Damien Blower Principal Architect
MA MArch (USA) RIBA SIA FRSA
Previous Experience: Frank Gehry Architects
Education: Bartlett School of Architecture & Institute of Archaeology, University College London & SCI-Arc (Los Angeles)
Damien has a leading reputation as an architect in England for design in historic locations, deploying his skills at stitching new buildings alongside sensitive heritage assets, whether adjacent nationally designated assets or more loosely located in and around historic urban or landscape fabric. He is an evangelist for finding new value and uses for old buildings; for allowing new and contemporary architecture a place alongside beloved older fabric and; for weighing a fine balance between the cultural value embodied in our oldest artefacts and their continued financial viability – going by the mantra that ‘heritage must remain useful and relevant’. Since 1996, Damien has led the team to numerous national and regional awards and has been featured in many design magazines, the national press and on British television.
Parallel to his professional career, he continues to pursue cultural, educational and charitable activities as Founding Trustee of The Blower Foundation, a registered UK charitable Trust. He has been a Visiting Lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts since 2010, teaching design studios at both undergraduate and Masters levels and is dually qualified as an architect in the UK and Switzerland as a member of the professional institutes of both countries. Damien divides his time with his family between homes in Farnham and the combined home/studio near Lausanne in the Swiss-French Canton of Vaud.
Laith Anayi Architect
BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA
Previous Experience: Arthur Gomes Architects, Lyons + Sleeman + Hoare Architects
Education: Kingston University, De Montfort University
Laith joined Stedman Blower after finishing his post-graduate studies as an Architect in 2003 and has been a Director since 2011. He runs projects from inception to completion alongside managing the office resourcing. He is responsible for the design and delivery of often complex and bespoke projects and also has a deep and fluent understanding of the demands of working with heritage assets, having worked on innumerable Listed buildings in the 12 years he has been with the practice. He believes Architecture should blend creativity with sensitivity to its setting along with making a sense of place. He fosters a strong team ethic within Stedman Blower and believes successful projects come through collaboration.
Laith lives in Alton with his wife and two young sons.
Stephen Donkin Architect
BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA
Previous Experience: ROK, Alan Camp Architects
Education: Greenwich University, Kingston University, Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Stephen is an Architect and has been with Stedman Blower since finishing his post-graduate studies in architecture in 2009 and has been an Associate since 2013. He leads one of the two Design Teams in the office and manages the delivery of half of the projects that go through the office at any one time. His key strengths are working closely with both the client and contractors to define a clear path to delivery of complex renovation projects. He has a deep and fluent understanding of working with Listed buildings.
Stephen graduated with first class honours from Kingston University in 2006 and was short listed in the top ten for the RIBA bronze medal of that year and went on to study his part II at Kingston and the Royal Danish Academy.
He and his wife have been Guildford Town centre residents since 1998 where they live with their two young children and has been a Director since 2016.
Evelyn Allin Architectural Technician
National Diploma in Architecture
Previous Experience: Smit & Fisher Architects, HLM Architects, SCd Architects
Education: Tshwane University of Technology (Pretoria, South Africa)
Qualified in 1992, Evelyn worked as an Architectural technician in South Africa, before moving to the UK in 2008. During her time in the UK she has worked on public, commercial and residential projects and has developed a good knowledge of British building standards and regulations.
In October 2012 Evelyn joined Stedman Blower as an Architectural Technician where she is responsible for providing architectural detailing solutions on projects using computer-aided design (CAD) on Archicad, which is a BIM compliant software.
Evelyn is a Professional Senior Architectural Technologist registered with SACAP (SA Council for the Architectural Professional). She currently lives in Guildford with her family.
Matthew Cripps Architectural & Interior Designer
BA(Hons) First Class, PG Cert (LTHE)
Previous Experience: Resonate Interior Architecture, CID Interieur, UCA, Objectives Museum, Exhibition & Graphic Design
Education: Kingston University, Surrey Institute of Art & Design, Reading College of Technology
Matthew is an expert in the field of Interior Architecture and was a Senior University Lecturer in the subject for 14 years. He has taught and tutored students of both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree level. More recently he has held the position of Associate at Resonate Interior Architecture and CID Interieur.
Matthew is a qualified Interior Designer and Architectural Technician and has worked on a diverse range of projects including office headquarters for a leading Egyptian developer in Cairo, high end luxury residential schemes for Berkeley Group and a variety of museum galleries including exhibitions at the Science Museum in South Kensington.
He lives in Farnham with his wife and family.
Laura De Cesare Practice Manager
Previous Experience: Nespresso (Nestle, Switzerland), Ministry of Justice, Argentina
Education: University of Buenos Aires
Laura provides office management and support to the Directors, having joined from management roles in Switzerland, where she has been based since 1999. Originally brought up in Argentina, she spent the first part of her career after university in more technical roles within the medical industry, before switching to logistics in coffee trading, which is largely centred in Lausanne and Vevey, where she has her home. In addition to her native Spanish, she is fluent in English, French and with a professional level in Italian. Laura is a member of the Association of Accounting Technicians (UK).
Laura divides her time between the Studios in Farnham and Switzerland.
Jack Sykes Architectural Technician
BA(Hons) First Class,
Previous Experience: CAD tutor at UCA
Education: UCA Farnham
Jack joined Stedman Blower in June 2017 as an Architectural & Interior Design Technician after completing his degree at UCA.
Jack is experienced in hand model making and digital modelling (through the use of 3D printer technology). Recently, Jack was involved in setting up the new Stedman Blower modelshop, where Jack is working on a model of Farnham's redevelopment, a master design tool for the town to adapt and develop for many years to come. He has also begun to experiment with various tools and new technologies for future use within Stedman Blower.
Jack lives with his family in Portsmouth.
Nicola Sadler Architectural Technologist
BA(Hons) Interior Design, PgDip Timber Building Conservation
Previous Experience: Kay Pilsbury Thomas Architects, City and Country
Education: Writtle College (University of Essex), Bournemouth University (Weald and Downland Open Air Museum)
Nicola joined Stedman Blower in April 2018 as an Architectural Technologist, bringing to the team her knowledge and passion for historic buildings, predominantly timber frames.
After graduating from Writtle College in 2007 Nicola has worked on various projects ranging from ecclesiastical, public, residential and large developments. In 2012 she fuelled her passion for timber framed buildings by completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Timber Building Conservation through the renowned Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, West Sussex.
Nicola is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, currently working towards her MCIAT. She lives in Horndean with her husband and their young daughter.