Keith Rodgers

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Keith Rodgers

Managing Director

Keith joined the practice in 2000 for a summer work placement during his professional studies. Since graduating the Leicester School of Architecture, Keith has risen through the ranks to management level and took ownership of Guy Taylor Associates in 2014. Under his stewardship the practice has now grown to four offices in the UK covering a diverse range of disciplines and is recognised as one of the key consultancies for Heritage and Cultural projects.

Early works include the conversion of a Grade II* Listed French Gothic Hall to become one of the countries most highly awarded Day Spa destinations. He also designed and delivered projects including hotels, large scale office developments, data-centres, residential, and heritage projects, but now enjoys spending much of his time assisting the lead designers in delivering high-end Luxury Houses and the more sensitive works of the practice. The project Keith is most proud of was the development of Eco-Apartments for a local charity which has completely changed the lives of a number of retired residents.

Keith not only leads the practice, but is a highly skilled designer in contemporary works and in heritage interpretation for which he has won numerous awards. He also undertakes planning negotiation work and develops strategic analysis and masterplanning for land and property at all scales.

In his personal life, Keith has a young family and is actively involved in Childrens Charities including the Inspire and Achieve Foundation, and has recently set up a heritage trust which aims to restore listed buildings along the waterways of Britain.

Paul Stanton

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Paul Stanton

Director - Derby

Paul studied architecture at both Kingston and Leicester Schools of Architecture. Paul has worked in various sectors but specialises in heritage interpretation projects. He has also led residential, education, commercial and industrial projects.

Prior to joining Guy Taylor Associates in 2015, Paul was involved with refurbishment work to the Royal Institute of Physicians, a Grade I listed building by Denys Lasdun. This involved working closely with Historic England and the local Conservation Officer from Camden Borough Council. Paul also worked with ARUP London and Thomas Heatherwick to provide the heritage assessment element of the EIA which will supported the successful planning application for the Garden Bridge which is intended to cross the Thames near Grade I listed Somerset House.

Paul has been lead consultant for a number of Conservation Management Plans and Heritage Assessments for individual listed buildings, groups of buildings and unlisted heritage assets within sensitive locations. Heritage Assessment work has included that for the Grade I listed Darley Abbey Mills in the Derwent Valley World Heritage Site, the Grade II* Upton Hall and the Grade II* Simpsons House, Derby. Most of Paul’s heritage assessment work has been produced to inform feasibility activity and building rehabilitation.

Paul is an Architectural Advisor to the Derbyshire Historic Building Trust project group and a part-time Lecturer at the School of Architecture at Nottingham Trent University.

Chris Rodgers

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Chris Rodgers

Director - Manchester

Before setting up the studio in 2015 Chris spent 10yrs in the city during which he worked on many high profile buildings including Chetham’s School of Music and Manchester Central Convention Complex for Stephenson Bell.

Chris gained a first class Hons degree in Architectural Design, Technology & Production at DMU Leicester and MArch Master of Architecture at MMU Manchester. He has a passion for Sustainable Design and Technical Innovation and enjoys exploring new technologies, materials and methods in creating intelligent architecture.

Outside of work Chris is a massive food fan and also likes to binge on Danish crime drama.

Matthew Fountain

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Matthew Fountain

Landscape Architect Director - Sheffield

Matthew trained at Sheffield University, having decided that his back might not cope forever with the rigours of physical landscape gardening. Matthew developed his passion for creating and building beautiful gardens and spaces, after giving up a career in business and finance in his early 30’s. Working his way up from general labourer and expert hole digger, Matthew has developed a real sense of what a space can offer and the materials and processes required in making any design a success. The projects have taken him from the fields of the Peak District, to the Lutyens family Chateau in the French Alps.

Other than doodling and creating with his crayons, or making garden furniture from bits of reclaimed materials, Matthew loves nothing more than taking a long walk with his Jack Russell Chepstow, with a good pub at the end. Or teaching the children at his local cricket club, in the heart of the Peak District, the great importance of a finely baked scone as part of any decent cricket tea and walking when out.

Cara De Angelis

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Cara De Angelis

Senior Architect

Cara trained at Sheffield University and graduated in 2003. Since passing her professional examination, Cara has worked on many prestigious cultural and heritage projects for Purcell, including St. Paul’s Cathedral.

Cara joined the Guy Taylor Associates Newark office in 2013 and continues to lead projects in a variety of sectors. Since becoming a mother to two small energetic boys, Cara has temporarily abandoned many of her hobbies, although has managed to establish a monthly local art group with friends.

Lucy Formoy

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Lucy Formoy

Architect

Lucy gained her degree in Architecture at University College London and Masters in Architecture and Sustainable Design at Oxford Brookes University. She completed her professional training at Nottingham University during her employment with GTA. Lucy has previously worked across a number of sectors from urban residential projects in London to shelter after disaster whilst based in Geneva.

Lucy joined Guy Taylor Associates Newark Office in 2014 and has worked across a range of projects including a housing project on a Site of Importance in Nature Conservation, and several bespoke sustainable homes.

