Senior Interior Designer
Senior Interior Designer
Architecture has always been about people; the people that use buildings; the people that commission buildings and, as importantly, the people that design buildings.
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.
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!
Being the token office scouser, Ryan makes up one half of the Manchester’s interiors team after having recently graduated from Interior Architecture and design at Leeds Met University.
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.
Having lived, worked and studied across the length of England, Anthony has finally settled in Manchester.
He fancies himself as something of a masterchef, with his creative day continuing after he has left work and into the kitchen, and can often be found entertaining friends with dinner at his Manchester apartment.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
As a member of the Manchester School of Architecture alumni, Jesse took advantage of the school’s more creative and progressive divisions. As a recent addition to the studio, Jesse is keen to develop on his foundation of contemporary approaches in architecture.
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’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…
Graduated from Brighton University, achieving a Distinction as well as the RIBA South East Prize and the RIBA Sussex prize for his perspective on fragmented reality. Avid traveller and cyclist, sometimes combining the both such as journeys from the UK to Morocco in search of cultural curiosities to bring in to his own interpretation of architecture. A keen linguist speaking fluent French and English as well as Portuguese, which he picked whilst working as a part 1 Architectural Assistant in Brazil.
Before joining 5 plus, Tom worked primarily on high end residential projects in central London. He brings the skills learned there in detailing, product knowledge and project management with him to 5 Plus and aims to scale these to a commercial level. Tom will begin his part three this September at Westminster University. Outside of work Tom enjoys photography, cycling and travelling.
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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!
Claire likes to waken the office in the mornings by subjecting the staff to what she considers to be 'proper music'. Unfortunately no one else appreciates Iron Maiden at that time, or any time of day come to think of it.
David is a frustrated professional cyclist, with a slightly less frustrated passion for architecture and design. David leads the London Office.
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.
A varied career stretching from London to Brighton and back to his home town of Manchester.
Passionate about hand sketching to interpret ideas and space.
Outside of the office David keeps himself busy with the family and tries to make time for running, cycling, record shopping and FC UTD.
Jose moved to Manchester from Granada two years ago. He was attracted to Manchester by its great music scene - ignoring its ‘amazing’ weather. He is passionate about electronic music.
He has studied and worked as an architect in different parts of the world. He believes that this background has enriched his architectural design, extended his barriers of thinking, and made him more adaptable to new situations.
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.
The longest serving member of our growing Irish influence in the London Office, Kevin joined 5 plus from his hometown in Ireland after graduating from the Dublin School of Architecture. During his studies he had a particular interest in the boundary of natural light and its influence on our perception of space. When not focusing on architecture Kevin looks to fulfil his interest in foreign languages by mixing with the linguistic crowd both inside and outside the office.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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!