URBAN PRACTITIONERS - Key Persons


Alastair Warburton

Job Titles:
  • Director
Alastair joined Allies and Morrison for the timeless elegance and rigour of the practice's buildings and our reputation in urbanism. In his work, he has been particularly drawn to housing as it is the building type that most people relate to, and urban design, because of the strategic and political aspects of the work. He was project architect for the residential element of Msheireb Downtown Doha, responsible for the development of the concept design and its delivery. Similarly, he has been the project architect for a new residential project in Woolwich that connects the Royal Arsenal's historic buildings with the town centre. Alastair has also worked on urban masterplans of ambitious scale, both at home and abroad: Irfan, a new city in Oman, and a mixed-use development currently in planning at Brent Cross, which will deliver 7,500 homes, workspaces, a hospital and new railway station; and for the Olympic Legacy, he helped to create design codes for the post games development in east London. From Chester originally, he trained at Sheffield University, Oxford Brookes and Westminster.

Alex Ford

Job Titles:
  • Associate, Graphics
Handling the fast-paced graphic demands of our projects with ease and dedication, Alex makes a key contribution to the graphic language of the practice. She supports teams across the studio with her creative input, technical knowledge and speed in producing beautiful communications for print and screen which have helped distinguish the practice in key submissions. Alex is responsible for brochure and bid design, architectural and analytical imagery, competitions, bespoke print, branding, interactive presentations, animation, front end web design, signage and wayfinding, and exhibition design. From Devon, she holds a First Class degree in Graphic Design and Production from Plymouth University.

Anna Dziekonska-Ramage

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Originally from Warsaw, Anna was drawn to London for the diversity of its character, a quality reflected in her projects for the practice to date. A purposeful, efficient and versatile architect, Anna started life at the practice coordinating infrastructure and civil engineering projects at the Olympic Park. Her excellent people management skills have since been put to use delivering new-build homes at West Hendon and a commercial development in Hammersmith, always with an eye on design.

Anna Joynt

Job Titles:
  • Associate Director
From conservation management plans to detailed renovations, Anna is a conservation architect with a wide ranging and historically diverse portfolio. Her expertise finds its way into many of our projects. Her recent work includes a masterplan for Grade l listed Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey and the first refurbishment in fifty years for the Old Granary at Darwin College, Cambridge. Her conservation plans range from a Grade1 listed London townhouse, to a ruined 1930s lido, to the Royal Festival Hall, collaborating on the conservation management plan for the Southbank Centre. She co-authored the York Central design guide and developed a Heritage Management Agreement for Grade l listed East Wing of Cliveden House to reconcile its listed status with its current use as a fully functioning hotel. She has also guided our project for the new social facilities for Oxford's Grade l listed Oriel College,and is the project architect for a major repair project for the Grade I listed Holland House in London. An RIBA Advanced Conservation Course guest lecturer, Anna lectures widely and is a member of the judging panel for the Church Architecture Awards, Vice President of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association, and Trustee of the Zibby Garnett Travel Fellowship. Originally from Salisbury and an admirer of Bernard Rudofsky's architecture without architects, she trained at Cambridge and the AA.

Antony Rifkin

Job Titles:
  • Partner
A chartered town planner and urban designer, Antony leads the Allies and Morrison Urban Practitioners team and plays an important role in the overall management of the practice. He specialises in masterplanning and urban design and has worked on a wide variety of projects focusing on the regeneration of historic high streets and town centres across the UK and beyond. He has contributed to projects in many contexts and of different scales, from a new town centre vision and masterplan for Guildford to a masterplan for Digbeth to a new public realm vision for Galway, which won the Irish Planning Institute Design Award 2020. He helped lead the research project, London's Local Character and Density, which won a 2017 RIBA President's Award for Research. He enjoys working with a range of client types, from local councils to museums and cultural institutions to those with an interest in sustainable urban development from both the public and private sectors. Antony's interest in high streets and urban character has led to several ground-breaking publications. He is the co-author of the good practice guide ‘Investing in the High Street', the Historic England economic and regeneration series ‘The Heritage Dividend, and New Life for the Heritage Lottery Fund' and the book published in 2020 ‘Complex City: London's Changing Character' with RIBA and Historic England which won the 2021 RTPI Planning Practitioner Award for Research Excellence. Antony has degrees in commerce and city and regional planning and a diploma in urban design; he is also a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI). He was co-founder of Urban Practitioners, which merged with Allies and Morrison in 2011.

