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Claire Fear

Project Architect & Creative Director
Claire Fear

Jenny Matravers

Project Architect
Jenny Matravers

Cerys Rivett

Project Architect
Cerys Rivett

Jim MacMillan

Architectural Assistant
Jim MacMillan

Jake Watkins

Architectural Assistant
Jake Watkins

 

The Team

Architectural Studio and Design Lab.

 

CLAIRE FEAR, MA(Hons) MArch AABC
Project Architect & Creative Director
Why Architecture?

I fainted when I did work experience at a vets.... but also... my memories and thoughts are all in three dimensions, and spatial which makes architecture a very personal experience - its feels natural to be an architect.

What's the best bit?

Close hands on interaction with the building fabric - actually touching and working with the buildings and structures that we look after and design. Also, working with incredible craftsmen that bring design to life - I think its easy to forget how good quality is often dependant on the skill of the individual.

What's your favourite building?

La Maison de Verre, Paris, 1932 - a collaboration of furniture and interiors designer Pierre Chareau and Dutch Architect Bernard Bijvoet.  

Why?

“For architects it represents the road not taken: a lyrical machine whose theatricality is the antithesis of the dry functionalist aesthetic that reigned through much of the 20th century.” – Nicolai Ousaroff (The New York Times, 8/29/07)

Area of expertise?

Working creatively, strategically and effectively within design and the historic environment

What else is there?

Wine for good days, coffee for late nights, my family and those moments of 'get you right there' joy.

 

JENNY MATRAVERS, BSc(Hons), MArch, PGDip
Project Architect
Why Architecture?

Because the History of Art professor was away sick and, after that, it all fitted very nicely.

What's the best bit?

Being a detective. Finding clues and solving problems. Designing spaces that enhance the enjoyment of buildings for the people who use them.

What's your favourite building?

The Sydney Opera House. 

Why?

It is a symbol of the triumph of a really good idea over all other logistical and bureaucratic hurdles. It is also recognised as having heritage value because of its architectural distinctiveness and its prominence in people’s recent collective experience and memory, all despite being relatively young (1973). It is a reminder that value is not only about age, and that history is continuous and the now is as important a part of the story.

Area of expertise?

Digging down to the fundamentals of an issue or design problem. Never assuming, always questioning and probing for the best option. Creating simple, necessary and beautiful designs. A growing expertise in contract law and contract administration.

What else is there?

I love to draw. I am a Trustee of The Regal Theatre, Minehead, often producing plays and shows for the theatre. I’m also the lead singer in a wedding band...

 

CERYS RIVETT, BA(Hons)
Project Architect
Why Architecture?

Architecture is both art and science, it reflects and respond to the ways we live our lives, facilitating and enhancing them. Architecture is therefore the opportunity to work creatively and collaboratively on meaningful work which impacts positively on people and the environment.

What's the best bit?

Seeing great ideas realised.

What's your favourite building?

(tough one!) Thermal Baths at Vals, Switzerland (Peter Zumthor) or Vigilius Mountain Resort (Matteo Thun).

Why?

These buildings respond to the character of their sites and surrounding landscapes; serving to connect the user to the natural environment through their form and function and promoting well-being by enhancing this connectedness to nature.

Area of expertise?

User focussed spatial design. Contemporary detailing in historic environments. Interiors & Lighting Design. 

What else is there?

Art, Nature, Triathlons, Cake.

 

JIM MACMILLAN
Architectural Assistant
Why Architecture?

I couldn’t handle the stress of cheffing so decided to pursue architecture … the stress has probably increased tenfold but I’m to impassioned to let it go.

What's the best bit?

Whilst visiting Zumthor’s Thermal Vals my brother commented on how “the wet footprints on the floor became a map of peoples movement”. These are my best bits, where people are enchanted by the deeply considered of perhaps serendipitous qualities of an architectural experience.

What's your favourite building?

Wow tricky one, torn between church of St. Peter by Lewerentz or the Burrel Collection in Glasgow.

Why?

Their truly captivating atmospheres, relationship with the contextual landscapes and the poetic connotations behind their materials and detailing.

Area of expertise?

Creative and inquisitive approach to design, interested in the contemporary responses to the vernacular. 

What else is there?

Art, food, coffee, cinema, exploring.

 

JAKE WATKINS
Architectural Assistant
Why Architecture?

Three of my favourite subjects in school were P.E, Art and Product Design. I wasn't able to make it as a professional footballer and hated the mess of painting, so I started to direct my exploration into space.

What's the best bit?

The opportunity to make a statement in the landscape and inspire thought. Modelling is pretty fun as well.

What's your favourite building?

Tricky. While in Barcelona, as well as the beaches, bars and weather, I fell in love with Antoni Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia.

Why?

I love its boldness within the surrounding environment as well as the statement it creates. It’s cross fabric of late Spanish modernism, gothic and art nouveau detailing means it looks ahead of its time and the narrative of Gaudi’s life only adds to the romance of the city and its cathedral.

Area of expertise?

Exploring all possibilities in consideration of design through in-depth modelling and testing. 

What else is there?

Art, Football, Caffeine (in any form), Music.