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Mandy Franz Senior Associate

Mandy has a broad range of expertise from design development, detailing, structural engineering and designing in historic contexts, and is also a fully qualified conservation architect.

Her experience includes the design and construction of the Corpus Christi College Auditorium in Oxford, the Acland Site for Keble College, the New Library for Christ's College Cambridge, the Lyric Hammersmith and several housing schemes for the London Boroughs of Camden and Brent. Mandy lead the design and delivery of the library extension and related refurbishment works at The Queen's College in Oxford.

Mandy is currently leading the facade design as part of the Centre Point team working to refurbish the Grade II listed complex in London; and is also leading the design of a new digital hub, teachings spaces, accommodation, and fourth quad for Jesus College in Oxford.
 
Mandy has been key to developing the practice’s CPD programme, and inhouse mentoring programme which aims to provides opportunities for more experienced members of the team to offer guidance, and access to networks and contacts which will help to fulfil younger staff’s potential. Mandy is also part of the RIBA mentoring scheme which pairs up professionals to architecture students. 

Tom Holberton Associate

Tom has over 12 years’ experience of strategic design - combining insight, and thinking creatively and intelligently, to solve complex problems at a range of scales. He has experience of leading large projects and teams, directing design processes through intense and demanding programmes including most recently the refurbishment of the Grade II listed Centre Point complex for Almacantar and wider transformation of St Giles Circus.

Tom has led a variety of cultural and residential projects including the detailed scheme for the new cultural quarter in Stratford- "Olympicopolis", West End One - a sustainable mixed use urban quarter in Central Milton Keynes, the extension to the Lyric Theatre, Chester Balmore, masterplans for Barking River Roding and  Pudding Mill Lane and Heathrow City for the GLA.
 
Tom has led a series of studies for Transport for London assessing the strategic development capacity for London over the next twenty years. This defined the vision, and masterplanning of a whole series of urban typologies across London, focused around major infrastructure improvements such as Crossrail2 and the Bakerloo Line extension, planning future increases in density and changes in employment. 
 
He also practices as SoHo+Co and teaches unit 21 at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

James Kirk Associate

James has over 10 years experience working on a variety of residential, educational and regeneration projects. James is currently a key member of the client side team guiding the design and redevelopment of the grade II listed Centre Point complex for Almacantar. 

James has provided ongoing design work for the Dulwich Picture Gallery, which has recently included providing better facilities as part of a strategic review of the gallery's building stock. James has also lead the design and delivery of numerous private houses for the office as well as being a key member of competition teams such as the Heathrow City Feasibility Masterplan and the Olympic Park Cultural and Education Quarter Masterplan. Additional experience includes the Pudding Mill Lane Masterplan, Central Milton Keynes West End One Sustainable Housing development, Barking Town Centre Masterplan, and Barking Technical Skills Centre.
 
James is currently project architect for a series of infill housing schemes for the London Borough of Camden, and has also been producing designs for improving facilities at the Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance in Twickenham. James plays an important role in managing IT systems for the practice.

Kelly Ordemann Associate

Kelly has over 10 years of experience of cultural, educational and residential design, with key heritage knowledge having worked with many historic buildings and undertaken specialist conservation training. 

Kelly worked on a variety of residential and regeneration projects including Central Milton Keynes West End One Sustainable Housing Development; Barking Town Centre Masterplan; Barking Skills Centre, a 5,000 sqm further education college; and Chester Balmore, a mixed-use, highly sustainable community development for the London Borough of Camden.

Kelly was a key member of the team designing the Customer Service Centre + Library and Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre for the London Borough of Newham as part of the transformative East Ham Civic Campus Masterplan. And was also an instrumental part of the Lincoln’s Inn team developing designs and overseeing the delivery for the restoration of the Old Hall and Great Hall.

Kelly plays an important role in managing project accounts for the practice and maintaining effective project management systems across the office.

Javier Rada Domingo Senior Associate

Javier brings to the practice particular expertise of designing for educational and residential projects, married with proven technical knowledge to solve complex problems. Javier was instrumental in the team designing the award winning East Ham Customer Service Centre and Library for the London Borough of Newham as part of the East Ham Civic Campus Masterplan. 

Javier has been actively involved in a wide range of projects including the Art & Design Academy at Liverpool John Moores University and the Southbank Centre Masterplan, London. He has worked on numerous projects at Stowe School, including the New Girls Boarding House and Art School and the current New Boys Boarding House, and has supervised the construction of residential schemes in South Kilburn.

Javier is currently working on the residential proposals for the Fairfield Masterplan as part of a new cultural quarter in the centre of Croydon. 

Lilian Swanson Associate

Lilian has been a key member of the Rick Mather Architects team since 2012. Lilian leads the coordination of public relations, bids, submissions and graphics for the practice.

Jessie Turnbull Associate

Jessie brings a wealth of knowledge to the practice having worked on numerous cultural, commercial and residential schemes in America, Japan and the UK. 

Jessie is leading the design and delivery of a major new facility at Keble College in Oxford, including student accommodation and education facilities, all centred around a new sixth quad for the city. Jessie completed her architectural training at Cambridge University in the UK and Princeton University in the United States.
 
Jessie is also currently part of the team developing designs for Cheltenham Ladies’ College, informing an Estate Masterplan Framework setting out the future needs of the College for the next 20-25 years.

Jessie has been instrumental in the practice’s partnership with the Women in Architecture campaign which aims to increase commitments to equality within the profession and raise the profile of women in architecture worldwide. As a result of this, Jessie has been key in setting up our inhouse Equality Forum which aims to evaluate the company’s procedures and initiatives in order ensure equality, opportunity and development for all. 

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