Artur Carulla

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Artur leads the strategic direction of projects across the entire range of our work, with a focus on hybrid building typologies and large urban regeneration masterplans. He has contributed to the practice's work in several of London's opportunity areas, including our proposals for Paddington, Bankside, Old Kent Road, City of London and Brent Cross. At Elephant & Castle, he led a team designing a major new mixed-use project anchored by a new campus for the London College of Communication and the headquarters of University Arts London. It will be an important high-density scheme at the geographic centre of London, incorporating one of our city's busiest transport interchanges and a rich mix of housing, leisure, culture and workspace uses. Artur is also our go-to for our many projects in our neighbourhood, where he has led over twenty schemes across all stages of design. These include projects where we have acted as both architect and developer, such as the extension of our studios, which expanded our presence in Bankside from that of a single building to a small urban campus, as well as a residential tower in its vicinity. Outside of the office, Artur takes an interest in wider debates about the city, society and architecture's place in them, delivering talks and participating regularly in forums ranging from those held by New London Architecture to the World Economic Forum. He also sits on Southwark's Design Review Panel. He grew up in Barcelona and gained his qualifications at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (ETSAB) and the Architectural Association in London, followed by further studies at Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley.

Asako Nishimura

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Asako has worked on several building projects but is now focused on interior architecture, playing a key role in our interiors team including the London College of Fashion project team where she is expertly developing some of the most detailed and complex Stage 4 packages. Her committed and methodical approach is an inspiring example, resulting in consistent, exemplary and well-coordinated design and technical information. Asako studied architecture at the University of Westminster where she was nominated for the RIBA Presidents Medal in her final year, and completed her diploma at London Metropolitan University.

Charlotte Hodges

Job Titles:
  • Associate Director
  • Key Member of the Kidderpore Design Team
Charlotte has extensive experience working on a variety of projects across all stages of design from residential, mixed-use and educational schemes to masterplanning and urban design. She enjoys the creative processes involved in earlier stage design and feasibility studies but has also demonstrated skill in tackling the challenges posed by projects during detailed design and delivery. A key member of the Kidderpore design team, Charlotte worked to convert an existing concrete framed 1960s building into high-end apartments. Most recently Charlotte was project architect for the new Arts and Humanities faculty building for Manchester Metropolitan University, a programmatically complex project that includes a theatre, Manchester Poetry Library, teaching spaces for performing arts, media and languages and incorporates an existing listed Portico facade. Charlotte completed her Diploma in Architecture at Edinburgh College of Art and qualified as an Architect from the University of Westminster.

Chris Schulte

Job Titles:
  • Associate Director
As an architect and urban designer, Chris plays an important role in shaping our masterplans. He specialises in complex urban projects and is motivated by a desire to bring positive change to the environments in which we live. With extensive experience in large-scale urban design, public realm and infrastructure projects he has worked on masterplans for Bath Quays North, Bristol Arena Island and led various workstreams for the London 2012 Olympic and Legacy masterplans. Chris sits on design review panels for Transport for London, Design South East and the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames. He has lectured at the Bartlett, the AA, Cambridge and the University of Nottingham. Having grown up in the US, Chris enjoys London's inclusive environment which in his opinion, invites anyone to become a ‘Londoner'. Perhaps that explains why his favourite part of the studio is our ground floor reception space, which feels like it forms part of the street. Chris studied architecture at Columbia University, University of Cambridge and the Architectural Association. He is a core member of the practice's Masterplanning Group.

