30 under 30

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Oh to be 30 again! More specifically under 30.

This is our annual look at the rising stars of the architectural and design community and once again there is a glittering array of talent and no shortage of positivity.

The journey to identify our list started pretty much 12 months ago; on average the Mix team attends a couple of events a week, peppered with lots of other meetings (case studies, profiles,
roundtables etc) which means we are in a great position to collate our list. We are also grateful to the many respected industry figures for their nominations. About a month ago we started to make contact with the bosses of the long list and ask if we are on the right track. The results over the next eight pages shows we were right on track (pats on backs!).

You may know that we are not one for positive discrimination, but we like to make every effort that everyone is represented. All Mixologists will know that we do something that most other major awards fail to do – attract pretty much the gender balance from the real world – ie. half women and half men. However, for the following feature, we have failed! Of the 30, 87% are women! We have no desire to make any political correctness statement here but it does seem to be a reflection of the industry at the moment.

We hope, like us, you feel the sector is in rude health and in the hands of some terrific ambassadors, who will no doubt do their best to keep up with increasing client demands in the interior design revolution. Whilst this is very much a team game – here are 30 stand-out individuals.


Laura Noble, Denton Corker Marshall
Laura Noble is Denton Corker Marshall’s youngest Project Architect, currently overseeing their 20 Farringdon Street office project through complex procurement and construction phases. The client and design team are constantly commending Laura for both her eye for detail and focus on the bigger picture, whilst being a delight to work with.


Kate church, area sq
Kate Church is a dedicated, detail driven designer who thrives on exploring new places for inspiration, keeping up to date with design trends and methodologies to deliver a fresh perspective to each project. Kate is currently a Senior Designer at Area Sq, working on a variety of commercial and retail projects, integrating her vast experience in workplace consultancy and interior design knowledge in each project for clients including Smeg, Vertex and Gilea. Prior to her role at Area Sq, Kate has had a varied career in the interior design industry. Her first role was at world renowned architects Foster + Partners in 2008, working on a variety of global workplace, hospitality, educational and mixed-use projects. Following this, Kate moved to the Technology and Consulting practice arm of Gensler, an integrated architecture, design, planning and consulting firm. Whilst here, Kate has contributed to a variety of commercial projects in London and Europe for clients including Facebook, GSK and Telefonica.


Maliha Haque, LOM architecture and design
Maliha is an architect and workplace designer who is currently leading projects for several of LOM’s international financial clients. Recent work includes the National Bank of Oman’s HQ in Muscat, which opens this year, and HSBC’s new Middle East head office in Dubai. Maliha studied at Westminster and UEL, and is now a key member of the LOM workplace team.


Adam Durrant, SpaceInvader
Since joining SpaceInvader in 2013, Adam has shown outstanding commitment and attention to detail during significant landlord works for numerous high-profile listed buildings. He was instrumental in the historical redevelopment of Manchester Royal Exchange and delivered the award-winning CAT A high-end reception and event space at 55 Spring Gardens.


Catt Godon, 1508 london
Beginning her career at Foster and Partners, Catt has passionately led and contributed to a diverse range of interior and architectural projects. She recently joined 1508 London to further advance her career within luxury interiors. She is a creative, inquisitive and ambitious designer with a passion for eclectic and strategically crafted design, which she carries out with great elegance.


Luisa Russo, Maris Interiors
A highly motivated, hard-working, multi-talented/multi-disciplined designer with a strong, competitive work ethic – perfect for the world of office design and build. Luisa is a go-to person for creativity but also for getting a job done. She is a highly valuable asset to our business and an absolute pleasure to work with.


Josephine Bridges, AHR
Josephine is an outstanding interior designer with a passion for creating unique and interesting environments. She employs a meticulous, enthusiastic and dedicated approach to deliver exceptional work. Recently completed projects include Huddersfield Leisure Centre, The Clinic at CityWalks in Dubai – and Josephine has just handed over a project for Staffordshire University.


Angela St Clair-Ford, John Robertson Architects
Angela is head of the Workplace and Interiors team at John Robertson Architects (JRA). In just five years, she has grown the department from a one-woman operation to a 15 strong team, currently working on the 30,000 sq m fit-out of Aldwych Quarter for King’s College, London. As experts in architecture for commercial workplace, moving into office interior fit-out has been a key aspect of JRA’s long term business plan and it is here that Angela has been truly instrumental.


