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Our Design Ethos

We are committed to architecture that prioritises people and place, working creatively to develop quality spaces. A comprehensive collective knowledge across our talented team, enables us to deliver inventive solutions to complex problems across a variety of contexts and scales.

Your Project

We work with our clients to deliver architecture that unlocks a project’s potential. We listen closely to your requirements, responding intelligently to provide the best possible design for the end user. Good design adds value to a project and we believe in letting ideas lead the search for the best architectural result.


Although we do not currently have any open positions, we are always interested in hearing from talented individuals who would like to join our team. Please submit examples of your work along with your CV either by post or by email to:

As a practice, we are also involved in the RIBA Student Mentoring Scheme, offering mentoring places to architecture students at The University of Nottingham. The mentoring scheme is intended to give students an insight into practice and to enhance their learning experience. Contact your tutor to register your interest.

RIBA Mentoring Practice


  • 2014, Nottingham Civic Society Commendation
  • 2009, Nottingham Civic Society Commendation
  • 2008, NEP Commercial Property Awards — Best Regeneration Project
  • 2007, Nottingham Civic Society Commendation
  • 2006, Lord Mayors Award
  • 2006, New Homes Award Overall Winner
  • 2005, New Homes Award Overall Winner
  • 2004, Nottingham Civic Society Commendation
  • 2002, NEP New Homes Awards — Best Luxury House
  • 2002, NEP New Homes Awards — Best Development
  • 2002, New Homes Award
  • 2001, Lord Mayors Award
  • 2001, Lord Mayors Award — Best Urban Design
  • 2001, Lord Mayors Award
  • 2000, Nottingham Civic Society Commendation
  • People


    Denise GardnerOffice Manager

    Denise joined Rayner Davies Architects in 2006, bringing with her a wealth of experience from previous roles within the construction industry. Denise is responsible for the management and smooth operation of the practice and promotes positive relationships with clients, contractors and suppliers. Denise enjoys organising the varied staff social events and outside of work, she enjoys cycling, running and ‘glamping’ in glorious sunshine by the sea with good food and lots of wine!

    Louise FlisherFinance & Accounting

    Louise joined the practice in 2004. She has a wealth of accounting and tax experience gained at top 4 firms KPMG and Cooper Parry. After the birth of her second child she became self-employed offering bookkeeping, accountancy and taxation expertise to small local businesses. Outside of work she is Club Secretary for Nova Centurion Swimming Club and has a passion for all sports, travel and walking her Sproodle dog, Arlo

    Architectural Team

    Steve RaynerPartner

    BA, BArch, RIBASteve is a founding partner of Rayner Davies Architects and director of the Nottingham office. He is responsible for the management and business development of the practice and the oversight of projects generally. His architectural experience spans the public and private sectors with particular expertise in conservation work to listed buildings. Further knowledge of the healthcare and residential sectors has seen the practice grow significantly in these areas alongside new developments within the private education sector.

    Chris GoodwinPartner

    BA(Hons), BArch, RIBAChris has a varied and comprehensive experience working with both national and local clients. His work includes the conversion of the Grade II* listed Adams Building for New College Nottingham, realisation of various masterplans for business and retail projects as well as work on residential projects. He takes an interest in the development of future construction techniques, assisting in the design of a modular, prefinished housing system. Chris is a part time tutor at The University of Nottingham, sharing his love of art, architecture, and garden design. He has a beard, but unfortunately doesn’t make a good cup of tea (to the best of our knowledge, these two facts are unrelated).

    Samuel CritchlowAssociate

    BArch(Hons), MArch(Hons), RIBASamuel first joined Rayner Davies in July 2014 after graduating from The University of Nottingham with First Class Honours. During his undergraduate degree he was a member of the Project Jouberton team, whilst his postgraduate work earned him the ARUP Excellence Award. He is passionate about teaching and has worked as a part-time Studio Tutor at The University of Nottingham since 2010. For his thesis project, Samuel focused on contextual narratives with an emphasis on making; an architecture to reimagine Nottingham’s historical identity as ‘The Garden Town’ whilst considering contemporary issues of civic de-localisation and the effects of mass-enclosure of the urban realm.

    Matthew VicaryArchitect

    BSc, MArch, RIBAMatthew graduated from Nottingham University in 2015 and joined Rayner Davies in 2016 after working on bespoke housing projects using Passive House principles. His interest is in environmental design as well as community based projects. During his Part 2 at Sheffield Hallam, his thesis project on ‘the Right to the City’ was nominated for the RIBA Silver Medal, 2014. He is currently an Associate volunteer member of Architecture Sans Frontières UK and in his spare time works in their ‘Resilience by Design’ programme which supports international projects address climate vulnerability.

