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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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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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Johnathan Headland
Urban Design Associate

Johnathan 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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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

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

Matt Hinkins, BA(Hons) MArch RIBA

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 complete in 2020, as part of an HLF scheme.

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Rashed Mustafa

Rashed Mustafa, BA (Hons) MArchD RIBA

Further to completing her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in architecture, Rashed began working 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 and in 2020 will be overseeing the construction of a scheme of 19 units at Richards House, Didcot. 


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Jay Wright
PA to the 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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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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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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Michael Paginton
Arboricultural and Town Planning Consultant

Michael Paginton, PGDip, BA (Hons), Dip Arb L4 (ABC), PIEMA, TechArborA

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Neil Gibson


Neil is currently acting as a consultant for (Archadia) (West Waddy) providing the Practice with strategic advice on planning, housing, the environment and general business development.

As strategic advisor Neil brings over 25 years of senior executive experience at board level, embracing vision & strategy development, partnership development, change management & delivery, innovation and organisational & executive leadership development.


Neil is a prominent Place leader with a BA (Hons) in Town & Country Planning and post-graduate diplomas in Management Studies and Environmental Management. Professionally he is a Member of the RTPI, a Fellow of the CIHT and a recent Past President of ADEPT, a national Association in which he remains active.

Starting his career as a Town Planner with Kings Lynn and West Norfolk Borough Council in 1982, Neil worked for various Councils nationally, his final role being Executive Director for Transport Economy & Environment with Buckinghamshire County Council, which he stepped down from in 2020.

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Our sister practice

Our Colleagues at Archadia in Hampton near London, also provide additional skills and expertise with particular specialism in social housing, elderly care, and special needs accommodation.

Archadia - Meet the Team

Jean Hanna


Jean has over 30 years’ experience in delivering large scale projects for new build and remodelled extra care, retirement housing and general needs housing schemes on a range of urban/rural sites including work in Conservation Areas and sites including Listed Buildings. Jean is also a Client Design Advisor for a central London council.

Jean graduated from The University of Bath and has been working at Archadia for over 20 years, rising to the position of Director in 2011. Prior to joining Archadia, Jean worked on projects including health centres and hospitals for Harwood Group Practice and residential, retail, health and conservation projects for Graham Frecknall.

Jean has successfully delivered projects at Archadia throughout RIBA stages 0-6 including our recent mixed use project in Hounslow and large scale retirement scheme in Poole. She is highly skilled in producing Feasibility Studies and is able to unlock the full potential of sites.

Her designs, particularly housing for older persons have been well received, and some of her projects have won local and European awards.  Her design scheme for Patching Lodge in Brighton was used in the HAPPI Report, a government publication outlining innovative housing examples from across Europe making recommendations to government, developers and housing developers, as was her scheme for Hanover in Egham.

Jean continues to broaden her knowledge and expertise in her specialist fields by being an active member of Housing LIN and member of WISH (Women in Social Housing).

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Mark Slater


Mark is an Architect and Director at Archadia. Mark specialises in developing innovative solutions to complex problems throughout all project stages.

Mark joined Archadia in 2009 where he completed his professional training having previously studied at Cardiff University. On qualifying as an Architect he was promoted to Associate and then joined Jean Hanna as Director in 2015.

Since joining Archadia Mark has led our team on many projects across a variety of sectors including extra care housing , retirement housing, affordable housing, specialist education and domestic residential across the south east and was part of the team that won the UK’s Best Designed Development Award.  Mark was also responsible for the design for a competition-winning regeneration scheme in Stevenage.

He is proficient in BIM and fully involved with developing the use of new technology throughout the company. Mark has undertaken the RIBA Principal Designer Course and has provided these services on several of our projects. Mark has excellent team-leading and problem-solving skills and has delivered some of our recent award-winning projects. Mark has particular expertise in inclusive design and specialist housing and has experience dealing with clients with a wide range of specialist requirements. He previously showcased Archadia’s expertise in older persons housing design at the RIBA Core Seminar – Architecture for the Aging Population and have also presented at a Housing LIN Seminar regarding Older Person’s Housing Design.

Mark continues to broaden his knowledge and expertise in her specialist fields by being an active member of ARCO, Housing LIN and the Access Association.


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Ewan Green
Associate Architect


Ewan joined Archadia in 2013, became a Project Architect in 2015 and was promoted to Associate Architect in 2018 as a result of his excellent project management and strong technical ability. He studied Part I and Part II at Lincoln University and the University of East London respectively and gained his Part III from Kingston University in 2015.

