People

John Barrett

Associate Director

Joanna Beal

Architectural Assistant

Cathrin Beerman

Architect

Jake Boardman

Architectural Assistant

Ian Burnett

Architect

Joanne Bradbury

Office Manager

Natalie Clegg

Administrator

John Crellin

Associate Director

Katy Crerar

Architect

Natasha Dance

Interior Designer

Phil Doyle

Director

Sasha Edwards

Architectural Assistant

Henry Faulkner

Architectural Assistant

Silvia Filucchi

Architect

Holly Gardner

Architectural Assistant

Marie Gartland

Associate

Kieran Gilman

Associate

Gjon Guraziu

Architectural Assistant

Nicki Hearne

Senior Interior Designer

Matt Hargreaves

Architect

Matt Hayward

Associate Director

David King-Smith

Director

Polina Liarostathi

Senior Interior Designer

Heather Mason

Architectural Assistant

Jon Matthews

Director

Emmet McAteer

Architect

Frances McGeown

Architect

Tom McTernan

Architect

Farah Mohamed-Ramli

Associate

Alasdair Morrison

Architectural Assistant

Paul Norbury

Director

Mark O’Neill

Technical Director

Alan Palmer

Associate

Vikash Patel

Architect

Delicia Paul

Finance

Carlotta Paulus

Interior Designer

Claire Roberts

Associate

Tom Saunders

Architect

Tony Skipper

Director

Karen Stavenhagen

Practice Manager

Laura Stafford

Architect

Arron Tann

Architect

Adam Thornton

Director

Dan Tinto

Architectural Assistant

Rhys Westacott

Associate Director

Runyuan Xu

Associate

People

Architecture has always been about people; the people that use buildings; the people that commission buildings and, as importantly, the people that design buildings.

John Barrett

A Liverpool fan the wrong side of the tracks, John can appreciate context even if that means being surrounded by everything Manchester – even United! John believes architecture is about the opportunity for improvement to the lives of everyone.

Joanna Beal

Jo joined 5plus after graduating from the Sheffield School of Architecture where her studies focused on participative design and experimental technologies which facilitated new forms of engagement with the public realm.

As a recent addition to the studio, she is keen to build on her contemporary approaches to architecture and design.

Outside the office, Jo enjoys long walks, David Lynch films and is slowly attempting to learn German!

Cathrin Beerman
Jake Boardman

It all began with the humble LEGO brick. Jake's obsession with the multi-coloured plastic blocks influenced his career path to architecture. His architectural tastes have since moved on from coloured plastic to the grey, concrete, brutalist and minimalist architecture, a style which led to his masters university project to be exhibited at the American Institute of Architects, Center for Architecture in New York City, USA, after being awarded an 'exemplary' project in a global competition.

Ian Burnett

It’s not easy being an Arsenal fan in Manchester - especially when bumping into former players is becoming an increasingly regular occurrence. Despite the football, Ian moved north to the city in 2006 and never left, gripped by its rich architectural heritage, inclusive design projects and Sankey’s sound system.

Joanne Bradbury

Secretly, Joanne is in charge of the Manchester office. Ok, not so secretly! No matter how many new starters or awkward furniture & Vimto deliveries the Directors throw at her, all seems calm. Joanne is also the creative director of the now infamous 5plus office parties.

Natalie Clegg

Natalie is originally from Preston, but a Mancunian at heart. A recent addition to the Manchester front desk, Natalie is already getting us organised for the future.

She loves old movies, reading, dogs and trying the many new restaurants in and around Manchester.

John Crellin

John loves cycling and races road bikes as part of a well drilled north west cycling team. As a Project Architect John applies the same rules of leadership and team coordination that brings him and his team success on the road.

Katy Crerar

Proving the Scots will forage south of the border other than for a scrap, Katy has created her own little independent Scotland in our London Office.  Sailing and Fishing are her outdoor pursuits so we fully expect to see her with waders and sau’wester at low water on the Thames anytime soon.

Natasha Dance

Recently graduating  from Manchester School of Art, I’m  the newest member to join the Interior Design team.

Arriving just in time to have an impact on the 5plus 5years party planning. I also enjoy music and the occasional cheeky cocktail.

Forever smiling around the office I have made good friends with the chub cupboard.

