OUR ARCHITECTS

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Stephen Bickford Sawkings

Architect, Director, Principal

Studying at Brighton and qualifying in 1985, Stephen established the foundations of the current practice in 1988, having gained experience in two London based major architect practices and the largest UK construction company at that time, based in Hammersmith.  Projects undertaken include, Military works, Petro-Chemical installations, Office and Retail, Masterplanning, Laboratories, Hi-Tech, Commercial and Hi-Bay Warehousing, Education, Large scale Residential and High Quality individual homes.

He is committed to getting the best out of himself and his team and is keen to share the extensive knowledge gained over the last 37 years in the profession.  When not immersed in concept, design and detail works, he enjoys the role of mentor within the practice.

To relax Stephen enjoys cooking, vinyl music, cycling, clay pigeon shooting and a love of cars old and new. He is currently having fun safeguarding a 1968 Rover P5B, adding yet another layer to its story.

BA (Hons), PgDip ARB RIBA

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Guy Minshull-Fowler

Lead Architect

Guy qualified as an Architect in 2015, gaining his bachelors and Master of Architecture degrees from the University of Portsmouth and a post graduate diploma from Kingston University.

With extensive experience of all RIBA stages, including Domestic, Private & Public Sector clients and a variety of Residential, Commercial, New Build and Refurbished buildings, Guy’s mission is not only crafting practical and beautiful answers to design briefs, but also creating a sense of place and sustainable design solutions for the built environment.    

His interests include meeting new people, canoeing the Thames, growing vegetables on his allotment, playing the bass guitar and exploring local and national history. Guy is an avid cyclist and has cycled from London to Montpellier, Land’s End to John O’Groats and he has also completed the Three Peaks Challenge. His next cycling quest is to cycle the entire length of the south coast.

BA (Hons), PgDip ARB

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Petya Tsokova

Petya joined the Sawkings Architects team in 2015 as a Part I Architectural Assistant, later returning in 2018 after completing her Part II studies at the Oxford Brookes School of Architecture. Alongside her Master’s studies, Petya was an editor and writer for the OSA Magazine.

She gained her Part III qualification from Kingston University in 2020.

Petya has gained experience on a variety of residential and mixed-use projects – from private, bespoke homes to large complex schemes – in London, Kent, and Surrey. She particularly enjoys working on the technical and construction stages of project development.

In her free time, Petya always has a book in her hand which she then enjoys reviewing on a variety of reader platforms.

BA (Hons), PgDip ARB RIBA

Architect

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Chris Channell

Architect, Associate Director

Chris first joined Sawkings Architects in 2010 as a Part I architectural assistant, returning to complete his Part II and III studies at the University of Portsmouth. Chris qualified as an Architect in 2015 and became an Associate Director in 2017.  With experience in Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Retail Developments, he has developed multiple apartment schemes and residential masterplans, including a housing development with £26m GDV and a mixed-use concept study masterplan for Portsmouth City Harbour.

He has a keen eye for detail and strong respect for the value of international technology and collaboration, placing an emphasis on getting the right solution for the values of the client. He is interested in the integration of technology and sustainable design in Architecture, and investment in property. When not in front of the drawing board, he pursues a love of travel, DIY, sport and fitness.

BA (Hons), MArch ARB RIBA

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Charlotte Bush

Lead Architect

Charlotte studied architecture in Bristol, graduating from her Part II in 2014. She spent the first two years of her career working on large scale residential housing masterplans before joining Sawkings Architects in 2017, becoming a fully qualified architect in 2019.

She has worked on a range of projects at the practice, from office fit-out to watersports resort, and particularly enjoys working on residential schemes and bespoke private homes.

She has a passion for sustainability, and enjoys upcycling and craft projects, and is willing to try her hand at any DIY task. Pre-pandemic she enjoyed travelling extensively and hopes one day to visit the penguins in Antarctica to meet her goal of visiting all 7 continents. She also has an ambition to one day design and build her own eco-home.

BEng (Hons), PgDip ARB RIBA

OUR ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANTS

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Bijou Harding

Part II Architectural Assistant

Bijou joined Sawkings Architects in September 2022 after recently completing her Pt. II in Architecture and Urban Design from the University of Cambridge and undergraduate in architecture from UCL.  Before coming to Sawkings she has experience working on commercial and residential masterplan design projects in the UK.

 

She has aims to continue the development of her architecture career towards her Pt. III qualification, her experience working on site and through the later RIBA stages of a building project. Bijou is keen to explore innovative design at a multitude of scales, in both mixed-use large-scale builds and also through 1:1 close-up details, understanding the material qualities of a spaces.

 

Bijou is passionate about working with her hands through model making, photography, working with fabric and sewing new things in her spare time.

BA (Hons), MPhil

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Regina Nakansere

Part II Architectural Assistant

MArch

Regina completed her Part 1 architecture degree and 2 years of architectural practice in Uganda, before joining the University of Brighton in 2019 for her Part 2 architecture degree. She now joins Sawkings Architects in 2022 to gain work experience towards her Part 3 qualification. She particularly enjoys detailing schemes for residential and community projects.

