Stephen Drew

Founder of the Architecture Social.

Stephen is Head of Talent at Ackroyd Lowrie and Founder of the Architecture Social, which has grown from humble beginnings to become one of the most popular online communities for architects, students, and industry professionals alike.

Since 2014, Stephen has led recruitment teams working with industry-leading Architecture Practices such as Heatherwick Studios, Benoy, Allies and Morrison, AHMM and Skidmore Owings and Merrill.

Before recruitment, he notably worked in the Architecture industry at EPR Architects for three years after completing a degree and diploma in Architecture at the University of Westminster and Manchester School of Architecture.

Stephen is an Associate of the Royal Institute of Architects and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Previously a Visiting Critic and Teaching Assistant of Manchester School of Architecture, professional mentor for postgraduate students of Architecture at the University of Westminster as well as a guest lecturer for students of LMJU.

Oliver Lowrie

Non-executive director.

Oliver is an architect and co-founder of Ackroyd Lowrie. Previous to this, he spent 10 years working at Architype where he was responsible for developing a modular, timber-framed construction system that was used by several London Boroughs to deliver new Primary Schools and Nurseries. Most recently Oliver has spent three years as Project Architect for the prestigious £24m New Junior School for Highgate School in North London.

Oliver passionately believes in working closely with clients, makers and builders to deliver projects in a collaborative manner. This approach, along with the revolution in 3D printing will change the building industry fundamentally, and Oliver is keen that Ackroyd Lowrie are at the forefront of this shift. Oliver has worked on several community self-build projects using this methodology, most notably to build a Biogas plant which provides renewable energy to a remote village from farming waste.

Jon Ackroyd

Non-executive director.

Jon is an award winning chartered architect who co-founded Ackroyd Lowrie. He has over 12 years’ experience in the industry and has overseen numerous schemes of £300K-£20m, as well as master plans of up to £200m.

Following a successful career at environmental pioneers Architype Architects, Jon went on to establish his own practice, to expand on his design flair and environmental expertise, and work with design-led consultants to create innovative, bespoke architectural solutions.

Jon’s preceding three major projects at Architype were all award-winning complex refurbishments within locally listed buildings, including the RIBA Award winning Robert Fitzroy Academy, which beautifully unified architecture from different eras with a coherent design strategy to form a legible, contemporary school. Jon strongly believes that technical rigour and carefully integrated technology are central to beautiful design. He is fascinated by how buildings and systems work, and to this end he undertook a City & Guilds qualification in carpentry and joinery in 2012.

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