Matthew Baker - Director

Matthew studied Fine Art at Liverpool Polytechnic before studying Architecture at East London University, and has over 20 years experience working for leading practices CZWG Architects and Foster Wilson Architects, where he was an Associate, both of which enabled him to gain a wealth of experience in performing arts and cultural projects as well as high end residential and commercial developments giving him an in depth understanding of the cultural and commercial sectors.

Whilst at Foster Wilson Architects, he was the Associate responsible for a number of major cultural projects, including the Centre for Education & the Arts at the American School in London, a £4.5m redevelopment of their existing school theatre, Trafalgar Studios, a £1m transformation of the Grade II listed Whitehall Theatre into a contemporary open stage venue with two studio theatres, RIBA Finalist and Civic Trust Award winning Carnival Village, a £3m new build Carnival Arts Centre with workshop, rehearsal and performances spaces, RIBA, Civic Trust & RICS Award winning Quarry Theatre at St Luke’s, a £4.3m restoration and extension to a Grade II listed church to create a new performing arts centre for Bedford School, and New London Architecture Award winning Oval House Theatre, a £10m new build theatre with seven multi-use studios, creative works spaces and affordable housing

David Grinaway - Director

David’s architecture career began at the Portsmouth College of Art where he developed an interest in sculpture and the built environment which led him to the University of East London to complete his architecture education. Over the past 20 years David has worked at several leading architectural practices including Anthony Hudson Associates, Future Systems, CZWG Architects and Foster Wilson Architects, where he became an Associate.

Whilst at Foster Wilson Architects David was project designer on numerous arts projects including the RIBA award winning Parabola Arts Centre for the Cheltenham Ladies College, a £6m refurbishment and extension of a Grade II* Regency Villa to provide a new auditorium and backstage accommodation, The RIBA 2014 South East Regional Award Shortlisted Caryl Churchill Theatre for the Royal Holloway University of London, a £2.4m refurbishment and extension of Grade II Listed house to provide new 175 seat Auditorium, Workshops and rehearsal studios and The St. James Theatre in Victoria which is the first newly built theatre to open in London’s West End for 30 years. David has also worked in the film industry as an Art Director and Production Designer where he enjoyed the immediacy of set design and the collaborative approach to working with a crew on location and in the studio.