Phil Doyle

Phil sits on the Northern Chapter Committee of the British Council for Offices (BCO), and is also a BCO Regional Awards judge. Phil’s key expertise is in providing strategic architectural advice and direction to complex developments. This expertise is founded on many years experience in leading the design and delivery of numerous award winning projects.

Sasha Edwards

Sasha’s interest in architecture began from watching her parents property developments and trying to take the design lead as a child, starting her career off with scribbles on paper, nothing much changed there. After studying in Newcastle for 6 years and now living in Manchester city centre she enjoys the peace and quiet of visiting her home county of Norfolk. Outside of the office she loves the sunshine and the beach, neither of which exist in the North…

Henry Faulkner

Born and bred in Manchester, Henry recently finished his Part II at the Manchester School of Architecture. Henry is a Manchester United fan and enjoys watching the football; he also enjoys Tarantino films, Elbow and a bit of coding in his spare time.

Silvia Filucchi

Silvia received her degree at the University of Florence where she developed her passion for historical building and contextualism. She worked at leading international practices in Rome, Amsterdam and London on complex projects across all stages. Her main interests lie in art, architecture, Tuscany, bike rides and steaks. And now Man City.

Holly Gardner

Holly graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow School of Art, receiving the RIAS Andy Macmillan Drawing Award, Glasgow City Council Bronze Medal and GIA Parchment Medal for her thesis which explored the anthropogenic manipulation of Berlin’s water.  When out of the office, Holly spends the majority of her time indulging her love for Harry Potter, singing, trying to run, sketching, day-dreaming around exhibitions and planning her sister’s hen weekend.

Marie Gartland

After 25 years of living, studying , working in (& supporting) Manchester (City) have finally brought me to 5Plus. Experience across a number of sectors, but as a project architect focusing on high quality residential developments from piecemeal private and social housing projects, city centre mixed use apartment developments to large scale regeneration PFI masterplanning schemes.

When not in the office or being a blue, can be found socialising, swimming or playing tennis.

Kieran Gilman

A little bit of this and little bit of that…If Kieran is not being all things techincal through the construction design stages, he’s usually found in the server cupboard brainstorming the next techno craze……

Gjon Guraziu

Gjon believes in the effectiveness of a design process influenced by contextual analysis and historical understanding of typology.

He is keen on geese and loves having his coffee in the glass.

Nicki Hearne

Nicki is one of our Manchester-based designers and can usually be found bouncing around the studio with a smile on her face. Her love of finding exciting new products and materials is matched by her passion for historical details and she has a curious fascination with decrepit corners.

Matt Hargreaves

Matthew joined 5plus architects in June 2013 eager to progress through his Part III studies. When not hard at work, he is likely fooling about somewhere listening to Gilles Peterson.

Matt Hayward

Matt became an Architect in 2007 and moved from London to Cheshire in 2012. Matt has experience in most major building sectors, at varying scales of budget, sizes and at all design and construction stages but it’s his other occupation as a father to a 4 year old that has taught him the most!

David King-Smith

David is a frustrated professional cyclist, with a slightly less frustrated passion for architecture and design. David leads the London Office.

Polina Liarostathi

Polina is our London based Interior Designer. She has worked on several hospitality and high-end residential projects around London and abroad. She usually spends her free time protecting the samples of the library and searching for missing materials under our desks.

Heather Mason
Jon Matthews

Jon loves his cervélo, LCD sound systems and his family but not necessarily in that order. As a leader of the internal design review process, Jon has managed the design of many of 5plus’s projects.

Emmet McAteer
Frances McGeown
Tom McTernan
Farah Mohamed-Ramli
Alasdair Morrison
Paul Norbury

Paul is a director of 5plus who loves a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit. The combination of young children and managing various architectural and interior projects keep him busy.

Mark O’Neill

With a passion for buildings which narrowly exceeds his passion for watching men chasing an over sized egg, cuddling and rolling in mud for 80 minutes once a week, Mark is passionate about the process of taking a building from concept to completion so that the toils of the drawing board and the efforts of craftsmen can be fully experienced using all of the senses.

Alan Palmer

Before joining 5Plus Architects Alan worked around the world leaving a trail of build work across the globe. Following his return to the Manchester Alan has settled back into the UK weather and lifestyle.

In his career Alan has delivered projects in most major building typologies, from single beach houses in Australian to 400 bed student accommodation projects in Leeds and a collection of the buildings for Lancaster University.

