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Architects, Town Planners & Urban Designers

We are dedicated to place-making through high quality design. Our work spans the disciplines of Architecture, Planning and Urban Design, with other specialisms falling under this umbrella. This breadth of design skill allows us to offer a uniquely coordinated service to our clients.

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Meet The Team

Partners

Philip D Waddy
Partner

Philip D Waddy, BA (Hons) Dip Arch (Oxford) RIBA FRSA AABC

With over thirty years experience as a Partner or Principal in private practice, Philip Waddy commenced his architectural practice following success in a number of architectural competitions in the 1980s, including the prestigious Cherry Garden Pier Housing development in London Docklands. Through the 1980s his young practice increased in size and in 1986 merged with the long established Abingdon practice of Duncan West to form West Waddy.

During the 1990s, Philip directed a period of sustained growth and diversification particularly embracing new technology to operate a fully computerised office. Increasing staff numbers, plus a further merger in 1999 with Associated Design Partnership, has since seen the firm develop into one of the larger practices in Oxfordshire combining Architects, Town Planners and Urban Designers under one roof.

Philip is experienced at steering complex developments to completion. His particular abilities are in the role of project management and his track record in getting results for clients is borne out by the number of repeat commissions received by the practice.

Philip has a special interest and expertise in historic building conservation having successfully undertaken a large number of sensitive conversion, repair and restoration schemes to listed buildings during his career. He is a consultant architect to the Friends of Abingdon, with responsibility for surveying and repairing the Abbey Buildings (A Scheduled Ancient Monument) being the last surviving buildings from the original Abingdon Abbey. He is also an approved architect under the Oxford Diocesan Scheme for the inspection of churches and is responsible for surveying the fabric of over 25 historic churches in Oxfordshire.

Philip is a past Chairman of the RIBA Southern Region and is a member of the RIBA Council. He also serves on the RIBA National Planning Group helping to formulate the Institute’s policy on town planning. In these roles he has given recent papers and presentations to conferences on matters relating to architecture and town planning, conservation and sustainability.

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Stephen Simkins
Partner

Stephen Simkins, BA (Hons) Dip Arch (Oxford) Dip Urban Design RIBA

Stephen joined West Waddy in 1998. He was promoted to an Associate in 2000 and became a partner in 2005. He is responsible for the delivery of architectural projects from inception to completion throughout the practice.

An able motivator and team leader, Stephen understands the importance of deadlines, budgets and fulfilling each clients’ brief, in order to successfully deliver the projects that he manages for West Waddy.

Stephen has a particular interest in historic buildings and has successfully delivered much of the conservation and heritage work undertaken by the practice in recent years.

As a partner at West Waddy, Stephen has worked to develop the management systems within the practice as the organization has grown, including ISO 9001 Quality Assurance and Business Management System. Stephen is also responsible for encouraging and monitoring professional development, which was a key factor in helping the practice achieve Investors in People Gold in 2015.

Stephen is currently an external examiner for the RIBA Part III Professional Practice examinations at both Oxford Brookes University and The Bartlett, University College London. Stephen also adjudicates the WWADP award each year at the Oxford Brookes final year show, which recognises design excellence in the joint fields of architecture and planning for RIBA part II students.

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Alan Divall
Planning Partner

Alan Divall, BA(Hons) MRTPI

Alan joined West Waddy as a senior Town Planner in 2011 and is now the Planning Partner responsible for overseeing masterplans and planning applications for schemes up to 10,000 homes, as well as significant projects in other sectors.

He has extensive local authority planning experience having worked for Oxfordshire County Council for nine years in both planning policy and development control roles. These roles gave Alan considerable experience of preparing planning policy documents and making planning decisions on large scale and complex development proposals. It also provided Alan with invaluable project management skills as well as skills in the leadership and management of colleagues.

From his time at Oxfordshire County Council Alan gained experience in public consultation exercises and how they play a crucial role in involving local people at the early stages of the planning process. He also provided specialist advice to applicants on issues relating to the development of listed buildings.

In 2014 Alan was promoted to Associate. After leading on a number of high profiles projects demonstrating both excellent project management skills and technical expertise of the planning process, he was promoted to Partner in 2016.

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Hannah Smart
Urban Design Associate

Hannah Smart, BA Dip (Hons) Architecture and Landscape Architecture DipArch

Hannah joined West Waddy in November 2014 and has been involved in a wide range of Masterplanning and Urban Design projects. These include a new settlement of 9,000 homes – an exciting and once in a generation chance to help shape the future of Oxfordshire though providing an exemplary and highly sustainable legacy and new community.

