Meet the architectural team

Helen Needham

RIBA Chartered Architect and Architectural Department Manager
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Helen Needham BA (Hons), PG Dip Arch, ARB, RIBA, Dip Mngt

RIBA Chartered Architect and Architectural Department Manager

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Helen has nearly 20 years of Architectural experience gained in practices across Lincolnshire, Devon, London, Sussex, and Surrey. Having worked on many projects of varying contract sums, and through all RIBA Work Stages, she realised her vocation lies in designing oak-framed homes after working on Listed buildings, residential masterplans and new houses for self-builders and commercial property developers.

Helen qualified as an Architect in 2008 and joined Oakwrights in April 2015 to help build the Architectural Design Team and strengthen Client services. Helen oversees all work stages in the Architectural team, although she specialises in Pre-application and Planning application design.

Education

Originally from Lincolnshire, Helen went to Brighton University gaining a BA (Hons) Degree, and Postgraduate Diplomas in Architecture, Management, Practice, and Law, with RIBA Parts 1 to 3. Later, Helen gained a Management Diploma through Worcester University.

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Blogs
12 Jul 2019

How can an Architect help me?

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Blogs
12 Jul 2019

Planning permission FAQs

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Career
12 Jul 2019

Women in work

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Craig Alexander

RIBA Chartered Architect
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Craig Alexander BSc, MArch, ARB, RIBA

RIBA Chartered Architect

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Prior to working at Oakwrights, Craig gained experience in practices across Bath, and Dorset, focusing largely on residential design. He has wide-ranging practical experience of on-site construction work, including self-build extensions and renovation work.

Craig has recently had the opportunity to extend his experience into Passivhaus design after working on the detailed design, tender, and on-site contract administration of a Certified Passivhaus project.

Education

Craig qualified as an Architect in 2018, and joined Oakwrights in the same year, having completed all three parts of his RIBA training at the University of Bath. This included a BSc Hons Degree in Architecture with RIBA Part 1, a Masters in Architecture with RIBA Part 2 and a Post Graduate Certificate in Professional Practice, the RIBA Part 3.

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Planning Consent Stories
12 Jul 2019

A custom build planning consent story from the perspective of Chartered Architect, Craig Alexander

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Architecture
12 Jul 2019

Our newly qualified architect

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Blogs
12 Jul 2019

Planning permission FAQs

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Mariyana Hartland

Chartered Architectural Technologist
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Mariyana Hartland MCIAT

Chartered Architectural Technologist

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Having gained 12 years of detailed knowledge of oak-framing, Mariyana joined the Oakwrights Architectural Design Team in 2016, where she combines her experience of creating beautiful designs with the technical ability to build forever homes for our Clients.

Mariyana has successfully worked on gaining Planning Permissions and Building Regulations Consents for Oakwrights bespoke house designs, as well as multiple build sites around the country.

Education

Mariyana completed her Master’s degree in English in 2001 as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in the Built Environment Studies in 2017, and became MCIAT qualified in 2018.

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Architecture
12 Jul 2019

Focus on Mariyana: What it means to become Chartered

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Custom Build
12 Jul 2019

Multiple build needn't multiply the challenges

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Blogs
12 Jul 2019

How do I find my perfect plot?

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Jack Feighan

RIBA Part I Architectural Assistant
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Jack Feighan BSc (Hons)

RIBA Part I Architectural Assistant

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Jack has been part of the Oakwrights team since January 2020. As an Architectural Assistant, Jack brings a dynamic range of Architectural design experiences collected around the UK in-between his academic career.

Jack’s first project at Oakwrights was a multi-build site in South Oxford where he worked closely with the team on the original concept of the buildings and its 3D modelling. Since joining us, Jack has worked on many bespoke designs and has become proficient in the different processes involved in oak framing, preparing him nicely for his growing role within our in-house Architectural Design team.

Education

Jack completed his BSc (hons) Architecture degree from the University of the West of England, Bristol in 2019. He has also gained a qualification in the Built and Natural environment. In-between his studies he has experience working in Liverpool, Birmingham, Bath and Inverness.

Dan Reeves

RIBA Part I Architectural Assistant
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Dan Reeves BSc (Hons)

RIBA Part I Architectural Assistant

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Dan joined Oakwrights in January 2020. Dan is looking forward to contributing to multiple Oakwrights projects within the studio, as well as expressing himself both architecturally and artistically. He hopes to enhance spaces and design better built environments that will enrich the life of the client; alongside further developing his skills towards becoming a qualified architect.

Education

Dan completed his part I Architectural studies at Birmingham City University.