Ciaran Garrick

Job Titles:
  • Associate Director, BIM
Before joining Allies and Morrison, Ciaran worked designing large scale commercial and transport projects in Shenzhen, China and Hong Kong, a city that he describes as organised chaos at its best. Motivated by ambitious clients and talented design teams, Ciaran wanted to work for a practice with a clear identity in its designs, whilst making a positive impact on the surrounding context. A member of the practice's Sustainability Steering Group, Post Occupancy Evaluation Group and Data in Design Group, Ciaran has been integral to our projects at Stratford Waterfront, Canada Water and Greenwich Peninsula. From Castlebar, Ireland, Ciaran studied in Aberdeen. He holds degrees in architecture from the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and is a Certified Passive House Designer.

Daniel Elsea - CCO

Job Titles:
  • Director, Communications
Daniel has a multi-dimensional role at the practice. He leads our Communications Team, shaping our external strategy, supporting business development, publications, events, exhibitions and press relations. He advises many of our clients on communications issues, conducts public outreach, and fosters new relationships. Daniel is a core member of the Masterplanning Group, on the Management Team and one of our Diversity Champions. As an urbanist, he contributes thinking to our international masterplans and competitions. As a design journalist, his by-line has appeared in a variety of publications from Art Review and The Architects' Journal to The Wall Street Journal and The World of Interiors. Combining these roles, he is the co-author of Complex City, which grew out of the practice's award-winning research in urban characterisation. He is involved in shaping the work of the Van Alen Institute, the New York-based urban design charity, serving as co-chair of its International Council. He has lectured at the Manchester School of Architecture and Zayed University and serves on the Sustainable Urban Development Advisory Committee at the University of Oxford. A student of politics, history of architecture and urban studies, Daniel holds degrees from Williams College and the University of Oxford. Now an adopted Londoner, he grew up in Los Angeles and previously called Hong Kong and Beijing home. He is especially proud of his small, but growing, collection of contemporary art.

David Amarasekera

Job Titles:
  • Partner
David specialises in the technical aspects of our work. He has led our Technical Team, and established standards that have underpinned our reputation in the craft of making buildings, for quality and attention to detail. A mentor to many of us, he advises architects across the practice on the best technical solutions. In procurement and construction, he supports teams working on projects of every size and at each workstage. David also leads our Construction and Design Management (CDM), advising on health and safety matters during the design and planning phases of construction. He has been our quality management champion, overseeing accreditation, training and project auditing across the practice. David is also responsible for carrying out Principal Designer service on projects when appointed on behalf of the practice. He was involved extensively in Bankside 123, the project that first brought us to the neighbourhood and he has continued to take an interest in the ongoing project of our own studios. He served as project partner for the refurbishment of 89 Southwark Street and the construction of 1-9 Farnham Place, which greatly expanded our footprint in Bankside. He has also led projects as diverse as new hotels in India to Paradise Street, a new urban block at the heart of the Liverpool One development. David trained in Malawi and worked with Graham Morrison at YRM Architects, joining the practice in 1987.

Emad Sleiby

Job Titles:
  • Director
An experienced urban designer, Emad has developed a specialism in large scale, regeneration schemes, which stems from an interest in the individual's place in the life of the city. He led the masterplan development for the regeneration of Gascoigne Estate in Barking, with north east London, which structures phased redevelopment of the 1960s estate. Emad was also a key team member of the Legacy Communities Scheme, responsible for the illustrative design and design guidelines for a number of the legacy neighbourhoods. In addition, he was involved in the infrastructure design coordination for the Olympic Transformation Masterplan which ensured that Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was open to the public shortly after the Games. More recently, he has been involved in our masterplanning work for the Al-Balad UNESCO World Heritage site in Jeddah, the redevelopment of Filton Airport at the northern edge of Bristol and a new public realm framework for City Strand, Dublin. Emad co-leads the Masterplanning Group and was a key member in setting up the annual Citymakers autumn conference. Originally from Jordan, he trained in architectural urbanism at the Architectural Association.