In addition she has been involved in the masterplan for Woodstock East of 1500 homes close to Blenheim Palace; providing a real challenge to integrate new housing in such a landscape sensitive area. Hannah has also worked on smaller housing led schemes of 80-100 homes which draw their concept and layout from existing settlement patterns and local vernacular.

Prior to joining West Waddy, Hannah worked for Terry Farrell and Partners taking lead roles in a range masterplanning schemes; with responsibility for both Urban Design and strategic Landscape Design. Notable examples of this were the 6000 home Bicester Eco Town Masterplan for A2 Dominion and the 7,500 home total regeneration of Earls Court in London, for Capital and Counties; where she was responsible for the strategic landscape masterplan and coordination.

Hannah also works as a visiting ‘Associate Teacher‘ at The University of Sheffield, teaching Landscape and Urban Design at both Degree and Masters Level.

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Michael Gray
Architectural Associate

Michael Gray, BA (Hons) (ARCH) Dip Arch MSc Conservation RIBA

Michael has extensive experience in many sectors most particularly high quality residential developments and conservation, heritage, and historic building restoration. His skills include client liaison, brief development, concept design and presentation, development of aesthetic and built form strategies and project management.

A strong team leader, with design and procurement strengths, Michael’s ability to deliver workable design solutions to achieve a successful outcome makes him a key member of the practice. His previous positions with Scott Brownrigg, Stanford Eatwell and Crawford and Gray in London and Simon Morray-Jones in Bath have given him experience in all scales of project from large mixed use urban developments down to smaller bespoke commissions.

Michael’s interest in conservation expands to his continued involvement as a Board Trustee for the Friends of Lydiard Park, an independent charity dedicated to support Lydiard House, a Grade I listed building near Swindon.

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Lorraine Waddy
Practice Manager

Lorraine Waddy,

In addition to managing the finances of the business, Lorraine is a key member of the support team, contributing to ISO auditing and many more of the behind the scenes processes that keep the operation at the Practice running efficiently.

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Lee Golder
Finance Manager

Lee Golder, BA (Hons) MAAT

Lee joined West Waddy in 2014, originally as Practice Manager, and taking over the Finance Manager role in 2017. As part of the Senior Management Team she heads up all aspects of financial management as well as IT and premises management at the practice.

Lee has a previous career as a Graphic Designer, working for 6 years at Oxford Brookes University after graduating from Kent Institute of Art and Design.

In 2007 she made the transition to accountancy to work more closely with people and businesses, focusing on financial and office management.

Since qualifying as an Accounting Technician Lee has worked within accounting and legal practices and expanded her skills into financial reporting, budget planning, office management, HR and personnel support.

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The Team

Ellie Moore
Receptionist / Administrator

Ellie Moore,

Ellie has been with West Waddy for 13 years, supporting her colleagues as the business has transitioned from a small enterprise to a significant name in Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley.

A vital member of the support team, Ellie’s role has grown with practice and she now handles all front of house matters as well as document management. Her skills are highly bespoke to the built environment sector, which enables her to run a very efficient support service allowing her colleagues to focus on fee earning activities. Her calm and methodical approach ensures that the job is always done on time and to an excellent standard.

Outside of work, Ellie is a keen gardener, keeping a beautiful garden and producing home grown vegetables and fruit.

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Iain Summerfield
Town Planner

Iain Summerfield, BA(Hons), MSc, MRTPI

Iain joined the Practice in 2015, firstly as a Graduate Planner, prior to being promoted to Town Planner in 2016. He has assisted the Planning Team with a variety of development projects, primarily in either the residential or educational sector. His work has included planning policy research, the production of planning statements and planning appeal evidence, the preparation and submission of planning applications, and project management work.

Iain previously worked for Spelthorne Borough Council, within their Development Management team. He gained experience of the planning system from a Local Authority perspective, in determining mainly householder applications and advising the public on householder planning enquires, whilst also gaining exposure to planning appeals and planning committees. Whilst at Spelthorne Borough Council, Iain wrote an internal guidance document for the Planning Enforcement Team, assisting them through a period of staff transition.

Iain graduated from the Bartlett School of the Built Environment, UCL, with a Masters in Spatial Planning. In this degree he was engaging with topics on planning policy, urban design, urban regeneration, and key planning debates. The degree culminated in the production of a dissertation on the effectiveness of Community Forums as a public consultation tool within the proposed rail-line ‘HS2’.

