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Philip D Waddy

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

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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Andrew Bateson
Planning Partner

Andrew Bateson, BSc(Hons) MRTPI

Andrew joined West Waddy as Planning Partner  in 2018.  In his former career he was Plans Team Leader at Aylesbury Vale District Council before moving to the  private sector with RPS initially as Principal Planning Consultant before promotion to Planning Director in charge of the Milton Keynes office. Later he became Operational Director at the Swindon office. Andrew has also run his own planning consultancy prior to joining West Waddy.

Andrew’s experience covers most sectors. Whilst in local government he was responsible for the adoption of three local plans and the designation of over 40 new conservation areas as well as Aylesbury Vale’s first economic development strategy. In the private sector Andrew has dealt with both minor and major planning strategies and applications including acting for several NHS Health Trusts in the redevelopment of their estates and several major urban extensions on behalf of national house-builders.

Andrew also possesses extensive appeal experience including Public Inquiries and local plan examinations and is well versed in all aspects of planning law and practice.

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Michael Blake
Architectural Associate

Michael Blake, BA Arch (UNL) BA Arch (WSA) ARB

Michael joined West Waddy in 2018 as Architectural Associate after leaving his role as Associate Director in a previous practice so that he could focus fully on design management and practice development.

With over a decade of private practice experience at a senior level, Michael has been delivering projects across a spectrum of industry sectors. Projects range from one-off high-end residential schemes to research and development, education, and power and industry projects.

Michael’s work, both at home and abroad, has always focused on client values and maintaining those values throughout the life of the project. He continually measures project performance against the client’s initial aspirations and intentions at every key stage of the project; aiming to deliver more than the initial brief and ambition for the project.

In terms of his love for the work that is undertaken at West Waddy, he believes that the handling of proportion and creation of free-flowing internal and external space results in a harmony between the historic and modern that is essential to good architecture.

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Ifti Maniar
Planning Associate

Ifti Maniar, B.Arch (Hons) MSc MA MRTPI

Ifti has joined us from JSA Planning where he was an Associate Town Planner. Over 12 years, he has worked on a variety of projects in both the private and public sectors, including retail, leisure, education, residential and commercial development projects. He has a never-ending appetite for challenging projects and enjoys finding innovative solutions to difficult planning problems particularly on heavily constrained sites and those in the Green Belt. He also enjoys the aspects of policy interpretation, case law and appeal precedents. He has worked on countless projects across the country and has an extensive experience of delivering small, medium and large scale projects through the planning process.

His dual expertise in architecture and planning means he has a very good eye for detail and a genuine interest in sustainable design.

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Senior Management Team

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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Ralph Saull
Project 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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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 returned to Oxford to complete his masters whilst working at West Waddy, now as a Part II Architect’s Assistant.

Matt’s university projects often offered 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.

Whilst working at West Waddy Matt has gained experience in contract administration, overseeing several projects on site including a contemporary, sustainable new build property whilst also designing and delivering a variety of historical refurbishment projects, including a Grade II listed Farmhouse. Currently Matt is working on a Grade II* listed barn complex in Bristol, with works due to start on site in 2019, as part of an HLF scheme.

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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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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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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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Julie Mann
Office Administrator

Julie Mann,

Julie has been with the West Waddy since 2016. Working alongside Ellie she provides support across the Practice.

Raised in South Africa, Julie has a passion for travel and languages and is studying Japanese and Korean.

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Jonathan Headland
Senior Urban Designer

Jonathan Headland, BA (Hons)

On gaining his Bachelor’s degree in Architecture in 2010; Johnathan completed his graduate training with Barratt Developments on their Aspire programme, gaining useful experience across a broad spectrum of development projects and disciplines.

In 2012 Johnathan joined David Wilson Homes working within the Technical business function facilitating on site implementation of a wide variety of residential projects from initial feasibility stage through to build.

During his time at David Wilson Johnathan worked on a number of award-winning projects including two Building for Life 12 Outstanding schemes. He has a wealth of experience in delivering residential and mixed-use schemes from feasibility study through to consented projects across 1-1500 units.

Johnathan is interested in the processes to facilitate development through the planning system; especially the role design and consultation plays in delivering implementable high-quality places.

He is passionate about the development sector and interested in all stages from conceptual design, through the planning system and into use.

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Charlie Kirby
Architectural Assistant Part I

Charlie Kirby, BA (Hons)

Charlie joined West Waddy in August 2019 as a Part I Architectural Assistant following the completion of her undergraduate degree from Oxford Brookes University.

As a child, she experienced a wide range of opportunities with schooling from Tokyo, Japan, to Chennai, India, and Geneva, Switzerland. Jumping from economic and social extremes to travelling added to the variation of designing she aspire to create today.

As part of her 2nd Year at Oxford Brookes, her unit designed for ‘The Hill’ Oxfords Health Innovation Hub, to facilitate a discussion of healthcare at the John Radcliffe Hospital. Its completion scheduled for later in the year.

Her interests revolve around Biomimicry, Sustainable architecture, and building for a changing environment. Through her year out before continuing and studying for her Part 2, Charlie will work on various residential schemes and larger projects.

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Tom Camm
Architectural Assistant Part II

Tom Camm, BArch (Hons)

Tom joined West Waddy in July 2019 during the vacation of his postgraduate studies at the University of Bath.

Having completed his undergraduate degree in 2017 at the University of Lincoln, he spent near on two years working as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant at Ridge and Partners in Oxford. Whilst there, he worked on a plethora of projects in the automotive and motorsport sectors, ranging from workshops, to front-of-house facilities and restaurants.

He is utilising his vacation to apply and further expand on his knowledge of architectural design and construction, as well as to gain experience in different sectors of the built environment.

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Josh Downey
Graduate Town Planner

Josh Downey, BSc (Hons)

Further to undertaking his postgraduate degree in Spatial Planning and Development at Cardiff University, Josh joined the team at West Waddy as a Graduate Town Planner in July 2019.

Originally from South Wales, Josh worked for Carmarthenshire County Council as a Graduate Mechanical Inspector.

He has an emerging interest in delivering large scale residential projects through close collaboration with our design team to help deliver sustainable communities for the future.

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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 Andrew Bateson 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.



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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RICS Awards




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


2010 Awards

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


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


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