Marcus Claridge
Pam Claridge
Anna Dzwonecka
Richard George
Sarah Lionetti
Brenna Sant
Chris Munns
Varun Nambiar
Noelene Russell
Lucy Fincham
Anna Bambridge

 

Marcus Claridge

Director

Marcus Claridge founded award-winning Claridge Architects in 2004. His experience spans more than 20 years across multiple sectors and includes in-depth knowledge of planning policies and an understanding of complex sites, enabling him to lead and deliver numerous international projects.

Marcus is involved in every project from early concept design, coupling traditional architectural tools of sketching and model making with new technologies to guide the team through each phase to completion. He fosters an open studio-culture to encourage discussion and debate during the design process. He advocates autonomy amongst team members to nurture each individual’s professional development.

Marcus is passionate about close collaboration with clients to better understand their objectives and vision and to establish a comprehensive brief. He has been a member of the RIBA Small Practice Committee, Wandsworth Design Panel and acted as an external assessor at Cardiff University from 2015 to 2017. He also sat on the RIBA Awards judging committee in 2009 and was involved in Architect in the House annually from 2006 to 2009.

Claridge’s underlying philosophy is ‘Modern Minimalism’ – a design-led approach that celebrates architectural simplicity and functional elegance. The practice has been recognised with a number of awards including The Sunday Times British Homes Awards, 2017; three Wandsworth Design Award wins between 2009 and 2013 including awards for Parkgate House, SW11, and Thomas’s School (2011). Claridge Architects have also won the Best City Spa award for BLOWW and has been RIBA and AJ shortlisted for AJ Masterplan of the Year (2018) and the RIBA School London Award for Thomas’s Reception Block (2009), London. The practice was longlisted for the Young Architect of the Year Award three times from 2008 to 2010.

Pam Claridge

Studio Director

Pam has provided ad hoc advice to the practice since it was founded and formally joined CAL in June 2015 as Head of Operations with responsibility for all of the business functions of the practice including IT, legal & compliance, finance, risk management, HR, marketing & communications and strategic direction.

With a new CFO and Senior Office Coordinator in place as of March 2017, Pam is now Studio Director, ensuring the highest level of efficiency and effectiveness to enable the practice to evolve and deliver its strategic goals.

Pam started as a corporate finance lawyer then moving in-house for the majority of her time as a lawyer, her last role being Acting General Counsel at Virgin Media where she was part of the Executive team reporting into the CEO.

Anna Dzwonecka

Senior Architect

Anna joined Claridge Architects in July 2015 and is currently involved in a high profile residential project, feasibility studies and competition work.

Having studied both in Poland and in Italy she graduated from the Technical University of Lodz with a Master’s degree in 2009. She then gained extensive design led experience in Cyprus and UK working on a variety of projects which allowed her to become a fully qualified Architect in 2013.

Prior to joining Claridge Architects, Anna worked for Rolfe Judd Architecture where she was involved in delivery and design of a large mixed-use scheme in Wandsworth as well as high-end schemes in prime London locations such as Tottenham Court Road and Carnaby.

Bringing attention to detail and high standard of work to all scales of projects Anna currently concentrates on the residential sector and design of user-orientated spaces.

Richard George

Architect

Richard joined Claridge Architects in February 2014, and is currently working on residential and mixed use developments from planning through to construction. He has a strong interest in the relationship between architectural interventions and their relationship to the surrounding context.

Richard gained both his Part I and II qualifications at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff before taking his RIBA Part III qualification at Westminster University.

Between the two qualifications he worked at Wiel Arets Architects in Maastricht, in the Netherlands. There he worked on various competitions including a highly-commended entry for the National Library of Israel. He also had experience with high-end residential schemes and worked on the design of a cutlery set for Alessi.

Sarah Lionetti

Architect

Sarah joined Claridge Architects in September 2015 and she is currently working on a varied portfolio of residential projects, ranging in scales and stages of development.
Originally from Milan in Italy, Sarah gained both her RIBA Part I and Part II qualifications at Cardiff University, graduating with a Master degree in June 2015.

