Marcus Claridge
Pam Claridge
Sarah Lionetti
Varun Nambiar
Stefano Marri
Zack Johnson
Beth Hicks-John
Greta Anderson
Lauren Childs
Ben Taylor
Hannah Forryan
Robert Hackett
Ethan Mattocks

 

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 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

Associate

Sarah joined Claridge Architects in 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 Claridge Architects in 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.

Stefano Marri

Architectural Technologist

Stefano joined Claridge Architects in 2022 and he is currently working on a residential project.

Originally from Italy, Stefano studied at in Florence where he gained his first working experiences.

Stefano has a particular interest in the technical aspect of the projects and he’s passionate about the BIM development of the projects.

He specialises in the preparation and delivery of technical information for the construction phases of projects from floor plan layouts to detailed drawings.

He has previously worked in a few London based practices where he was involved in different stages of various projects including retail, hospitality and small and large scale residential developments across London and England.

Zack Johnson

Project Architect

Zack joined Claridge Architects in 2022 and is currently working in the residential sector.

Originally from New Zealand, Zack studied at Victoria University of Wellington completing a Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Master of Architecture. In his 6 years working in the New Zealand architecture industry, Zack worked on a variety of residential, and aged care projects. During this time Zack also completed his professional registration, and in early 2021 became a New Zealand Registered Architect. Near the start of 2022 Zack moved to the UK to broaden his architectural experience.

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 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.

Greta Anderson

Architectural Assistant

Greta joined Claridge Architects in 2022 and is currently working on a mixed use development.

Originally from New Zealand, Greta studied at Massey University in Wellington completing a Bachelor of Design with Honours in Spatial Design. Bursting to explore she moved over to New York City to work at DHD Architecture in Manhattan, where she gained a wealth of knowledge working on high end luxury residential projects. Furthering her career she has worked in several New Zealand architectural practices, working on a range of residential and commercial projects before moving over to the UK mid 2022 to broaden her architectural experience and gain architectural registration in the future.

Lauren Childs

Architectural Assistant

Lauren joined Claridge Architects in 2022. She studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL for both her undergraduate and MArch Architecture degrees. During her final year she designed an inhabitable dam in the degraded Scottish peatlands, proposing an architecture that would contribute to the remediation of the landscape. This project was enriched by her thesis titled, “Learning from the Land Art of Mary Miss,”

Lauren previously worked at Maccreanor Lavington and obtained experience working on large scale residential projects across London. She is interested in architecture that is characterized by a thoughtful understanding of context that embodies a robust and strong formal presence

Ben Taylor

Architectural Assistant

Ben joined Claridge Architects in 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.

Hannah Forryan

Architectural Assistant

Hannah joined Claridge Architects in 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.

Robert Hackett

Architectural Assistant

Robert joined Claridge Architects in 2022 and is currently working on several mixed-use schemes. Robert is gaining experience in the workplace before starting a Masters.

After completing his Part 1 at University College Cork, in Ireland, Robert became particularly interested in the use and value of existing buildings as a driver for a contemporary approach.

Robert’s third year project explored the potential of derelict sites and buildings in a rural Irish context. His project allowed these spaces to become central gathering points for a community, in the hopes of reshaping the societal view on these sites.

Robert’s subsequent fourth year final project furthered his interests in existing buildings by refurbishing and extending University College Cork’s Kane Building. His project questioned the role of third level education in Ireland as well as the problematic relationship between the Cork City and its University. His project aimed to create a program whereby Cork and its University could continue to grow in a more sustainable way.

Ethan Mattocks

Architectural Assistant

Ethan completed his RIBA Part 1 qualification at the University of the West of England in 2020 and has since gained experience working in the public, conservation and residential sectors. Ethan joined Claridge Architects in 2022 and is currently working on a number of residential and mixed-use projects.

Whilst at university Ethan explored the effect of residential design on local social cohesion, and he is interested in further expanding and implementing this research. His final project focused on tackling homelessness in Bristol through timber shipbuilding, whilst simultaneously regenerating a neglected riverside site into a new public centre.

Ethan is currently gaining knowledge and experience before pursuing his masters degree.

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