Joined EWA in: 2001

Qualifications: BA Arch. BArch ARB

Michael studied and graduated from the Liverpool University School of Architecture gaining a First Class within his BAHons degree and completing his BArch and RIBA Professional Diploma in 1997.

He has brought to the practice a diverse and extensive range of projects experience, having worked within the public and private sectors on numerous award winning projects which have been RIBA and Civic Trust awards and commendations.

He has proven design competition success and is best described as a full all-rounder. His project experience includes education, commercial, leisure, urban regeneration, urban residential ,refurbishment to Grade 1 and 2 listed buildings.

He has a pragmatic approach to project delivery from concept to completion with effective Contract Management within the JCT Suite of Contracts


Joined Ellis Williams: 2016
Qualifications BA (Hons) DipArch ARB

Tim is the Director for our London studio. Tim brings a highly successful track record of award winning regional and national projects with his experience ranging from University Estates Strategies to the detailed design of award winning public buildings.

Specialising in the Further and Higher Education sectors, Tim is involved in developing and benchmarking emerging principles in exemplar design in the sector.

He is skilled in client and multi-user group engagement and management, creating simple solutions for complex situations.

Tim is instrumental in leading knowledge transfer initiatives both within Ellis Williams and in collaboration with external partners. This application of learning enables the education team to consistently improve Ellis Williams’ sector offering.




Joined EWA in: 1982

Qualifications: DipArch ARB

Chris has been a qualified architect since 1978 and joined the practice in 1982.  His initial career concentrated on commercial clients and educational projects in both the primary and secondary sectors.  He was promoted to associate in 1989 and has worked in all parts of the country and also on projects in Germany in collaboration with our Berlin office.

Chris has embraced the changes in production and design technology over the past 30 years from the first introduction of CAD in the practice to the latest 3D software but can still hand draw site details for expediency when the occasion demands, this proving invaluable with the current wide range of refurbishment and renovation projects including works to listed historic buildings where a more traditional hands on approach on site is required.

Chris is experienced in  traditional and design and build contracts working with both small and large national contractors. Because of his experience and adaptability he has frequently worked on some of the more unusual projects in the practice, enjoying liaising with the client to realise their often ambitious expectations.

Chris has experience on a variety of large and small complex projects for public and private clients in the commercial, education, leisure, private residential and non-commercial sectors.  Recent projects include renovation of a Victorian villa and alterations to a Grade 2* listed 18th Century Stately Home in Cheshire.




First joined EWA in: 1998
Rejoined EWA in: 2003
Qualifications: BA (Hons), DipArch, MA ARB RIBA Client Advisor

Robert joined EllisWilliams in 1998 after studying at Sheffield University, and was a key member of the team that designed and realised the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Gateshead. He was the lead architect for the Cornerstone Arts Centre in Didcot, responsible for developing the brief with the local council and local arts groups, designing the building in collaboration with artist Jacqui Poncelet, presenting designs to the council and public and overseeing works on site.

He also has a wide range of experience of secondary school and further education projects including the redevelopment of the Southampton City College Campus which provided new performing arts and media teaching facilities within new and remodelled buildings all of which achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’.

Robert is an RIBA accredited Client Design Advisor offering specialist advice to Clients in developing projects from the earliest stages, and was also part of the EWA team of architectural advisors to the Arts Council, reviewing projects submitted for Arts Council funding.





Joined Ellis Williams : 2001

Qualifications : BA(Hons) DipArch ARB

Hugh has been practicing as an architect since finishing university in 1995. He moved to Ellis Williams after working for a number of smaller practices in Ireland that mostly specialised in one-off house design and residential work. It was in Ireland that he became interested in design for education and chose to move to Ellis Williams to further develop his expertise in this sector. He was promoted to associate in 2007.

Hugh first trained as an architectural technician leading to a keen interest into how to express building components within the design process to ensure seamless quality on site. He works well with clients and the contractor and enjoys the role of leading design teams to successfully deliver well designed buildings.

Hugh also has experience of projects in mixed use leisure developments, cinema and sports design.