    Christina AgathangelouPart II Architectural Assistant

    BA(Hons), MArch,Christina studied at Leicester School of Architecture, graduating in 2017 with Distinction during her Postgraduate Degree. Her thesis project ‘The Forgotten Art of Natural Textile Dyeing’ was nominated for the 3DReid Student Prize and placed 3rd competing against 25 entries from the United Kingdom. In 2014 Christina worked at Eraclis Papachristou Architects in Cyprus as a Part I Architectural Assistant, working on a wide range of projects. She has been working as a studio tutor, teaching 1st year students at Leicester School of Architecture since 2017. Christina joined Rayner Davies Architects in 2017 and is currently working on a number of commercial and residential projects throughout the UK

    Jack DuckettPart I Architectural Assistant

    BA(Hons)Jack graduated from the University of Liverpool in 2018 with an undergraduate degree in Architecture, gaining Upper Second Class Honours. His graduate project ‘Princes Lido and Bathhouse’ explored the need for a more sensitive, context-driven approach to development along the Liverpool waterfront, in light of threats by UNESCO to strip the area of its World Heritage status. He then went on to spend a year as a Part I Architectural Assistant in London with Darren Oldfield Architects, working on a range of design-led residential projects, before returning to his home city of Nottingham and joining Rayner Davies Architects in October of 2020.

    Philip WinArchitect

    BA(Hons), MArch(Hons), RIBAPhilip graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2017 and joined Rayner Davies in 2018 and brought with him experience in the use and management of BIM. Philip has worked on a number of complex infrastructure projects including Paddington Crossrail station and the New Covent Garden Market. Having worked for a number of high profile multi-disciplinary practices, his main interests lie in the challenges that come with the continuing evolution of BIM within the British construction industry, focusing on efficiency of collaboration and teamwork amongst consultants and contractors. He is passionate about teaching and is a part-time studio tutor. He is also an independent researcher in the field of digital fabrication, focusing on the adaptation and evolution of Architectural design to new advances in technology.

    Daniel KendallPart I Architectural Assistant

    BA (Hons)Dan graduated with an Upper Second-Class Honours degree from the University of Liverpool in 2017. His graduate project ‘The Royal Brutalist’ explored the origins and theory of Brutalist Architecture and its relevance in a modern context. Prior to joining Rayner Davies Architects, Dan spent 12-months as a Part I architectural assistant in Liverpool, working on a range of bespoke residential and commercial schemes at Smith Young Architects. Dan is currently studying part-time, undertaking the Collaborative Research in Practice Masters course at the University of Nottingham, researching the role of planning guidance within sustainable transport development.

    Neil DaviesPartner

    BA, BArch, RIBANeil is a founding partner of Rayner Davies Architects. He studied Architecture and Environmental Design at The University of Nottingham where he completed his post-graduate thesis on the work and philosophy of Louis H. Sullivan. Initially specialising in ‘city-living’ conversion work, grant-assisted urban renewal and social housing, the practice gained recognition for it’s residential work, growing rapidly. Neil directs Rayner Davies Architect’s branch office located in Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, which covers urban and private residential projects throughout the South East London Boroughs, Kent and Sussex. His interest in timber frame technology has resulted in projects completed to Passivhaus standard and a focus on sustainability generally.

    Julien McGuinnessAssociate

    BArch(Hons), MArch(Hons), RIBAJulien studied at The University of Nottingham, Graduating his undergraduate degree with First Class Honours and being awarded with a distinction for his postgraduate degree. His thesis project for a new archaeological museum and art gallery in the historic Roman town of Colchester was nominated for The RIBA President’s Silver Medal. Julien worked throughout this time at Benoy, gaining experience in the design of large retail and commercial schemes in the UK and mainland Europe before joining Rayner Davies Architects to complete his qualifications in 2008. His time at Rayner Davies has seen Julien deliver a variety of project types in the residential, commercial and care sectors with expertise in both new build and refurbishment projects. Since 2014, Julien has expanded our care home and assisted living portfolio, and has an in-depth knowledge of this growing sector.

