Mark Shaw RIBA


Studioshaw responds intelligently to each brief to create original, thoughtful and beautifully designed buildings. We believe that good design springs from a positive and active engagement with clients and end users - a philosophy particularly embodied in our 'Child House' project, which launched with four-months of research with key stakeholders. We design buildings with the flexibility to accommodate a rapidly changing physical and technological world.

Currently we are working on projects that range from an NHS England study to a new build restaurant in registered parkland, the re-modelling of an Arts and Crafts era house, the creation of a cultural ‘factory’ in Bethnal Green, and the design concept for a high-end retail chain. 

Studio Shaw was established in 2016 by Mark Shaw, and chartered by RIBA in the same year. We are based in Shoreditch in east London.

Mark Shaw

Mark holds 14 years of experience in some of London’s leading architectural practices, including Ushida Findlay, Foster and Partners, Hopkins Architects, Universal Design Studio, and Duggan Morris Architects, where he left in 2014 as Senior Associate.  

Over his career he has worked with private clients, developers and large, complex organisations, on projects ranging from sculptures and installations to new and existing buildings in both inner-London conservation areas and rural locations. 

  • At Duggan Morris Architects, Mark was lead architect on the ORTUS Learning Centre, at the Maudsley Hospital and Hampstead Lane, a private residential property in north London; both well-regarded projects, and winners of the following awards and accolades: 
  • RIBA Manser Medal in 2011 for the Best House in the UK
  • RIBA National award, RIBA London Award, RIBA Stirling Prize- Mid-list
  • British construction Awards- Building Project of the year- Overall winner
  • Architect of the Year Awards- Public Building Architect - Winner
  • Civic Trust Awards- National Award
  • Brick Awards- Best Education Building and Supreme Winner
  • WAN Civic Award- Shortlisted
  • AIA UK Awards- Honourable Mention
  • Building Better Healthcare- National Winner
  • Building Design Magazine- Building of the Year- shortlist
  • AJ Scheuco Innovation Award- Overall Winner

As a practice we enjoy engagement and interaction and we believe that good design springs from a positive and active engagement with clients and end users. This philosophy is particularly embodied in the 'Child House' project where Mark led a 4 month research project involving key stakeholders at the outset of the project.

A key philosophy of the practice is flexible design. We believe that buildings should be designed to accommodate the rapidly changing world and the technological and physical objects which embody it. These objects are becoming increasingly influential but constantly being reinvented in increasingly small cycles. 

Design Review

Mark was previously a member of the London Borough of Lewisham Design Review Panel, and spent time as part of a panel carrying out detailed investigations to preserve the industrial character and built heritage of Deptford Creek, following its designation as a Conservation Area.

Mark has presented at several London borough Design Review Panels, and at the King’s Cross Partnership special Design Review Panel. 


  • Contributor to the “Quito Papers” roundtable discussion, a research collaboration between LSE's Theatrum Mundi, NYU and UN-Habitat, developed in the run-up to the United Nations Habitat III conference
  • Contributor to University of Navarra and London School of Architecture's work on Cultural Infrastructure and the City
  • Chair of RIBA Yorkshire Student Medals.
  • ORTUS process models featured in Emerging Architects Exhibition as part of RIBA Open at RIBA HQ. 
  • Guest editor of the London Architecture Diary. 
  • Volunteered for Open City event ‘Open House’ as tour guide for new Zealand House 2008-11, Kings Grove 2012, and ORTUS in 2013 and 2014. 
  • Led school group in Open City ‘Open Up’ event bringing school children to engage with architecture as part of their curriculum. 
  • Participated in several ‘Green Sky Thinking Events’ hosted by Duggan Morris Architects.
  • Participated in several workshop events for children and young people for the Sorrel Foundation as part of the Joinedupdesignforschools programme.


Mark has taken part in design critique at the London School of Architecture, Bartlett School of Architecture and at The Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff. Mark has also visited several mid- and end-of-year reviews for various tutors, including CJ Lim and Simon Heron at the Bartlett. He also moderated first-year final work at The Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff.


RIBA Part 1,2,3, The Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London


Harry Thomson

Assistant Architect

Harry completed his undergraduate studies at the Glasgow School of Art in 2012 before gaining RIBA part2 from The Cass at London Metropolitan University with Distinction, in 2016.

He has previously worked for Adams and Sutherland Architects, working on projects that included 30 shop front improvements in Hackney and a Performance Space in Harrow, London.

At Neri & Hu Design and Research Office in Shanghai, he worked on a wide range of projects including as Project Lead on Logans Punch Bar, a renovation of a old Town House in the heart of Shanghai. The project won ‘Best Of Year’ at the Interior Design Awards 2014 and has been widely published.


Jack Hudspith

Assistant Architect

Jack completed his RIBA part 1 at the Glasgow School of Art, and in 2010 and was awarded the RIBA Bronze Medal. In 2012, he moved to the Architectural Association after two years spent working in both New York for nArchitects and in London for David Chipperfield. During his final year of study his part 2 project was selected for the ‘Futures in the Making Exhibition’ at the Architectural Foundation in 2014.

Whilst at David Chipperfield, Jack worked on a competition for a new office building in Paris, a large-scale mixed-use building in Waterloo and on the masterplan and extension of the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly.

After graduating from the Architectural Association, Jack worked at Panter Hudspith Architects on a series of residential projects, from small-scale within a conservation area to a larger-scale scheme on the River Thames.