His focus has predominantly been on education design and this has led to key roles on a variety of projects ranging from smaller Traditional Procurement contracts to large PFI contracts and schools within the BSF (Building Schools of the Future) programme. His more recent projects include both Primary and Secondary level schools as part of the NW4 Priority Schools Building Programme, Third level education projects at Reaseheath College, Cheshire and extension and refurbishment works to the existing Connahs Quay High School in North Wales.



Daniela is an ARB registered Architect with experience in educational and residential sectors with a focus on low energy construction and sustainability


Joined Ellis Williams in: 2002

Qualifications: Architect CPAU (Argentina), Architect RAIA (Australia), Architect RIBA (UK)

Pablo studied at the prestigious BA University where he also taught Design and Urban Design. While in Buenos Aires he won three prizes in design competitions and a scholarship for a design workshop with Peter Eisenman.

In 1995 he moved to Australia where he won several design awards and acted as Juror for the Awards programme and Speaker at conferences.

In 2002 he moved to England where he joined Ellis Williams Architects and started to design and deliver projects in the master planning, arts and education sectors, including Longley Park Sixth Form College and Mostyn Gallery which  won RIBA Awards in 2005 and 2011 respectively.

He was lead designer for the Manchester Building Schools for the Future programme where he developed the concept of Agile Learning Spaces which was successfully deployed.

He has a long held interest in public and social spaces and how they can be designed to stimulate social interaction and participation. For Pablo this is relevant when designing masterplans or public buildings, as in the case of his designs for Abraham Moss Centre and Gorton Educational Village.

In 2007 Pablo started leading Ellis Williams’ own design review panel, playing a key role in the office’s constant strive for design excellence.



Joined EWA in: 1999.
Qualifications: Dipl.-Ing. Architekt. Member of the Chamber of Architects Berlin since 2008.

Mirko’s first projects included design work for the Hyatt Hotel in Hamburg, residential projects and the refurbishment and extension of a listed former railway station.

Since joining EllisWilliams he has broadened his experience with office designs for international clients like Ebay, Dell, Booking.com, etc. in different countries. Further projects were cinemas, schools, an entertainment-centre, multi-tenant office buildings and housing developments in Germany and the UK.

In 2007 Mirko was promoted to the position of associate. His duties include leading design teams to carrying out all stages of the planning and design process, from initial feasibility studies and development of conceptual proposals to final handover. His special interest lies in the global approach to architecture – including all aspects from acoustics to zoning law.

Mirko is a qualified Health and Safety Manager. In 2010 he also became a certified Energy Saving Consultant specialising in eco-refurbishment of residential buildings.


Joined Ellis Williams: 2004

Qualifications: Dipl.-Ing. Architect, ARB

Joerg studied and graduated 1991 from University Essen in Germany where he worked as Architect for a number of smaller practices involved in residential and offices design.

In 1999 he moved to the USA to broaden his design and building knowledge in different construction techniques and delivered large industrial and office building complexes. He was also involved in loft conversions of several historic high-rise buildings.

In 2004 Joerg moved to the UK where he joined Ellis Williams and focused on the design and delivery of educational, leisure and cultural projects.

Joerg led and recently handed over the Storyhouse in Chester.

With over 26 years of international construction experience and broad knowledge of construction techniques, Joerg´s goal is to deliver high quality and best performing design buildings from a wide range of building sectors.


Joined EWA in: 2006

Qualifications: BA (Hons) BArch (L’pool) ARB

Since qualifying from the University of Liverpool School of Architecture in 1997, Mark has worked with practices in York, Liverpool, London and Bern, Switzerland, before joining EllisWilliams Architects in 2006

His experience has been in arts, education, residential and leisure projects, most successfully shown to date at Mostyn Gallery, which received much recognition including an RIBA Award & the National Eisteddfod of Wales, Gold Medal for Architecture and the Welsh National Sailing Academy, which received an RSAW/RIBA Award.

Mark works well with clients and contractors and enjoys the role of leading design teams. He has also gained experience in successfully leading projects with remote design teams working in Berlin and Cape Town, South Africa, as well as the UK, overseeing works in detail on site to achieve high quality buildings.

Originally trained as an architectural technician, Mark has developed a keen eye for finished detail, now with a particular interest in arts projects, where he has successfully worked collaboratively with the artists Jacqui Poncelet, Lois Williams & Jessica Lloyd Jones.