Ewan Morrison

Job Titles:
  • Director, Technical Design
Ewan was attracted to the practice's design focus and ability to produce well-considered buildings. He has worked on a range of projects from conception through to completion, principally involved with commercial and university buildings, from which he has developed an excellent knowledge of all aspects of design and delivery. He was an important part of the team for 100 Bishopsgate, a new 40-storey office building in central London. In Cambridge, he has been working on the Cranmer Road project for King's College and at John Bradfield Court project at Darwin College. Ewan has an interest and expertise in the retention and re-use of historic buildings, and their importance within the fabric of the city, which explored as project architect for 8-10 Moorgate building, a commercially led scheme adjacent to the Bank of England. Ewan works at our Cambridge office and likes the city's progressive but eccentric charm and the way it combines the historic with the very modern. He trained at the University of Nottingham and is a member of our Technical Group.

Graham Morrison

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Graham founded the practice with Bob Allies in 1984. Over more than 35 years, he has fostered a clear design direction and helped to build the practice we know today. Graham works across the breadth of our projects and his concerns range from the scale of the smallest detail and how buildings are made to the scale of significant masterplans such as the redevelopment of King's Cross, now considered a global exemplar in urban design to the smallest detail Graham lectures both internationally and across the UK. He was a Professor of Architecture at the University of Nottingham, an elected National Member to the RIBA Council, the chair of its Exhibition Committee and a director of the RIBA Journal. He has judged several major architectural competitions, served as a Civic Trust assessor, a CABE Design Review Panellist and a Royal Fine Art Commissioner. He has chaired Design Review Panels in Southwark and the South Downs National Park. A concerned interest in built heritage has been a consistent theme in Graham's career, from the practice's first commission at The Mound, Edinburgh, to the refurbishment of the Grade I -listed Royal Festival Hall (shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2008). He was a member of English Heritage's London Advisory Committee and a Commissioner of Historic England. He has spoken out on issues concerning the built and urban environments, from calling for a rethink of ‘look at me' iconic architecture in our cities to proposing that the River Thames be listed. Graham studied architecture under Sir Leslie Martin at the University of Cambridge and as a student was awarded the Brancusi Prize to travel to Finland to study the work of Alvar Aalto, an architect who continues to inspire him to this day. In 2016, he was awarded an OBE for services to architecture.

Helena Gomes

Job Titles:
  • Associate
Helena has worked on a range of project types including residential, commercial, masterplanning and infrastructure. She was project architect for the new award-winning headquarters for Banham Group and she was involved in the design and construction of a number of permanent and temporary bridges and infrastructure for the London 2012 Olympic Games and Legacy Masterplan. Latterly she has worked on a series of masterplans, establishing a sustainable development framework for future growth at Greenwich Peninsula, and mixed-use proposals introducing higher densities of development on various urban sites. Helena studied architecture at the University of Porto.

Indu Ramaswamy

Job Titles:
  • Director, Legal
Indu is our person for any questions about professional practice and building contracts or procurement. In her work, she is driven to address the injustices in the construction industry and the fact that something she does could make a difference. She is first and foremost an architect. Before obtaining her law degree, Indu was a project architect on a number of our projects, including 6 Brindleyplace, Queen's House Greenwich and South Hill Park Arts Centre. She is a member of the RIBA Insurance Agency Advisory Board and of the Royal Town Planning Institute's Appeals Panel. She participates in debates on the business of architecture, giving a talk on design liability at events such as the RIBA's ‘Guerilla Tactics' series and lectures and examines at Part 3 level. Having worked internationally including six years in Hong Kong, Indu finds that London is a melting pot of cultures and a place where one can be at home. She plays flute in an amateur orchestra and enjoys long walks with her dog.