Vikash Patel

Kash “The Gooner” Patel is a qualified PADI scuba diver, which is a real bonus when he finds himself in deep water on a project. Having focused his thesis on the reappropriation of existing buildings, he has a keen interest in refurbishment and conversions. Kash spends his time out of the office indulging on other hobbies such as table tennis, model making and travelling.

Delicia Paul

Dee brings with her a wealth of experience from various commercial organisations, and looks after all the day to day functions of the finance department and has a knack for turning even the messiest bag of receipts into a meaningful set of accounts.

It doesn't take much to keep Dee happy, a set of figures and excel .

Dee's passion in life (besides her partner!) is animals, and is fanatical about GSD'S , which she used to show, breed and Judge .

Dee's spare time is now mostly dedicated to socialising with family and friends.

Carlotta Paulus
Claire Roberts

Claire pays as much attention to detail in her architecture as she does her baking. She is strangely proud of the airport geek that has emerged in her through working in the aviation sector.

Tom Saunders

TJ joined 5plus in the summer of 2014. Bringing the Irish charm to the office, he has ditched his formal name and prefers to be called TJ.

His mastermind scheme involves taking over the world and importing puppies from Ireland.

Tony Skipper

Tony has over 20 years’ experience in award winning projects across all sectors with particular interest is in the design of public, academic and research led environments. Tony is visiting practice professor at Sheffield University and design review panel member of Places Matter!

Karen Stavenhagen

Karen joined 5plus in 2012 and has so far honed her muscles in 2013 helping move both offices to larger premises.  She loves cycling and enjoys comparing stories with colleagues in the London office after cycling to work through the bad London traffic.  With over 15 years of Office Management experience, Karen hopes to be able to cope with most situations with a smile!

Laura Stafford

Laura joined 5plus in June 2013 and is enjoying working on the design and delivery of the Corn Exchange.  Laura justifies her biscuit eating habit by racing her bike at the weekend.

Arron Tann

A member of 5plus from the early days, Arron joined as a wide eyed Part I in 2011, and couldn't face leaving once his work placement was up. Having recently graduated from Sheffield Hallam University, winning the Silver RIBA Yorkshire Student Award, and receiving a nomination for the prestigious RIBA President Medals, Arron is keen to build on the diverse experience he’s gained from his many years at 5plus, and is now working towards the ultimate goal of ‘Architect’.

When not indulging in DIY, a result of his girlfriend talking him in to buying their first home, Arron enjoys reading (AKA looking at pictures) with specific emphasis on architecture and general design history…and designer chairs.

Adam Thornton

Adam established 5plus Architects with fellow directors in 2010; airports, shopping centres and masterplans keep him busy! When de-stressing he’s usually training for another Manchester 10k run.

Dan Tinto

Dan swapped the Scottish Countryside for the big smoke having joined the London office in August 2015. He completed his Architecture degree at the Glasgow School of Art, having previously completed an Architectural Technology degree in Aberdeen. Previous experience includes working for offices in Edinburgh and the Dutch city of Eindhoven. Outside of the office, Dan likes to keep active in order to increase his Scottish life expectancy.

Rhys Westacott

Rhys has been involved in several projects from inception, to completion.

Rhys has an invested interest in project delivery, in addition to a keen interest in Sustainability and Technical Detailing.

Rhys also works on the committee for the British Council of Offices ‘BCO NextGen’.

Runyuan Xu

Runyuan is our very own Indiana Jones – a keen climber and traveler she is an avid collector of International Architectural experiences and reference.  Combined with an exotic and expert nose for coffee she’s the perfect accompaniment to a good design review!

John Barrett Joanna Beal Cathrin Beerman Jake Boardman Ian Burnett Joanne Bradbury Natalie Clegg John Crellin Katy Crerar Natasha Dance Phil Doyle Sasha Edwards Henry Faulkner Silvia Filucchi Holly Gardner Marie Gartland Kieran Gilman Gjon Guraziu Nicki Hearne Matt Hargreaves Matt Hayward David King-Smith Polina Liarostathi Heather Mason Jon Matthews Emmet McAteer Frances McGeown Tom McTernan Farah Mohamed-Ramli Alasdair Morrison Paul Norbury Mark O’Neill Alan Palmer Vikash Patel Delicia Paul Carlotta Paulus Claire Roberts Tom Saunders Tony Skipper Karen Stavenhagen Laura Stafford Arron Tann Adam Thornton Dan Tinto Rhys Westacott Runyuan Xu