Nine new faces joined us across our three south west studios this autumn, giving LHC a significant boost in capacity to keep pace with our growing workload, and a tremendous pool of new talent.
Many of our new intake are in the early stage of their careers, and include several Part 1 or 2 Architectural Assistants, graduate Landscape Architects, an Interior Designer and Architectural Technologists. They’re all busy settling into their new teams and getting up to speed on projects.
It was particularly gratifying to find several ideal candidates within the region. In particular our two new staff in Cornwall, Mark and Eden, are both local and coincidentally live just a short way from our West Carclaze Garden Village project, which is now occupying much of their time.
Mark Rincewind is a graduate Architectural Technologist and we invited him to join our architectural team after he graduated in Architectural Technology & Design from UWE Bristol.
Mark moved into a career in Architectural Technology after 20 years in technical support and program management for engineering consultancies. With a passion for good detailing in sustainable passive design, Mark is an advocate for collaboration using BIM and the latest technology.
Eden Hawkins also joined our Cornwall studio after graduating in 2021 from UWE and is a Part 1 Architectural Assistant. He will work with us for the next year before taking on his postgraduate architectural studies. With a particular interest in place-making and the principles of healthy design, Eden’s work on West Carclaze Garden Village, our pioneering, sustainable new community, is especially appropriate.
In Exeter we have welcomed Rose and Cameron into our landscape team, and Jemma to our interiors team. Jemma Barnard graduated in Interior Decoration, Design & Styling from Plymouth College of Art. With experience in hospitality, residential and commercial interiors she aims to deliver beautiful solutions using sustainable principles and biophilic design wherever possible. Jemma placed a fabulous third place in the British Institute of Interior Design Student Design Challenge 2021.
Rose Wu joined us as Assistant Landscape Architect with experience in residential urban design. Her Landscape Architecture degree was gained in Hong Kong and Masters at the University of Gloucestershire. City parkland has always been a big area of interest for Rose and she currently volunteers at a community garden in Exeter.
Cameron Lang is our new graduate Landscape Architect who joined LHC after completing his Masters degree at the University of Sheffield where he focused his final project on the hospital environment exploring how landscape design can work hand-in-hand to provide health benefits. A keen mountain biker, Cameron has relocated to Exeter and is enjoying living near the coast for the first time.
In Plymouth we’ve welcomed Lizzie Dorey as Part 2 Architectural Assistant. Her four years’ industry experience has been largely spent working within the residential sector across Devon and Dorset. Lizzie completed her Masters in Architecture (MArch) at the University of Plymouth, where her final design project was nominated for the RIBA President’s Silver Medal.
Simon Woof has also joined as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant following completion of his BA and MArch at Plymouth University. Simon has been Treasurer of RIBA Plymouth since 2018, and with a former career in the military he brings exceptional attention to detail, and strong communication and organisational skills. He has a particular expertise in sustainable renovation and restoration of older buildings.
A recent graduate of the University of Plymouth, Lucas Voss joins us as a Part 1, bringing excellent software skills including AutoCAD, Revit and Adobe Creative Studio. Originally from Manchester, Lucas was Co-President of Plymouth Architecture Society leading a team of 13 to organise an online lecture series and social events despite the pandemic.
… and last but definitely not least we are delighted to welcome our new Associate Director, Rebecca Thurgood, a significant addition to our senior architectural team based in Exeter. Rebecca will be the subject of a blog post in her own right soon, but she is without doubt a leading member of our Class of 2021.