Jane Manning

Job Titles:
  • Director
Underlying all of Jane's work is a drive to meaningfully address climate change. Always present as a theme in the projects she is involved in, it underpinned her decision to move into urban design as she sees masterplanning as an effective tool for change on the ground. With a background in environmental planning, Jane has recently been preparing a town centre strategy for Northstowe, a new town in Cambridgeshire with the vision to be an exemplar for sustainable development, mixing together places for living, working and making. Jane's pivotal role in the research of London's Character and Density led to the RIBA President's Award for Research in 2017. She has contributed to the practice's work at Old Kent Road and for town centre masterplans in Camberley and Ladywell, and led the production of the masterplan for the Northern Fringe of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. Jane is the climate change lead on the editorial board of Urban Design and was Policy Council member for the Town and Country Planning Association and a member of their Zero Carbon Task Force. She led the production of the Sustainable Places website, working in partnership with CABE and the English core cities to establish authoritative and practical guidance on addressing climate change in urban areas. Jane holds degrees in geography and urban design from the University of Liverpool and the University of Westminster.

Jo Robinson

Job Titles:
  • Associate, Administration
No two days ever look the same for Jo. With a variety of tasks on hand as a personal assistant and administrative associate, Jo enjoys the busy rhythm of her role. She initially became project administrator for the BBC Media Village development at White City, and built up her skill set on the job, having previously worked at a bookshop in Cambridge. As a keen trail runner, she regularly tests her endurance in long-distance races, from half to ultra-marathons. London is an ideal city for her with its range of sports venues and green spaces. From Elstree, Jo holds a degree in recreation management from Sheffield Hallam University.

Joel Davenport

Job Titles:
  • Director

Katerina Mathioudaki

Job Titles:
  • Director
Katerina has worked on a range of projects during her time with us ranging from education and arts to housing and healthcare to hospitality. She has experience of all work stages, from conception to completion on site. A strong designer, both well organised and strategic, she enjoys delivering projects with clients and leading teams. Katerina's portfolio includes leadership of the Rosie Maternity Hospital in Cambridge, part of our wider masterplan for the university's Addenbrooke's site. She was a key architect responsible for the delivery of the Chelsea College of Art in its Edwardian setting in Millbank and worked on the teams for the refurbishment and expansion of the Grade II-listed Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. At the Olympic Park, she worked alongside artists to incorporate artwork into a number of bridges and underpasses. She was involved in the South Hampstead Synagogue and has lead hotel schemes in London. Katerina is currently working on the Gateway Central offices for Stanhope at White City Place and a new housing scheme for the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. She trained at the University of Bath.

Katie Holt

Job Titles:
  • Associate, Submissions

Laura Brimson

Job Titles:
  • Associate, Submissions

Liz Parr

Job Titles:
  • Associate, Information Manager
Liz works with the management and support teams to assist them in improving the performance of the practice. She maintains the practice's ISO certification and manages general practice information including the archives, databases, record keeping, libraries and the general online filing system. She also runs the induction process for all new staff and manages the practice's CPD programme. Liz studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture and Kingston University. She is certified in Integrated Management System Auditing and has an IEMA Foundation Certificate in Environmental Management. She is also a keen figurative sculptor.

Mammad Tabatabai

Job Titles:
  • Director
Mammad has a broad range of experience developing and delivering high quality projects from concept to construction. With a strong design flair and practical, delivery experience he has led several of our significant project teams. He is currently leading designs for a new campus building for the London College of Communications at Elephant & Castle. His work has ranged from a residential-led masterplan for Woolwich Arsenal, London, to the production of construction packages for the BBC White City development, during which he was based on site on the later stages. Mammad has also developed a particular specialism in retail. His portfolio includes the Paradise Street development in Liverpool, a new building within the Westgate scheme in Oxford, and masterplan proposals for Westfield in Croydon. At Queen's Court in Milton Keynes, Mammad led the team to develop a sensitive scheme that has enhanced the public realm and commercial space in the now Grade II listed modernist shopping centre. From Iran originally, Mammad completed his architectural training at the University of Greenwich and followed this with a post graduate MSc in Architecture and Computing at the University of East London.

