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).

Neil Turner has retired from Hunters South Architects. We have reorganised some management responsibilities alongside the promotions for Matt Golds and Daniel Smith.



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’ Sussex office since its formation in 1997, before the firm evolved into Hunters South Architects in 2014. 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.

He remains actively involved, on a day to day basis, as Director in Charge of a large portfolio of projects within the office.

Andy Wiggins

Andy joined the practice at its inception in 1997 as an architectural technologist and then developed into the role of IT 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 IT 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 a number of major schemes at any one time.

Peter Stephens

Peter joined the practice in 2000 and has taken prime responsibility for design within the office, regularly chairing project reviews and crits. He has also acted as Lead Architect on a number of major projects, both in the education and health sectors.

Over recent years, Peter has specialised in the education sector, producing a series of award winning schemes from concept and briefing stage to completed project. He is now responsible for the design direction of the office across all sectors of work, including the development and supervision of architects within the practice.

Alastair Mallett

Alastair joined the practice at its inception in 1997 as an architectural technologist and developed into the role of Technical Manager, being responsible for the practice’s technical standards and specifications. He has also provided a Lead Technologist role on a number of major projects and has extensive technical design and construction experience within the education sector.

In recent years, Alastair has been responsible for developing the practice’s technical expertise, working in conjunction with the in house architectural team or contractor’s teams. By also heading up the practice’s research and development programme, he ensures that a data base 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. Since then he has specialised within education sector developments, being involved in some of the major projects to have been delivered by the practice.

In recent years, as well as being involved from the planning stage, Chris has developed specific responsibility for managing the production information and construction phases of major projects within the practice, including six academies for Kent CC. He provides a wealth of technical design and constructional detailing expertise to help facilitate the delivery of some of the practice’s major projects.

Matt Golds

Matt joined the practice in 2007 as a trainee architectural technologist and undertook an office sponsored degree course on a part-time basis, whilst gaining extensive experience on various projects within the office.

In recent years, the practice has further sponsored Matt towards becoming a qualified architect, in parallel with him being responsible for leading a series of major projects within the practice, from design inception through to completion on site.

Daniel Smith

Daniel joined the practice in 2008 as an architectural technologist and has since provided the Lead Technologist role across a range of projects, particularly within the education sector.

Daniel’s extensive experience is focused towards the ongoing development of technical expertise within the office, whilst also being responsible for the mentoring of junior members of staff.