Outside of work, Lucy likes singing and running (not necessarily at the same time). She also spends lots of time walking her border terrier Alfie, who has become the Newark Office Dog.

Sean Peel

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Sean Peel

Architect

Sean joined Guy Taylor Associates Newark office in 2015. Since making the short trip across Newark from Benoy where he worked on various international commercial schemes, Sean has been involved in a number of luxury residential schemes and the ETNA centre which will house the Vulcan bomber XH558.

Sean trained at the University of Liverpool gaining first class degrees in both the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees and being awarded the SOM Foundation Fellowship at the RIBA President’s Medals Awards 2011 for his final degree project. He completed his Part 3 studies at the University of Nottingham.

Outside of the studio Sean is an avid outdoorsman enjoying walking, climbing, shooting, travelling and gardening. (Although notably this is all secondary to his primary hobby; the cultivation of a large auburn beard).

Umayr Azam

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Umayr Azam

Architect

Umayr obtained his BSc in Architectural Engineering from Westminster University but returned to his northern roots in 2008 to complete his postgraduate and professional qualifications.

He joined the Manchester office in 2016 having previously delivered high end residential projects at David Cox Architects and retirement living schemes at Pozzoni Architecture.

Umayr is a keen photographer, capturing events as well as architecture and landscapes.

Agnieszka Rosochowicz

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Agnieszka Rosochowicz

Architectural Technician

Agnieszka studied Architecture at Poznan University of Technology in Poland. In 2011 she passed her professional examination and is a qualified Architect in Poland.

Agnieszka joined the Newark office in 2016 having gained most of her professional experience while working in a Polish practice, where she was involved in projects from their conception through to construction. She enjoyed working on a number of housing and residential schemes, paying particular attention to the provision of spaces in which people would feel comfortable.

Whenever possible, Agnieszka spends time outdoors, mostly walking or cycling. This allows her to discover the beautiful English countryside, and brave the unpredictable English weather.

Dawn Oglesby

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Dawn Oglesby

Architectural Technician

Dawn has worked for Guy Taylor Associates for the last 14 years, and trained at Lincoln College to obtain an ONC in Construction. Within that time she has gained valuable experience working on a variety of projects spanning many different sectors. Projects she is most proud of include a Grade II listed barn conversion, several spas, a brewery and lots of beautiful houses.

Dawn is a keen but supressed cook, as her latest creations have to be approved by two very harsh critics in the form of two small boys! When not cooking/baking/creating, Dawn is often found in the aisles of Homebase deliberating over tester pots for her own project.

Viktória Klimentová

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Viktória Klimentová

Architectural Technician

Viktória has studied Architectural Technology & Construction Management at University College in Denmark and has undertaken a program at Sheffield Hallam University. In those years she explored the application of various building construction methods including retrofit of individual dwellings and multistory social housing.

She joined Manchester office in 2017 and has taken to developing her knowledge of Passivhaus specifications, paying special attention to the technical detailing and use of innovative materials

Outside of the office Viktória spends time expanding her social circles through music events and visiting local art galleries and museums. She is looking forward to seeing what Manchester has to offer.

Chris Muller

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Chris Muller

Urban Designer / Architectural Assistant

Chris joined the Guy Taylor Associates’ Newark office at the beginning of 2017 with several years’ experience under his belt. He studied Architecture and Environmental Design at Sheffield Hallam before completing a Masters in Urban Design at Newcastle University, and has since worked in practices in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.

In 2011 Chris won funding to work for a charity on a £2m community centre project in Leicestershire and has gone on to work on a variety of projects including classrooms, housing, commercial buildings, numerous barn conversions and work to listed buildings. Along with his interest in urban design Chris likes to explore sustainability within architecture and is particularly interested in the role of timber within this.

Outside of the studio Chris enjoys hiking when the weather is good, and making things out of wood or playing the piano when it’s not.

Kate Stephenson

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Kate Stephenson

Architectural Assistant

Kate gained her BA in Architecture from Newcastle University. At Newcastle she focused on the 21st century creative industry and its turn towards a more autonomous and technologically led process. In response she developed a collaborative and innovative workplace where creative start up businesses could experiment and grow.

She joined the Guy Taylor Associates’ Derby office in 2017 and is currently working on the Museum of Antiquities for Spalding Gentlemen’s Society. She enjoys working on unique projects with interesting uses and is inspired by Scandinavian art, design and architecture.

Yuan-Yin Hsieh

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Yuan-Yin Hsieh

Graduate Landscape Architect

Yuan-Yin gained her BA in Landscape Architecture at Fu Jen Catholic University in Taiwan and has undertaken her landscape postgraduate study at the University of Sheffield.

After joining the Sheffield office at the beginning of 2017, Juan-Yin has been involved in designing public green space projects. She enjoys working on urban public spaces and exploring a way to balance nature and human dwellings.

Outside work and study, Yuan-Yin spends her time on exploring English culture. She also likes to go camping and spends time in countryside.

Sarah Cullen

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Sarah Cullen

Office Manager

Sarah is one of the longest standing members of our team, and keeps us all in check. Sarah oversees the day to day running of the office, finances and is the first point of contact.

Sarah loves a good crime drama.