‘People-centred design’

We follow a collaborative approach in our work, with design thinking being our tool to deliver truly innovative results that provide value for money and bring delight.

We are proud corporate citizens in our community of the Channel Islands, and we are proactive in making a net positive contribution within the built environment realm.

Why good design makes business sense

by Mike Waddington

Let’s start a conversation

Good design doesn’t need to be extravagant or expensive, but poor design really does end up costing a lot, whether it is because of defects, lack of efficiency or simply missed opportunities that by the time they are spotted are just too expensive to put right.

The starting point for good design is simple, we believe, it’s like the starting point of a good conversation. You need the right people in the room, listening to each other and freely exchanging ideas.

At Waddington’s we try to put ourselves in our clients’ shoes. We always put our clients at the centre of our conversations, listening to what they need and so enabling us to edge towards shared solutions.

Internally, we do the same thing. Our design process is a democratic team conversation, where the best ideas win. We debate, even argue, the smallest of details to get them right. Sometimes this means doing things more than once, in order to distil our ideas into the most refined solution.

We see design as a vehicle to achieve innovative design, and are always striving for elegant simplicity. Lean design is both beautiful and cost effective, and our shared, multi-disciplinary experience enables us to get to the point fast.

Whether it is squeezing more usable space out of a building, or finding ways to introduce more natural daylight and fresh air, we are passionate about delivering measurable, cost-effective design benefits.

We are an approachable team and don’t like ‘fluff’, we prefer engaging collaboratively and focussing on better design and longer lasting solutions.

Good design really does mean better business, so let’s start a conversation….

Waddington’s are a mixed bunch; architects, interior designers, landscape architects, brand creators, technical experts, business managers and fun-loving creatives. Our team is first and foremost a meritocracy of ideas; we collaborate to innovate. We all share a love for good design and have decades of practical experience. Whether it is helping to create new communities, green spaces, amazing interiors or the smallest of architectural details, these are the sum of our parts.
  • Mike Waddington

    Director

    Definitely a bit of an architectural geek, I also like taking photographs of strange, derelict things, art generally and travelling to new cities. I’m currently restoring a 1955 Citroen 2CV called Doris, and love its super-minimal engineering and post-war ‘austerity grey’ paint job.

  • Penny Francisco

    Practice Manager

    In the very small amount of time I am not ordering things on Amazon, I like running, spending time with my family and Hungarian Vizsla Dash.

  • Bruno Francisco

    Head of Architecture

    Outside the office, you will most likely find me running around Jersey, or the cliff paths training for my next marathon. If you don’t see me out, then I’m probably injured! My next project is, to train my Vizsla to beat me.

  • Matt Rentsch

    Associate Director

    I’m keen on travel, theatre and golf and have enjoyed completing the full refurbishment of my house in recent years. I’m also involved with assisting my son with his passion for drama, dance and music and was lucky enough to appear on stage alongside him at the Jersey Arts Centre in the production of Lord of the Flies.

  • David Syvret

    Senior Architectural Technologist

    Its been over 25 years that I’ve been in the company and have seen so many changes. During my spare time I travel extensively with my wife, surf and enjoy a beer or two.

  • Dave Kemp

    Senior Architectural Technologist

    over 35 years of technical experience - I enjoy working in this industry. In my spare time I am also an owner of a horse livery yard, I have a passion for motorbikes and am a member of a Dog Agility Club.

  • Paul Oliver

    Senior Architectural Technologist

    Motorbikes are a passion of mine as is walking my dog on the beach. I enjoy family time with my sons at the weekend.

  • Peter Noel

    Architect

    Outside of work I enjoy exploring new places, bouldering, hiking, and following Liverpool Football Club.

  • Tom Perchard

    Architect

    I joined Waddington Architects in 2014 having competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Outside the office I enjoy keeping fit by running, swimming and cycling and spend as much time as possible by the sea in the summertime.

  • Eunice Flageul

    Architectural Assistant

    Having gained a Master of Architecture at Oxford Brookes, I am currently studying towards the RIBA Part 1 qualification, whilst working full time at Waddington Architects. In my spare time I enjoy going on walks, reading and photography and paddle-boarding in the summer.

  • Urszula Kochanowska

    Head of Landscape

    Originally from Poland, I moved to Jersey in 2008 to gain work experience and fell in love with the Island. I enjoy travelling and exploring exotic countries, diving, photography and yoga. Through my profession and lifestyle, I understand how important the outdoors and landscape is for our wellbeing.

  • Chip Friciu

    Trainee Technician

    Originally from Romania, I’ve spent the last 5 years as a Chef before moving to Waddington architects in October 2018. In my spare time I enjoy being with my family, cooking and supplying the office from time to time with homemade sourdough.

  • Emily Musker

    Head of Interiors, Interior Designer

    I love travelling and experiencing different cultures - particularly staying in interesting design hotels, eating at unusual restaurants and visiting beautiful scenery. When I’m not planning my next adventure, you’ll find me walking my Labrador along St. Ouen's beach, or socialising with friends.

  • Stuart Dryden

    Senior Interior Designer

    As an interior designer with over 20 years of experience working in Belgium, London and Jersey, I focus on commercial interiors ranging from exhibition design, HoReCa to complete office refurbishments. I also enjoy what Jersey can offer from outdoor activities, including fat biking to bodyboarding and a good night out in a restaurant and pub.

  • Stephanie Nixon

    Interior Designer

    When I’m not designing, I keep myself busy by getting creative in the kitchen and perfecting my cooking skills, as well as trying to learn a new language. I have a sense of adventure and make sure I travel to a new city every year.

  • Molly Mathews

    Assistant Interior Designer

    Outside of work I am a real foodie, and love finding creative coffee shops and wine bars; I often find the best inspiration in these locations, especially when exploring a new city! I also enjoy keeping fit, but mainly to burn off the above indulgences.

  • Jodi Fowler

    Office Assistant

    Life is busy! I am a teacher of Design and Technology who loves to take on personal challenges, marathons, triathlons, long distance swims and cycles. I enjoy making and creating things, cooking, reading, the cinema, socialising, travelling and looking after my kittens.

This is where to find us:

  • St Andrew’s Studios
    3 St Andrew’s Place
    Charing Cross,
    St Helier Jersey JE2 3RP
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