Meet The Council

Ged Couser | President

Ged is the current President of the Manchester Architects. He is a principal at BDP and leads the architect profession group in Manchester.

Ged’s work at BDP is primarily focused upon healthcare. He has extensive knowledge and experience of leading the design and delivery of major complex projects in that sector in both the UK and abroad from initial concept stage through to completion.

He was the project director for the new Alder Hey Children’s Health Park and the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre in Liverpool, and he has also led the design and delivery of a number of projects in the education sector.

Ged is also on the Places Matter! North West Design Review panel and in 2015 was appointed as a Built Environment Expert (BEE) by CABE.

Paul Iddon | Vice President

Paul Iddon is Managing Director of Agency Spring and combines over 19 years of first-hand experience as an architect and practice owner with extensive marketing expertise. Our Architect Intelligence platform draws heavily on his knowledge and insight, acquired from two decades training and practising as an architect in Manchester and over 18 years immersed in brand strategy, design and communication in B2B and B2C.

  • Co-founded Manchester-based OMI Architects (1993)
  • Co-founded Anglo-Danish agency Kernel (2006)
  • Merger to form Agency Spring – specialists in the built environment and FMCG (2014)
  • Guest lecturer at the Universities of Manchester, Salford, Nottingham, Dundee, Liverpool, QUB, Huddersfield and the RIBA
  • Recipient of three Civic Trust Awards, an RSA Design Prize and has had work exhibited in the RA Summer Show
  • Work with major manufacturers in the construction sector to communicate effectively with architects and specifiers
  • Regular contributor to industry seminars and workshops in Europe on creativity, brand strategy, design and communication

Stuart Riley | Website

Stuart is an Associate Architect at DLA Design Group in Manchester. Since joining the practice is 2005, he has worked on a variety of projects in the north west, mainly in the education, commercial and residential sectors.

Stuart attended the Manchester School of Architecture for both the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and sat his Part 3 exam with the RIBA North West.

Stuart has been a member of the Manchester Architects Council since 2015. He is the current Secretary of Manchester Architects and helps to maintain the website.

Rob McGinnes | Treasurer

Rob is a long-standing Manchester Architects Council member and has been involved with various activities including the lecture series but, over recent years, he has fulfilled the role of Treasurer.

Rob is passionate about sustainability and runs a small design-focused architectural practice based in Knutsford, Cheshire.

Sam Hall | Website

Sam has worked for the start-up practice 10architect, based in Ancoats, since completing his Master of Architecture degree at the Manchester School of Architecture. He has a keen interest in all aspects of practice, from design and delivery to business development and client engagement, but has a particular interest in the practice’s use of virtual reality software.

Sam has been a Manchester Architects Council member since September 2016 and currently maintains the website, having been part of the team that designed and delivered the site.

Outside of the working environment, Sam regularly participates and supports charities and, since 2009, has been a regular volunteer and supporter of the Lourdes Pilgrimage through Stonyhurst College.

Samantha Gill | Social Media

Samantha is an architect at Manchester-based practice Buttress, working within the studio’s heritage team. Most recently, she has led the redevelopment of a derelict Grade II* listed church in Manchester city centre into residential accommodation.

Samantha is particularly interested in the application of sustainable design principles to historic building projects, following previous experience at Hill Holt Wood, where she established a studio specialising in eco-structures and the adaptation of existing buildings.

As a Manchester Architects Council member, Samantha is responsible for maintaining the society’s social media platforms. She is also an RIBA North West mentor, providing professional support and advice to second-year students at the Manchester School of Architecture.

Johnathan Ali Djabarouti | CRAFTworks

Johnathan is a RIBA chartered architect at Sheppard Robson in Manchester city centre and is an alumni of the Manchester School of Architecture. He is also studying for an MSc in Building Conservation and is enrolled in the AABC Apprenticeship Scheme.

Johnathan’s favourite building in Manchester is the Maggie's Centre in Withington by Foster & Partners, very closely followed by Manchester Town Hall by Alfred Waterhouse.

As a member of the Manchester Architects Council, Johnathan organises the CRAFTworks events throughout the year, linked to his passion for heritage and conservation.

Lizzie Garlick | Social Events

Lizzie has worked with the Fairhursts Design Group since 2013 and has been a member of the Manchester Architects council since 2015. As a member of the council, Lizzie is responsible for the social events throughout the year, from bowling nights to Christmas parties and other events engaging with our sponsors and members.

Lizzie enjoys the feasibility stages of projects, taking a brief and creating an architectural solution with a strong underlying concept. She also has a keen interest in business development and networking.

Zoe Hobson | Secretary

Zoe currently works in Seven Architecture’s Manchester studio and has been a Manchester Architects Council member since the 2015 elections. Zoe was the Secretary of Manchester Architects for a number of years and organised the annual dinner in 2016 and 2017.

Andy Cox | South Manchester Architects Chairman

Andy is the Principal of Cox Design Service Ltd and is currently assisting Fairhurst Design Group on two large-scale projects: Capella (phase one), an 18,000 sqm research facility for the University of Cambridge based on the Addenbrookes Hospital site, and the CGT Catapult project, a gene therapy manufacturing facility on the GSK site in Stevenage and supported by Innovate UK.

Gwenno Jones | Social Media

Gwenno is an Associate Architect at Buttress where she predominantly works in the heritage and commercial sectors. She has been with the practice since 2015, having previously worked at Hurd Rolland in Manchester.

Gwenno attended the Manchester School of Architecture for both the undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and sat her Part 3 exam with the RIBA North West.

As a Manchester Architects Council member, Gwenno is responsible for maintaining the society’s social media platforms.

Lisa McFarlane | Former President

Lisa is a Conservation Architect and Associate Director at Seven Architecture and a former President of the Manchester Architects Council. She is also the new Chair of the RIBA North West Communications Committee and a member of the RIBA Trailblazer team, working to establish an apprenticeship in architecture.

Lisa is dedicated to promoting both architecture and heritage through her work with the Manchester Architects and IHBC, as well as being a judge for the Civic Trust, RICS and IStructE awards.