Jim studied at the University of Sheffield, after which he joined London practice Proctor and Matthews. Here he gained extensive residential experience ranging from private houses to larger urban projects, including the first phase of the Greenwich Millennium Village.
Jim joined Haworth Tompkins in 2001 where he became an Associate Director. He led teams involved in delivering a number of award winning projects, covering a variety of sectors including cultural and arts, commercial and residential. He has gained a particular expertise in the creative adaptation and re-use of existing buildings, many of which have been listed. Clients included the London Library, the V&A, the Open Air Theatre and the National Portrait Gallery. More recently Jim has undertaken a series of feasibility studies and planning applications for residential projects and is well versed in housing design.
In parallel with the larger work noted above Jim has worked on a number of private residential commissions, where budgets and sensitive sites have often required innovative solutions.
Jim currently runs a post-graduate Unit at Kingston University with Takeshi Hayatsu. The unit is concerned primarily with the act of building and culminated last year with the construction of a Japanese teahouse in collaboration with the architect Terunobu Fujimori. He has taught at a number of universities throughout the UK including Sheffield, De Montfort and Brighton.
Matt graduated from the University of Bath and then the University of East London. Having initially worked at Haworth Tompkins on summer placements, Matt joined as a permanent member of staff in 1999. Like Jim, Matt was an Associate Director and led a number of significant projects in the residential and cultural sectors.
He was project architect for the redevelopment of the Young Vic Theatre which was short-listed for the RIBA’s Stirling Prize in 2007. He then went on to lead residential developments in Pimlico, Stratford, Walworth and Canning Town for clients Peabody, Lend Lease, Guinness Trust and Bouygues Developments respectively where he developed designs from initial concept through to completion on site. Matt is particularly interested and experienced in delivering mixed-use developments, where new homes are created alongside complementary cultural, community or commercial uses.
As well as being responsible for the management of its IT systems, Matt led Haworth Tompkins’s Housing team and has detailed and practical experience in the design and delivery of private and affordable housing.
Matt sits on the RIBA’s Architects for Change advisory panel which provides the RIBA with support in improving diversity and promoting equality within the profession. He also volunteers for the Social Mobility Foundation, giving support to students from low-income families who would like to pursue a career in architecture.
Photograph: Ben Tynegate