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Reed Watts

Reed Watts Architects, London


Jim Reed
BA (Hons), Dip Arch, ARB, RIBA

Jim is a founding Director of Reed Watts. He 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.

In 2001, Jim joined Haworth Tompkins where he became an Associate Director leading teams on a number of award winning projects in a variety of sectors including cultural and arts, commercial and residential. He gained a particular expertise in the creative adaptation and re-use of existing buildings, many of which were listed. Clients included the London Library, the V&A Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. 

At Reed Watts Jim has continued to work on a broad range of typologies at various scales, including recent work at the Open Air Theatre in Regent’s Park, and the V&A Museum. In parallel with the larger projects, Jim has completed a number of private residential commissions, where budgets and sensitive sites have often required innovative solutions.

Jim currently leads an undergraduate design studio at Kingston University. Work has been exhibited at the Barbican, the V&A and the Hampton Court Flower show. He is an External Examiner at De Montfort University.

Matt Watts
BSc (Hons), Dip Arch, ARB, RIBA

Matt is a founding Director of Reed Watts. He studied at the University of Bath and 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 including Peabody, Lend Lease, Guinness Trust and One Housing Group where he developed designs from initial concept through to completion on site. Matt has continued to lead both housing and arts projects, including those for Pocket Living, Marshfield Community Land Trust, Shoreditch Town Hall, the Roundhouse and the V&A Museum.

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

Photo of Directors, Matt and Jim