Formerly Iain studied at the University of Portsmouth, where he gained significant geographic understanding and relevant industry skills in Geographical Information Systems, and independently developed research on the influences on the educational performance of secondary schools.

In recognition of the above experience and professionalism, Iain recently became a Chartered Member of the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI), after successfully completing his Assessment of Professional Competence Studies.

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Ralph Saull
Architect

Ralph Saull, BA(Hons) MArchD PCTHE FHEA RIBA

Ralph joined West Waddy in June 2011. Supplementing his role in the Practice, he is also an Associate Lecturer in Architecture, teaching at Oxford Brookes University on the year one undergraduate programme.

Ralph has worked on a variety of projects over 6 years at West Waddy ADP ranging from large scale masterplans to extension and alteration works.

He has also worked on a number of heritage-led projects including grade I and grade II listed buildings, the most recent of which involving the restoration of a Medieval Barn and adjacent buildings in a state of disrepair.

Recently, he has worked on the design of a number of contemporary dwellings including Herons, a one-off home in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

His attention to detail is seen in the design and specification of interiors, where a passion for fully integrated lighting design often leads the design process.

Where community and stakeholder engagement is required, he has a great deal of experience in the design and production of clear and simple graphic information to communicate a design. This is of particular benefit when engaging the local community or building users in the design process. This skill is frequently employed to support public consultations, or when working with client groups & representatives.

In addition to his role in practice as a designer, Ralph is a keen educator and photographer working in the field of the built environment.

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Sarah Murray
Senior Urban Designer

Sarah Murray, BArch (Hons) MA Urban Design

Sarah began her design career as an architectural assistant at Hall Needham Associates after completing her first degree in the subject at Nottingham university. A brief spell working for Stockland in Australia, inspired a switch to Urban Design.

Sarah’s course through design education has been exceptional; she achieved a distinction in her PGCert (2010), PGDip and MA Urban Design (2011), which she completed at Oxford Brookes University.

Following this Sarah went on to gain practical experience in the field at John Thompson and Partners, London. This job involved coordinating community consultation and planning events as well as preparing large scale planning applications for residential regeneration projects and urban extensions. In addition to this Sarah has been involved in the preparation of design codes, masterplans, Design and Access statements and parameter plans.

At JTP, Sarah played a key role in the submission of outline planning applications for schemes of 5,750 homes in Ashford, Kent, and other large scale applications for 1,400 and 2,450 homes in Eastleigh and Worcester respectively. Joining WWADP in 2015, Sarah brings her considerable expertise to a growing urban design team now handling projects of varying scales. Sarah is currently working towards becoming a Recognised Practitioner of Urban Design.

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Stephen Pickles
Policy Planner

Stephen Pickles, BA MSc Dip TP MRTPI Diploma in Env Cons

Stephen joined West Waddy in July 2007.  Since joining the practice he has worked on a range of projects. These include: the production of a Scoping Report for Berkyn Manor, a disused nineteenth century manor house, and associated agricultural buildings located in the Green Belt at Horton, near Slough in Berkshire; appearing at the Examination into Wycombe District Council’s Core Strategy on behalf of Banner Homes, who were seeking to prevent two sites in which they have an interest from being incorporated into the Green Belt; drafting a planning feasibility report for a research Institute relating to the future of their research facilities at two locations: one in the Green Belt and the other in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; and working on an application to create a new main entrance to Oxford Brookes University’s Wheatley Campus. He is also working on a number of policy promotions, seeking the allocation of sites for development in Local Development Frameworks.

Stephen has experience of preparing planning applications and co-ordinating other professionals involved in the team. He has experience of monitoring planning applications once deposited with the local planning authority and liaising with clients throughout each project.

Prior to joining the Practice, Stephen worked in Planning Policy at Oxford City Council for 18 years from 1989 until 2007 working on policy issues (particularly in relation to the universities, hospitals, environmental issues and sports/recreation), which gave him extensive knowledge of planning policy in a local government context.

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Matt Hinkins
Architectural Assistant - Pt II

Matt Hinkins,

Following work experience at MGB Architects in Wheatley,  Matt was inspired to study architecture completing his undergraduate degree at The Oxford School of Architecture in 2013. Following a 15 month placement at Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands designing high rise residential developments he has returned to Oxford to complete his masters and take on a new role at West Waddy as an Urban Designer.