Ewan is experienced running projects through all RIBA stages including briefing and feasibility, concept design, Planning and Building Regs applications, tender and construction packages and general project management on projects from private residential through to public commercial, educational and healthcare facilities.

Prior to joining Archadia, Ewan was at Broadway Malyan where he worked on Dickens Yard, Kew Bridge & Sovereign Court and assisted with construction drawings for three large scale, high-rise, multi-million pound developments for St George Plc.

Whilst at Archadia Ewan has lead housing association projects including a new retirement development in Lyndhurst which was named as ‘Best Larger Development’ at the New Forest National Park Authority’s Building Design Awards. He has also led a team on a £19 million mixed use project comprising of 76 apartments and a commercial unit. His passion lies in the education sector and he has headed our recent education projects including a hydrotherapy pool building for a school for children with autism and development feasibilities at a private school in south west London. Ewan is the Office’s BIM Champion and is fully proficient in Revit software. By fully integrating BIM into all his projects he saves time during the design and production stages.

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Wendy Kelly
Practice Manager

Wendy Kelly,

Wendy has been with Archadia for more than 10 years, supporting her colleagues as the business has transitioned from a small enterprise to a significant name in South West London.

In addition to managing the finances of the business, Wendy is a key member of the support team, contributing to HR, personnel support and many more of the behind the scenes processes that keep the operation at the Practice running efficiently. Previously, Wendy was office Manager for a London-based interior design company and worked in the fashion department at Kingston University always enjoying working within the creative sector. As part of the Senior Management Team she heads up all aspects of office and financial management as well as IT and premises management at the practice.

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Mariana Panichelli

Mariana Panichelli, ARB

Mariana qualified as an Architect at Buenos Aires National University In 1987 and graduated from Kingston University with her Part III in 1998. She joined Archadia in 2017 bringing with her almost 30 years experience.

Mariana began her career at Chapman Taylor in 1989 and in 2004 she joined PRP, where she worked on both new build and refurbishment projects.  She has worked on projects up to £39m contract value. These schemes included residential and a wide range of health, leisure, recreational and social accommodation.  Some of the projects she completed were for Circle 33 Housing Trust, Guernsey Housing Association and Bath & North East Somerset Council and Signature Senior Lifestyle.

Mariana is vastly experienced in the production information stages of projects, coordinating consultants’ and specialist subcontractors’ information.

Since joining Archadia Mariana has been working on our larger residential projects for housing associations including an Extra Care scheme in the Reading area and a 7-storey housing scheme in the London Borough of Hounslow.

Mariana is our technical expert and has been working in BIM for several years capable of producing construction drawing packages within tight deadlines.

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Kathryn Thomas
Project Architect

Kathryn Thomas, BArch MArch RIBA ARB

Kathryn studied at the University of Nottingham with a six-month exchange with TU Delft in the Netherlands. She joined Archadia in 2017 and has recently passed her Part III at the University of Nottingham and progressed to a fully qualified Project Architect leading projects through RIBA stages 0-7.

Prior to joining Archadia, Kathryn was employed for one year from September 2014 – August 2015 by Angus Meek Architects in Bristol specialising in industrial applications and housing.  Her thesis project ‘Care Homes and Intergenerational Learning’ won the prize for ‘Urban Design and Context’.

During her time at Archadia Kathryn has assisted on many of our projects ranging in size from domestic extensions to a large housing scheme, preparing planning applications, producing construction drawings and working in BIM. She is fully proficient in Revit software and is producing her latest projects in BIM.

She is leading Archadia’s practice-based research programme, working closely with several councils and universities. She is currently working on several housing projects on garage sites for a local housing association, disabled facilities grants, as well as a large social housing projects in West London.

Kathryn continues to broaden her knowledge and expertise in her specialist fields being on the board of WISH London (Women in Social Housing) and an active member of Housing LIN.

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Elaine Bilton
Administrative Assistant

Elaine Bilton,

Elaine has been with Archadia for a number of years, supporting her colleagues as the business has transitioned from a small enterprise to a significant name in South West London.

A vital member of the support team, Elaine’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 high standards ensure that the job is always done on time and to an excellent level. She has particular skill in running events for the practice.