Mark Ellison

Job Titles:
  • Associate

Mark Taylor

Job Titles:
  • Director, Technical Design
Driven by a thirst for knowledge and a passion for detail, Mark is responsible for technical design and quality, providing knowledge transfer, research and support on construction, sustainability, building physics and processes. He shapes technical excellence across the range of our work. Mark is active in wider discussions regarding technical building performance and in helping to establish industry guidance. He is chair of the BSI panel writing new BS 8579 Guide to the design of Balconies and Terraces and member of BSI committee B_209 General Building Codes, previously is chair. He sits on the BIBA Regulations and Standards Committee and was a board member of the Society of Facade Engineering (SFE). He has been a Judge for SFE Facade of the Year competition and a member of the SFE Fire Committee. Mark has given numerous talks delivered to technical and facades related conferences over the last few years. From Derby, Mark enjoys painting watercolours and travel sketching and sees London as an unparalleled architectural epicentre. He has been a champion of the practice's pro bono work, contributing to the design of several school of projects in Africa. He trained at De Montfort University and Bath University.

Matthew Traub

Job Titles:
  • Associate

Miles Leigh

Job Titles:
  • Partner
Miles is motivated by designing a wonderful piece of architecture while working hard to fulfil a client's brief. He is particularly involved in the practice's housing work and leads our Housing Group, developing standards and sharing best practice across project teams. As London undergoes densification, he has been leading a diverse range of projects that have involved the re-use of urban land across the city. These include Glasshouse Gardens, two new tall buildings at Stratford; a 2,000-home masterplan replacing the post-war estate at Acton Gardens; Park Royal, where more than 800 homes will take up residence on a former industrial park; and in London's Docklands, he was the Director in charge of Waterside Park, a residential masterplan where we completed 420 homes over three phases of development. In Cambridge, one of the fastest growing cities in the UK, he has been leading the masterplan for Darwin Green, a new urban extension east of the city; and Trumpington Meadows, south of the city, where we have delivered 660 new homes. He was the Project Architect for the BBC Media Centre at White City, an important project in the history of the practice, and then went on to lead the design of new commercial office buildings at IQ Farnborough and the masterplan and expansion of the pioneering Grade II listed Milton Keynes shopping centre. Miles trained at Manchester Metropolitan University and Canterbury School of Architecture, where it was one of his tutors - then a part-timer with us - who first encouraged him to look at the work of Allies and Morrison. Drawn to London for its energy and diversity as a capital city, his favourite city to visit is Florence.

Nick Péri

Job Titles:
  • Director
Nick has a particular interest in the design and detailing of projects with highly specific client requirements, having led these on several of our significant projects including signature cultural buildings. Nick acted as project director for Rambert's new studio building adjacent to London's Soutbank Centre. The building provided a new public face for the contemporary dance company, winning an RIBA National Award with the judges praising the 'crispness of the architectural details' and 'the deep attention to dancer's needs'. More recently, he has been involved in the new culture and university quarter at Stratford Waterfront. He is leading the design of the new BBC Music building, which will be the future home of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He enjoys working in historic contexts as well, leading the design of the first phase of a masterplan, landscaping and works to listed buildings at St Peter's College, Oxford. Nick was project architect for 85 Southwark Street, the first of our studios buildings in Bankside and the RIBA London Building of the Year Award in 2004. He studied architecture at the University of Newcastle and University of Westminster.

Paul Summerlin

Job Titles:
  • Director

Peter Sagar

Job Titles:
  • Associate Director

Philip Gilder

Job Titles:
  • Associate

Rachel Mundell

Job Titles:
  • Director

Richard White

Job Titles:
  • Associate

Robert Maxwell

Job Titles:
  • Partner

Romy Berlin

Job Titles:
  • Director, Graphics

Sarah La Touche

Job Titles:
  • Director

Silvia Asuni

Job Titles:
  • Associate

Simon Gathercole

Job Titles:
  • Partner

Tom Ferm

Job Titles:
  • Associate

Valentina Lancioni

Job Titles:
  • Associate

Vimal Mehta

Job Titles:
  • Associate Director

William Sherlaw

Job Titles:
  • Associate

Yasmeen Croxford

Job Titles:
  • Associate