About Us

MH Architects was formed as Miller-Hughes Associates in 1986. Following a management buyout in 2008 we rebranded as mh Architects. We are based in Chichester and work across the south of England.

We pride ourselves on our excellent client relationships, as illustrated by our high percentage of repeat clients. We will continue to build on this and forge strong relationships with new clients, ensuring that the design process is one in which all members of the team work together in a cohesive and collaborative way.

The Practice incorporates architectural and masterplanning skills and can draw upon specialist planning advice which provides a robustness and breadth to our design approach. We offer services throughout the RIBA Plan of Work, with clients free to define the scope of the work they engage us on.

Our portfolio of work is diverse, encompassing housing, educational, cultural, industrial, commercial, sports and retail projects within local and regional areas. Our regular clients include housing associations, national house builders and public bodies such as West Sussex County Council and Surrey County Council.

At MH Architects we strive to continuously improve the way we practice architecture, by professional training, post project evaluation, client feedback and consistently measuring ourselves against best practice.

We try to create a positive working environment where staff feel valued and assisted in achieving their goals and aspirations. Our team has a wide variety of specialisms and expertise developed over many years of construction industry experience.

Client list

Arun District Council
Bargate Homes
Chichester District Council
Chichester Festival Theatre Trust
Clarion
Eastbourne Borough Council
Elberry Properties
Elizabeth Fitzroy Support
Guinness Partnership
Hastoe Housing Group
Hazeley Developments
Hyde
Kier
Kingsbridge Estates
Livability
Natures Way Foods
Notting Hill Genesis
Optivo
Origin Housing Group
Pallant Homes
Radian Group
Raven Housing Group
Reigate and Banstead Borough Council
RSPCA
Saxon Weald Housing Association
Southampton City Council
Sovereign Housing Association
Stonewater
Surrey County Council
Sunley Group
Synergy Housing Group
University of Chichester
University of Portsmouth
Vivid Homes
West Sussex County Council
Worthing Homes

 

Harry Groucott

Managing Director

B Arch Dip Arch

 

Harry is an experienced architect who has led projects in Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Dorset, West Sussex and the Isle of Wight. He has extensive knowledge of all stages of building procurement with particular emphasis on quality design, construction and value for money. Accessibility awareness and incorporation is of critical importance within designs. Harry has delivered a wide range of projects including retail development in 84-86 East Street, The Butter Market and Jack Wills in North Street, Chichester; RSPCA Headquarters for 380 staff in Southwater; refrigerated warehouse for Nature’s Way in Selsey; conferencing and office space for DSTL Portsdown West, Fareham; a highways depot and control centre in Hounslow, the recently opened Highways Depot in Newport, Isle of Wight and satellite depots at Ventnor and Freshwater. Various residential schemes including works within listed buildings, conservation areas and difficult contexts. Harry’s role as Managing Director ensures that the entire team pulls together towards a positive delivery of our projects.

Paul Harrison

Director

OND/HNC Building Construction

Paul is Director of the Housing Section. He has extensive experience of working with Housing Associations and understands the processes involved. Paul has delivered a number of highly successful projects including; Havant Road, Horndean: proposal for 60 dwellings and healthcare facility to integrate sensitively with the semi rural context on the edge of Horndean. Parsonage Road, Henfield: phased residential development on greenfield land, following a planning appeal; achieved a density of 30 dwellings per hectare whilst delivering an openness of design by inclusion of a number of courtyards and a new village green. Rosemary Court, Solent, demolition of existing building and provision 23 mixed tenure houses and 7 flats with access, parking and landscaping on site, and adjoining local authority owned land. Paul’s involvement will ensure a high quality service in both the design and management of projects.

Nat King-Smith

Director

BA (Hons) Arch, Dip Arch, MA Professional Practice

Nat initially joined MHA as a student architect, where he qualified as an Architect and went on to join the board of Directors in 2016. Nat has successfully led project teams on a number of projects including PassivHaus development at Standings Court, Horsham; affordable housing on Rural Exception Sites for Hastoe and Hyde; concept design and planning submissions on complex urban sites in London, Southgate and New Barnet; led masterplan team on Merstham and heavily involved in Preston and DeBurgh. Nat is an excellent architect and an effective team leader. His delivery of numerous affordable housing designs demonstrates his extensive knowledge of National Space Standards, Lifetime Homes and London Housing Design Guide, as well as low energy design and PassivHaus.

Katharine McNamara

Associate

BA(Hons) Arch, Dip Arch, MA Arch 

 

Since joining the practice Katharine has been involved in a range of education / public sector work and is a key member of MHA’s Schools team. Katherine works directly with clients, consultants and statutory authorities throughout the RIBA work stages A-L. Katharine has been actively involved in school new builds and refurbishments, where her design responsibilities include all relevant activities. Katharine is good at problem solving and finding new and creative ways to achieve the aims of the project, whilst also complying with relevant issues and statutory matters. As a motivated and talented designer, dedicated to providing quality and performance, Katharine makes a positive impact on projects and on the way in which they are managed within the office. Katharine also has the role of Quality Manager within the practice and has been key in the development and implementation of the Quality Management Systems which strives to provide a competent, reliable high quality service to our clients.

