THE team

  Simon Baker - Director   BSc, MArch, ARB , RIBA   Simon Baker studied Architecture at the University of Bath (BSc) and University of Edinburgh (MArch), during which he also studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Architecture, Copenhagen and Chaing Mai University, Thailand.  Simon first joined Nash Parker Architects in 2001, becoming a director in 2006 – when the practice changed name to Nash Baker Architects. Simon has strong views with regard to contextual and sustainable design, which he likes to trace back to his Scandinavian roots. His enthusiasm for architecture, technology and business has helped focus the direction of the practice.  Simon attended a 10-month lecture series on Building Conservation at the Architectural Association to develop his expertise in this field, and remains passionate about working with both new and historic architecture.

Simon Baker - Director
BSc, MArch, ARB , RIBA

Simon Baker studied Architecture at the University of Bath (BSc) and University of Edinburgh (MArch), during which he also studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Architecture, Copenhagen and Chaing Mai University, Thailand.

Simon first joined Nash Parker Architects in 2001, becoming a director in 2006 – when the practice changed name to Nash Baker Architects. Simon has strong views with regard to contextual and sustainable design, which he likes to trace back to his Scandinavian roots. His enthusiasm for architecture, technology and business has helped focus the direction of the practice.

Simon attended a 10-month lecture series on Building Conservation at the Architectural Association to develop his expertise in this field, and remains passionate about working with both new and historic architecture.

  Howard Nash - Director   Graduate of: The University of Newcastle, and Past President of the Franco British Union of Architects   Howard has been a Principal in private practice for over 30 years with a wide experience of private and public sector work. He founded the present London firm in 1978 (previously called Nash Parker Architects). Howard has a special interest in marrying effective development planning with the needs of conservation and listed buildings.

Howard Nash - Director
Graduate of: The University of Newcastle, and Past President of the Franco British Union of Architects

Howard has been a Principal in private practice for over 30 years with a wide experience of private and public sector work. He founded the present London firm in 1978 (previously called Nash Parker Architects). Howard has a special interest in marrying effective development planning with the needs of conservation and listed buildings.

  Katharine Maclean - Director   BA (Hons) Int Des, MArch, ARB, RIBA   Katharine joined Nash Baker Architects in 2013, having spent the preceding years working in practices in Canterbury, Manchester, and London. Katharine graduated from her Interior Design degree in Manchester in 2003, and as such, has a keen interest in the interior form that can be created by the built envelope. Following this, she has spent many years specialising in working with, and adapting, existing historic buildings of both commercial and domestic nature.  She later achieved a Distinction in her MArch at Kent School of Architecture, and the RIBA South East award for a student thesis project. Upon completing her chartership at Oxford Brookes University in 2011, Katharine spent some time working in Haiti - assisting in the careful restoration of a 19th Century schoolhouse which had been severely damaged during the earthquake. Since working at Nash Baker Architects, she has been the lead architect for projects which have been shortlisted for RIBA Regional Awards and the Brick Awards.  Katharine is also a part-time design tutor at the Kent School of Architecture, and has been fortunate enough to be invited to give lectures both there, and at the Glasgow School of Art. She is currently studying for an MSc in Building Conservation at the University of York.

Katharine Maclean - Director
BA (Hons) Int Des, MArch, ARB, RIBA

Katharine joined Nash Baker Architects in 2013, having spent the preceding years working in practices in Canterbury, Manchester, and London. Katharine graduated from her Interior Design degree in Manchester in 2003, and as such, has a keen interest in the interior form that can be created by the built envelope. Following this, she has spent many years specialising in working with, and adapting, existing historic buildings of both commercial and domestic nature.

She later achieved a Distinction in her MArch at Kent School of Architecture, and the RIBA South East award for a student thesis project. Upon completing her chartership at Oxford Brookes University in 2011, Katharine spent some time working in Haiti - assisting in the careful restoration of a 19th Century schoolhouse which had been severely damaged during the earthquake. Since working at Nash Baker Architects, she has been the lead architect for projects which have been shortlisted for RIBA Regional Awards and the Brick Awards.

