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About us

Minifie Architects is an award-winning RIBA Chartered practice based in Shoreditch and was established in 2012. The studio has taken on a healthy creative impetus, attracting like-minded clients and professionals brought together by a unified attitude in producing innovative, sustainable, and thoughtful design. Our ethos includes actively rethinking and remodeling what surrounds us in the work we do. We enjoy the design process focusing on materials, repurposing, reusing, transforming, upcycling, and adapting within every commission.

Implementing sustainable design is important to us and we have some key examples of our conscious efforts through learning and adapting to the climate emergency. We work on a mixture of projects of different scales, sectors, and locations but all linked by our desire to create original work which concentrates on providing an intimate, creative and highly focused service. The practice has been progressively growing a reputation for its down-to-earth, approachable knowledge of insightful design, taking complex briefs, and translating them into high-quality projects.

The team

Ben Minifie

Director

Ben founded Minifie Architects in 2012 and is the director responsible for all project delivery, office output, sustainably-led design and to make sure Minifie Architects provide the best service throughout each project.

Ben formed the practice with a strong stance on collaborative design, which sees all members of the team discuss and express their ideas to find the best solution for both small and large obstacles. With over 20 years of professional experience, Ben’s personable character, and intuitive working methods ensure a satisfied, familiar, and loyal client base.

Rebecca Cooper

Architect

Rebecca joined MA in 2016 as a Part I and has since completed her Parts II & III at the University of Westminster. She is committed to driving sustainable design in the practice as well as promoting environmental and social justice within the culture of architecture and as such is an active member of ACAN. A fervent Milton Keynesian, Rebecca is drafting a paper on the female experience of the new city and also lives in hope that one day there will be snacks at all design meetings.

Olive McAndrew

Architect

Olive joined MA in 2018 and since then has completed her Part II at the University of Sheffield and is on to starting her Part III at the University of Westminster. Her interests lie in innovative natural materials and the technologies behind adaptable architecture as she feels strongly about these design principles being key to successful architecture, given the ever changing built environment. She enjoys conceptual design through model making and sketching and her dream ambition is to design and build a treehouse that facilitates multiple climbing walls and a skatepark.

Dan Warne

Architectural Technologist

Dan joined MA in 2019 whilst finishing his final year at the University of West London, he is now looking to complete his MCIAT chartership over the coming months. Taking an active standpoint on sustainability in construction, MA has facilitated his ability to engage with sustainable specification and considerate design. Dan enjoys developing detailed 3D models to deliver conceptual massing and bespoke interior proposals. He also enjoys his cycle to and from work every morning and loves getting involved in team sports in his spare time.

Greg Cockburn

Part II Architectural Assistant

Greg joined MA in 2019 having completed his part I at Oxford Brookes University and is now currently studying for his part II at the University of Sheffield. He is keen to drive sustainable design practices with a particular interest in the use of low-impact materials and design for reuse, enjoying the tactile nature of materiality in buildings. In his spare time, Greg can be found oil painting or cooking and one day hopes to build his own kitchen with which he can cook all the vegetables he grows in his garden.

Rashmika Gunathilaka

Part II Architectural Assistant

Rashmi joined MA in 2022 after completing his MArch at the University of East London. His particular interest in developing new innovative materials has won him the RIBA ‘Skin Thinking’ award. He has a passion for exploring new sustainable materials and creating spaces and experiences that are fun for the people that encounter them. In his spare time, Rashmi can be found in the pottery studio making somewhat functional mugs.

Deb Martin-Olette

Deb Martin-Olette

Project Architect

Deb joined Minifie Architects in 2013 as a senior project architect and has experience of numerous educational projects including schemes for Imperial College, Chailey Heritage School and Greenwich University. Deb talents lie in her meticulous detailing and technical aspects of all stages of a scheme and thrives in delivering beautifully detailed projects.

Kostas Kyrsanidis

Kostas Kyrsanidis

Architectural Visualizer

Konstantinos joined MA in 2016 as a visualizer. He brings many of the projects to life through computer-generated images.

John Barnett

John Barnett

Accounts

John has been part of Minifie Architects since 2013. He assists with accountancy functions, including invoicing and supplier management. John works closely with the directors to meet the company’s organisational needs, assists the company’s accountant, and makes sure it is possible for the office to function efficiently.

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