Work with the best Architects and Designers in Dorset

Matthew Witt Director | Architect
Matthew Witt, Director | Architect

BA (Hons) (First Class), Dip Arch, ARB, RIBA

Matthew joined WDA in 1999. He is an innovative designer with extensive experience in traditional and contemporary design. His work has ranged from affordable housing developments to award winning luxury houses.

Matthew is skilled in masterplanning and detail design on large sites including Hanger Farm, a development of circa 350 individually designed dwellings, performing art centre, public park and tennis club. Matthew’s education experience recently includes built projects for Talbot Heath School, Victoria Education Centre and Lytchett Minster School. Matthew also has experience in designing offices, including a number of high profile contemporary renovation projects. 

Matthew is responsible for design and project management on small, medium and large-scale projects with contract values ranging from £200k to £20m.  His contract experience includes JCT- MW, IC, SC and PPC2000 partnering. Matthew has project management skills in the coordination of multi-discipline teams and with his extensive knowledge of building construction is adept at delivering successful projects. Matthew oversees all HR and financial issues within the practice.

Matt is also our expert for planning in the New Forest National Park.


Matthew Haley Director | Senior Designer
Matthew Haley, Director | Senior Designer

BA (Hons), Dip Arch (Hons)

Matthew joined Western Design Architects in 1999 and became a Creative Director in 2004.  He has won numerous awards for his designs, with work published in Journals and Books. The majority of Matthew's experience is in the residential sector having designed many of Western Designs outstanding houses including ‘The Moat House’, ‘18 Lakeside’ ‘Harbour View;’ and ‘Vision’.  He has carried out works to Listed Buildings and sensitive sites in conservation areas such as the recent scheme at Treloar and has been project leader for a number of flat developments converting Public Houses into apartments. Matthew has undertaken numerous master planning and concept design works for large housing schemes, including; Hangar Farm, Totton, Cuthbury Meadows, Wimborne and Curtis Fields, Weymouth. Matthew lives in Blandford having converted a small garage into a family home.


Jonathan Turvey Director | Architect
Jonathan Turvey, Director | Architect

BA (Hons), Dip Arch, ARB, RIBA

Jonathan joined Western Design Architects in 2011 having relocated to Dorset from Ireland where he was a Director of an architectural practice. He was soon made a Director at WDA due to his wealth of design experience, professionalism and active interest in marketing. Jonathan is currently responsible for managing and running a range of master planning schemes across the south coast. Jonathan is also a member of the Bournemouth Borough Council Design Review Panel. As a Christchurch resident Jon has a personal interest in the locality and its developments.


Phil Easton Director | Conservation Architect
Phil Easton, Director | Conservation Architect

CA, Dip Arch, PG Dip (conservation Sciences) ARB, RIBA

Phil Easton established the practice in 1986. He has over 50 years experience in the profession and worked full time on site for 5 years, building many of his own designs.  With his love of buildings and problem solving, he has been constructing his own projects ever since. He has hands-on experience in several trades as roofer, plumber, carpenter, electrician and plant driver. 

An RIBA accredited Conservation Architect, specialising in historic buildings, including listed Grade I, II* and II, structures within Conservation Areas and in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Phil has an in-depth knowledge of the planning system and good relationships with Local Authorities and Planning Officers. He is a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) and of RIBA Wessex and Dorset local branches.

Phil mentors aspiring Conservation Architects for the RIBA and students of Architecture at Arts University Bournemouth.  Phil helps out at the Architecture Pathway CGI degree courses at both Bournemouth and Southampton Solent Universities. He has been a juror on various awards, including Poole Pride of Place & RIBA Regional Awards. 

Phil has lived in and around Blandford most of his life, he has excellent knowledge and love of Dorset's countryside, coast, towns and villages.



Kathryn Flint Associate
Kathryn Flint, Associate

BA (Hons) Interior Design

Kathryn has multiple responsibilities at Western Design. She manages all aspects of the IT and office technology. Most importantly she oversees the practice marketing and website working closely with Rianna and the marketing team. She works to raise the profile of the practice by writing material for the practice brochures, updating and production of images for the website, social media and preparing press releases. Kathryn is responsible for awards submissions documentation and organising exhibitions.


Rachel Cheer Architect
Rachel Cheer, Architect

BA (Hons), MArchD, ARB

Rachel, a talented designer, first joined WDA in 2012 during her placement year. Rachel has since graduated as a fully qualified Architect at the University of Bath and completed her RIBA Part II at Oxford Brookes University. She is a skilled member of the team having worked on projects ranging from large scale housing layouts to one off contemporary dwellings, making use of her excellent abilities in design, 3D modelling and graphic visualisation.


Daniel Hambly Architect
Daniel Hambly, Architect

BA (Hons) (First Class), MArch, ARB, RIBA

Daniel joined WDA in 2021, having had extensive experience in the residential sector from serving domestic clients through to medium and larger sized developers. He achieved his BA(Hons) Architecture with a first class Honours at the Arts University Bournemouth in 2012. Continuing his studies in Bournemouth, he achieved a MArch Master of Architecture in 2014 and his thesis project was nominated for the Silver RIBA President Medal student award. Daniel undertook his professional studies at Bath University to become a registered architect in 2019. He enjoys developing his designs through hand drawing alongside digital methods.

He won the Architects Journal sketch competition in 2011 and his academic work has been entered for the Jerwood Drawing Prize in 2013, Architectural Review Global Graduate awards and Norman Foster Travelling Scholarship in 2014.

Daniel’s passion for architecture stems with integrating landscape, which has been explored through his academic studies and he endeavours this to influence his designs.