    Jamie BrownArchitect

    BArch(Hons), MArch(Hons), RIBAJamie studied at The University of Nottingham, Graduating with First Class Honours during his undergraduate degree. His postgraduate thesis project for a new children’s Hospital in the city of Belfast, was nominated for The RIBA President’s Medals Silver Medal and he was awarded First Class Honours for his postgraduate degree. In 2012 Jamie worked at Waind Gohil Architects in London as a Part I architectural assistant, working on a wide range of projects ranging from high end residential to commercial projects, across all work stages. Jamie joined Rayner Davies Architects in 2015 and is currently working on the Finchley Pre-School and Nether Street Apartment projects.

    Tom BucknallArchitect

    BA(Hons), MArch(Hons) RIBATom joined the Kent branch of Rayner Davies Architects in September 2014, having just completed his master’s degree at the University of Kent. His post-graduate dissertation examined the destructive side to regeneration, looking at the former Heygate Estate in London. During his master’s degree, Tom’s Unit worked in collaboration with the Kochi-Muzuris Biennale in Kerala, India. To address the mortal dangers of swimming in the Arabian Sea; Tom designed a public, landscaped, filtrated sea-water pool, which was shortlisted for funding by the Biennale’s main sponsor. Tom has experience in both ecclesiastical and Listed Building work, in addition to the more contemporary high-end residential projects that the Kent Office specialises in.

    Tom BradleyArchitect

    BArch(Hons), March(Hons) RIBATom graduated with a first-class Master’s degree from the University of Nottingham in 2015. His thesis project ‘Intercepting Place – The Spreescape Archipelago’ explored the role of participatory planning and publicly-made public space as a critique of, and counter proposal to, the Mediaspree top-down development in Berlin. Prior to joining Rayner Davies Architects in 2018, Tom spent three years working on a range of large-scale master planning and housing projects at Allies and Morrison in London. During this time Tom has been a part time tutor at the University of Nottingham and has volunteered as a mentor at the London School of Architecture.

    Ewan DaviesArchitectural Assistant

    Ewan joined the Kent practice in early 2016 as a CAD assistant and Junior surveyor after achieving a Distinction in a Construction Diploma from MidKent College. This included a specialist module in energy efficiency and sustainability and the use of alternative forms of energy for domestic and residential development. He has now advanced his HND , attending London South Bank University where he is in the final year of his studies towards a Architectural Technology, including selected modules in BIM and Technical design. His primary focus within the practice is as a Stage 4 Technical Assistant as well as heading up the Stage 1 Surveying of residential projects for RDA throughout London and the southeast. Outside work, Ewan is studying Spanish and is an accomplished musician, having achieved grade 7 in percussion.

    Gary MatthewsPractice Technical Manager

    Gary is a Royal Engineer veteran, having designed and built in some of the world’s most hostile environments. Joining the Nottingham team in 2020, he brings almost 20 years of award-winning experience in residential, university, leisure and industrial sectors, alongside leading the construction team on a multimillion-pound global HQ build. A CIAT Associate Member, in addition to working towards his full Chartered status, Gary is also very active in the built environment community, being an fbe East Midlands Committee Member and Band and Rehearsal Co-ordinator for the Nottingham Hot Property charity.

    Reece OliverPart I Architectural Assistant

    BA(Hons),Reece graduated with First Class Honours from Newcastle University in 2018, where his graduate project ‘The Museum of Un-natural History’ was featured on digital publication ‘Rethinking the Future’. After completing the RIBA Mentoring Scheme, he spent 12-months as a Part I in London, working on a £435million residential and commercial scheme as part of the London 2012 ‘Olympic Legacy’ masterplan.
    Before university, he achieved a Level 4 Merit Award during his UAL Art Foundation Diploma, where he specialised in sculpture. Reece has always been interested in the role of material in design and its wider societal context, with his undergraduate thesis exploring the potential use of waste as an architectural resource.
    Reece currently manages the RDA Instagram account, producing a variety of graphics and animations to support our growing portfolio.

    Deenesh GungaphulPart I Architectural Assistant

    BArch,Deenesh graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2020 with an Upper Second-Class Honours degree in Architecture and joined Rayner Davies Architects in October 2020.
    His graduate project explored the notion of Craftsmanship, where the idea of ‘Craft’ would be used as a social influence for civic architecture in Sheffield, to form a symbiotic element that allowed a partnership between productiveness and the public. The culmination of this research broke the boundary between technology and the need to be more engaged with society, exposing the immaterial craft of ‘Digital Detox’, a space for mindfulness and wellbeing.
    During his time at university, he was both a Student Ambassador for the Architecture Department and a Student Mentor for first-years. In 2018 he led his mentees to win a Design Charrette competition which was held and judged by NTU and rg+p architects. He also completed the RIBA mentoring scheme with rg+p architects.