Sian Kearney, Scott Brownrigg
Interior designer Sian has an infectious, dedicated, enthusiastic and uncompromising approach to design. Her recent schemes include Expedia in Madrid and Hamburg, EQT in Soho, Alpha FX in Reading and Gilead in Cambridge. Luxury developer, Craigewan, was delighted with her stunning design, commenting that ‘Our new environment captures and reinforces the Craigewan brand to all’. As well as being creatively minded, Sian’s relentless attention to detail when snagging strikes fear in the heart of the world’s best contractors.


Sara Keywan, Gensler
Sara is a creative and passionate designer, with an enthusiasm for all aspects of workplace design. She joined Gensler in 2015, shortly after obtaining her First Class Honours degree in Interior Design from Northumbria University, Newcastle, where she completed projects focusing on workplace, retail and hospitality. Sara works on projects from the initial design concept stage through to scheme and completion. A highly organised and versatile individual, Sara’s strengths include efficiency, time-management and prioritising tasks. Mature beyond her years, Sara earns the respect and trust of clients, which has led her to work on projects in Turkey, France and Germany. With a passion for good design, Sara likes to keep up with relevant trends and materials.


Amy Simpson, BDP
Amy has worked extensively on our large retail projects in the UK, Russia, Portugal, Germany and Canada, in addition to smaller refurbishments for Imperial College, Atrium and the recently completed National Army Museum. She has faced clients and won them over with her talent and personality and impressed us with her imagination, dedication and tenacity to see a project through – without losing her sense of humour.


Hannah Pevy, HLM Architects
Having joined us as a graduate, Hannah is now a valuable member of our team who is developing great design and detailing skills. Working with clients such as the Intercontinental Hotel Group and Marriott, Hannah is building up a stunning portfolio of hospitality projects.


Anneka Seymour, TTSP
Anneka joined TTSP in 2014 and immediately took on the interior design of Northwood Investors’ new London HQ, with a high quality brief that allowed Anneka to express herself through a combination of original finishes and spatial organisation, combined with her passion for FF&E selection and arrangement. Anneka’s most recently completed project is a stunning bar and hospitality suite for Chivas Brothers in Hammersmith.


Adam McPartland , Glancy Nicholls
Adam joined Glancy Nicholls Architects in June 2011 after gaining a commendation for his Masters in Architecture, becoming a RIBA Chartered Architect in January 2015. As one of the lead designers in the practice, he has a broad experience in producing visual imagery, which he uses to guide team members within the studio.


Gemma Hunt, KKS
Gemma brings a combination of fine art talent and strategic and technical expertise, making her ideally suited to turning client design aspirations into reality. She leads the studio on her sustainable finishes and furniture knowledge, which was instrumental in helping KKS’ Land Securities HQ project win the BREEAM 2017 award for Office Refurbishment & Fit-out.


Ella Foster, FaulknerBrowns
In just over two and a half years Ella has become a valuable member of the FaulknerBrowns interiors team. Her delightful ideas and beautiful drawings have inspired clients on award winning projects like Hebburn Hub, The Word and Den Haag Zuiderpark in Holland. Currently, Ella is delivering a very exciting and inspiring workplace for the electrical wholesaler, City Electrical Factors.


 Kerry Watton, BuckleyGrayYeoman
Kerry has proven to be a true ‘all-round’ architect – even at this very early stage in her career. Her key project has been Central Cross – a new retail ‘gateway’ to Chinatown, leading the detailed design of new bespoke bronze shopfronts, taking inspiration from the Chinese heritage of the area.


Sarah McIver, M Moser Associates
Sarah McIver got a First Class degree and then a design job with us, quickly becoming a key team member due to insight beyond her age and experience, and enough curiosity to burn a hole in a fire blanket – and that important signal of intelligence, namely being a really good listener.


Mustafa Afsaroglu, HLW
A distinct personality within the industry, Mustafa joined in 2012 and is now a Senior Designer/Associate. His passion and creativity for design means he is constantly pushing conceptual thinking, with innovative solutions resulting in our clients receiving effective and exciting outcomes. Recent projects include Google, Sky and Capital One.


