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Jonathan Hagos
Director BSc(Hons), DipArch, PgDipArc, ARB, RIBA

Jonathan holds a BSc and Post Graduate Diploma in Architecture from the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. His career began at the award-winning practice Squire and Partners Architects, before working with renowned architects Cj Lim/Studio 8, Studio Cullinan and Buck, and Calderon Folch Sarsanedas in Barcelona.
Jonathan’s role as a director focuses on the delivery and design output of the studio, with an emphasis on the creative methods and design polemic used to underpin a project towards an effective design response.
Jonathan is an advocate of marrying work in practice with work in academia. Alongside his role at Freehaus he acts as a visiting critic at various UK universities.

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Between 2006 and 2008, Jonathan was subject coordinator for the architecture foundation course at the Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts. Between 2008 and 2014, Jonathan taught Masters and Undergraduate design courses and Architecture summer schools at several leading schools of architecture, such as The Barlett UCL, Oxford Brookes University and the University of Greenwich.
In 2013 Jonathan led the production design for feature film, Simshar, which has received many international awards and was long-listed for best foreign film at the 97th American Academy Awards.
Since 2016 Jonathan has been a Heritage Champion as part of the North Tottenham Townscape Heritage Initiative and has taken part in many Historic England training events promoting the wider importance of our local and historic built environments.
Outside of architecture, Jonathan has a passion for hiking around volcanic archipelagos, cartography and ceramics, all of which he endeavours to combine with a life-long interest in astronomy.

Tom Bell
Director BA(Hons), DipArch, PgDipArc, ARB, RIBA, AECB

Tom studied at the Macintosh School of Art, the University of Newcastle, and the Bartlett, UCL prior to qualifying as an Architect from Westminster University with Merit in 2006. His career began at the double Sterling Prize winning practice Wilkinson Eyre Architects where he played a central role in the ‘Schools of the Future’ programme.
As a director at Freehaus, communication is a key part of Tom’s role. Working closely with clients across all sectors, Tom balances the design aspirations of the studio with the economic and technical demands of each project. Tom has recently been certified Passivhaus Designer (PHI).

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In his previous experience, Tom worked at Consarc Architects where he became a Director in 2010. Some of his notable successes include the Dagenham Civic Centre won through the OJEU process and the award-winning iCon innovation centre for the University of Northampton, at the time of completion one of the lowest carbon footprints for an office building in the country. Tom was also a founding team member of Wilkinson Eyre Hong Kong, responsible for the delivery of the Guangzhou West Tower, winner of the RIBA Libetkin Prize 2012.
Outside of architecture, Tom is one of a handful of people to have named a mountain after having been the first to climb to its summit and has completed several marathons including the Marathon des Sables, the six-day, 251km trek through the Sahara Desert. Alongside this Tom is an avid fly fisherman and enjoys the great outdoors with his young family.

Nick Gibbs
Architect BA(Hons), MArch, PgDipArc, ARB

Nick joined Freehaus in 2014 having previously worked in practices in Shanghai, Bath and London. He studied architecture at the University of Liverpool and completed his masters at the University of Greenwich in 2015 with his final year thesis project included in Blueprint Magazine’s ‘2015 Graduates: Blueprint’s Ones to Watch’ feature.
In his role, Nick brings a level of critical thought to the studio and is actively engaged on projects from inception to completion. Nick plays a key role in all residential, civic and community projects in the studio, ensuring a synergy between the design aspirations of the client and key stakeholders and spatial standards.

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Nick has also been responsible for a number of interior design-focussed projects within the studio, including food & beverage outlets, office spaces and residential properties. With a strong sense of materiality and design, Nick has extensive experience working closely with a range of different suppliers, fabricators and craftspeople to ensure that the materials, finishes and details align with the concept and meet the required quality benchmarks.
Nick is responsible for coordinating the Continuing Development Programme at Freehaus and ensuring that our design processes are in line with current practices and legislation.
His architectural interests include the use of collage in design and the Brutalist and Pop movements of twentieth-century architecture.
Outside of architecture, Nick enjoys travelling, photography, cooking and cycling and has recently taken up climbing.

Beatriz Fernandes
Graphic & Digital Designer BA, MA

Beatriz joined Freehaus in 2018 having previously worked in design practices in the UK and Portugal. Beatriz holds a BA in Design from the College of Architecture, University of Lisbon and an MA in Painting from the College of Fine Arts, University of Lisbon.
As a designer at Freehaus, Beatriz is responsible for our communication with the outside world and is currently working on a holistic rebranding exercise which encompasses the development of our entire graphic and visual output. Alongside preparing collateral and artwork for any upcoming events, she has taken a leading role in the winning shop window design for internationally renowned brand Camper.

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As a designer, she strives to understand how our forms of communication can be improved in order to get messages across more effectively. Beatriz has previously worked across various industry sectors, from product design studios to cinema production companies and freelance design, and participated in several exhibitions in the UK and Portugal.
In her previous role at Room One, Beatriz was responsible for maintaining the consistency and the ongoing development of the brand and visual identity, ensuring the brand is used consistently and correctly by the team across all mediums. During this time, Beatriz was responsible for developing projects from the initial concept to final artwork and completion across both print and digital. She worked on a wide variety of projects: from branding, print design and illustration to animation, web and app design.

Laurence York
Architect | BA(Hons), MArch, PGDip, ARB

Laurence is an ARB registered architect and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Plymouth and a Masters degree from the University of Greenwich. He is an inventive and meticulous architect with broad experience at the forefront of commercial office and residential design.
Laurence joined Freehaus in 2017 as Project Architect where he has been responsible for leading the fit-out for new co-working spaces at Imperial College White City. Alongside this Laurence lead the delivery of an office refurbishment to a prominent London design agency and is leading a new residential conversion to a Victorian property in the city alongside a number of retail and restaurant projects.

