Initiatives In Design was founded in 1984 by Alan Brown and Chris Box as a partnership, becoming a limited company in 2007 trading as IID Architects. The current Directors are Simon Tupper, Richard Matthews, Nick Rich and Gareth Box, supported by four Associates.
IID Architects has a varied portfolio of community and education projects (including Higher Education) ranging from £500,000 to £30 million – we have extensive experience in conversion and extension of existing buildings as well as new builds. We provide architectural services from inception to completion.
The practice aim has always been to provide a closely attentive and enthusiastic service to our clients, and to design imaginative, innovative and well-loved buildings. These qualities have resulted in a number of successful and long lasting working relationships - some of which span 25 years – with London Borough of Newham, Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, Reed’s and Hampton School amongst others.
Anna Gillies - Project Architect
Following graduation from Bath with a Master’s degree, Anna joined the practice in September 2012 as a Part II graduate, competing with over 200 other applicants and impressing everyone with a beautifully crafted CV and stunning portfolio. She fully qualified in 2014 and as well as her Project Architect role, is now also a Professional Tutor with Westminster University assisting other graduates in achieving their Part III qualification.
Since joining IID Anna has worked as part of the team delivering The London Oratory School Atrium development and a number of schemes with St. George’s, Weybridge. Anna is a keen cyclist and enjoys clocking up the miles (and hills) outside of work with her cycling club.
Will Stephens - Architectural Assistant
Will joined IID in November 2017 from the Bartlett School with a BSc (Hons) in Architecture and will be working as a Part I Architectural Assistant.
His university project work encompassed research into gated communities and the consequent tension between public and private space and developing a mixed use building inspired by Japanese metabolists. While at University he also worked on residential schemes with Studio Egret West. Outside the office he has a keen interest in film and cinema and has experimented with making his own short animations as well as teaching A level Graphics.
Helen Whateley - Project Architect
Helen joined IID in July 2013 having completed her BSc Hons at the University of Bath and MArchD at the Oxford School of Architecture. Since joining she has expanded her educational experience with work on a drama and sixth form facility at Sir William Perkins’s School, a master plan development at the Royal Grammar School, Guildford and a classroom extension at Tiffin School. She gained her Part III qualification with IID in 2015 and is now a fully qualified architect.
One of our sportier members of staff, Helen enjoys skiing, tennis and the terrifying game of lacrosse. As well as being a ski-instructor in Canada, she was Lacrosse Captain at Bath and a Lacrosse Counsellor at Tripp Lake Camp, Maine USA – the latter job title supplying the proof, if proof were needed, that lacrosse is not a sport to be undertaken lightly.
Gareth Box - Director
Having gained a BA in English at Manchester, Gareth worked in advertising and teaching before retraining as an architect.
He began working at IID in 2002 during his Part I studies at Kingston University and went on to complete both Part I and II placements with the company. He completed his RIBA Part 3 at Westminster in 2011.
Gareth thrives on client collaboration and has experience of a range of school and community projects, often resulting in long-term building development plans. He is a key champion in our marketing and sustainability groups.
He became a Director in January 2016. His passion is music and he enjoys playing in a band when he gets the chance.
Bernard GreenWalker - Associate
Bernard began his IID career as a 14 year old Work Experience student – the only one ever to have secured a Listed Building Consent. He returned for a period as an Architectural Assistant before stepping out into the world of property development for several years. Subsequently as an independent consultant he provided IID with IT support services before re-joining IID as our IT Manager in 2010 responsible for keeping our ever more complex systems running smoothly. He became an Associate in 2012 and now also heads up IID’s administration team. His engaging personality and endless patience are a major asset.
Bernard is an ICT and BIM champion and is very happy to preach to the unconverted. He is also a passionate swimmer and is the driving force behind the IID Swimathon Team every year.
Susan Matthews - Financial Manager
Susan joined IID in October 2012 overlapping with her predecessor before taking over as our Financial Manager in January 2013. Her previous training and experience as a Ward Sister in the NHS were perhaps an unlikely background for a financial role but she has proven an impeccable organiser and recorder of our cash flow.
Alongside bringing up her two teenage girls, she is a talented violin and viola player and performs regularly with Kingston Chamber Orchestra. She also paints with a local art group and loves driving classic cars.
Jimmy Heer - Architect
Jimmy joined IID in April 2014 from a Birmingham practice specializing in education and has worked on a wide range of projects including primary and secondary schools, university buildings and master plans. He did his BA Hons in Architecture and postgraduate Diploma at Liverpool John Moores University and then returned to his home turf in the Midlands before opting to join us down south. He passed his RIBA Part III in January 2016 and is now a fully qualified architect.