Esther Ferrier, Michael Laird Architects
Esther is a very talented young designer, with an exceptional ability to communicate confidently and effectively with clients, design team and contractors to produce an innovative and quality end product. She is equally skilled at working with clients like RBS to influence a company’s workplace strategy and culture, to create a confident brand interior at Cirrus Logic or elegant and award-winning workplace for KPMG. Esther is on the BCO NextGen committee, actively participating in events locally, and is determined to lead her profession to be the best that it can be.


 Adriana Zielinska, Gensler
Adriana joined Gensler in 2014, shortly after obtaining her First Class Honours degree in Interior Architecture from Middlesex University. Before completing her studies, she interned for a year at Gensler in 2012. Passionate about conceptual and sustainable projects, Adriana has experience in all stages of the design process, from space planning though to construction and completion. She is an active member of the Design Performance Group and Media Practice Area. Adriana is passionate about the power of design to change lives and improve communities, which compelled her recently to take on a pro-bono initiative to re-imagine some of the interior space at the Stephen Lawrence Centre in South London.


Theresa Brown, KSS
Theresa is an integral part of the Interior Design team working on some of KSS’ most prestigious projects in the sport, hospitality and workplace sectors. She enjoys being actively involved in all aspects of the design process, delivering high levels of creativity within a client-centered approach.


Michael Beach, Spacelab
Michael has an incredible thirst for knowledge and passion for design. His boundless creativity, enthusiasm and go-getter attitude has seen him consistently surpass expectations – stepping up to a leading interiors role on Boden’s London HQ. Michael has a special energy for everything he does and there is no doubt that he will make big waves in the world of interiors…probably much sooner than we think!


Shona Cairns, Perkins+will
Shona is a talented forward-thinking young designer working with high profile and large scale banking and legal projects in London. She has a keen eye for design and also managing the project process from concept to  delivery. Shona is seen in high regard by her clients and colleagues.


Bianca Yousef, 74 architects
We have nominated Bianca due to her dedication to the 74 team and our clients. Bianca is an integral part of our talented interiors team and is a fantastic conceptual designer. She is conscientious, with a natural design ability and scrupulous attention to detail, who, although a cliche, thinks outside of the box by delivering well thought-out, exemplary work for our clients.


Sintija Sadovska, cube 8 studio
Sintija has been with Cube 8 Studio since its formation back in January 2016 She is a talented interior and graphic designer with a great creative imagination that helps us create unique identities for our clients.
Clients say she is quiet – but that’s because she is always thinking, working hard in silence and letting her designs make the noise. Sintija is currently working on our new and exciting project for Sorted.com and a 15,000 sq ft fit-out for one of the fastest growing tech companies in the UK. This project is going to blow your mind, so watch this space!


Lizzie Mullet, DV8 Designs
Lizzie studied Architectural Venue Design at the University of Derby, receiving a First Class BA (Hons) degree. She has worked with us since 2014 on projects including The Old Blind School, Liverpool and Leasowe Castle Hotel – which she is currently working on. Our clients love Lizzie’s thorough approach – incorporating essential requirements while adding a creative and imaginative twist.


Claire Gold, Morgan Lovell
Claire is a firm believer that design is more than aesthetics. Her philosophy maintains that design can be meaningful, serve a purpose and create better workplaces – a school of thought underpinned by her research-focused approach. Tackling clients’ design briefs with an inquisitive mind, Claire’s insight links her designs to the people and brands they’ll serve. Joining Morgan Lovell from the world of high-end residential interiors, Claire is an exciting young leader who’s constantly on the hunt for inspiration from other disciplines.


Lizzie Garlick, fdg
Lizzie is a valued member of our architectural and interior design teams. She is engaging with clients and colleagues alike, has a calm reliable nature, and can most certainly be relied upon to go the extra mile when a deadline is looming. She is also an active member of the Manchester Society of Architects. Lizzie is our rising star for the way she embraces new challenges, and has a willingness to learn.


Stephanie Jenkinson, NoChintz
Stephanie is an extremely driven, ambitious and talented member of the NoChintz team. Her determination and great skills has her designing, detailing, procuring and project managing her schemes from start to finish, making her a very strong and valued member of the team. Stephanie’s attention to detail, thoroughness and passion for her profession is seen in all that she does – even returning to MMU to teach and inspire the next generation. She is a joy to work with and we look forward to helping her continue to fly.