Mark has most recently became a member of the growing Liverpool Team.



Joined EWA in: 2001
Qualifications: BA(Hons) BArch ARB

Neil became Director of the newly opened Manchester office earlier this year.

He qualified as an architect in October 1996, joining Ellis Williams Architects in 2001 after 5 years of design and project running experience mainly in the commercial sector. He joined the practice to gain more experience in the education sector and has acted as project architect on a number of new build and refurbishment projects of various sizes including Liverpool Community College, West Cheshire and Stroud Colleges.

The experience gained as a project architect interfacing with clients, consultants and contractors has provided the essential understanding required to ensure results at all levels within the design and construction process.

Neil was promoted to associate in 2005 which coincided with the practice involvement in the Lancashire BSF programme and he was immediately responsible for leading separate teams and managing design on all 3 phases.

The Lancashire BSF programme provided a valuable understanding of the often complex and involved PFI procurement routes through which clients and architects must navigate to realise exemplar buildings.

More recently Neil led the EWA team on the highly prestigious National Cycling Centre project in Manchester. The addition of a new indoor BMX track to the existing Velodrome was intended to provide not only a training facility for British Cycling’s elite riders ahead of the forthcoming Olympics but also to serve the wider community for years to come.





Joined Ellis Williams in: 1996
Qualifications: BA(Hons) DipArch ARB RIBA

Mark is our sector lead for Sports / Leisure and Education projects. With over 25 years experience working as a chartered architect, Mark has developed a wide and ranging portfolio of projects successfully designing and delivering many award winning schemes including schools, colleges, leisure centres, cinemas, theatres and mixed use retail / residential developments.

Mark has a passion for contemporary modern design with an innovative, proactive approach to problem solving; he enjoys the dialogue with end users and stakeholders and is experienced in integrating diverse requirements to produce functional good quality design. He has won RIBA architecture and Civic Trust awards and has led design competition winning teams across the country.

Mark also has an active role as a technical advisor for Sport England and continues his involvement into the research, design, development, funding and procurement of schools and colleges in his capacity as an ESFA client design advisor.


Joined Ellis Williams : 1994
Qualifications: BArch (Hons) DipArch (Dis) RIBA, ARB

Dominic is our sector lead for Cultural and Education buildings. He has over 24 years chartered experience and his sector range also includes arts, leisure, education and historic buildings. He has designed a wide range of projects such as the Welsh National Sailing Centre, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and a University Technical College in Warrington for the ESFA. Dominic is also adept with office and residential design and he is currently a Client Advisor to the London borough of Hounslow for a new civic office and a major residential development.

His projects often involve the need for intense public consultation often with cross over between public and private use. He has a long held interest in cultural spaces and recent work in that field includes Warwick University Arts Centre, Chester Storyhouse and the Mostyn Gallery which achieved both RIBA and Civic Trust awards. Dominic is a registered RIBA Client Design Advisor. He was awarded the gold medal for architecture Wales for Mostyn Gallery and has contributed work to numerous publications including the recent Taschen’ Architecture Museums Now!’ publication.


Joined EWA in: 1983

Qualifications : BA(Hons) BArch ARB RIBA

Michael has designed cinemas for Odeon at Bournemouth, Northwich, Oldham, Orpington and Milton Keynes; the FUSE youth centre in Partington, and completed numerous education projects including the International Politics Building at Aberystwyth University, New College Nottingham, Stroud College and Liverpool Community College buildings.

Michael has a particular expertise in the design of cinemas, preparation of client briefs, undertaking curriculum analysis for education projects and space planning for education, arts and leisure projects. Outside work commitments Michael sings with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and keeps bees.