Matt’s university projects often offer a unique solution to a site, with his ‘Northgate Cable Car System’ in Oxford winning the ‘Best Sustainable Portfolio Award’ in 2015. Whilst prior large schemes during placements have helped develop an eye for proportionality and composition, his interests lie in smaller bespoke schemes where a unique and innovative solution is required.

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Greta Leonaviciene
Urban Designer

Greta Leonaviciene, BA (Hons) MA Urban Design

Greta joined West Waddy as an Urban Design Assistant in 2016, and has been involved in a number of mixed-use, residential masterplanning schemes. Greta’s multi-disciplinary approach has played a crucial role in her involvement with residential schemes including a new settlement of 32 homes in Castlethorpe. Her background in both Landscape and Urban Design ensures her schemes have a thorough and holistic design approach. She has worked on producing Masterplan drawings and Design and Access statements for various schemes.

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Duncan Pritchard
Architectural Assistant - Pt II

Duncan Pritchard, BSc (Hons) MArchD

Duncan joined West Waddy in July 2016 as an Architectural Assistant (Part II) following the completion of his Postgraduate studies at Oxford Brookes University. During which he undertook a specialisation in Sustainable Building: Performance and Design which involved detailed environmental modelling of each design project.  He achieved an overall distinction for both years of his studies.

Before his Masters Duncan worked at HLM Architects in Sheffield he participated in projects in the Education, Defence and Healthcare Sectors including a successful bid for 12 Schools, the PSBP Northwest Batch. As well as a number of bids & competitions. Prior to this Duncan completed a 3 month placement at an Architectural Practice in Brasov, Romania working on small residential schemes in the historic city.

He has strong organisational and administration skills with knowledge of design & build contracts and has participated in the development of proposals for large and small scale projects. He has an in-depth knowledge of the requirements of Education Clients, especially the schools of the PSBP programme.  Duncan has experience of working within large multi-disciplinary design teams and the co-ordination of that information, BIM, crucially the generation of detailed drawings and information for costing.

Recently Duncan has participated in the securing of planning and building regulation approvals for residential and non-residential schemes.

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Rashed Mustafa
Architectural Assistant - Pt II

Rashed Mustafa, BA (Hons) MArchD

Further to completing her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in architecture, Rashed began working as an Architectural Assistant (Part II) at West Waddy  in October 2016. Before joining the practice, she gained experience at a London based practice designing schemes for both the education and leisure sectors. Her projects included a large development at York Racecourse and a new study centre design for a theologian college in Cambridge.

Currently, Rashed is involved in designing several residential schemes of various scales for West Waddy clients.

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Selby Stocks
Project Architect

Selby Stocks, RIBA, BA (Hons) Dip Arch

Selby joined West Waddy early in 2017 as a Project Architect. Selby has worked in a variety of sectors for chartered practices in Yorkshire, Lancashire, Oxfordshire and London over the years.

He trained at his father’s practice in Ilkley, West Yorkshire before undertaking his degree and Masters at Leeds Metropolitan University.

Selby went on to develop a keen eye for detail and an intrinsic sensitivity for dealing with the built environment, having worked across a range of heritage projects in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Prior to joining West Waddy Selby spent 5 years at DP Architects in Watlington and 3 years at Anderson Orr Architects in Oxfordshire, delivering high end bespoke housing schemes for both private clients and developers. Selby gained his diploma in professional practice to become a chartered Architect in 2015.

While Selby’s expertise lies primarily in residential design, he has worked on large commercial and retail schemes, subsequently he’s able to turn his hand to most aspects of design and construction detail.

His considerable experience from inception to completion, means he’s able to add value at every work stage, whether that’s managing consultant teams or delivering a client’s brief.

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Ed Phillips
Architectural Technologist

Ed Phillips, MCIAT

Ed joined West Waddy as an Architectural Technologist in March 2017.

Following his apprenticeship in Bath, Ed has gained over ten years practice experience, building up a varied portfolio, working from initial concepts through to final delivery.

A specialist in the application of technology in architecture, building design and construction, he’s provided innovative solutions for public, residential, heritage and commercial buildings.

As part of the Urban Design team Ed is particularly keen to expand his knowledge and experience by working across contemporary projects, as well as supporting other multi disciplinary works.

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Jay Wright
PA to Architectural Partners

Jay Wright,

Jay joined the Practice as an Architectural PA in June 2017. In this short time she has already demonstrated her value across the Practice through the professional manner in which she oversees and helps coordinate the Partners busy schedules.