Chris Purdy

Associate

B Arch

Chris is an excellent architect using both AutoCAD and SketchUp. He is supported by a wide knowledge of building techniques and an analytical approach to problem solving. His excellent communication and organisational skills ensure he is a valuable member of the team. Chris has extensive experience of working with local authorities and understands the processes involved. He has delivered a number of highly successful projects including: the demolition of existing dwellings and construction of 30 units at Rosemay Court, Horley. Refurbishment and extension of the Buttermarket, an existing Grade II* listed two storey building in the centre of Chichester. The redevelopment of the Hinton Hotel and Limes public house with mixed use scheme including 50 bed care home and 32 mixed tenure dwellings at Catisfield Lane in Fareham.

Jonathan Moore

Associate

BA (Hons) Arch, Dip.Arch

Jonathan is driven by his passion for design excellence and believes that every line laid should have meaning and purpose. Working both overseas and in the UK, across many sectors of architectural design, Jon has developed a keen eye and passion for residential developments in particular. Jon is an experienced and organised team member with fantastic design and technical skills. He is both ARB and RIBA registered and currently sits on Winchester and Eastleigh Design Panel Review.

Darrin Romp

Associate

Bsc(Hons) Architecture

 

Darrin Romp joined the company in 2017 and is an enthusiastic, hardworking and valued member of the team. Darrin has extensive experience in the construction industry and can be relied upon to operate efficiently and to maintain a high degree of achievement on all projects.

Clare Sutton

Architect

B.Sc Dip.Arch, MSc Arch and the Environment

 

Clare has been involved in a variety of housing work from high quality low cost social housing, to special needs accommodation, eco-homes, regeneration, community and healthcare projects. Since joining MHA, Clare has prepared and submitted an application for 20 houses and flats at the north-east end of Alley Groves, Cowfold; remodelling of retail units with flats above at North Street, Chichester; and the Phase 2 redevelopment at Purbrook Park School. Clare is an excellent architect using both AutoCAD and SketchUp. Clare expertise in eco-design is supported by a wide knowledge of building techniques and an analytical approach to problem solving. Her excellent communication and organisational skills ensure she is already a valuable member of the team. Clare has extensive experience of stakeholder consultation and workshops.

Paul Vincent

Associate & Appointed H&S Representative

Paul is a reliable Senior Architectural Technologist and a motivated team member with excellent personal organisation skills. He is adept at using the latest AutoCAD design package, takes pride in all aspects of his work and excels at solving design and detailing problems. Pauls’ experience in the housing sector has contributed to a number of our schemes recently being recognised by the LABC South East Building Excellence Awards, Sussex Heritage Trust, and Property & Construction Awards. This makes him an invaluable member of the team.

Tom Batten

Technologist

TEC (ONC) Building Studies

Tom is a proficient Senior Architectural Technologist with experience in residential, healthcare and commercial sectors recent projects include Victoria Road North in Portsmouth and the Elmore Road scheme, Lee-on-the-Solent. He has an extremely good technical background in all aspects of building design. Tom is adept at the latest AutoCAD and other design packages, and excels at solving design and detailing problems, which will make him a valuable member of the team.

Tim Millard

Architectural Assistant

BA (Hons) Arch 1st Class

 

At MH Architects, Tim has worked on a variety projects, creating 3D images from architectural designs for display at public consultation events, exhibitions and to illustrate planning proposals. More recently Tim has helped design 68no dwellings at the Thawscroft site, in Selsey; the extension to the AJW Logistic Centre in Slinfold; and the new refrigerated warehouse for Fishers Clinical Service in Horsham. Tim is a highly motivated and committed professional, producing high quality work in Photoshop, AutoCAD and SketchUp Pro. He has a talent for conveying architectural ideas and visions in graphic form, often within tight deadlines.

Ruth Thompson

Financial Controller & Company Secretary

Fellow Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians

Ruth joined the industry in 2016 as Financial Controller and quickly landed the role of Company Secretary. After and extensive career in London within the oil and diamond industry, Ruth moved to Sussex in 2009 to run her own business. Ruth is skilled in all aspects of financial management and is used to driving businesses forward. When she is not busy with the finance, she also looks after the companies IT needs and HR.

James Lee

Architectural Assistant

 

James is a well organised, disciplined and hard-working individual who is committed to completing tasks to the best of his ability. James enjoys challenging himself to gain wider knowledge and understanding in his career. James is friendly, approachable and maintains a professional image and rapport with clients and co-workers. James also had the opportunity of studying abroad, giving him understanding of a variety of cultures, as well as the opportunity to explore the world of architecture in more depth.

