Malcolm Fryer, Principal
BArch(Hons) ARB RIBA AABC
Born in the UK, Malcolm Fryer graduated from the University of New South Wales in Sydney in 2000, where he was awarded the University Medal for architecture. His graduation project and thesis were a critique of current Australian urban conservation practice in the face of industrial redundancy, and during his studies he spent an exchange semester at the Hochschule der Kunste, Berlin. Subsequently he was awarded a travelling scholarship from the Board of Architects of New South Wales to study historic building conservation in the United Kingdom. Malcolm spent his ‘year out’ in 1996 working for Feilden and Mawson in their Norwich and London offices, and spent the remainder of his studies working part time for Design 5 Architects in Sydney on a wide range of conservation based projects. He started working with Richard Griffiths Architects in 2001 and returned there having completed the Lethaby scholarship run by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) in 2002.
Whilst at Richard Griffiths Architects, he was involved with the major refurbishment projects at Methodist Central Hall, Westminster, Blackpool Central Library, Toynbee Hall, and the Pennington Street Warehouse at London Dock as well as the Heritage Lottery funded projects at Burghley House, Valentines Park and St. Nicholas Chapel in Kings Lynn. He was the design and project architect for the ambitious scheme to provide substantial new community facilities at St. Paul’s Church in Hammersmith. In 2012, this project was awarded a National RIBA award.
Malcolm established Malcolm Fryer Architects in 2013 and he is presently leading the team on a wide range of conservation driven residential, institutional and ecclesiastical projects. Completed projects include the Tower Project at St. Peter’s, Sandwich for the Churches Conservation Trust, the repair and re-roofing of Abney Park Cemetery Chapel, the re-ordering and master-planning at St. Peter’s, Brighton, the conservation works to Coal Drops Yard in Kings Cross, as well as several substantial residential projects. Projects currently on site include the re-ordering of St. Nicholas Church in Bristol, repairs to the Danish Church in Regents Park and the adaptive re-use of Kingston Post Office and Telephone Exchange.
Outside of the office, Malcolm remains actively involved with the SPAB and has assisted in the running of their ‘Faith in Maintenance’ programme to encourage church wardens in their custodial role. He sits on the Conservation Advisory Committee of the Churches Conservation Trust and teaches for several academic institutions in the UK and abroad.
Kristian Foster, Architect
BA(Hons) DipArch PGDip ARB
Born in Stoke-on-Trent, Kristian studied Architecture at De Montfort, Kingston and Westminster Universities before qualifying as an architect in 2016. During his undergraduate studies, Kristian worked with Glenn Howells, Terry Pawson and Frost Architects, gaining a wide range of experience across various sectors. Following graduation he worked with Ph+ Architects, leading the delivery of a residential led mixed use scheme in London.
In 2017 Kristian was awarded the nine month Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Lethaby Scholarship, an immersive, hands-on heritage and buildings crafts course. Kristian remains actively involved with the SPAB as a member of the Technical Panel, undertaking working parties, and as Secretary of the Dance Scholarship Trust.
Following the SPAB Scholarship, Kristian worked briefly with Richard Griffiths Architects, producing repair schedules for the HLF Funded Ragged School Museum and the Royal College of Arms.
Kristian joined Malcolm Fryer Architects as a Project Architect in May 2018 and has been responsible for the repair and reconstruction of a Grade II listed early 18th Century mill in Hampshire, following its near loss from a devastating fire. His other projects include re-ordering works to the Grade I listed Church of St Edmund the King and Martyr in the City of London and the HLF funded project at St. Peter’s, Sudbury for the Churches Conservation Trust. Kristian is also responsible for the CPD programme at MFA.
Kristian has a strong interest in new design along side the adaptive reuse and repair of historic buildings. The neglected heritage of this home city of Stoke-on-Trent has inspired Kristian to work towards gaining his AABC accreditation.
Hannah Perkins, Architect
Hannah grew up in Leicestershire and studied architecture at the Universities of Brighton and Westminster. She worked with Alan Camp, Dransfield Owens de Silva and Nightingale Associates Architects during her studies.
After graduating in 2008 she joined Richard Griffiths Architects and worked on a wide range of conservation led projects including Lambeth Palace and St. Paul’s Church in Hammersmith (working with Malcolm Fryer). She became a registered architect in 2010 and was the project Architect for the award winning completion of Jackson’s Tower at Brighton. She was awarded a scholarship to the Attingham Summer School in 2012.
In 2013, Hannah joined Formation Architects where she led a large multidisciplinary team for the adaptive re-use of Lots Road Power Station to luxury residences.
Hannah joined MFA as a Senior Project Architect in 2018 and has since been leading the project for the adaptive re-use of the former Pattern Store in Swindon for worship and community use. Construction has now commenced and is due to complete by the end of 2019. Hannah is also responsible for Quality Management at MFA.
Outside of the office, Hannah is passionate about fitness and family life. Her hobbies include stone letter cutting and exploring everything Norfolk.
George Hodgson, Architect
George is a registered architect and was a scholar with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Building (SPAB) in 2018. He currently works part time on various MFA repair projects MFA whilst also working part time as a specialist bricklayer at Hampton Court Palace.