Her particular focus was on socially sustainable urban regeneration on the Mediterranean coast, and the integration of users in both the design and construction processes.

Sarah previously worked at Chapman Taylor Duesseldorf, specialising on commercial projects in the feasibility and planning stages, developing schemes in various European cities. She continued her experience in the architectural field by briefly working for Chapman Taylor Shanghai and focusing on leisure and large scale residential proposals, both in Asia and in Central America.

 

Brenna Sant

Architect

Brenna joined Claridge Architects in October 2016 and is currently working on several residential and mixed use projects of varying scales and stages of development.

She gained both her part I and part II qualifications from the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff, graduating with a masters degree in June 2016 with a particular focus on the progress of urban development in reunified Berlin and the integration of its divided history into the urban landscape through informal development and temporary use.

Brenna has previously worked in a small Bristol based practice where she was working predominantly on residential projects from small bespoke housing in Bath to large scale residential developments in the South West.

Brenna has recently completed her RIBA Part III qualification at London Metropolitan University.

Chris Munns

Architect

Chris joined Claridge Architects in October 2016. Chris gained both his RIBA Part I and Part II qualifications at Queen’s University Belfast, graduating with a Masters degree in July 2016.

He has a strong interest in architecture that promotes social interaction. In his Thesis “Public House” he explored the role of domestic scale spaces within commercial buildings.

Between his qualifications Chris worked at Rodic Davidson Architects, where he gained experience on a number of high-end residential projects, many of which involved listed buildings in central London.

He is currently working on residential and mixed use developments at the planning stage.

Varun Nambiar

Architect

Varun joined Clairidge Architects in January 2017. He completed both his RIBA Part I and Part II qualifications at The Sir John Cass Faculty of Architecture, London Metropolitan University where his particular focus was the urban regeneration of the coastal regions in both Italy and Japan. Within the office he is involved in a number of residential developments of varying scales and stages throughout London.

Between qualifications Varun worked at Karkusevic Carson Architects where he gained experience working on residential and commercial developments within London that included affordable housing schemes for the proposed Earl’s Court Masterplan. Prior to this, he worked on high-end residential projects at multi-discplinary studio Brooksbank-Collins.

Varun has recently completed his RIBA Part III qualification at London Metropolitan University.

Noelene Russell

Architect

Noelene joined Claridge Architects in May 2017. Originally from Northern Ireland, She gained both RIBA Part I and Part II qualifications from Queens University, Belfast, graduating in July 2013.

With a particular interest in urban architecture, and intrigued by urban grain and history, Noelene seeks to derive her designs from site context while exploring the use of light and internal compositions to create interesting, functional spaces for the user.

Prior to joining Claridge Architects, Noelene worked for a number of architectural practices in Belfast. She worked on a variety of projects including bespoke residential dwellings, mixed use regeneration schemes and residential apartment developments based in London.

 

Lucy Fincham

Architectural Assistant

Lucy joined Claridge Architects in October 2017. She is currently working on a variety of residential schemes, ranging in scales and stages of development throughout London.

Lucy is currently undertaking her MArch Part II at Kingston University and completed her RIBA Part 1 qualification at the University of Westminster. With a passion for socially integrated architecture and detailed design, Lucy explored the relationship between coastal capital and culture within British coastal towns during her undergraduate studies.  She is currently working on a 1:1 construction project in Tolworth Nature Reserve, as part of her Part II studies, which will provide a space for wildlife conservationists to undertake research while serving as a platform for local school children to engage with wildlife and eco-systems.

Anna Bambridge

Architectural Assistant

Anna completed her studies at the  National Superior School of Architecture in Toulouse, France where she worked on a variety of mixed-use and scales, focused on a strong attention to details and careful consideration of the site’s opportunities. During her last years, she studied in Rome, Italy and achieved her Final Master Project in Chandigarh, India.

She started her professional career in French Polynesia with permanent and freelance positions to understand different construction methods, new thought forms and needs in a different environment. She has recently moved to London to enrich herself both professionally and personally. Anna’s approach is contextual and emotional architecture. She tries to play with the essence of the site itself, including light, topography, materials, atmosphere, existing forms and placing the user experience at the heart of the project.

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