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Susan Gurung
Architectural Assistant

Susan Gurung, BA (Hons)

Susan joined Archadia in July 2019 as a Part I Architectural Assistant following the completion of her undergraduate degree from Ravensbourne University London.

During her time at Archadia Susan assisted on many of our projects ranging in size from domestic extensions to larger housing scheme, preparing planning applications, producing tender information, working on graphic presentations and working in BIM.

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Biyi Sogbesan
Architectural Assistant

Biyi Sogbesan, BA (Hons)

Biyi joined Archadia in July 2019 as a Part I Architectural Assistant following the completion of his undergraduate degree from De Montford University.

While studying at DMU he won the Christopherson Collection Prize which are selected by Heads of Schools and associated colleagues as the most original and creative work produced by DMU students.

Before joining Archadia he worked as an intern for three months at DROO Projects where he was actively involved in a range of projects from small residential to large scale commercial.

During his time at Archadia Biyi has assisted on many of our projects ranging in size from domestic extensions to larger housing scheme, preparing planning applications, producing tender information and working on graphic presentations.

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Stanislav Brezden
Architectural Assistant

Stanislav Brezden ,

Stanislav joined Archadia in September 2019 as an Apprentice Part I Architectural Assistant starting his apprenticeship at Southbank University. He provides support to our architectural team and works on a variety of projects. As part of his employment he spends a proportion of his time studying architecture and developing his design skills.

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Karen Haizelden
Consultant - Town Planner

Karen Haizelden, BSC (HONS) MSC MRTPI

Karen joined Archadia’s team of consultants in 2019 when we recognised how having in-house Planning Consultancy could help our clients to minimise delays at planning stage and prepare  planning applications that would allow the planning process to run much smoother for our projects. Karen has a wealth of planning experience and has worked with Local Planning Authorities, Tesco Property Acquisition and most recently runs her own consultancy Surrey Planning and Design.

Karen has worked extensively on a variety of projects from initial site finding stages to completion, using her knowledge and experience of the planning system, particularly focusing on clients’ needs to reach the desired outcome. Navigating complex projects through the planning process is her specialist skill. She has prepared Planning Statements and appeared as an expert witness in planning public inquiries. She has project managed several multi-disciplinary teams and has worked on a variety of residential, retail and mixed-use schemes. She is an excellent negotiator and can present proposals in a clear and precise manner which can be understood by all interested parties. Her personal approach to managing projects builds trust with stakeholders to break down barriers to approval. As a consequence Karen has secured planning consents for projects throughout the UK.

Karen is experienced in Public Meetings, Public Exhibitions, Planning for Real Exercises and Neighbourhood Plans.  On occasion she has been involved with Public Inquiries and liaised with Legal teams and QCs to achieve the desired results. She has developed relationships with Local Authorities and Politicians and has had great involvement with influencing and negotiations involved in steering applications through the process.  She is experienced also in working with local communities to achieve positive outcomes for all stakeholders and is familiar with the efforts needed to get a positive Officer and Member recommendation for schemes.

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Sophie Morley


Sophie worked for Archadia during 2007 and 2008 as an Architectural Assistant and then re-joined in October 2014 as a fully qualified Architect. She has a passion for designing around the specific needs of the client and inclusive consultation. Projects she has lead include a large redevelopment of a site for specialist housing and a mixed tenure project in a Conservation Area in Camden. In recognition of her drive to push the practice forward and marketing skills, Sophie was promoted to Associate in 2015.

Prior to returning to Archadia Sophie gained two years’ valuable experience at Adjaye Associates where she worked on renovation and regeneration proposals in Johannesburg. Sophie has worked as a part-time lecturer in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, De Montfort University and Reading University. She continues consulting with Archadia as well as currently working in North America for the Neighborhood Design Centre a charity that provides design and engagement services to low income communities in Washington DC and Baltimore. She is also an associate of the charity Architecture Sans Frontières – UK and leads inclusive community development projects in the UK and West Africa.

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Archadia , Architecture & Planning

Established over 25 years ago, Archadia has extensive experience in housing, health and special needs, education and public buildings.  Their expertise lies in supported housing for older people and people with disabilities. Many of their clients are large housing associations and several of their specialist housing projects have won awards.

Archadia work with West Waddy on projects where our combined expertise give the client a truly specialist service, ensuring high quality and innovative design outcomes.

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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’

West Waddy ADP, Winners, RTPI, Royal Town Planning Institute, Planning Excellence

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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