Niels Gusching, Architectural Assistant
Born in France, Niels spent his childhood between Cambridge (UK) and Marseille. During his Bachelors studies in Montpellier, Niels developed a strong interest in the historic environment and subsequently relocated to Nancy (FR) in order to undertake a Masters degree specialising in conservation architecture and adaptive re-use. Niels’ thesis explored ways to intelligently re-use pre-fabricated steel C.L.A.S.P/GEEP buildings throughout France and the United Kingdom.
During his studies, Niels worked with Atelier AA, an architecture practice in the south of France whose work focuses on providing dignified access improvements to historic buildings. He was involved in developing a comprehensive access strategy for the School of Architecture in Montpellier. He also worked with F&H architecture, specialising in adaptive re-use including a contemporary extension to a 1960s Festival Hall.
Niels joined Malcolm Fryer Architects in 2016 as a Graduate Architectural Assistant and has since worked on a wide range of projects from large scale church masterplans (Holy Trinity Brompton and St. Thomas, Finsbury Park) to high end residential developments. He most recently led a fast-track project to repair and renovate a substantial grade II listed villa in North London and is currently working on ambitious re-ordering proposals for St. Mary’s Church in Andover. Niels is also responsible for the IT management at MFA.
Outside of the office, Niels pursues his enthusiasm for historic buildings and regularly volunteers on repair sites in Provence. He is a keen sketcher and aspires to be an SPAB scholar in the near future.
Vera Gkoufa, Architect
Born in Greece, Vera studied Architectural Engineering at the National Technical University of Athens, where she was exposed to different aspects of architecture. She also developed a strong interest in historic buildings, which led her to relocating to London to undertake a Master of Science in Sustainable Heritage at the Bartlett School of Energy and Resources, in UCL. Through the practical projects of this program, and especially through a collaborative project with Heritage Malta, she enhanced her knowledge on the building conservation principles and practices for making historic buildings sustainable in the future.
After completing her Masters, she volunteered for the National Trust in Sutton House as a Conservation Assistant before she started working as a Church Buildings Adviser and DAC officer for the Diocese of London. Through this role, she worked on various repair and development projects for listed and unlisted churches in London and enhanced her knowledge both on the relevant consent and consultation processes, but also on the technical aspects of building conservation. After becoming an ARB registered Architect, she briefly worked with Jane Jones-Warner Associates in Chichester, where she was involved in small-scale church repair projects and on a house extension within the Chichester harbour conservation area.
Vera joined Malcolm Fryer Architects in 2019 as and is currently working on a redevelopment masterplan for All Saints Church in Peckham and the repair of an ancient chapel for residential use.
Vera is keen to further develop her technical knowledge in building conservation and work on new design projects within a sensitive historic context.
Rosie the Wonderdog is responsible for Health and Wellbeing at MFA, as well as for security back-up. She has a fragrant personality and offers wonderful friendship and support to the MFA team.
Born in Chicago, Nicole relocated to London for her Master’s degree in Historical and Sustainable Architecture after completing undergraduate studies in New York and Paris. Her graduate coursework in the UK spanned historic conservation, adaptive re-use, urban planning, economics of regeneration, energy-efficient building solutions and structural engineering. Nicole’s Master’s thesis examined creative meanwhile use as a sustainable solution for neglected historic spaces in London.
In New York, Nicole worked in the architectural design/ build sector designing and managing residential and commercial projects in Manhattan. She also worked for Apple on the corporate retail team, contributing to new Apple store design and visual standards.
Nicole joined Malcolm Fryer Architects in 2014 and focused on the award-winning adaptive reuse of the former Coal Drops Yard at King’s Cross.
She teaches annually at the Built Heritage Conservation Training Centre at Banffy Castle in Transylvania.
Susannah Whitmore is an Architect specialising in the conservation and repair of historic buildings. She joined Malcolm Fryer Architects in 2013, and has recently prepared Heritage Statements for Christ Church School, Hampstead and Brentford Health Centre.
Susannah completed her architectural studies at Cambridge University, and was awarded her Diploma with a Commendation in 1999. She won the RIBA President’s Medal for her final year dissertation on Inigo Jones’s Barber-Surgeons’ Anatomy Theatre.
She worked after graduation with Michael Hopkins & Partners, where she was involved in the fit-out of Portcullis House, Westminster. After receiving her Diploma she joined Purcell Miller Tritton, where she assisted in the design for the redevelopment of the crypt and vaults of St Martin-in-the-Fields, the refurbishment at the Reform Club, and the preparation of a Conservation Plan for Highbury Stadium.
In 2001 she won a Lethaby Scholarship with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, a nine month programme studying building crafts and the repair of old buildings throughout Britain. She then joined Richard Griffiths Architects. Her work there included responsibility for the major HLF funded project of repairs and access improvements at Eastbury Manor, and for repairs to the Saxon St George’s Tower at Oxford Castle. She also prepared Conservation Statements on the Port of London Authority Sports Ground, Ilford, and St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, and undertook research for the repair of the roofs at the House of Lords.
She lives in Camden and is married with three children.