Another sporting enthusiast, Jimmy enjoys swimming (to a competitive level), running, football and kickboxing.
David Moore - Associate
David first joined IID as a project architect in 1998 before setting off around the world with his future wife for an extended break and getting married. He returned to IID in 2007 after working in the hospital design sector for several years, bringing a wealth of technical and management skills which give him a key role in the practice including oversight of our CPD programme.
He has wide experience of education design and became an Associate in 2010. He has three young sons, is sports mad and a regular visitor to “the Stoop” to watch Harlequins RFC.
Nick Rich - Director
Nick graduated from the Bartlett in 2006 and completed his Part III in 2008. He joined IID in March 2010 as part of the team delivering two major primary school expansions in Manor Park for the London Borough of Newham in record time. He has since built up significant experience of a range of projects in state and private sectors including a transformational atrium development at London Oratory School.
Nick became an Associate in 2012 and Director in January 2016 and is one of our key Marketing and BIM champions
In his spare time, and when two small children allow, he enjoys photography and cycling and can occasionally fit in a stage of the Tour de France.
Simon Tupper - Director
Simon joined IID from the University of Manchester School of Architecture in 1986 as a Part II graduate. He became an Associate in 1991, a Partner in 1997 and equity partner (now Director) in 2001. The first of our home grown Directors, Simon has a phenomenal capacity for work. His design sense is engaging and eclectic, based on a profound love of turn of the century Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and modernism.
His extensive experience includes church design, alms-houses, education, theatres, swimming pools, healthcare and the occasional one off private house.
He loves all kinds of music, classical and pop, and has no qualms about forcing his family into duets with him on the guitar. His laid back exterior conceals a highly competitive inner core which manifests itself mainly in Fantasy Football.
Julia Gollings - Associate
Julia joined IID in 2001 as a Part II graduate, successfully completing her RIBA Part III in 2002. From the outset it was clear that she had an exceptional talent combining design finesse with a remarkably mature understanding of construction. She is tenacious in her attention to detail. She has been Project Architect on a number of significant school projects including the £20 new build Chessington Community College. She became an Associate in 2005 and is one of our key champions in monitoring quality of both design and process within the practice via our ISO9001 certification and RIBA benchmarking.
Outside of work and family, she is designing and rebuilding her own house in Harrow.
Emer Watson - Project Architect
Emer completed her architecture studies in 2009 and joined the practice as a project architect in November 2010. Her previous experience was in the housing sector but since joining IID has developed her expertise in the education sector running a complex major extension/upgrade project at Lady Margaret School and she is currently involved in a new build junior school at Hampton.
One of her professional interests is sustainable design and construction and she is one of our sustainability champions. Outside the office and family life she enjoys scuba- diving, snowboarding and hockey.
Richard Matthews - Director
Rick joined IID in 1995 as a Part II graduate. He became an Associate in 1997, a Partner in 2003 and equity Director in January 2010. Another home grown Director, Rick has always been interested in the development of the practice’s IT systems and was responsible for championing its move into Revit 3D modelling before the rest of the world and Autodesk caught on.
He has extensive experience in the education sector (state and private) including designing and oversight of sophisticated theatres, swimming pools, sports halls and boat houses as well as teaching accommodation
Beyond the office, classic cars, karting, swimming and bikes are, along with his family, his passion.
Raadiyah Rifath - Architect
Raadiyah joined IID in November 2014 having completed her BA Hons and March at Sheffield University followed by an MA in Islamic Art and Architecture at SOAS.
Another sporty staff member, Raadiyah enjoys running and the gym – counterbalanced by her skill in baking. She has worked on a variety of projects including residential, a school for the blind, an underground memorial and site master planning. Her particular academic interest centres on the impact of contemporary design on historical architecture which informed her MA. She gained her Part III qualification with IID in 2016 and is now a fully qualified architect.
David Brown - Associate
With a BA in Product Design, David has been involved in IID since he was 15 years old producing immaculate models for the practice for nearly 10 years. He joined IID full time in 2005 and has since spearheaded our 3D capability. He has adapted rapidly to the sphere of architectural design and construction methodologies and is responsible for pioneering the use of Autodesk Revit as a comprehensive design tool from early concept design development through to multi-user building modelling and construction information production. With wide experience as principal designer on a number of education projects, he became an Associate in 2012 and his role in championing BIM is vital for the practice’s future. Along with Maria, he is also a key champion for the practice’s interior design development.
He is a passionate snowboarder and has occasionally topped the IID Fantasy Football League.
Carole Tupper - Practice Manager
Carole joined IID in 2002 and is our Practice Manager, a role which embraces the pursuit of everything administrative including payroll, third party accreditations, contracts, HR and other essential paperwork that architects will do almost anything to avoid. She is a qualified and experienced solicitor but rarely uses this as a threat to get things done.