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After graduating with an undergraduate degree from Plymouth University in 2010 he worked in the office of Stan Bolt Architects, gaining experience in designing, planning and detailing bespoke contemporary houses around the South-west of England, including working on the RIBA award-winning Berry Head Rocks and The Green House. During this time he also completed a postgraduate qualification in architectural research.
Achieving his masters degree with distinction from the University of Greenwich where he received a number of student awards, Laurence joined the London office of world-renowned Pritzker and Stirling Prize winning architect Norman Foster, where he spent a number of years working on competition-winning master plans in Cairo and Casablanca, commercial office towers in Warsaw, Frankfurt and London, and the competition winning museum of Roman antiquities in Narbonne, south of France.
For three years Laurence worked on the design and delivery of Varso tower in Warsaw, which will be central Europe’s tallest commercial development, before then working closely with an international team of specialist consultants to develop its highly complex bespoke glass skin. He was also a part of the team designing the international competition-winning scheme for the sensitive regeneration of one of Cairo’s most notorious and dilapidated slums into a mixed-used district, with high quality affordable housing, commercial development and world class public space.
Laurence is also responsible for our IT systems and for ensuring our CAD methodologies and practices are continually updated in order to meet project and client specific needs.

Niamh Lincoln
Part II Architectural Assistant BA(Hons), MArch

Niamh joined Freehaus in 2018 to take on an active part in current studio projects, including an extensive refurbishment to a Victorian house and the design of a new community-led sports complex in Claygate, Surrey.
Niamh has a particular interest in Arts & Community projects and in using participative design processes as part of meaningful community engagement. She has previously run architecture workshops in junior youth clubs and schools in Sheffield, highlighting the need for more accessible public spaces in Gleadless Valley. She enjoys focusing on how positive changes to environments can nurture strengthened communities.

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Since completing her Masters in Architecture at the University of Sheffield in 2015, Niamh has worked on a broad range of architectural and strategic design projects for Studio Weave and Architecture 00. One of her projects with Studio Weave included Colour in Hackney, a project on the specification and design code for the repainting of over 320 social housing estates across Hackney. The brief required a diversification of outputs (characterising places), within a pragmatic regulatory framework that could be applied over a large area and on a long time-scale. The commission resulted in a set of instruction codes for contractors, which provide diverse outcomes through consistent application across a variety of scenarios.
Niamh has also worked with Architecture 00 on the refurbishment of the Lakeside Centre, Thamesmead for Bow Arts Trust & Peabody. It is a Mayor of London funded scheme to create a major Culture Hub as part of the regeneration of this iconic estate, regenerating the brutalist Lakeside Centre which sits on the Southmere Lake. The project provides affordable workspace for artists, designers and makers, a kitchen incubator, café area, roof garden, pop-up market stalls, a nursery and facilities to support the existing boating club.
 

Our Role in Academia

At Freehaus we are advocates of marrying work in practice with socially conscious outputs that might offer a real benefit to the communities in which we work. We believe in taking the time to help nurture others along the way, and so our practice maintains an active role in academia.

We are currently involved in the Career Development Centre (CDC) Mentoring Scheme operated by the University of Westminster, providing students with the opportunity to gain insight into professional practice and develop their employability skills in advance of graduating. Alongside this we are currently participating in the work placement scheme operated by the Faculty of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Westminster, welcoming students for short term placements to expand their experience of architectural practice whilst undertaking their undergraduate studies.

We are also part of the RIBA schools programme ‘Architecture Ambassadors’, where RIBA architect members volunteer to partner with schools to help give children an insight into architecture and to inspire them about the potential of the built environment. 

 

Former Colleagues and Collaborators

 

Nina Gerada
Setare Nosrati
Will Fisher
Yao Jen Chuang

Christina Godikson 
Douglas Angel
Edem Torsutse 
Emily Grundon

Hester Buck 
Marysia Wisniewska
Matt Brown
Michael Howe

 
 
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Current Collaborators

Adam Luszniak
London based photographer with a passion for all things design and an eye for detail. Adam specialises in a breadth of design related photography, spanning interiors, products and fashion.

Big Little Projects
Bespoke furniture design and manufacturing company established in Hackney, London. An experienced team working with architects, artists, universities, domestic clients and design professionals.

David Chappell
Specialist advisor to the Royal Institute of British Architects. David's experience includes over 50 years as an Architect and Contract Administrator in public and private sector practice.

Diespeker & Co
Innovation, quality, choice and craftsmanship are Diespeker’s cornerstones, a specialist supplier of natural stone and man-made materials for flooring, tiles, cladding, worktops and treads.

Felix de Pass
Felix studied MA Design Products at the Royal College of Art between 2007– 2009. He runs his London-based creative design office specialising in product, furniture and industrial design.

Here Design
An award-winning team of multi-disciplinary designers based in London. The team specialises in design and branding, including packaging, print, publishing, products and websites.

Jim Stephenson
London based architectural photographer and film maker concerned with the documentation of architecture, interiors and the built environment. Jim works across the UK and around the world.

Morgan Carr
London-based team providing integrated construction solutions including Project Management, Cost Management and CDM Advisors and focusing on sustainability and modern approaches to construction.

Tamin Jones
London-based freelance photographer. Tamin’s work presents a confident natural style and an elegant aesthetic, ideally suited to shooting food, lifestyle and interiors.

Trapex Hardware
UK's leading manufacturers and suppliers of architectural ironmongery. They are unique in offering ranges of ironmongery that are manufactured to a high specification in design, quality and finish.

Sandford PR
London-based integrated PR and Social Media consultancy that works across the design, architecture, interiors, luxury and lifestyle sectors, helping businesses grow their profile.