Joined EWA in:2001

Rejoined EWA in: 2006

Qualifications: BArch DipArch ARB Registered

Ruth started using CAD software in 1996 when studying for an Autocad R13 City & Guilds qualification and over the years has developed her 2D and 3D skills and knowledge through the various releases.  Prior to joining EllisWilliams in 2001 she was CAD manager for two years, undertaking staff training and the implementation of the company’s CAD standards. On joining EllisWilliams Ruth concentrated on her role as an architect, whilst maintaining an interest in CAD developments.  She started using Autodesk’s ADT in 2005, immediately seeing the benefits and becoming an advocate for Building Information Modelling (BIM). Ruth’s first BIM project was the £15 million Gorton Education Village completed in 2008 which utilized 3D Architecture, Structures and M&E.  EllisWilliams committed to fully using this technology in 2011 via Autodesk Revit software. Ruth was one of the first to start using the software on live projects and this experience helped inform the way Revit is used within the practice.  Ruth now heads the internal BIM and CAD training and workshop programmes for all staff and advises the teams on delivering BIM Level 2 projects.  She successfully completed the programme requirements of Autodesk Certified Professional : Revit Architecture 2015 in November 2014.

In addition to her BIM duties, Ruth was promoted to Associate in 2017.  She has successfully delivered many education projects ranging from small primary school extensions to new build SEN and Secondary schools varying from £1m to £30m. This includes a number of schools for Manchester City Council. She has also delivered a number of retail and leisure projects, the largest and most recent being the £15m Ellesmere Port Sports Village. Ruth has a collaborative approach to project delivery, and a positive attitude to promote good working relations with the whole construction team.


Joined Ellis Williams : 2015

Qualifications: BA(Hons) BArch(L’pool) RIBA ARB

Mushtaq has been leading the Liverpool office following the amalgamation of his previous award winning practice (Studio Three). He has a track record of delivering design-led schemes in a variety of sectors (including: commercial, retail, residential, educational and ecclesiastical) and is also an experienced architectural educator (having taught for sixteen years at the Liverpool School of Architecture). Mushtaq is also involved at a local and regional level of the RIBA (including teaching on the RIBA Part III course) and is a Panel Member on the North West Places Matter! Design Review Panel.

With 18 years post-qualification experience, he has developed a keen eye for conceptual and strategic design – his completed schemes have attracted a number of design awards (including RIBA Awards). Client and public engagement are a core theme within his portfolio of projects (he had work featured in the RIBA publication “A Guide to Client Engagement”). His open approach to design is combined with a strong conceptual underpinning to ensure delightful architecture that delivers beyond functionality.


Rob Plant: Associate

Joined Ellis Williams: 1999

Qualifications: BA(Hons), BArch., Dipl.Urb.Des, ARB

Rob has over 25 years chartered experience over which time he has developed close working relationships with the clients and all members of the design team in order to deliver in excess of 30 successful educational and leisure schemes projects.

Amongst his strengths is the ability to scope out the most feasible design options at project outset and the experience to select a successful and innovative approach. In terms of delivery he is able to employ an extensive skill-set, ensuring the successful design and delivery of projects through all stages of the procurement process. He is experienced with a range of procurement routes including traditional, design & build and NEC 3 PSC contracts.

Rob has been responsible for the Practice CPD since 2001 and is the Practice Passivhaus and Sustainability Lead, becoming qualified as a Certified Passive House Designer in 2011 (Passivhaus Institut, Germany).


Joined Ellis Williams : 24/2/92

Qualifications : BA  Hons Arch, Dip Arch.  ARB, RIBA

As Managing Director, Julian is responsible for setting and implementing the Practice’s strategy and vision.

Working across all 5 of EWA’s offices, Julian is responsible for the performance and management of the Practice.

He is passionate about teamwork whilst recognising and promoting the importance of the individual in contributing to the design process.  The Practice ethos is founded on this principle which seeks to engage, explore and enthuse all involved in the art of creating stunning buildings.

Julian has extensive experience in commercial, leisure and education sectors and has been responsible for numerous award-winning projects in recent years.  These include the Tower House at Lymm and a new campus for Newcastle under Lyme College.

Julian has a particular interest in cinema design having worked in this specialist sector for over 20 years and for most of the main cinema operators during this period. This includes work for Odeon where he is currently employed as one of their key designers and for whom he has completed their flagship scheme in Milton Keynes.

Julian sits on a number of design Panels and has been a member of the RIBA Awards Jury in recent years.