Beth Tarrant

Receptionist

Beth is friendly, passionate and hard-working. She aspires to pursue a career in architecture. She has recently transferred from her position as Receptionist into the Architectural Team, and will begin studying for her Part 1 September 2019.

Carmen Sanchez

Architect

M.Arch and Engineering

Since joining MH Architects, Carmen has delivered a variety of residential projects. Carmen has worked on the conversion and new residential dwellings at The Wellington project, as well as the renovation and refurbishment of listed buildings. Carmen is friendly, experienced and confident. She is an organised team member who is able to effectively meet deadlines and produce high-quality work.

Anthony Hoskins

Architectural Assistant/BIM Co-ordinator

BA (Hons) Arch

Since joining MH Architects, Anthony has been involved in a variety of work including the replacement of existing flats with new apartments and houses at Halliday Crescent, Portsmouth for Radian and developing a scheme of 67 units in Horsham, for Saxon Weald, through the planning and construction stages. Anthony took the lead on a project involving several internal alterations and extensions at The Avenue, Chichester for a private client. Anthony is confident in working with a brief and meeting deadlines, and is an organised team member. He is fluent in digital design media, including Revit, AutoCAD, Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign. Anthony has taken the leading role in implementing standard procedures into the use of Revit within the company. Using his experience of software and systems management, from his time working in Local Government, he has developed training programs to ensure consistency and efficiency across the company.

Katerina Prapa

Architectural Assistant

BA Arch 

BA Arts (Interior Design)

 

During her time at MHA, Katerina has worked on residential projects such as the residential redevlopment to provide 60-80 new homes in Fareham, Hampshire and the detailed planning of 3 new dwellings at Coneybury Playing Fields in Bletchingley. Katerina won the 1st awarded Urban Project (2004), “Room in the City” by the University of Portsmouth, School of Architecture.

Jake Lucas

Architectural Assistant

 

 

Jake is a hard-working and passionate Part 1 Architectural Assistant. He has over 10 years experience in IT system analysis and design, operating across various sectors including media, local government and finance. Jake developed his passion for architecture whilst travelling, working and volunteering in Africa, SE Asia and Australia. Through a range of experiences and participation in community improvement projects, Jake decided to pursue his passion for architecture further.

Elena Andrade Blazques

Assistant Technologist

M.Architectural Technology

Elena joined MH Architects in November 2016 as a trainee Technologist after completing her Degree at Granada University in Spain. Elena is experienced in using AutoCAD (2D and 3D) and SketchUp. Elena is a motivated team member, has excellent personal organisation skills and takes pride in all aspects of her work. While working at MHA, Elena has been involved in a variety of work including Baroona, a new residential development in Romsey.

Katy Pering

PA

BA (Hons) Film Studies with History of Art, Architecture & Design

Katy joined MHA in September 2017 as Personal Assistant (PA) to the Directors. Katy works closely with our directors and senior managerial staff to provide support, usually on a one-to-one basis. Katy has plenty of experience within the construction industry and is enthusiastic, proactive and friendly.

Kelly Male

Project Administrator

HNC Constuction & Built Environment

Kelly joined MH Architects in 2016 as a project administrator, aiding the directors and associates with administrative project tasks. She polite, friendly and approachable, Kelly is self-driven and enthusiastic, showing ability to work with tight deadlines, with fantastic team working and communication skills.

Craig Davison

Architectural Technologist

BA (Hons)
B.Arch
M.Sc (Environmental Technology) 

Craig joined MHA in March 2019 as a Technologist, after gaining a wealth of experience from other Architectural Practices across the UK. Craig has an excellent knowledge of AutoCad packages. He is highly motivated and meticulous in his technical design.

Yvonne Mazurczak

Architectural Assistant

MSc. Arch

Working for various architectural firms, Yvonne is an experienced Architectural Assistant, having been involved in a variety of projects from small high-end domestic, to large office, hospital and school refurbishment projects. Yvonne joined MH Architects in 2017, shortly after having completed her Master's Degree at the Bauhaus-University Weimar (Germany). Her experience in various work-stages, including concept design through to technical design, allows her to assist where needed with challenging projects.

Ruby Groucott

Receptionist

Project Administrator

Being the company’s receptionist, Ruby is the face of the company when meeting and greeting clients and handling incoming calls. Ruby is polite, enthusiastic, efficient and friendly who enjoys working within MHA's admin team.

Maria Wright

Senior Architect

 

Maria has recently joined MH Architects after working for 12 years in a prestigious, award winning practice in London. She is a valued and experienced member of the team with a keen eye for detail. She is passionate about the environment and believes in achieving design excellence through close collaboration with the client, design team and contractor. Maria is involved in various projects covering a wide range of sectors including retail, commercial and residential developments.

James Kilhams

Architectural Assistant