Jonathan Llewellyn

RIBA Chartered Architect
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Jonathan Llewellyn BSc(Hons) Arch, DipArch(Hons), ARB

RIBA Chartered Architect

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Jon has over 30 years experience in architectural practice. He has worked for himself, in private and public sector practices and has managed large multi-disciplinary teams on all scale of projects. Before joining Oakwights Jon ran his own, award winning practice and worked on commercial, leisure, schools and community projects. More recently he has been primarily consulting to specialist oak frame design companies and specialising in residential projects with individual clients in the UK and abroad. With extensive experience working on new, historic and listed buildings, often in difficult or sensitive locations, Jon has a great track record of achieving exciting designs and gaining permissions on the most challenging site.

Jon’s passion for design extends to furniture and product design, restoring classic cars and he paints commercially.

Education

Jon completed his degree at what is now East London University and his postgraduate diploma at the University of Greenwich. He qualified as an architect in 1994 and is a fully chartered member of both the ARB and RIBA.

Darren Blackwell

Regional Architectural Designer
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Darren Blackwell

Regional Architectural Designer

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Darren first experienced the world of design as a child, sitting at his father’s desk, watching in awe as he produced conceptual thumbnail sketches of a piece of exquisite jewellery a Client had commissioned for design and creation.

Over the years, Darren became increasingly intrigued in the ways in which these ‘snippets’ became a true reflection of what was created, as if they were drawn as a still life of the finished article. With ‘balance’; proportion and symmetry, and attention to detail as the backbone of his practice, Darren embraces a Clients lifestyle-requirements to deliver a scheme of creativity, value, and environmental sustainability that will support the modern style of living.

Education

Following these fundamental principles, Darren has been designing exclusive homes for over twenty years as a Design Director of Oakland Vale. Joining the Oakwrights Architectural Design Team in 2003 he began specialising in the field of structural green oak framing, offering skills and experience in this area that very few others have attained in the construction industry.

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Case Study
12 Jul 2019

Scandinavian style timber frame home in Kent

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Blogs
12 Jul 2019

Designing your oak home for life

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John Williams

Regional Architectural Designer
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John Williams

Regional Architectural Designer

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John is a specialist in the design of the inimitable home. With consideration taken for traditional building materials and construction techniques, John’s designs take care to contemplate light, aspect, proportion, scale, texture and context.

As part of the Oakwrights Architectural Design Team for more than ten years, John is fully conversant with the company’s systems and construction methods, ensuring a smooth process throughout your use of oak frame.

Education

John gained his MA Cantab Degree in Architecture from Cambridge University in 1997, working for several years after graduation at an Architectural practice based in the City. In 2003, John moved to Herefordshire to work for a company that specialised in the repair and conservation of historic buildings, where he was involved in projects for both English Heritage and The National Trust. Both these jobs gave him a good grounding in the use and detailing of traditional materials and techniques, including oak framing, lime mortars and renders, as well as period joinery and glazing, and he formed AJMW Design.

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Blogs
12 Jul 2019

Designing your oak home for life

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Case Study
12 Jul 2019

A stunning oak frame holiday home in North Wales

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Case Study
12 Jul 2019

An oak frame dream home in Worcestershire exceeds couple’s expectations

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Pete Tonks

Regional Architectural Designer
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Pete Tonks

Regional Architectural Designer

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Pete has almost 30 years of specialist self-build design knowledge and experience. His background as a bespoke home designer, specialising primarily in timber-framed building solutions, began with a design apprenticeship in 1984. For almost 20 years, Pete honed and refined his skills and learned how to design, specify, and build a wonderful collection of homes.

Education

Since starting his own business in 2003; PJT Design, Pete has been a member of the Oakwrights Architectural Design Team, catering for a wide cross section of our clients who require exceptional service with their self-build projects. Pete undertakes concept studies and feasibilities as well as design and submissions for planning applications.

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Case Study
12 Jul 2019

A barn-style oak frame home set in a Cambridgeshire village

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Case Study
12 Jul 2019

A contemporary home with rustic oak frame in Hertfordshire

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Planning Consent
12 Jul 2019

Successful infill scheme leads to tears of joy for new barn-homeowner

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Derrick Whittaker

RIBA Chartered Architect
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Derrick Whittaker ARB, RIBA

RIBA Chartered Architect

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Derrick has been part of the Oakwrights Architectural design team since 2004, assisting the team at many stages of the Architectural Design process, including formulating the design brief, feasibility, and concept and detail design, as well as Planning and Building Regulation applications.

Derrick possesses an in-depth knowledge of the profession, a perspective honed as a senior member of design teams on projects as varied as retail, commercial, leisure, and restoration/historic Architecture. More recently Derrick has focused on private residential, specialising in oak and timber framing.

Education

Entering Architecture initially at a private practice in 1981, as an Architectural Technician he progressed to the Welsh School of Architecture in 1985 where he completed two Degrees before being elected to the RIBA as a Chartered Architect in 1992, and forming Derrick Whittaker Architects.