Katharine is also a part-time design tutor at the Kent School of Architecture, and has been fortunate enough to be invited to give lectures both there, and at the Glasgow School of Art. She is currently studying for an MSc in Building Conservation at the University of York.

  Ahmed Shawky - Associate   BSc, MA (Int Des). RegArch (Egypt). Dipl   Bilingual in English & Arabic  Ahmed joined Nash Baker Architects in Autumn 2015, having previously worked at MTA (Michael Trentham Architects), for nearly 8 years. During his employment there, he was involved in hi-end residential projects and mixed-use developments in SE & Central London, and helped the practice get short-listed for design awards and competitions with the most recent being 'Don't Move Improve', RIBA/NLA 2014. He also completed his Part 3 examination and Postgrad Diploma in Professional Practice & Management from UCL with Distinction.  Ahmed also has a wide range of experience in different building sectors in the UK and the Middle-East and originally registered as an Architectural Engineer in Egypt in 2005 following a 5 year architectural course at the Ain-Shams University in Cairo. He was later awarded Distinction for an MA in Interior Design from Brighton University in 2008 as a means to broaden his experience as he firmly believes that interaction between different design disciplines generates better design.

Ahmed Shawky - Associate
BSc, MA (Int Des). RegArch (Egypt). Dipl

Bilingual in English & Arabic

Ahmed joined Nash Baker Architects in Autumn 2015, having previously worked at MTA (Michael Trentham Architects), for nearly 8 years. During his employment there, he was involved in hi-end residential projects and mixed-use developments in SE & Central London, and helped the practice get short-listed for design awards and competitions with the most recent being 'Don't Move Improve', RIBA/NLA 2014. He also completed his Part 3 examination and Postgrad Diploma in Professional Practice & Management from UCL with Distinction.

Ahmed also has a wide range of experience in different building sectors in the UK and the Middle-East and originally registered as an Architectural Engineer in Egypt in 2005 following a 5 year architectural course at the Ain-Shams University in Cairo. He was later awarded Distinction for an MA in Interior Design from Brighton University in 2008 as a means to broaden his experience as he firmly believes that interaction between different design disciplines generates better design.

  Simon Buss - Project Architect   MA DipArch (Cantab.) MA (Samara) ARB   Bilingual in English & Russian  Simon trained at Cambridge (BA and DipArch) and qualified in 2007. He joined Nash Baker in Spring 2018, bringing a strong background of residential, cultural and commercial experience with London studios Avanti Architects, Eric Parry Architects and Clive Chapman Architects.  Simon has worked successfully within both traditional and contractor-led models and has built statutory experience in the City of London, Westminster, Tower Hamlets and Richmond.  Early professional experience on the Renewal of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, set the course for an interest in the conservation and adaptation of historic buildings. Recent roles have included working on the conversion of two significant listed buildings at St Clement’s Hospital, Bow.  Simon enjoyed expanding his horizons living abroad in Russia, undertaking architectural research, studio tutoring and English language teaching. His Russian language thesis on the conservation of Soviet Avant-Garde architecture gained an MA from Samara State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering. He has published articles on this and other subjects in the Architectural Review and Russian journals.

Simon Buss - Project Architect
MA DipArch (Cantab.) MA (Samara) ARB

Bilingual in English & Russian

Simon trained at Cambridge (BA and DipArch) and qualified in 2007. He joined Nash Baker in Spring 2018, bringing a strong background of residential, cultural and commercial experience with London studios Avanti Architects, Eric Parry Architects and Clive Chapman Architects.

Simon has worked successfully within both traditional and contractor-led models and has built statutory experience in the City of London, Westminster, Tower Hamlets and Richmond.

Early professional experience on the Renewal of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church, Trafalgar Square, set the course for an interest in the conservation and adaptation of historic buildings. Recent roles have included working on the conversion of two significant listed buildings at St Clement’s Hospital, Bow.

Simon enjoyed expanding his horizons living abroad in Russia, undertaking architectural research, studio tutoring and English language teaching. His Russian language thesis on the conservation of Soviet Avant-Garde architecture gained an MA from Samara State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering. He has published articles on this and other subjects in the Architectural Review and Russian journals.

