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We are a well-balanced and diverse practice of talented individuals engaged in a common search for innovation, practicality and beauty. Our studio promotes creativity and fosters the sharing of ideas, opinions, and criticisms within a trusting and open environment that challenges assumptions and tests propositions. We nurture an atmosphere of self-reflective professionalism that always seeks to do what is right for our clients, their buildings, and society at large.


Richard Owers

Richard Owers MA (hons) Dip Arch RIBA



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.

Nicholas Ray

Nicholas Ray MA (Cantab) Dip UCL RIBA



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, and maintains an active engagement with the practice.

Richard Warwick

Richard Warwick BA (Hons) Dip Arch RIBA ARB



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 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.

Richard Holbrooke

Richard Holbrooke Dip Arch RIBA



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 33 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.

David Valinsky

David Valinsky MPhil MA (cantab) DipArch



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. 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 is also a keen photographer and is a regular contributor to RIBAPix, the RIBA’s photographic collection.

Laura Bray



Laura joined NRAP in March 2019 after relocating from London. She studied at Edinburgh University and qualified as an Architect at the RIBA North. Laura  previously worked for another Cambridge based practice specialising in school design, where her projects included a new music and teaching facility for a Hertfordshire school. Laura has experience working on educational buildings, private and developer led residential designs, and refurbishment projects.

Aniko Pataki BSc (hons) MArch



Aniko joined NRAP as a registered architect in Autumn 2018. As a highly motivated and ambitious architect she has pursued academic advancement and excellence in a wide range of fields including architecture and project management, both in the UK and in Hungary. Her knowledge and skill set have enabled her to take a multi-dimensional approach to problem solving and allow her to communicate effectively with people from all fields.

Max Turner

Max Turner BA (hons) Arch

Architectural Assistant


Max graduated with a first class degree from the University of Liverpool. During his last year at university, he focused on housing typologies and questioned common stereotypes that are associated with housing.  His award-winning thesis projects, which were based in Shoreditch and Camden, explored new forms of living as a way of tackling London’s current housing crisis.  Max has recently joined NRAP where he is currently working on a small-scale housing development in the south of Cambridge.

Rachael Branton

Rachael Branton BA (Hons) MArch PGCert



Rachael joined NRAP in 2015 and has since qualified as an architect at the University of Cambridge. Rachael has been part of a number of voluntary projects, including 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.


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. Outside architecture she has developed skills in dressmaking and tailoring.

Livia Ghidoni

Livia Ghidoni

Architectural Assistant


Livia graduated with a first class degrees in architecture at both Bachelor and Masters level from Milan University. Her thesis “University, City and Landscape: mutual influences in Harvard’s Allston Campus” explored her particular interests in urban design, education and the city.  Before joining NRAP Livia worked in Milan on complex inner city residential projects and undertook several international competitions.  Livia has recently joined  NRAP where she is currently an integral part of the project team involved in the renovation and extension of Garden Hostel for King’s College.

Aimee Daffarn

Aimeé Daffarn MA (hons)

Practice Manager


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.

Sam Harrison

Finance Manager


Sam Harrison joined NRAP as a bookkeeper and general administrator in 2008.  She is responsible for our day-to-day financial administration.