Marcus Claridge
Pam Claridge
Sarah Lionetti
Varun Nambiar
Brenna Sant
Lucy Fincham
Ben Taylor
Janani Rajeswaran
Stuart Ashford
Peter Molloy
George Morgan
Beth Hicks-John
Hannah Forryan
Zvonimir Antic

 

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.

Sarah Lionetti

Senior 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.

 

Varun Nambiar

Senior 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.

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.

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.

Ben Taylor

Architectural Assistant

Ben joined Claridge Architects in February 2020 and is currently working on various residential and mixed-use projects.

Ben gained his RIBA Part 1 qualification at Sheffield Hallam University and is currently building up experience before going on to take his masters.

Whilst at university Ben focused on environmental architecture, looking at the impact of modern urbanisation on biodiversity and public health. He aims to improve these issues on the designs he works on.

Janani Rajeswaran

Architectural Assistant

Janani completed her RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 qualifications at the University of Sheffield and joined Claridge Architects in November 2020. She is currently working on a variety of residential projects.

Her Master’s thesis project explored the re-use and re-inhabitation of abandoned architecture and explored design that focused on social interaction, user experience and circular economy within architecture.

Previously, Janani worked as a Part 1 at LSI Architects, assisting with the growth and delivery of educational projects. Moreover,  Janani founded ‘jansbubble’ in 2018 where she publishes her own illustrations and shares her love for art.

Stuart Ashford

Architectural Assistant

Originally from rural Devon, Stu joined Claridge Architects in November 2020. Raised on his family farm, his agricultural background has earned him a particular proclivity for hands-on design and model-making.

Stu undertook his Part II studies at the University of Bath where he tailored both his research paper and his studio project to consider the role of architecture as a means of combating loneliness in retirement living settings. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, never has the quality of life afforded by our vulnerable demographics been a more pertinent issue, and he hopes to contribute to the industry’s efforts with regards to improving the comfort and safety of the nation’s elderly. His graduate project proposed an intergenerational skill exchange between homeless elders and street children, sited within the walls of the 11th century Medina in Marrakech.

He previously worked at ECE Westworks in Bristol, following the completion of his undergraduate degree in BA(Hons) Architecture & Planning at the University of the West of England. Here, Stu gained experience on various projects across multiple sectors, particularly student accommodation and mixed-use residential. Besides assisting technologists with delivery exercises, he also furthered his skills in in planning, concept design and feasibility studies.

Peter Molloy

Architectural Assistant

Peter joined Claridge Architects in November 2020, having previously worked in professional practice at ODOS Architects in Dublin, where he is originally from.

Peter obtained both his undergraduate and masters degrees from University College Dublin, and has additionally spent time studying in Trondheim, Norway.

He has extensively explored architectural conservation, both in education and in practice, and has a particular interest in how the intelligent adaptive reuse of the existing built environment can accommodate the contemporary needs of an urban location whilst simultaneously protecting its heritage and identity.

In addition to design, Peter is also a keen photographer, and is continually expanding his sense of how the art form can become not only an analytical medium for architecture, but also a mean of informative design.

George Morgan

Architectural Assistant

George joined Claridge Architects in February 2021 after completing both his Part I and Part II studies at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA).

Originally from Pembrokeshire in West Wales, George has a particular interest in the materiality and tectonics of architecture and enjoys using model making as a fundamental tool to trial and test all aspects of design.

At the WSA, George focused his research on material properties, specifically materials of a locality to harmonise the idea of place and sustainability, whilst considering the relationship between craftsmen and material. His thesis let the material create a tectonic by interrogating both the qualitative and quantitative properties of timber and how an architecture can be made using each aspect of a single material.

George previously worked as a Part I Architectural Assistant at Carey Jones Chapman Tolcher gaining experience on residential schemes as well as working as an Architectural Assistant at Acanthus Holden Architecture throughout his studies at the WSA.

Beth Hicks-John

Architectural Assistant

Beth completed her RIBA Part 1 and Part 2 Qualification at the Welsh School of Architecture in Cardiff and joined Claridge Architects in February 2021.

 

Her Master’s thesis project explored the meaning of the crafted form and bespoke through the use of digital fabrication methods for the generation of hybrid digitally crafted architecture. She also embarked on an apt MArch dissertation where she walked and captured the unique Irish Border condition during Brexit negotiations. Through the use of photography, sketching and written word she endeavoured to capture a snapshot in time and analyse the existing ‘border’ culture and fringe landscape during ambiguous times.

 

Previously, Beth worked at Atkins assisting with the delivery of educational projects which focused on improving learning spaces through the use of flexible design, specialist SEN design and sustainable principles.

 

Hand Drawing is her chosen method of producing compelling discussion driving imagery for the earlier stages of projects to generate strong narratives.

Hannah Forryan

Architectural Assistant

Hannah joined Claridge Architects in April 2021. And is currently working on several residential and mixed-use projects. Hannah is currently building up experience before going on to take her masters. Hannah gained her RIBA Part 1 qualification at Kingston University, where she achieved an RIBA Student Award for her graduating portfolio. During her time at Kingston University, she explored her passion for radical housing typologies, specifically how low-rise social housing could provide contributions to Central London whilst cherishing the established material and communal urban context.

 

She aimed to achieve this by creating a continuity of design, in which all the spaces would extend over waterloo and fill the extremities of the site. This creates a scheme where each home relates to its neighbour and its immediate space, as the external is now being treated as a positive element of the design. This achieves a design which re-engaged with both the cultural and physical virtues of the city. Hannah aims to take her passion for affordable quality housing within dense urban areas and improve these issues within the design she works on.

Zvonimir Antic

Architectural Assistant

Zvone completed his RIBA Part 1 qualification at UCA Canterbury School For Architecture and joined Claridge Architects in August 2021. He is currently working on various residential projects before going on to study for his Part2 qualifications.

His final university project was focused on the quality of everyday life and the right to the city, while using architecture and design as a tool to answer some of the concerns.

During his Part1 studies, Zvone worked in Croatian based offices that focused on both residential and small scale projects where he gained his interest to pursue his career abroad.

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