Outside the office she enjoys dance, the arts generally and is learning the piano – for no good reason that anyone can ascertain as she refuses to play in public.
Ivan Kyulev - Architectural Assistant
Ivan joined IID in April 2016 as a Part I Architectural Assistant having completed his BSc (Hons) in Architecture at Anglia Ruskin University. He has a particular interest in sustainability and won two awards for his final year project in this respect. His dissertation subject involved a sustainable primary school in an urban environment. He will help to promote the use of Sefaira (performance analysis software) within the practice as part of our Sustainability Group.
He is another very keen cyclist – we may have to expand the cycle rack.
Linda Avery - Practice Administrator
Linda joined us in September 2011 after taking a career break to bring up her children. She previously worked for Shell International undertaking a range of roles in recruitment and marketing.
Linda has travelled widely and is a keen gardener. She is an avid supporter of, and taxi driver for, two extremely talented daughters who excel at cricket and kayaking and compete all over the country. Her role with IID is Practice Administrator and PA to the Directors.
Mrugesh Lacmane - Architectural Assistant
Mrugesh joined IID in May 2016 with a BA (Hons) from Nottingham Trent and will be working as a Part I Architectural Assistant. His previous work experience encompassed new build, extension and refurbishments within residential schemes including working drawing packages and technical drawings for steel, concrete and timber work.
In terms of outside interests, he brings a keen cricketing talent to the practice as well as the more cerebral occupation of chess.
We adapt our mode of working to suit different clients and project requirements – for larger BIM experienced contractors we adopt industry-standard procedures and established BIM protocols. We’ve been using BIM software (Autodesk Revit) since 2001 and are now working on projects to BIM level 2. We are committed to expanding our use of BIM to improve design and add value to our projects.
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From the first meeting, our role is to ask the right questions, then listen and give careful consideration to the responses. By applying our creative skills to what we have heard from and seen of the client, we are then able to address the project needs very exactly and use our expertise to realize the expectations of the client, the building’s users and the wider community
We value open communication, not only with clients, but across the design team and see our approachability and integrity as key strengths of the practice.
In design terms, quality is monitored by internal Design Quality Reviews during which each project is examined by members of the practice not involved in that particular design team. They are able to question the project criteria and bring an objective eye to the development.
External monitoring takes place via our third party accreditations – ISO9001, CHAS (Contractors’ Health and Safety) and Constructionline. We are an RIBA Chartered Practice.
We believe strongly in a team ethic as being the most effective way of achieving the best outcomes in project terms. Our open plan studio and non-hierarchical management ethos contribute to a truly collaborative approach to design.
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IID Architects runs a Work Experience programme which sees approximately 10-12 students every year spending two weeks working with us – as well as learning design and presentation skills and having some training on our building design software, students have the opportunity to join live projects, team meetings and generally to find out about a career in design.
By hosting work experience students from schools and universities and ensuring their time with us is spent profitably, we are putting something back into our local and professional communities. This contributes to the development of the future workforce, helps us gain an insight into the current education system (which feeds back into our work) and develops our own staff by encouraging them to mentor/coach young people.
In 2016 we also became involved with the RIBA Architectural Ambassadors scheme, a schools programme which arranges for architects to collaborate with teachers and then go into schools to run design workshops with the aim of inspiring children about the importance of a well-designed built environment.
With regard to wider social responsibility we support those within the practice in their personal charitable initiatives (particularly the annual Swimathon for Marie Curie Cancer Care and Maggie’s London Night Hike). As a practice we also support a selection of local and national charities.
We are also working to reduce our environmental impact as a business. This includes:
Ensuring the practice adheres to its environmental principles is the responsibility of the Sustainability Group. As well as setting objectives and monitoring performance both within the office and on our projects, they ensure that everyone is kept up to speed with the latest issues and technologies through our CPD programme.
IID’s approach to sustainability has developed and refined over 30 years of practice and is applied from the outset of a project:
For further insight into this aspect of IID’s work, please refer to some example projects via the links below:
Deutsche Schule London
Magdalen College School
Merchant Taylors' School
St. Andrew's School, Woking
St Angela’s Ursuline
Wimbledon High School (Girls Day School Trust)
Coventry City Council
Guildford Borough Council
London Borough of Lewisham
London Borough of Richmond Upon Thames
London Borough of Newham
The Royal Borough of Kingston Upon Thames
Warwickshire County Council
Waverley Borough Council
Church and Community:
Holy Trinity Richmond
Feltham Construction Ltd.
Neilcott Construction Ltd.
Wates Construction Ltd.