Our practice is committed to creating human spaces with craft – for clients both in London and around the world.
Informed by academic research, our approach responds to our clients’ human needs and the context of the site. The spaces that we design are bespoke, the sum of many unique crafted details and the result of a profound appreciation for natural materials.
After more than a decade in practice, we have extensive experience of working with listed buildings, large-scale developments and complex multiple-stakeholder planning. Our services include masterplanning, refurbishment and restoration.
Whether engaged in turnkey residential projects or designing for large commercial developments, our 10-strong practice brings a deep respect for client and context to develop long-term relationships based on trust.
BA Dip MA Arch
Award-winning architect Matthew founded MWAI in 2009. Spanning over two decades, his career has led him from a BA degree at the University of Sheffield to the position of associate lecturer at the University of Kent, where he runs the MArch Design Unit. Having explored energy systems and the urban environment for his master’s degree in 1998, he developed a specialism in low-energy sustainable housing, alongside expertise in urban regeneration, masterplanning and bespoke residential interiors.
MA Arch RIBA
Responsible for overseeing MWAI’s projects and the management of MWAI Build – our turnkey contraction solution – Alessia began her architectural career in her home city of Milan, where she ran her own practice for seven years, working on residential and commercial projects. Having relocated to London in 2000, she pursued her interests in living standards and the reuse of abandoned spaces via a number of large-scale masterplanning projects before joining MWAI. She works alongside Matthew as technical design assistant on the University of Kent’s MArch unit.
MA Arch RIBA RIAS
Having joined MWAI as an associate in 2009, becoming a director in 2015, Ben’s responsibilities range from everyday practice and project management to taking the lead in key procedural areas such as building regulations, procurement and contract management. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh and natural problem-solver, Ben has acquired extensive experience in London’s private residential sector and is accustomed to delivering complex projects involving underground extensions and historically sensitive redevelopments. He acts as the technical assistant for the practice’s MArch unit at the University of Kent.