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Case Study
12 Jul 2019

A dream oak frame family home on a Derbyshire plot

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Case Study
12 Jul 2019

An oak frame family home in Buckinghamshire

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Blogs
12 Jul 2019

Planning and Building Regulations

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Craig Thomson

Architectural Designer
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Craig Thomson ARB, RIBA, RIAS

Architectural Designer

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Craig joined the Oakwrights Architectural Design Team in 2014, as part of the Oakwrights Scottish division alongside his colleague Andrew. Based in Ayrshire, South of Glasgow, Craig has nearly 40 years of experience in architecture.

Craig leads a team of Architects, Technologists, and Technicians alongside his colleague Andrew. They provide invaluable support in the successful delivery of quality architecture, backed up with detailed technical information.

With a history of award-winning architecture achieved through strength of design, approachable attitude, and willingness to work closely with our clients, Craig and Andrew have always taken the view that the most important part of architecture is to listen to the clients’ wishes and go above and beyond these with their design abilities. With that in mind, they were a natural fit to partnering with Oakwrights.

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Architecture
12 Jul 2019

September quarterly architectural meeting in Scotland

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Blogs
12 Jul 2019

Planning and Building Regulations

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12 Jul 2019

Planning permission FAQs

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Andrew Hunter

RIBA and RIAS Chartered Architect
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Andrew Hunter ARB, RIBA, RIAS

RIBA and RIAS Chartered Architect

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Andrew joined the Oakwrights Architectural Design Team in 2014, as part of the Oakwrights Scottish division alongside his colleague Craig. Based in Ayrshire, South of Glasgow, Andrew has 19 year experience working in practice.

Andrew and Craig’s team provide invaluable support in the successful delivery of quality Architecture, backed up with detailed technical information. The team includes a mix of knowledgeable Architects, Technologists, and Technicians.

The team have gone from strength to strength, establishing a catalogue of excellent projects in locations throughout Scotland and Ireland. These projects have ranged from small extensions to complex self-builds but have also included housing developments featuring numerous dwellings as well as commercial buildings. Craig and Andrew offer a full service to self-builders in Scotland, taking the clients through the early stages of design to the submission of planning applications. Once planning approval is achieved, the team work closely with the Oakwrights Frame Designers to assist in developing the drawings into technical drawings for the purposes of obtaining a Building Warrant and fabrication of the oak frame itself.

Education

Andrew began his partnership with Craig in 2004 as Thomson Hunter Architects and qualified as an Architect in 2006.

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Architecture
12 Jul 2019

September quarterly architectural meeting in Scotland

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Blogs
12 Jul 2019

Planning and Building Regulations

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Blogs
12 Jul 2019

Planning permission FAQs

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Becki Dredge

Architectural Technologist
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Becki Dredge

Architectural Technologist

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Prior to working at Oakwrights, Becki gained her experience within practices in both Cardiff and Bristol, primarily focusing on large scale residential, commercial, MOD and mixed-use schemes. She has a vast knowledge of the current legislations which have been critical through her detailed design deliverables. Becki also has experience in both the Design and build and traditional contracts which has given her the experience of different types of clients and their requirements.

Becki’s has recently been working on a ‘Country Home’ design situated within the Webbs Meadows development.  And a ‘Contemporary Barn‘ design, Self-build situated in Apperley. Both projects are individual to their own design, which has given Becki the knowledge and understanding of our Oak Frame and Encapsulation systems that she requires to undertake the building regulations and on site working drawings to ensure each build is constructed to a high quality standard.

Education

Becki qualified as and Architectural Technologist after completing a degree in Architectural Design and Technology BSc (Hons) in Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2013. Since then Becki has gone on to do other qualifications such as: Revit, Dynamo, Family Builder, NBS Building, Create and Chorus, CDM 2015 ‘Designers’ courses, and numerous HSE training courses including Asbestos awareness courses.

Harry Eamer

Architectural Technologist
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Harry Eamer

Architectural Technologist

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Harry has recently joined the Oakwrights team having gained his experience working for a relatively small multidisciplinary practice in Gloucester. Working in a multitude of roles ranging from Initial Concept design, managing the Planning and Building Regulations processes, as well as having involvement in on site procurement and deliverability.

Harry’s first project for Oakwrights was working on the infamous Lakes by Yoo development, tasked with developing drawings for a unique to Oakwrights steel frame scheme, to incorporate the Wrightwall system. The scheme is a fantastic opportunity to become more familiar with the Encapsulation systems at Oakwrights and will set him up for a long career with the team.

Education

Education

Harry completed his BSc (Hons) Architectural Technology and Design degree from University of the West of England, Bristol in 2013. After completing his studies Harry has worked on a variety of projects ranging in value, industry and technique.