Aimée joined NRAP in 2017 as our Practice Manager, having relocated to Cambridge from London.
Aimée spent the previous 3 years as Practice Manager at London based architects and exhibition Designers Nissen Richards Studio, where she was involved in all aspects of the work and running of the studio.
She has an MA in Arts Management and studied History of Art at the University of Nottingham where her dissertation focus was the social relevance of modern British sculpture in public spaces. During her MA she developed an interest in audience development and learning outreach in the Arts.
Aimée previously worked for London based community engagement experts The Building Exploratory.
Richard Owers is a director of NRAP Architects, and the former Chairman of the Cambridge Association of Architects. He has also acted as a design panel member for both SHAPE East and the Cambridge Design and Conservation Panel and on the editorial board of the Cambridge Architecture gazette.
Richard studied at the University of Edinburgh and trained at Edward Cullinan Architects. From 1992 he worked in private practice in Berlin. As an associate at Wuttke & Ringhoff he collaborated on two competition-winning schemes for public buildings: Weimar City Hall and Meiningen Town Hall. He returned to England in 1997 and joined Penoyre and Prasad Architects where he worked as an associate on a number of arts, education, health care and housing schemes, including a sustainable housing development for the regeneration of Gravesend in Kent.
Richard set up Plastik Architects in London in 2002, was short-listed for “Young Architect of the Year” in 2007 and joined forces with Nicholas Ray to create NRAP architects in 2007. He has been a visiting tutor and internal examiner at the University of Wales in Cardiff, and has acted as an independent design consultant to the Kent Architecture Centre. He has written articles on urban design and sustainable architecture for “EcoTech” magazine, developed a design module for the Open University, and contributed to professional journals in Britain and Germany. Since September 2006 he has been living in Cambridge where he continues to combine full-time professional practice with occasional teaching.
After working for over 20 years in London, Richard recently joined NRAP, having decided to relocate professionally to Cambridge, where he lives.
Prior to this Richard was an equity director at ORMS where he led several large, high profile projects including the Standard Hotel in Kings Cross and a £50m refurbishment of a dilapidated building in Old Street, converting it into contemporary office space. He worked for 3 years helping to lead the London architectural office of Atkins whilst also working on Crossrail, low energy schools and office buildings. For 13 years he worked for Bennetts Associates where projects included a new £25m business school for City University and a town hall and master plan for Reading Borough Council.
Richard has worked across a variety of industry sectors: residential, education, workplace, office, hotels and transport.
He studied architecture at Manchester University and Westminster University, is ARB registered and a member of RIBA. He is a RIBA Part 3 tutor at Westminster University, a member of the Architectural Association’s Part 3 examining board, teaches on the Cambridge Part 3 course and examines at RIBA North West. He is also an active member of Design: South East panel and reviews schemes across the south of England.
Giulia graduated with a first class degree (with honours) in architecture from Sapienza University in Rome. Her particular interest in historic buildings includes a thesis on the 3D laser surveying of Ninfa Castle. Giulia’s design thesis was a Masterplan for the urban renewal of a deprived district in Rome next to Casal Morena.
Before joining NRAP Giulia worked on several high-end residential projects as well as on restoration projects in Monaco and the surrounding areas of France and Italy. At NRAP Giulia has been an integral part of the project team involved in the restoration of the Grade I listed Old House for Corpus Christi College and our scheme for a new education and catering block in place of a Grade II* listed building at Christ’s Hospital School.
Giulia is an ARB registered architect.
Sam Harrison joined NRAP as a bookkeeper and general administrator in 2008.
Rachael recently completed her Master of Architecture degree at the Leeds School of Architecture. Throughout her time studying Rachael co-founded and ran SOAK (Society of Architectural Knowledge), and was involved with a number of voluntary projects that include working with a small community in West Africa to build a wind turbine as a stable source of power, and the design and construction of a small office space for a food redistribution charity in inner city Leeds.
These experiences enriched her outlook and awareness of the broader context of architecture and its potential collaborative role in enhancing the wellbeing of society – themes that she investigated in her thesis project, based in one of the most deprived areas in Liverpool. Rachael is interested in the physical process of making; she has spent time learning traditional methods of construction such as dry stone walling and timber framing and, outside architecture, has developed skills in dressmaking and tailoring.
Henry recently graduated from the University of Liverpool. During his degree he spent one semester in Suzhou, China on exchange. In both Liverpool and Suzhou Henry was particularly interested in housing, completing projects ranging in scale from small urban interventions to a large Chinese masterplan.
David Valinsky joined NRAP in 2011 where he has worked on a number of complex and high profile projects including a £200m mosque in East London, Tashkent Centre for High Technology and a community of four zero-carbon houses using cement-free concrete.
David is a qualified architect and studied at Cambridge and at the Department of Architecture and Spatial Design in London, graduating with a first-class degree and a diploma with distinction. His prize-winning design work at Cambridge was nominated for the RIBA bronze medal. During his architectural training he has worked for a range of practitioners in London and Cambridge and gained experience across various sectors from private houses through to schools, college accommodation, religious buildings and urban design.
To compliment his architectural education David has been involved with environmental design research, as well as completing a Masters degree in Architectural History. He currently teaches architectural history in the History of Art Department at the University of Cambridge.
David is the author of The Architect Speaks: the writings and buildings of Edward Schröder Prior published in 2015 and contributed articles to Architecture as City and Baukunst (published in 2010 and 2011 by the Architectural Research Unit). David also writes for The Unpublishables, an independent online journal designed to give voice to young architects and designers.
Richard has been an Associate since 2001, having joined the practice in 1998, although he worked initially with Nicholas Ray at Hughes and Bicknell. He has over 20 years’ experience in practice and has worked as Architect and Lead Designer on many project types and values.
He worked previously in London with Simon Knox where he developed detailed design skills and knowledge associated with the direct procurement of bespoke Arts and Crafts items, in particular for a large and prestigious private residence for the Sainsbury family, a project involving ‘hands on’ experience of the management of labour and subcontractors.
For NRAP he was in charge of several multi million pound phases of refurbishment and extension to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, and is currently leading the team on the work to Grade 1 listed buildings at Corpus Christi, Cambridge.
After qualification at Cambridge and University College, London, Nicholas Ray worked in London for the Shankland Cox Partnership on housing and for Colin St John Wilson and Partners on the British Library. On returning to Cambridge in 1973 he practised within Hughes and Bicknell Architects, where he became an Associate and later Partner, before founding Nicholas Ray Associates in 1989. His most prominent building in Cambridge is the Quayside Development, on the banks of the Cam opposite Magdalene College. He has been responsible for new and refurbishment projects for numerous Colleges, as well as buildings and projects for other colleges and universities. He is the author of five books, including monographs for Yale University Press on Alvar Aalto and Rafael Moneo, and is an Emeritus Fellow of Jesus College, having retired as Reader in Architecture from the University of Cambridge. He is currently an Honorary Visiting Professor at the University of Liverpool, but maintains a full-time engagement with the practice.