Juliet Aston Associate Director

Juliet is an Associate Director at MICA, an experienced architect with a two decade history with the practice. During that time she has built experience across a broad base.

She has a lead many heritage projects, working with historic structures and environments at all levels of protection, gaining statutory permissions and dealing with the technicalities of conservation work, informed by specialist conservation training. Skilled in written and visual communication, she is also frequently involved in the research and production of our planning documentation for developments in sensitive and complex contexts. This is complemented by a continuous thread of work in the cultural sector, for museum, heritage and theatrical organisations, both in architectural and exhibition design work.

Alongside and within these specialisms, Juliet has delivered key technical roles on a variety of projects in different sectors (residential, retail, commercial), with substantial experience of compliance monitoring, and a growing expertise in specification writing.

Much of Juliet’s experience has been in retrofit and re-use, and she has a keen interest in the interface between performance improvement, material technology, and the retention of the special qualities of the buildings and places being retained.

Her architectural experience is supported by a prior degree qualification from University of East Anglia’s acclaimed World Art Studies and Museology faculty.

Juliet 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. She has contributed to the campaign’s steering group sessions and mentored in the UK wide programme. She is also a mentor for the Social Mobility Foundation’s scheme, and within the RIBA mentoring scheme.

Mandy Franz Associate Director

Mandy is a highly experienced architect and conservation architect with 15 years of international experience working across a range of capital projects with a focus on cultural and education projects in historic complex settings. Mandy is championing MICA’s sustainable practice of architecture in both retrofit and new build, understanding the compact dynamics between our impact and the benefits for society.

Mandy brings clear design, engagement, and leadership, to deliver the highest quality project possible. She has delivered projects across a range of sectors and scales including Oxford collegiate projects, residential projects for the London Boroughs of Camden and Brent, and cultural projects in London and overseas. Mandy led the design and construction of the Corpus Christi College Auditorium in Oxford, The Queen’s College New Library, the New Library for Christ's College Cambridge, the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith London, and the redevelopment of Centre Point in London.

Mandy is a highly skilled RIBA accredited Conservation Architect who takes a forensic approach to her work with Listed buildings, re-imagining them for new uses whilst revealing their heritage value.

Mandy currently is overseeing a number of projects in Oxford including; Hertford College Library development, new student accommodation at the Geoffrey Arthur Building development for Pembroke College, and Northgate project, a mixed used development in Oxford, with residential, retail and innovative learning spaces for Jesus College. All projects have benefited from Mandy's considered and contextual approach to design, her knowledge and understanding to deliver sustainable solutions to budget, whilst maintaining quality and architectural merit.

Mandy sees development and continuous involvement in education as a critical part of her architectural career. She is a guest critic at the University of Bath and Dresden, Germany, and part of the RIBA mentoring scheme, she also has been setting up our inhouse mentoring program.

She is an advocate for a making the architectural profession more sustainable and is a member of the Architects Declare steering group and giving input through her knowledge in conservation and sustainability in the Harrow Design Review panel.

Paul Mullin Associate Director

Paul has a wide range of experience in residential, educational, heritage, masterplanning and urban design; with particular expertise working with local authorities on key regeneration schemes - recently leading a large team to deliver a masterplan and various award winning buildings across the East Ham Civic Campus for the London Borough of Newham. 

Paul has been the Project Architect on a number of multi-disciplinary projects, such as the Barking Town Centre Masterplan, the Stowe School Masterplan within the historic setting of Stowe House and Gardens, and the Sustainable Residential Quarter in Central Milton Keynes. Paul has also worked on large scale campus masterplans for the Universities of Lincoln and Southampton and the largest residential Passivhaus scheme in the UK, Chester Balmore, for the London Borough of Camden.

Paul has acted as a Critical Friend and Technical Advisor for clients including the Stowe School and the London Borough of Newham. He has also been a regular visiting tutor at the University of Bath, and has lectured at the Concrete Centre in London. Paul takes an active role in mentoring within the practice.
Paul is currently leading teams working on projects for Cheltenham Ladies’ College, two new Boarding Houses at Stowe, and the redevelopment of historic buildings in the St Thomas’ Campus for King’s College London.

Chris Wood Technical Director

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