Joined Ellis Williams : 2014

Qualifications: BA. Dip LA, MBA, Tech.Cert. (Arbor.A.) CMLI

Nikki has 30 years experience in Landscape Architecture and is skilled in managing projects through all stages of the design process from client liaison, concept design, consultation and design development through to implementation and landscape management. Working as part of a design team or independently she has undertaken a diverse range of projects that include: urban parks, public realm and urban regeneration schemes, schools and educational establishments, historic park restoration, housing, highway landscaping, sports grounds, public art commissioning, and leisure facilities.

A creative landscape designer with an excellent understanding of how the environment works and what makes each place unique; she brings vision, imagination and technical rigor to a project, regardless of scale. Strong knowledge of the natural sciences, horticulture, biodiversity, sustainable urban drainage, environmental law and strategic landscape planning. With a passion for the external environment both natural and built she has a particular interest in introducing ecological biodiversity into projects and working with clients to help realize the full landscape potential of a site. She also believes one of the most important aspects of landscape design is its influence on quality of life and social interaction and integrates this ethos into her work.

Nikki is an examiner for the Landscape Institute’s ‘Pathway to Chartership’ programme.


Joined Ellis Williams : 13.7.92
Qualifications : BA Arch, Dipl. Arch, R.I.B.A.

Since qualifying in 1993 Simon has gained experience in a wide range of building types and procurement routes.

He has been primarily involved in the education sector and in particular further education. He has also delivered many projects in the leisure and community sectors such as the award winning The Fuse, My Space project for young people in Trafford.

Simon has worked with many further education colleges in the design and delivery of high quality projects over the last 12 years including Cardinal Newman College, Liverpool Community College, Stoke-on-Trent College and Darlington College, together with preparing applications to the Learning & Skills Council and SFA for college funding.




Joined EWA in: 1998

Qualifications: BA(Hons) BArch ARB 

Louise joined Ellis Williams after graduating from the University of Liverpool and was promoted to Associate in 2007. She has developed her skills working on new build and remodelling projects of varying values, sizes and procurement types within the arts, residential, education, sport and leisure sectors, successfully delivering projects such as Storyhouse Theatre Chester, Northwich Memorial Court, Ellesmere Port Sports Village, Q3 Academy and Leeds City College. She has been involved in extensive research into the design, development, funding and procurement of schools and colleges as a Technical Advisor and particularly enjoys the challenges of the stakeholder engagement and consultation process.

As a member of the Sport England Lottery Monitoring team, she developed an extensive knowledge of sports design and construction, one of many fields of interest, which has overlapped into her current project work including the Chester Watersports Hub.  Louise is a member of the Ellis Williams’ Marketing and Business Development Group.


Joined EllisWilliams: 1996

Qualifications: Dipl.-Ing. Architekt

As a member of the Architektenkammer Berlin and with 20 years experience in architecture, Dieter ran his own small multi-disciplinary practice in Berlin prior to joining EllisWilliams Architects. As well as overall responsibility for management of the Berlin office he also has a vital role in supporting our existing key development clients who, taking advantage of a changing political climate, wished to explore investment opportunities in Germany.

Dieter’s design expertise lies in the retail, residential and entertainment sectors with particular emphasis on refurbishment and interior design and barrier-free planning. In 2006 he was appointed a director of the company and whilst his principle role is the management and marketing of the local office he has also been charged with the strategic task of expanding our operations in Germany and Eastern Europe and in particular in the Republic of Georgia where we have already established valuable and influential client contacts.

Dieter is a certified expert on barrier-free architectural and urban design.


Richard Alonso; Associate

Joined EWA in: 2000

Qualifications: BA (Hons) Dip Arch ARB

Richard qualified in 1997 and initially gained experience on commercial and leisure projects in central London prior to joining EWA. Since joining the practice, Richard has worked primarily in the education sector on projects from inception to handover. Especially on large, phased and complex projects on live sites. He is skilled in leading and coordinating the design team, contract administration and developing a close working relationship with all parties and nurturing a team ethic in order to deliver projects of the highest standard, within budget and on programme that exceed expectations.

Richard is currently working on various projects on the Girls’ Day School Trust framework, which range from large and complex new build and remodelling projects to smaller refurbs on tight summer construction programmes. Current and recently completed projects include Notting Hill & Ealing High School, Blackheath High School, Howells School Llandaff, Oxford High School, Northwood College and St Helens College. Richard also oversees IMS in the London office.