Richard Andrews, Principal Architect
Richard Andrews' 21-year career in the construction industry has given him a wealth of practical experience which, together with his architectural expertise and unswerving commitment to each project, represents a particularly winning combination for his clients.
Richard began his career with Andrews Gay & Partners, Barry in 1992 and gained an ONC in Construction. In 2007 he became fully qualified as an architect, and maintains this with professional membership of the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects). He has experience in many sectors spanning Education, Residential, Extra Care, Office, Leisure and Retail. Richard has worked for such reputable firms as Chapman Taylor, Boyes Rees, Atkins Global and Ainsley Gommon.
All of this valuable experience has influenced Richard, making him into the modern and creative architect he is today.
Lewis Shaw, Associate – Part 2
Lewis wanted to become an architect after becoming inspired by the Gaudi architecture in Barcelona in his teenage years. He completed his Part 1 architecture studies at Anglia Ruskin University in Chelmsford, and went on to gain his Part 2 Professional Diploma in Architecture and the Centre for Alternative Technology, in Machynlleth Mid Wales and has a gained a strong grounding in sustainable architecture as a result of this unique experience.
Since joining the team at Richard Andrews Architects, Lewis has worked on the competition winning entry for the waterfront activities centre at Barry, Pwynt Hwylio. He has also produced detailed drawings for two doctors surgery schemes, large social housing schemes and worked on a number of new houses and residential extensions.
Lewis is on course to become a fully qualified and Chartered Architect by working towards his Part 3 qualification in the near future.
Katya Kirjanova, Administration Assistant
Katya handles all the administrative duties and assists Richard Andrews Architects with invoicing, payroll and human resources.
Her previous work included administrative support at one of the world’s leading manufacturers of flexible packaging and labels. Prior to that, she gained valuable customer service skills while working at the world-class resort in the outskirts of Newport.
Away from the office, Katya is studying accounting, practicing yoga, and supporting her son at the rugby.
Cai Thomas, Architectural Assistant
Cai completed his Part 1 architectural studies at Oxford Brookes School of Architecture. In his second year, Cai was fortunate enough to be awarded the Reginald Cave Travel Scholarship. This allowed him to undertake a fortnight of independent travel to complete research for his dissertation on architect Lina Bo Bardi and her work with indigenous crafts.
During his studies, Cai enjoyed creating mixed media renderings to describe his designs. This technique combined his skills for line drawing and proficiency in design programs such as; AutoCAD, Rhino 3D and Photoshop.
Whilst completing work experience with other practises, Cai discovered how rewarding it can be to conceive housing schemes and design the everyday spaces in which people will spend so much of their lives. Cai’s attention to the quality of domestic architecture is one of the features he has brought to RA Architects.
Antonella Mariani, Architectural Assistant
Antonella completed her studies in Italy and became an Architect in 2015. Her master dissertation studied the ex-paper mill redevelopment in Rome and the relationship between abandoned industrial areas and the surround city.
She has always shown a strong passion for architecture and design. She also has a particular interest in eco-building and residential development.
Antonella has experience working with several graphical and rendering software packages. She has been working as architectural assistant in Wales for the past few years and aims to make full use of her skills and experience at Richard Andrews Architects.
Emily Guscott, Marketing and Administrative Assistant
Emily looks after the marketing, PR and social media responsibilities for the company and also assists Katya and Richard in the administrative running of the business.
Emily has a Foundation Degree in Business Studies, and is now working towards her BA (hons). She has a vast amount of customer service experience based on her previous job roles but is keen to gain more knowledge and experience in marketing and PR.
Away from the office, Emily’s main hobby is crafting but also enjoys reading, practising yoga and going to the theatre.
Michael Barnes, Architectural Technologist
Joining the team in 2018 as an architectural technologist he is responsible for overseeing our detailed technical drawings.
Michael was influenced into his role through an interest in gothic architecture and graduated from Cardiff Metropolitan University in 2014.
Away from the office Michael loves the great outdoors and spends his spare time camping – where he can indulge his passions for surfing, biking and climbing.
Wiktoria Krzekotowska, Architectural Assistant
Wiktoria completed her Bachelor's degree in Manchester School of Architecture in June 2018. She has had an interest in architecture since young age, with a recent interest in architectural technology, sustainable design and acoustic design of interior spaces.
She pursued these interests through her choice of atelier in third year of her Part 1 studies. Wiktoria has experience in using various 3D modelling and graphical software as well as hand drawing and watercolour rendering.
In her spare time Wiktoria pursues her other passions like nature photography, which she enters in competitions as well as travelling with her family and friends across beautiful natural landscapes.
Callum Skelton, Junior Architectural Technologist
Callum graduated from Northumbria University, Newcastle in 2016, having been inspired to take up architecture by his father who works as a chartered town planner back home in Manchester. During his studies Callum discovered the passion for the delivery of BIM projects and the use of new technologies; with a particular interest in the potential of Virtual Reality and 3-Dimensional parametric modelling. Callum was lucky enough to attend several courses provided by BIM Academy in Newcastle during his studies which further added to his interest.
During his time in practice Callum has been lucky enough to work on a wide range of projects spanning a variety of sectors, with a particular focus on extra care residential apartment schemes and a number of prestigious apartment blocks located in Manchester’s trendy Northern Quarter area.
Outside of the office his passions include cooking, music and sports, and he relishes any opportunity to get out to the countryside and walk the dog with his girlfriend.