  Sam Alexandre - Project Architect   BA (Hons), MArch, ARB   Having worked at an award winning architectural practice based in Suffolk, and upon the completion of his MArch at the University of Kent, Sam relocated to West London and joined Nash Baker Architects in the Autumn of 2015.  In 2017 he completed the third and final stage of his formal architectural training at the University of Westminster and is now a registered architect. His main interests are in working with historic building’s and developing projects using Building Information Modelling.  In his free time, he enjoys keeping fit, going to the cinema and is a keen traveller having been inter-railing across Europe and taken trips to Australasia, the US and Brazil.

Sam Alexandre - Project Architect
BA (Hons), MArch, ARB

Having worked at an award winning architectural practice based in Suffolk, and upon the completion of his MArch at the University of Kent, Sam relocated to West London and joined Nash Baker Architects in the Autumn of 2015.

In 2017 he completed the third and final stage of his formal architectural training at the University of Westminster and is now a registered architect. His main interests are in working with historic building’s and developing projects using Building Information Modelling.

In his free time, he enjoys keeping fit, going to the cinema and is a keen traveller having been inter-railing across Europe and taken trips to Australasia, the US and Brazil.

 
  Agata Olszewska - Architectural Assistant   BA (Hons), MArch   Bilingual in English & Polish  Agata graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, where she completed her Diploma course in 2016 focusing on innovative sustainability technologies, previously graduating from the same University with a First Class Honours in 2014. She is now in the process of gaining her final RIBA Part III qualification at the University of Westminster.  In the 3 years prior to joining Nash Baker Architects in June 2018, Agata had gained diverse architectural experience within the residential, commercial and leisure sectors.  Having always been involved in championing the use of BIM in architectural practice, Agata regularly attends evening lectures and participates in user group research to further her knowledge in this important emerging field.  Agata has a great passion for the outdoors; you will usually find her hiking, cycling or practising landscape photography skills in any free time she has.

Agata Olszewska - Architectural Assistant
BA (Hons), MArch

Bilingual in English & Polish

Agata graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow, where she completed her Diploma course in 2016 focusing on innovative sustainability technologies, previously graduating from the same University with a First Class Honours in 2014. She is now in the process of gaining her final RIBA Part III qualification at the University of Westminster.

In the 3 years prior to joining Nash Baker Architects in June 2018, Agata had gained diverse architectural experience within the residential, commercial and leisure sectors.

Having always been involved in championing the use of BIM in architectural practice, Agata regularly attends evening lectures and participates in user group research to further her knowledge in this important emerging field.

Agata has a great passion for the outdoors; you will usually find her hiking, cycling or practising landscape photography skills in any free time she has.

  Ria Gideon - Admin Assistant    Ria joined the team in 2017 to provide administrative support to the office, she works part time whilst completing a BA in Development Studies & Social Anthropology at SOAS university. Previously, she has worked within admin and customer support roles within the luxury retail sector and for charitable organisations based in London and Guatemala.  Ria has a great love of travelling, music and dance, in her spare time she can usually be found practicing yoga or planning her next trip

Ria Gideon - Admin Assistant

Ria joined the team in 2017 to provide administrative support to the office, she works part time whilst completing a BA in Development Studies & Social Anthropology at SOAS university. Previously, she has worked within admin and customer support roles within the luxury retail sector and for charitable organisations based in London and Guatemala.

Ria has a great love of travelling, music and dance, in her spare time she can usually be found practicing yoga or planning her next trip

  Regen-James Gregg- - Architectural Assistant   BA (Hons)   Regen joined Nash Baker in Autumn 2018 having recently graduated from Newcastle School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape after completing his Part I studies. During his time there he developed an interest in human scale architecture and the impact of the built environment on a person’s ability to engage with architecture.  Regen is a passionate swimmer and enjoys keeping active in his spare time as well a continuing to develop his cross-disciplinary skills.

Regen-James Gregg- - Architectural Assistant
BA (Hons)

Regen joined Nash Baker in Autumn 2018 having recently graduated from Newcastle School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape after completing his Part I studies. During his time there he developed an interest in human scale architecture and the impact of the built environment on a person’s ability to engage with architecture.

Regen is a passionate swimmer and enjoys keeping active in his spare time as well a continuing to develop his cross-disciplinary skills.