New British Design is an award winning RIBA Chartered Architectural Practice based near Exeter in Devon. We are a team of like-minded people who care about creating great spaces and the objects that furnish them. It
was founded by Ben and Hannah Huggins in 2009, a progression of their early furniture and product design studio.
Founder I Architect I Maker
ARB I RIBA I Parnham
Ben’s knowledge of materials and his ability to design and craft anything from bespoke furniture through to experimental building projects, defines his approach to architecture.
He originally trained at the renowned Parham College, established by furniture designer and maker John Makepeace. After a number of years of projects ever increasing in their ambition, Ben decided to pursue formal architectural training.
His maker-skills combined with an innate ability to turn a problem into an opportunity, has over time culminated in a rich and varied portfolio of work. He thrives on collaborations that involve pushing the limits of traditional craft by applying technology and a cutting edge to the everyday. Re-establishing New British Design as an architectural practice has been an exciting progression for Ben, and one that has enabled the studio to jump scales and become ever more ambitious.
Senior Architectural Designer
With over 10 years of experience in the industry, Borko has led projects ranging from budgets of £10,000 to £9,000,000. He has extensive experience of the residential and conservation sectors, and has also worked on education, leisure, commercial and cultural projects.
Borko is highly skilled in digital fabrication techniques. Beyond the practice you can find him at Exeter's FabLab helping to make techniques such as 3D printing and laser manufacturing accessible to the public. Naturally, he oversees the practice's architectural visualisation and 3D modelling.
Borko completed his studies in 2010 from the Faculty of Architecture at University Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, North Macedonia.
We are currently looking for an experienced Project Architect to join our team.
The role specification and application details can be downloaded here
We take a highly creative approach to architecture and design, fusing traditional practice with making, craft and digital technologies. Our projects can often involve live-builds and we like to take a very hands on approach to design and building.
We always remain interested to hear from enthusiastic and talented people who would like to work with us. If you share our passion, then we would love to hear from you.
Please send CV's and Portfolios to:
Founder I Design Consultant
Hannah brings a good dose of strategic thinking and a highly practical approach to project management which contribute to the smooth running of all projects.
Her previous role as an external Design & Marketing Consultant has seen her redefine a host of brands, and the same set of expertise have helped establish who New British Design are today.
Over the years, Hannah has enjoyed working on a diverse range of design projects which have included curating and launching furniture at a variety of international design festivals, and being a guest designer on several television series.
Rosie is integral to the smooth running of our studio. Behind the scenes, she helps ensure the success of all our projects and her ability to multi-task makes her an indispensable part of the team.
When not busy keeping us on task, Rosie is a talented chef and can be found in her kitchen catering for all manner of events.
Nadim Mirza joined New British Design in April 2022 and has brought with him a wealth of experience across all RIBA Stages. Originally training under sustainability expert Cedric Green and later at the Centre for Technology in Wales, Nad has a passion for sustainable practice and a love for detail.
Part 1 Architectural Assistant and Maker
Charlie's role is split between assisting the office team as a Part-1 Architectural Assistant, and furthering his passion for hands-on building work alongside Fletcher.
Both throughout and after his Part 1 studies at Falmouth University, Charlie took every opportunity to develop his practical building skills, and brings a unique blend of site and office experience to the team.
Away from the office, Charlie is a talented Rugby player and can often be seen surfing on the North Coast.