People

Hunters South Architects is an award winning practice, comprising architects, architectural technologists and support staff working within a BIM environment for all our projects.

The practice is led by Alan Johnson with Peter Stephens (Design Director), Andy Wiggins (Practice & BIM Director), Alastair Mallett (Technical Director), Chris Watts (Operations Director), Matt Golds (Architectural & BD Director) and Daniel Smith (Technical Director).

Edward Keelaghan and Ian Hurlstone are principals.

Mangala Ratnayake and Lucinda Colegate are Associates of the practice.

Directors

Alan Johnson

Alan’s architectural career has included work in most sectors, including education, housing, commercial offices and leisure facilities. After qualification, he worked in the public sector, designing a series of pioneering open plan schools as well as specialist housing developments for disabled residents.

Following his work for international practice SOM on major office developments at Broadgate and Canary Wharf, Alan relocated to West Sussex in the 1990s, where he re-engaged with educational design, having responsibility for the County Council’s architectural team.

Alan has led Hunters South Architects since its formation in 1997. He has gained national recognition for his work within the education sector, which has included a secondment leading the Department for Education’s design team.

Andy Wiggins

Andy’s role within Hunters South Architects encompasses Practice and BIM management. As Practice Director he is responsible for the day to day management of the office including resources, finance, premises and BIM.

Andy joined the practice at its inception in 1997 as an architectural technologist and then developed into the role of IT and BIM manager for the establishment of office protocols and procedures. He has managed the development of software within the office and has been responsible for organising training and mentoring, as part of the office’s current BIM level 2 status.

In recent years, Andy has taken responsibility for driving the practice to the forefront of architectural BIM development, as well as advising a number of external clients. He is also actively engaged at a project level, on several major schemes at any one time.

Peter Stephens

Peter’s role is Design Director and has taken prime responsibility for design oversight within the office since he joined in 2000. He ensures and mentors the high design standards in the practice, chairing regular project reviews and crits within the studio.

He has also acted as lead architect on many of the complex major projects within the office, bringing both his experience and his thoughtful approach to the design process. Peter has extensive experience in the education, residential and healthcare sectors.

Over recent years, Peter has led a series of award winning schemes from concept and briefing stage to completed project. His particular specialism lies within the development of SEN.

Alastair Mallett

Alastair is an experienced Technical Director at Hunters South Architects, and has been responsible for developing the practice’s technical expertise since he joined at its inception in 1997. He joined as an architectural technologist and has taken responsibility for the practice’s technical standards and specifications.

Alastair has brought his vast experience to a number of major projects and has extensive technical design and construction experience within the education and other sectors.

Alastair works closely with our architectural team and contractors' teams, developing innovative technical solutions throughout the life of projects. Along with Daniel Smith, Alastair also heads up the practice’s research and development programme. He ensures that a database of lessons learnt are used for the benefit of all the future projects within the office.

Chris Watts

Chris joined the practice in 2008 as a senior architect, having extensive experience both within the UK and USA, including knowledge of most forms of contract. Chris has evolved his role to Operations Director at Hunters South Architects, overseeing the delivery of a number of complex and major projects.

In recent years, Chris has developed specific responsibility for managing the production information and construction phases of major projects, including six academies for Kent County Council. He provides a wealth of technical design and constructional detailing expertise to help facilitate the delivery of some of the practice’s most challenging projects.

Chris uses his experience to drive the practice’s process for delivery of projects forward, as well as mentoring architects and technologists within the office. He is particularly involved in the quality assurance of our projects, ensuring that our experience continues to influence all of our future work.

Matt Golds

Matt’s role within Hunters South Architects centres on our architectural work and business development. He has combined his experience on major projects and competitive bidding environments with his knowledge and contacts within the construction industry to continually build the practice’s profile in all sectors.

Matt joined in 2007, firstly as an architectural technologist before the practice sponsored him towards becoming a qualified architect at the University of Portsmouth. He has been responsible for leading a series of major projects within the practice from design/inception through to completion on site, bringing his dynamic approach to understanding and translating a project brief.

Matt believes in the power of continual learning, having studied part time whilst developing his practical experience. He understands that you will always have the capacity for further knowledge. He has used this passion in introducing weekly workshops within the practice, exploring existing and new trends in architecture, both at Hunters South Architects and around the world.

Daniel Smith

Daniel joined the practice in 2008 as an architectural technologist, he has developed his role as one of the Technical Directors at Hunters South Architects. Daniel has provided the lead technologist role across a range of projects, particularly within the education and residential sectors.

Daniel studied as an architectural technologist at Southampton Solent University, with which he has maintained a strong relationship, and continues to attend student crits, presentations and employment seminars. Daniel works closely with Alastair to continually analyse and improve the practice’s technical knowledge, standards and specifications.

Daniel is an excellent mentor and well-respected member of the Hunters South Architects team. He has focused his extensive experience towards the ongoing development of the technical expertise within the office. He mentors junior members of the office, offering support and advice across all stages of our projects.

Associates

Mangala Ratnayake

Since joining the practice in 2008, Mangala has combined her excellent design skills with her experience in delivering multiple educational programmes, which include SEN, primary and secondary schools. These have included a series of primary schools delivered in Southampton and the Isle of Wight concurrently and a similar programme in the London Borough of Croydon.

Mangala also supports Peter in the development of our specialism in SEN design. Most recently Mangala was the project architect for the new two-storey Lansdowne School for special educational needs in Lambeth.

In addition to leading projects, Mangala takes an active role in mentoring the future architects within Hunters South Architects. She works closely to help develop their skills using her extensive experience.

Lucinda Colegate

Lucinda joined the practice in 2011 and is part of the core architectural design team, working closely with the Design Director to continually drive our ambitions. She has assisted in delivering both design and technical packages to the highest quality. Lucinda has also been design architect on a number of educational projects such, as Green Ridge Primary Academy, Buckinghamshire and St Peter’s School, Guildford.

Along with her role as a project lead, Lucinda supports the BD Director in developing Hunters South Architects' profile within the construction industry. In recent years, the practice has sponsored Lucinda towards becoming a qualified architect, in parallel with keeping an active role in the office.

Lucinda is a key member of the architecture team, providing strong links across the practice and ensuring key connections are maintained between the teams. Most recently Lucinda has utilised her experience of heritage architecture to develop the Livingstone Academy project in Bournemouth, which includes the refurbishment and restoration of a Grade II listed former coroner's court.