibility for business development and marketing, David has developed a close team to deliver large multi-storey urban developments, carefully crafted small-scale projects and much between. By understanding the dialogue required to achieve successful and award-winning architecture, David has nurtured longstanding relationships with many of our repeat clients over the years.
His reputation within the profession is marked by his positions as President of the North Wales Society of Architects and Royal Society of Architects in Wales Councillor. Recently awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts, David is appointed as a Diocesan Architect and is honoured to be a Full Member of the Cathedral Architects Association.
As a Welsh speaker, David has acted as a judge for both Civic Society and RIBA Regional Awards and has regularly represented the RIBA on the Grand Designs Live “Ask the Expert” panel. David is a School Governor and is closely involved with Wrexham Area Civic Society. He also holds a Professionally Qualified Person (Design) CSCS card.
|Hywel Davies||Architectural Technologist|
Hywel joined Lawray Architects at the end of 2018. He has experience working on a variety of commercial and residential projects in Cardiff and the surrounding area.
With the intention of qualifying as a Chartered Architectural Technologist, Hywel ensures he approaches all tasks at Lawray efficiently and enthusiastically. He is confident using a variety of different design software including Revit, AutoCad and SketchUp.
Sustainable design is something Hywel feels passionately about and he intends to incorporate this into his work at Lawray as much as possible. He is a fluent Welsh speaker.
|James Morris||Architectural Assistant|
James joined Lawray at the beginning of 2018 as an Architectural Assistant, He began his career as architectural technologist in 2013 at Capita Architecture after graduating from the University of Wales Institute Cardiff and later progressed onto completing a Masters in Architecture in 2017, at the University of the West of England, where he was shortlisted for the TTJ Innovation Award for his research project.
James has worked on a diverse range of projects giving him extensive knowledge into the process of preparing projects from concept to completion. His experience includes delivering education, commercial and residential projects. He specialises in developing initial design proposals, preparing feasibility reports and producing construction drawings. James is a passionate designer with a particular skill and interest in 3D software and visualisation.
|Jennifer Wagstaff||Architectural Assistant|
Jennifer joined Lawray Architects in Autumn 2019 as a Part II Architectural Assistant. She received her BSc(Hons) and a First Class Masters of Architecture (MArch) degree from the Welsh School of Architecture at Cardiff University.
Jennifer is particularly interested in local and historic architecture and has experience working on residential and heritage projects at her previous practice, specialising in listed buildings around Wales and Cheshire. She now applies this knowledge through assisting with drawings and design in the Wrexham studio.
In her free time Jennifer enjoys exploring new places, sketching and painting with encaustic wax.
|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.
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.
|Krishan Parmar||Architectural Assistant|
Krishan Joined Lawray Architects as an Architectural Assistant in 2018. Having graduated from London South Bank University with a distinction in his Master’s earlier that year, Krishan is looking to develop his experience of running a project from conception through to completion and work toward his Part III.
Krishan has developed an interest in lightweight, sustainable structures and technologies as he approaches design from a logical standpoint, using his curiosity of problem solving to provide a creative design solution to every brief.
Krishan is passionate about the social impact of design and how to address context with a positive outcome.
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.
|Leon Phillips||Architectural Technologist|
Leon joined Lawray Architects as a graduate Architectural Technologist in 2018 after completing a BSc (Hons) degree in Architectural Design & Technology at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
He has gained experience in residential schemes during part time work in an architectural practice alongside university.
Leon has a passionate interest of Microsoft, Revit and AutoCAD software.
Outside of work he has a keen interest in watching and playing football, as well as learning about modern Architecture and design software.
|Lyn Hopkins||Senior Associate|
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.
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).
|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.
|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.
|Michelle Mason||Architectural Technologist|
Michelle joined us at Lawray Architects in 2018 as an Architectural Technologist after graduating from Cardiff Metropolitan University with 1st Class Hons in Architectural Design & Technology.
Michelle is interested in refurbishment projects, whilst working previously at another practice which specialised in conservation she is also interested in cemented conservation works and the juxtaposition between historic and contemporary architecture.
Michelle aspires to gain full chartership (MCIAT) and later CIAT Conservation Accreditation.
In her spare time Michelle loves to be outdoors and enjoys horse riding.
|Natalie Seaton||Building Surveyor/CDM Consultant|
Natalie joined Lawray at the beginning of 2018, taking on the role of Building Surveyor/CDM Consultant. Studying at the University of Estate Management, in 2017 she gained a MSc in Building Surveying whilst also working full time as a Surveyor and an Assistant Health and Safety Consultant.
Natalie gained her NEBOSH certificate in 2014. She is a member of the Association of Project Safety, as well as being an associate of RICS.
She has a wealth of experience working on a multitude of projects, including Commercial, Residential, Education, Health and Leisure for both public and private sectors.
|Nick Marsh||Senior Architect|
Nick has been with the Practice since 1993, promoted on various occasions Nick now oversees all aspects of technical delivery within the London Studio.
As well as managing the technical aspects, Nick also 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).
Paul joined Lawray Architects in 2018 having recently qualified as an Architect from Kingston School of Arts.
He previously studied at both the University of Kent (BA (Hons), 2012) and the University of Greenwich (M.Arch, 2016).
Having previously worked for firms in and around London, Paul has gained extensive experience across several sectors including; residential, commercial and educational.
Paul has a passion for design which he plans on developing further, with emphasis on; project delivery, technical understanding and marketing within the Architecture profession. His ambitions lie in producing schemes which connect people with their environments.
Rachel joined Lawray in 2018 and is based at our Wrexham studio. As a Fine Art graduate Rachel has strong observational, research and analytical skills. She ensures all of our clients are met with a professional and efficient service, while providing administrative support across the practice including marketing, sales ledger and credit management.
Rachel has considerable administrative experience, her excellent organisation skills and attention to detail are displayed with each task she approaches.
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.
|Rupert Elliott||Architectural Technologist|
Rupert joined Lawray Architects in May 2019 after graduating with a BSc (Hons) Architectural Design & Technology degree. Based in the Cardiff office, Rupert provides support to the design team with the production of different drawing packages.
Rupert is passionate about architectural technology and enjoys finding new and innovative ways to utilise software to benefit projects. In particular, he enjoys working with Revit and hopes to continue developing his skills to help improve the efficiency of the office as much as possible.
When not working on architectural solutions, Rupert enjoys staying active by either swimming or cycling.
|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.
|Tom Boardman||Architectural Assistant|
Tom joined Lawray Architects in 2018 as an RIBA Part II Architectural Assistant. He graduated from Sheffield Hallam University in 2012 with a BSc(Hons) in Architecture & Environmental Design, obtaining his MArch in Architecture from UCLAN in 2016.
Tom is professional and resourceful with a creative passion for innovative high quality design, particularly within the residential and industrial sectors. With experience in general day to day running of projects, development of designs and generation of drawings, he provides essential assistance to the project leads to ensure that work is delivered on time and to all stakeholder aspirations and requirements.
Outside of work, Tom is a keen rugby player and IT enthusiast, with interests in emerging technologies.