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Our Team

Principal Staff

  • Russell Hanslip, Principal
  • Simon Dyson, Director
  • Nicholas Weedon, Director
  • Hilary Harris, Consultant Landscape Architect

Technical Staff

  • Michael Garber, Senior Architect
  • Lola Gavin, Architect
  • Basil Jradeh, Architectural Technician

Russell Hanslip,

Principal ~ Dip.Arch, RIBA

Trained at Northern Polytechnic, London 1963-69 and qualified as an architect in 1970. After working in public and private offices in London, took up residence in Nassau, Bahamas in 1972, running a practice for three years. On returning to London in 1975 he joined the commercial practice of Peter Ednie & Partners in Gray’s Inn, becoming a partner in the following year. In 1985 he set up Russell Hanslip Associates in North London. After merging with a practice in Chichester in 2007, it was renamed HMDW Architects.

Elected President EASA Ecclesiastical Architects & Surveyors Association for 2008.


Simon Dyson

Director ~ Dip.Arch, RIBA, AABC

Architectural training at Canterbury School of Architecture 1980-1986. Practical Training year at the Department of Education and Science in 1984.

Worked in private practice for three firms since 1986, schemes include commercial offices, community facilities, halls of residence, churches, restaurant, domestic and restoration. Worked on a winning submission in an invited competition for student accommodation at Brasenose College, Oxford in 1993 which has since been completed. Joined Russell Hanslip Associates in December 1993 and became an Associate of Russell Hanslip Associates in 1998. Included on the AABC Architects Accredited in Building Conservation Register in 2004.

Nicholas Weedon

Director ~ Dip Arch, RIBA, AABC

Trained at Canterbury School of Architecture 1980-1986. Runner up in 1985 RIBA International Student Competition, scheme displayed at Royal Academy of Arts. Contributed to two editions of Traditional Kent Buildings published by the School’s Vernacular Studies Unit. Practical training year in a multi-disciplinary commercial practice, JF+P Group, in Brisbane, Australia.

Worked as a project architect on residential, commercial and historic building projects in a private practice in London 1986-1990. Undertook the Society for Protection of Ancient Buildings conservation course.

Worked on commercial, residential and transport sector buildings in Germany, based in Munich from 1991-1998. Joined Russell Hanslip Associates in 1998, helping to implement IT systems, and became an Associate in 2000. Included on the AABC Architects Accredited in Building Conservation Register in 2004.


Hilary Harris

Consultant Landscape Architect ~ BLA (UGa) MLI

Trained at the University of Georgia School of Environmental Design, five year Bachelors Degree in Landscape Architecture (BLA) 1973. Received the Stanley Smith Horticultural Exchange Fellowship for post graduate study, University of Reading (1973-74). Full membership of the Landscape Institute 1976.

Worked as Landscape Architect at Derek Lovejoy and Partners for 18 months before joining the Greater London Council for nine years until 1986. Team leader in charge of over 40 projects. Civic Trust, Brick Development Association, RICS and various housing organisation awards.

Joined Russell Hanslip Associates in 1986 as part-time Landscape Architect servicing Practice architectural schemes and running an individual portfolio of landscape schemes. Major clients: Mercury One 2 One (now T-Mobile), LVMH.

1990-95 part-time, Senior Landscape Architect for the Ash Consulting Group, Didcot. Specialist area, planning constraints.

1999-2000 Masters level Professional Updating Course, University of Westminster Business School.


Michael Garber

Senior Architect ~ BArch, MArch, GradDipCons(AA), RIBA CA

Architectural training at the University of Nottingham (2005-2011), qualifying in 2016. Architectural Association Graduate Diploma in Conservation of Historic Buildings (2013-2015).

Worked at HMDW Architects since 2015, on projects involving the grant-aided repair and conservation of churches under the HLF and Roof Repair Fund schemes. Extensions and redevelopments of church buildings and church halls to provide flexible spaces responding to a variety of community uses and hire opportunities.

On the RIBA Register of Conservation Architects at ‘CA’ level.

Lola Gavin

Architect

Worked at HMDW Architects on projects involving the repair of church buildings.

Currently undertaking the Professional Development Diploma in Historic Building Conservation and Repair at West Dean College.


Basil Jradeh

Architectural Technician ~ BSc

2005-2008 University College, London
BSc in Architectural Studies.

Worked at HMDW Architects in London since 2008, employed as an Architectural Technician and Graphic Designer, working on a large range of projects, with a variety of work:

  • Reprographics, including promotional material, practice website, brochures, and advertising.
  • Collating and assisting with submissions for Planning Permission and DAC Advice.
  • On site dimensional, level and photographic surveys. 
  • Model-making, drawing and design work, including three-dimensional renderings.
  • Image editing for presentation material: early stage visualisations of projects, as well as later exercises to aid the client in choices of materials, finishes and colours.