Tom Nock Senior Architectural Designer
Tom Nock, Senior Architectural Designer

BA (Hons), MArch

Tom first joined WDA in 2017 during his placement year. Since then, he has completed his masters with distinction at the University of Portsmouth, winning the Bradford prize for the most sensitive design within an established historic environment. During his time at university, Tom has developed many graphical skills and has gained experience in using BIM software, whilst maintaining his passion for hand sketching.

Working in a team, he was heavily involved in small community projects run by the University, including constructing a temporary installation near Portsmouth Guildhall for the public to interact with. Inspired by these projects, Tom volunteered to take part in the construction of a community facility in the Fiji islands. Tom has a particular interest in the architectural contrast between old and new, in which the proposed design has a positive visual, social and environmental impact on the existing.



Rianna Holliss Architectural Designer
Rianna Holliss, Architectural Designer

BA (Hons) Arch (First Class)

Rianna has been a dedicated member of the WDA team since 2015 after graduating her Part 1 degree with a First Class Honours from the Arts University Bournemouth. She has been a part of various projects ranging from bespoke luxury homes through to large masterplanning schemes taking them from sketch scheme through to completion.

Excellent 3D visuals and graphics are just a couple of the ways Rianna presents her designs to make them come to life for our clients. She is also a part of our marketing team and assists in raising the profile of WDA through social media, events organisation and mentoring programmes.


Rebecca Smith Senior Architectural Designer
Rebecca Smith, Senior Architectural Designer

BA (Hons) Arch

Rebecca joined WDA in 2018 after graduating with her Part 1 from the Arts University Bournemouth. In her final year she won the Nicholas Durbridge Award for collaboration, the Dean's Prize for the faculty of Art Design and Architecture and was nominated for the Turland Award.

Rebecca is currently undertaking her Part 2 qualification with the RIBA studio, facilitated by Oxford Brookes University whilst working full time.

Rebecca has a passion for collaboration and has been involved with a number of projects which include: assisting with the curation of the ‘Zaha Hadid Architects: Evolution’ exhibition at AUB and making replica historic models for the Norman Foster Foundation in Madrid.

Rebecca has excellent CAD and 3D visualisation skills and is experienced in Architectural Photography, Graphic Design and Architectural Model Making. She is also involved in our mentoring programmes and careers events.



Hannah Winwood Architectural Designer
Hannah Winwood, Architectural Designer

BA (Hons) Arch

Hannah joined WDA in March 2019 after returning to her home town of Poole. This follows 10 years of study and working in architecture. Since completing a 4 year honours degree in Architecture and Planning in Bristol she has worked in Architectural practices in London, Bristol and Oxfordshire. She has been involved in projects which include Heathrow T2, shopping centres, schools, housing developments and private residences. She has also worked as a Planning Consultant and was a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute, which gave her valuable experience in this field


Matteo Tanganelli Architectural Designer
Matteo Tanganelli, Architectural Designer

BA (Hons) Arch

Matteo joined WDA, in 2019. He started his career in Architecture in Genova, Italy, where he completed 1 year of study at the Universita degli Studi di Genova. In 2014 Matteo moved to England and completed a BA (Hons) Architecture degree at the Arts University Bournemouth in 2017. After graduating Matteo worked for a year and half at a Dorset architecture practice whilst also working as a freelance graphic designer.

Matteo has a particular interest in sustainable and productive architecture. Helping communities to live in a cleaner and better world where buildings provide real benefit to the life of the people around them.


Elina Gleed Architectural Designer
Elina Gleed, Architectural Designer

BA (Hons) Arch

Elina first joined WDA in 2019, to gain work experience within the architectural industry, before beginning her final year at Portsmouth University where she then went on to graduate with a First-Class Honours in 2020.

Following her studies Elina worked in Christchurch for an Architectural practice as well as a structural engineer, before returning to WDA in July 2021. She has been involved in numerous residential and commercial projects in the Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch area where she used 2D, 3D and VR software’s to communicate her designs to clients.

In 2017, led by her passion for travel and helping others Elina volunteered in Borneo, Malaysia where she worked on sustainable development projects that encompassed community welfare, environmental and wildlife conservation. This prompted a particular interest in sustainable and productive architecture. "Few industries truly make a difference within the community whilst architecture has the ability to shape our world and have a direct impact on our environment.”


Steve Lawrence Senior Technician
Steve Lawrence, Senior Technician

HNC Building Design

Steve has been with Western Design since 1998. His main interest is in producing technical drawings for contemporary builds. Noteworthy projects have included award winning scheme ‘South Point’, sustainable house ‘Moat House’, ‘Box House’ and ‘Cherry Orchard’. Steve has experience with large housing schemes, affordable housing and the conversion of existing buildings such as Motcombe Grange a retirement care home and Shepherds Hut. Steves roles include all aspects of construction and detail drawings as well as preparing tender packages. 


Gemma Stevens Practice Manager
Gemma Stevens, Practice Manager

Gemma joined Western Design in early 2015. Gemma’s role as practice manager is vital, she gives support to the Directors and Architectural Team and oversees them and the Admin Staff with HR matters, Finance, Office Procedures, Health and Safety and Communication. Gemma helps us to be more efficient and serve our clients more effectively.


Cecily Martin Digital Archivist
Cecily Martin, Digital Archivist

Cecily joined us in 2018 and has since become a valued and reliable member of the team. Her role involves methodically and meticulously digitalising past projects currently held as hard copies. Cecily also assists other staff members with their day to day tasks. 


Led by Principal Architect Phil Easton and Directors Matthew Witt, Jonathan Turvey and Matthew Haley, Western Design Architects (WDA) are a group of highly motivated and talented architects, designers, technicians and support staff. We are specialists in building conservation, have expertise in contemporary design and a wealth of knowledge in building construction. We are friendly, down to earth and approachable, always sharing and improving our knowledge-base between ourselves and our clients.