People

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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.

Our Team

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Ben Huggins 

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.

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Joe Copp

Senior Architectural Designer

BA (Hons) | MArch

Joe has collaborated with New British Design in the past, and joined the practice permanently for 2020 after a number of years studying and working in Bristol.

Most recently, Joe has gained valuable experience on cultural and creative re-use projects up to £12m. From achieving listed building consent for a performing arts venue in Stroud, to working closely with a cultural cinema organisation in Bristol on a boutique cinema and bar. Prior to this, he gained extensive private residential experience with an Exeter-based practice.

 

Joe shares a keen interest in the relationship between making and architecture, and in the reuse of historic buildings. He has experimented with fabric formed hempcrete and also won third place for the 2019 Philip Webb Award hosted by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. Outside of the practice, Joe is a keen cyclist and snowboarder.

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Fletcher Coney

Lead Maker

Fletcher is a talented maker with an aptitude for tackling the many architectural challenges thrown at him by the New British Design team.

He ensures that works are carried out on site to the highest standards and is responsible for liaising with the architectural team to realise their vision.

His appetite for creative solutions in the workshop is matched only by his appetite at the office lunch table.

Hannah Huggins, founder of New British Design

Hannah Huggins 

Founder I Design Consultant

BA (Hons)

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.

Borko Hadjieski

Borko Hadjievski

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. 

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Charlie Luxton

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.

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Jason Skelton

Architect

ARB I RIBA

Jason returned to the New British Design team in 2021 as a project architect, bringing with him a wealth of experience in delivering residential and commercial projects within a number of prominent practices across the South West and Wales.

 

He has a breadth of project experience ranging in scale from urban master planning, public and community projects through to one-off residential houses. This enables him to exercise an impressive attention-to-detail across the board, including a specialism in heritage projects with complex planning constraints, from which he brings considerable added value to the New British Design team. He originally studied Architecture and Planning at the University of the West of England in Bristol, and later Plymouth University, from which his multi-discipline approach stems.

 

Aside from New British Design, Jason is integral to the Vacancy Atlas enterprise, connecting existing businesses, start-ups, community and cultural organisations with vacant spaces in Plymouth and the surrounding areas. He is also a keen surfer and is often first out of the practice-door on a Friday afternoon heading for the North Coast!

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Rosie Gill

Studio Manager

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.

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Join Us

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:

office@newbritishdesign.com