Architect, designer & maker
After completing his studies at Newcastle University and the University of North London (now London Metropolitan), he worked for Tony Fretton Architects and 6a Architects for 10 years, qualifying as a registered architect in 2003.
Throughout his work in practice Simon has maintained an interest in a broad spectrum of design. He began by making furniture pieces for exhibitions, and subsequently took on commissions, gradually establishing a reputation as an independent designer prior to founding his own studio and workshop in 2010.
He is currently working on projects at a variety of scales. These range from a commission to design furniture for a new hotel on a small island in Newfoundland, exhibition designs for London galleries, several residential refurbishment / extension projects as well as the production of his own furniture designs for sale. Clients to date include The ICA, Shorefast Foundation, Studio Ilse, Up projects, Studio Voltaire and Wood Finch Rare Books.
Previous experience in architectural practice included the refurbishment and extension of the Grade II listed Camden Arts Centre in Hampstead, refurbishment of Stroud Valleys Artspace, the construction of an artists’ studio building in Dorset and the detail design of the Ed Ruscha retrospective exhibition at the Hayward Gallery.
Simon is a design studio tutor for Studio 5 at London Metropolitan University, and regular visiting critic and lecturer at other London architecture schools. He has lead design workshops at Kingston University, Ravensbourne College of Design, Victoria and Albert Museum, Università IUAV di Venezia and The British Council in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
He has exhibited in London, Cologne & New York, and was shortlisted for best newcomer at the Salone Satellite at the Milan Furniture Fair in 2003. In 2012, he will be taking up a 3 month residency award at the Nordic Artists’ Centre in Dalsåsen, Norway.