who we are

Austin Design Works is a family-run business led by siblings Rachael and Matthew Austin. We are based in Nailsworth in the heart of the Cotswolds. The practice has been in business for over 20 years guaranteeing that we have excellent local knowledge of the area, planning precedents and a strong network of consultants, contractors and craftsmen.

We are able to draw on a wide range of experience, skills and expertise within our team. We are particularly proud of our credentials in working with listed buildings and conservation settings. We are developing a positive reputation for site sensitive, ecologically conscious design and a sustainable approach at the core of our projects.

We are a Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Chartered Practice and Landscape Institute (LI) Registered Practice.


 

Team Profiles

 

  • MATTHEW AUSTIN
  • MATTHEW AUSTIN

    DIRECTOR
    Architect BA (Hons), Dip Arch, PGDip Arch Cons, RIBA, ARB

    Matt is committed to the process of design and approaches every project with the same awareness of context and innovation. Matt holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Architectural Conservation alongside his Architecture Diploma and became chartered in 2008 he has particular affinity for residential, educational and healthcare projects.

    Matt’s recent work on prestigious historic buildings reinforces the conservation expertise within the practice. His passion for ecological design and sustainability leads him to seek intelligent and practical ways to enhance the energy performance of every building he works on.

  • RACHAEL AUSTIN
  • RACHAEL AUSTIN

    DIRECTOR
    Landscape Architect BA (Hons), Dip LA, CMLI, AA Tech Cert

    Rachael’s work demonstrates her strong flair for design and the integration of sustainable practice in landscape projects. Graduating with a Diploma in 1997 she became a chartered member of the Landscape Institute in 2001. Rachael specializes in garden and planting design, drawing on her in-depth knowledge gained whilst working in a specialist plant nursery.

    Rachael is a qualified arboriculturalist, enabling her to carry out consultancy work relating to trees in a planning and historic landscape context, and she carries out tree assessments and woodland management work as well as landscape assessment, master planning and SUDS design.

     

  • EMMA TAYLOR
  • EMMA TAYLOR

    ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR
    Architect BA (Hons), BArch, RIBA

    Emma began working at ADW in January 2017, after previously working in London for a number of years.  She became a chartered architect in 2009 and has experience working on a range of residential projects, from extensions and whole house refurbishments to new build houses and barn conversions as well as commercial, community and education schemes.  Emma has worked on projects in conservation settings and on historical buildings.

     Sustainable and environmentally responsible design, in particular the detailing and construction of buildings is a design strength and interest of Emma’s, which led to her Passivhaus Designer qualification in 2017.    She believes it is important to treat each project individually, creating designs that are imaginative, beautiful and practical and which respond sympathetically to both the location and natural environment.

     

     

  • GRANT HITCHCOCK
  • GRANT HITCHCOCK

    ASSOCIATE ARCHITECT
    BA (Hons), PGDip Arch, RIBA, ARB

    Grant has a natural rapport with people which enables communication on projects to run smoothly. He became a chartered architect in November 2015, growing his role at ADW as a knowledgeable, experienced job runner.

    With a particular interest in detailing and the way materials come together, Grant has worked on a wide range of projects within the practice including the adaptation and development of vernacular architecture, building conservation and educational projects.

    Having taught students in Northern Cyprus and having spent time in South Korea collaborating with community groups and artists, Grant draws on this world experience when designing and running projects.

  • ELEONORA BOSMAN
  • ELEONORA BOSMAN

    Eleonora joined us in November 2016 as a Part II Architectural Assistant. She has a great eye for detail and a passion for community schemes where she can use her strong stakeholder engagement skills. 

     

    ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT
    BA (Hons), MArch, RIBA Part II

  • SHAUN HUGHES
  • SHAUN HUGHES

    ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT
    BSc RIBA Part I

    Shaun joined us in February 2019 after studying at the Scott Sutherland school of architecture at Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen.  Diligent and patient, Shaun has been working on a variety of our projects bringing strong technical skills to the team.  In his words "Architecture is a discipline which synthesises all my passions and interests, balancing logic and creativity; reason and intuition; theory and practice."

     

  • LOUISE KING
  • LOUISE KING

    PRACTICE MANAGER
    BA (Hons)

    Louise joined ADW in December 2016 as Practice Manager. She has over twenty years’ experience of project and people management in a variety of government agencies overseeing Heritage, Planning and the Natural Environment. Louise has a keen focus on customer service excellence and communication. She holds a degree in the History of Art, Design and Film and has a passion for contemporary interiors. 

  • DAVID AUSTIN
  • DAVID AUSTIN

    SENIOR CONSULTANT
    BA (Hons), Dip Arch RIBA, ARB

    David’s excellent reputation for design precedes him and has influenced much of the practices work, as a creative driving force with immense skill and passion. His work draws influence from the Arts & Crafts and Organic movements, and his distinctive individual style has developed over his long and very successful career.

    David’s ability to quickly find creative solutions and present beautiful hand-rendered illustrations are highly prized by the practice. Having made a successful business of David Austin and Associates Ltd, he now takes on the role of senior consultant at ADW supporting the practice as it evolves with his wealth of experience and knowledge.

  • DAVE NORTON
  • DAVE NORTON

  • LAUREN GOWER
  • LAUREN GOWER

    Lauren graduated from The Oxford School of Architecture at Oxford Brookes University. Her education stressed the importance of putting people at the centre of the design process; in order to listen, interpret and understand people's unique connections with their surroundings.  Lauren has a particular interest in landscape, sustainability and Passivhaus design and aims to grow this part of her portfolio.

    Architectural Assistant

    BA (Hons) RIBA Part I

  • DAISY, CHARLIE, MILLIE & PEPPER
  • DAISY, CHARLIE, MILLIE & PEPPER

    DAISY, CHARLIE, MILLIE & PEPPER
    OFFICE DOGS/SUPPORT TEAM