Regina loves to host guests and cook meals from scratch which she shares on her food page. She enjoys watching football and also sightseeing with a growing interest in skilled photography. With her background knowledge of Uganda’s construction, Regina is researching eco-friendly house construction proposals for Uganda.

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Anastasia Asenova

Part I Architectural Assistant

Growing up in Bulgaria, from a very young age Anastasia enjoyed spending much of her time around nature, moulding her to become very considerate of how her actions and design solutions might contribute to global warming.

In 2016 she completed a 2-year course in business and management, which amongst other skills, taught her the importance of working effectively in a team.  Anastasia completed her Part I studies at Newcastle University in July 2021. Having great attention to detail, she enjoys technical details and making models.

After uni, Anastasia took a gap year to travel around Europe and expand her knowledge in theoretical and quantum physics.  She is an avid reader with an interest in philosophy, theoretical physics, theory of architecture, neuroscience, and ancient civilizations. She hopes one day to publish her own book on the human perception of the continuum of time and space. In her remaining free time, she also loves painting, exploring new places and making cocktails. 

BA (Hons)

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Rahul Doll

Part I Architectural Assistant

Shortly after completing his Part I Studies at the Leicester School of Architecture, Rahul joined Sawkings Architects working on a variety of residential schemes and gained invaluable experience through his year out. Rahul is currently studying towards his Part II at the University of Nottingham and will be coming back to the practice over the summer period.

Rahul’s creative passion is within sustainable urban design and creating a better built environment. His personal hobbies include playing football with friends and going on hikes within the UK.

BA (Hons)

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Tashan Selvanayagam

Part II Architectural Assistant

Tashan completed his Part II education at Newcastle University in July 2022.  He joins Sawkings Architects with previous experience in small and medium-scale residential, historical conservation, and new design and build projects and has worked in London and Singapore.

Tashan enjoys exploring new ways of producing architecture. His MArch thesis examined methods of production to create architecture with re-purposed materials, to explore an alternative method of responding to our climate crisis.

In his free time, Tashan enjoys exploring film photography. He spends his weekends exploring London when he isn’t watching football or F1.

BA (Hons), MArch

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Iskren Lazarov

Part I Architectural Assistant

Iskren completed his Part I studies at the University of Portsmouth in July 2022 and has been awarded the RIBA Prize and Dibben Prize for best understanding of construction, materials, and their integration within design.

 

Since an early age Iskren has felt a strong connection with nature, which is now evident in his interest in sustainability.  He is enthusiastic and motivated, always aiming for self-development, achieving it either by learning something new or simply going to the gym.  Iskren enjoys spending his free time at the gym, hiking and travelling.

BA (Hons)

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Michael Hill

Part I Architectural Assistant

Michael is working on his Part II studies in architecture at the University of Portsmouth. Joining Sawkings Architects in 2021, he has been working on a range of residential and mixed-use projects, gaining experience to support his progress towards Part II qualification.

Michael is enthusiastic about concept design and is eager to develop his knowledge in technical detailing.

In his spare time, he either is playing or watching sport and is a qualified Dinghy Instructor.

BA (Hons)

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Jacque Hill

Part I Architectural Assistant

After graduating in 2020, Jax joined Sawkings that year to complete her Part 1 placement gaining valuable experience in preparation for her Part 2. She is currently studying full time at the University of Nottingham, returning to develop her knowledge before her final year.

 

Jax loves to sketch and model make at early design stages and is a keen lacrosse player in her spare time.

BA (Hons)

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Naristha Naicker

Part I Architectural Assistant

Having completed her Part I studies in 2020, Naristha joined Sawkings Architects for her year out and gained experience in a wide range of projects from single dwelling projects to large residential developments.  She is currently completing her Part II studies in Architecture at the University of Liverpool and will be re-joining the practice during her summer break. 

 

Naristha is passionate in all creative things such as painting, drawing and beauty treatments. 

BA (Hons)

OUR OFFICE TEAM

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Samantha Bickford-Sawkings

Practice Manager

Working the previous 14 years in an international finance role for a leading US Management Consultancy, Sam joined Sawkings Architects in 2014.  Since then, she has implemented many of the systems which have helped us to be more organised and more successful.  She is the go to person in the office for everything Admin, Welfare and Finance, which essentially means she deals with everything from the stationary, organising training and office events, ensuring the fridge is stocked with beer for Friday afternoons as well as keeping a close eye on our financial health.    

Outside of work, Sam is a cat rescue volunteer, enjoys gardening, swimming and cycling and is a passionate Scuba Diver spending many a weekend and most of her holidays underwater.  Her goal list includes diving with Hammerhead Sharks in the Galapagos Islands, Manta Rays in the Maldives and experiencing the Sardine Run, underwater of course, in South Africa.