Nick Hayhurst


Nick trained at Edinburgh College of Art and the Architectural Association where he was a recipient of the Future Practice Prize and an honours nominee. He was a scholar at the British School at Rome (Boas Scholar, 2003) and completed his professional training at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. Nick founded Tyler Hayhurst in 2004 and later reformed his practice as Hayhurst and Co. in 2009 where he has led a series of pioneering education and residential projects.

Nick has taught and lectured widely and is a Senior Lecturer at University of Brighton where he specialises in design theory and practice. He is currently the subject lead for Future Practice: exploring evolving forms of architectural and design practice. He became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018. Nick has sat on RIBA Council, was one of the author’s of the RIBA’s publication ‘Tomorrow’s Architect’, and is a member of the RIBA Visiting Board where he has chaired the validation of schools of architecture in the UK and overseas. Nick is an External Examiner at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen and the Macintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow.

Nick has lectured widely on the work of the practice at schools of architecture and professional institutions around the UK and regularly contributes to journal articles and the professional press. He has been appointed as an Expert Witness on design related matters and was appointed Chair of Southwark Design Review Panel in 2018 and Chair of Brighton and Hove Place Review Panel in 2019. He also sits on Croydon Place Review Panel and has been a judge for the RIBA, AJ Retrofit and Civic Trust Awards.

Jonathan Nicholls

BA(Hons), AADipl, ARB, RIBA

Jonathan graduated from the Architectural Association in 2003 and completed his professional qualifications at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL. He is a founding member of Hayhurst and Co. and became a Director in 2013. Jonathan is registered with the ARB and is a Corporate member of the RIBA.

He was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Nottingham from 2005-2008 and has been a visiting critic at schools of architecture in the UK and in India. Outside of the office he has had articles published in AD, Architects Journal and Blueprint magazines and he has contributed to events and public discussions on the themes of demographic profiling, local cultures, and the effects of behaviour patterns on design performance.

He is an author of the Chandigarh Catalogues; a Graham Foundation funded research project documenting the Indian city of Chandigarh, which was exhibited at the RIBA in 2009, and he is the initiator of Postcode Portraits, an Arts Council funded project that investigates the effects of social classification on the British landscape.

Jonathan leads the technical and material, research and development within the practice and is behind many of the practice’s innovative material approaches to design.

Holly Zarnecki

BA(Hons), MA

Holly studied Photography at Edinburgh College of Art and Illustration at Camberwell School of Art and worked at the Royal College of Art and the Photographer’s Gallery before helping to reform Hayhurst and Co. in 2009.

Holly also works as a freelance illustrator under the name ‘Holly-Paper-Scissors’ and is a member of the Association of Illustrators. She specialises in the use of collage, drawing and printing techniques to create work on a range of topics including the natural world, current affairs and politics. Her work has been exhibited at the Bankside Gallery, Peckham Space and was selected for the AOI’s Images 36 publication and touring exhibition.

Jamie Wakeford

BA(Hons), MArch, ARB, RIBA

Jamie studied at the University of Sheffield, where he was awarded the masters travel scholarship and a distinction for his masters thesis, before he completed his professional qualifications at the Bartlett, UCL.

Before joining Hayhurst and Co, Jamie worked on major public building projects for leading practices in both the UK and Denmark. This includes his role as project architect on the Athletes’ Village Health & Wellbeing Centre for the London 2012 Olympics, as well as a new Business & Mathematics Building at the University of Kent, and the post-earthquake re-construction of Christchurch’s City Library, New Zealand.

Jamie has been an invited guest critic at numerous schools of architecture in the UK and Denmark and he currently delivers an undergraduate technology course at UCA, Canterbury. He is also a Professional Studies examiner at Brighton University and leads Hayhurst and Co’s involvement in the RIBA mentoring scheme with UEL.

Jamie is currently project architect and design guardian for the re-building of Edith Neville School, as part of the Central Somers Town Masterplan and is responsible for the development of Hayhurst and Co’s QA and CAD standards.

Claire Taggart

BSc(Hons), MArch, ARB, RIBA

Claire studied at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL before completing her professional qualifications at University of Westminster. Her student work has been exhibited in several public exhibitions and shows including the Venice Biennale fringe, Royal Academy Summer Show and the Roca Gallery in Chelsea. Claire has been an invited critic at the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Claire has a particular interest in exploration of social and cultural dimensions of architecture and the relationship between architecture and human interaction and enjoys working with materiality and tactility of spaces at the human scale as well as design at a strategic urban level. Before joining Hayhurst and Co, Claire worked in architectural studios in Rome and Milan, and Metropolitan Workshop and PRS Architects in London. She has worked on a range of projects, ranging from sensitive historic restorations, master-planning, refurbishment and public realm projects.

Claire joined Hayhurst and Co in 2015, where she has worked on a range of residential and education projects and has delivered projects from initial design to completion on site: leading design stages through to contract administration and hands-on involvement on site.


Tony Berongoy

BA(Hons), MArch, ARB

Tony joined Hayhurst and Co in 2017 and delivers projects from design stage to completion, ran the technical design of the Pavilion and is currently leading the designs for our social housing projects; Grasmere Road and Atlanta Court. Interested in emerging technologies, Tony heads the studio’s further learning programme with cross pollination thinking, including visits to workshops, seminar talks and building visits which look at the impact of developments on local neighbourhoods.

Tony worked on award-winning public projects at PRS, where he completed the Black Cultural Archives in Brixton, and Orms, where he worked on the designs for Tin Pan Alley whilst managing the demolition of these culturally and historically significant buildings. All while the guitar shops stayed open! The real success of architecture, for Tony, is when it has a positive impact on local and wider communities. He doesn’t believe that this always has to be on a grand scale, such as his work with CanDo coffee where he designed the carnation motif and connected with an artist to paint it.