Prior to her appointment, Jay worked at Churchill Hospital providing full administrative and secretarial support across a variety of NHS teams and services.

Originally from Oxford Jay now lives in Abingdon, where she enjoys walking her dog and spending time with her family.

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Katrin Jagusch
Senior Project Architect

Katrin Jagusch, Dipl.-Ing. (FH) RIBA

Info coming soon…

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Gavin Fraser
Project Architect

Gavin Fraser, BA(Hons) MArchD RIBA

With a diverse academic and professional background Gavin has worked in the construction industry since 2004, and formerly worked at several well respected local practices.  He completed his professional training qualifying as an architect in 2016. His architectural experience spans a range of sectors including transport, commercial and residential.

He is experienced in all aspects of architectural services including feasibility and concept design work; surveying and consultation with clients; preparation of planning and Building Regulation applications; liaising with consultants, contractors and manufacturers; producing detail drawings and specification information for tender and construction; and undertaking Contractor Administrator duties.

His experience of working on challenging sites with demanding clients provides him with an invaluable skill set for the delivery of quality projects on time and on budget.

Gavin is particularly interested in high end residential work and how contemporary design can employ vernacular design cues such as local materiality, crafts and topography to inform new architecture intrinsically linked to place.

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Tiffany Green
PA to Planning Partners

Tiffany Green,

Tiffany joined West Waddy as the Urban Design and Planning PA in May 2017. She has quickly established herself within the team, gathering an understanding of processes, planning requirements and client knowledge.

Tiffany brings with her a wealth of HR, secretarial and events experience gained across the entertainment sector and motor trade.

Originally from Chester, Tiffany enjoys keeping herself active, being a keen jogger, as well as being passionate about her two Bearded Collies Bentley and Hugo.

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Our History

Originally founded in Abingdon in 1885 the Practice passed through three generations of the West family before merging to form West Waddy in 1986. A further merger with Associated Design Partnership, Oxford in 1999 created the multi-disciplinary practice of West Waddy ADP.

The three Partners, Philip Waddy, Stephen Simkins and Alan Divall lead a team of Architects, Planners, and Urban Designers whom comprise a fully integrated built environment consultancy.

West Waddy operates from its riverside studio in the market town of Abingdon, Oxfordshire. The building has a long history of occupation and some elements of the original medieval dyehouse noted in Amyce’s 1554 survey of Abingdon still remain.

With a well-established reputation for good design and creative problem solving, our client base is broad and varied. Well known in Oxfordshire and the Thames Valley, West Waddy continues to broaden its horizons throughout London and the South.

In 2014 West Waddy formed an association with Archadia Architects, London. The team at Archadia are specialists in social and private housing, healthcare, and special needs services.

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Awards

2016 Awards

AABC Civic Trust Conservation Awards – Regional Finalist

Oakhouse Barns, Hinton Waldrist – This excellent scheme has been nominated for a regional award and is presently being considered by the national panel. For more information about this project click here

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2015 Awards

RTPI South East Planning Excellence Awards – Winner

Oxford Brookes University Masterplan

 

RTPI National Planning Excellence Awards – Finalist
Oxford Brookes University Masterplan

 

RICS Awards (Conservation Category) – Finalist
Oakhouse Farm Barns, Berkshire

 

Oxfordshire Business Awards – Runner up
Employer of the year category

 

Investors In People Gold Award
‘Championing best practice in people management’

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2014 Awards

Education First International School of the Year Award – Winner
EF International, Pullens Lane, Oxford

EF Award

2013 Awards

Oxford Preservation Trust – New Build Commendation
EF International Phase 3, Pullens Lane, Oxford

OXFORD PRESERVATION TRUST Award

2010 Awards

Civic Trust Awards – National Panel Special Recognition
Restoration and Redevelopment of Manor Farm, Ruislip

CIVIC TRUST Award

2009 Awards

RIBA South Conservation Award – Finalist
Pure and Expert Repair Restoration of Granary and Dovecot, Rectory Farm, Northmoor

 

Green Apple Award – Bronze
Architectural Heritage Restoration and Redevelopment of Manor Farm, Ruislip

GREEN APPLE Award

2007 Awards

Environmental Design Award – Winner
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Restoration of historic railings, Redcliffe Square, SW10

 

Old Gaol Competition – Finalist
Vale of White Horse District Council Redevelopment of Abingdon Old Gaol

 

Country Landowners Association Award Scheme – Winner
South East Partridge Gardens, Englefield Estate