Passionate about increasing the diversity of architecture, Tony instigated and leads the studio initiatives for equality and diversity. He is currently working with several young adult charities, helping to create opportunities for people from all backgrounds.

Holly Jean Crosbie

BA(Hons), MArch, ARB

Holly began studying architecture at the University of Brighton where her final year project entitled ‘Shoreham Village of Moving Image’ was shortlisted (final 12) for the RIBA President’s Bronze Medal. Holly completed her Masters at Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL where she gained a Distinction for her final project ‘Gallion’s Reach: Hydrology and Geology’ which was developed through a series of porcelain models and a thesis that looked at rammed chalk construction. Holly returned to the Bartlett School of Architecture to complete her professional qualifications.  Holly has a passionate interest in the relationship between architecture and landscape and how this can contribute to positive mental well-being.

Holly joined Hayhurst and Co. in 2012 and has contributed to numerous on-going projects and competition entries. Holly is currently leading a number of residential projects at different stages of design development and construction.

Chester Kendell

BSc (Hons), MArch

Chester completed his Masters Degree at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen where he graduated with distinction for his project entitled An Orcadian Cabinet of Curiosities. Based in the Orkney islands the work explored a personal narrative of design, focused on life on the peripheral and the margins of society. The project was awarded the ASA Silver medal, the RGU Art and Heritage award and a RIBA President medal.

Chester has previously worked in the Dublin based office of O’Donnell + Tuomey where he gained experience working on an array of building types. This included the design of a new library for the Dublin Institute of Technology and the new V&A Museum at Stratford waterfront.

Chester joined Hayhurst and Co in October 2019 and is working on a range of residential projects.

Marina Konstantopoulou

BSc (Hons), MArch

Marina studied at the University of Strathclyde where her final year thesis, a paired collaboration entitled Synchronicity; Unravelling Urban Narratives, received the AJ Student Prize, the A+DS Urban Design Award, was nominated for the Silver Medal Award and was exhibited at the RSA as part of the New Contemporaries exhibition.

Marina’s enthusiasm is driven by place-making and the empowerment of cultural identity in architecture.  Her interest lies in the composition of spaces that trigger original experiential qualities, emerging within a wider social context.

Before joining Hayhurst and Co. she worked in architectural studios in Glasgow, on a range of domestic, community and education projects.

Marina joined Hayhurst and Co. in October 2019 and is working on a range of residential and master-planning projects.

Ruby Sleigh

BA (Hons), MSc

Ruby started her architectural education at the University of Liverpool, where she established a deep passion for socially and environmentally sustainable design, driven by a craft-based approach. She later completed her education at the TU Delft in The Netherlands. She graduated Cum Laude with her thesis project entitled ‘Cultural Cultivation: Cultivating Culture’, which explores the infrastructural, cultural and aesthetic transition to a more sustainable method of food production. Her projects inside and outside of architectural education have explore the agency of design and its relationship with people, behaviour and the wider environment we all inhabit.

She has previously worked both for Architype and Prewett Bizley Architects on a range of housing, education and cultural projects. She has gained experience in a range of Passivhaus and other sustainable design, contributing further to her developing passion for low-impact design.

Since joining Hayhurst and Co. in 2019, she has worked on a number of residential projects at various scales from initial design ideas to overseeing construction on site. She is currently studying for her Part 3 qualification with the University of Westminster.

Alex Boyce

BA (Hons), MA (RCA)

Alex completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Liverpool where he was awarded the John Rankin Prize for Drawing and the SOTA Academic Achievement Award. Alex first joined Hayhurst and Co. in 2016 during which time he helped deliver the new RIBA Clore Learning Centre at 66 Portland Place and a new STEM teaching space at Torriano Primary School in Camden.

He studied for his master’s degree at the Royal College of Art, London, where his research speculated on the role of large, national scale architecture and the influence of energy industries on landscape, culture and infrastructure. In his first year designing a new production facility for Montrose a small, industrialised town on Scotland’s East-coast, and his graduating project ‘Oljevegen: The Oil Road’ took this research interest further and interrogated the role of melancholia and atmosphere along Norway’s west-coast through a series of proposals alongside Norway’s largest infrastructure project, the E39 highway. Oljevegen was named by both Jony Ive and Deyan Sudjic as one of their graduating projects of the year and the accompanying animated short film was shown at ReAnima (Bergen international animation festival) in 2020.

After a period working on a large-scale wellbeing project in Millom, Cumbria, Alex returned to Hayhurst and Co. in 2021. He is working on a series of private residential projects and studying towards his Part 3 qualification at London Metropolitan University. Alex is responsible for Hayhurst and Co’s internal IT provision.

Lucille Merisio

BA (Hons)

Lucille completed her RIBA Part 1 at the Univeristy of Brighton where her final project, ‘The Digital Awareness Programme’ was nominated for The Morgan Carn drawing Prize and shortlisted for the RIBA South Award. After focussing on art, illustration and photography during college, her time at the University of Brighton allowed her to establish her own style and approach to architecture and design. Her dissertation studied the houses of the Eastern Cape as an embodiment of South Africa’s historical context, whilst her final project was socially driven to aid and diminish internet addiction across the UK. These projects amongst others, have led her to develop a profound interest in employing creative practices in order to respond to or engage with both social and political environments.

After completing her Part 1, Lucille joined the Hayhurst and Co. team in August 2018, as an architectural assistant, working on residential and educational projects.