Inspired
To Create
Beautiful Yet
Practical Spaces

About Us

Hive Architects works with clients all over the UK looking to create beautiful yet practical spaces to live, work, learn, heal or play.

We took our name from the humble bee that embodies so much of what we are about: hard work, beauty, sustainability and collaboration. From breath-taking conversions and grand commercial new builds to inspiring residential developments, every project we work on is unique. And we never stop learning. We are continually investing in our practice and our staff, so we stay at the forefront of new ideas and innovations that can inform our work and benefit your project.

We are fresh, friendly and approachable, and big on collaboration. We are passionate about what we do and love working with others who share the same attitude. Our method is to create strong, simple concepts and use thoughtful detailing to carry those concepts through the design and construction processes, as we transform designs into reality.

If you’re a private client, we can help you add space, light, beauty and value to your property. And if you’re a commercial client, we can help you stand-out from the crowd and strengthen your credibility through excellent design.

If you have a project you’d like to discuss, email the team or call us on 01565 748050.

Our work has won and been nominated for numerous awards and featured in several publications, including:

Winner of Manchester Architects Small Project of the Year 2015

Architect of the Year - Finalist Structural Timber Awards 2015

Private Housing Project of the Year - Finalist Structural Timber Awards 2015

Cover Feature Article - Self Build & Design Magazine 2017

Sustainability

Sustainability is at the very heart of what we do. As architects, we believe we have a responsibility to leave places better than we found them, and create spaces that are fit for the future.

Where possible, we start from first principles: effective insulation, natural light, natural ventilation and sustainable materials. We think about how a building is going to be used and how it may need to evolve. For example, specifying materials that can be easily disassembled and recycled after use.

To us, sustainability is not about ticking a box. We’re committed to finding innovative, sustainable ways to deliver maximum value over the long term. Done well, sustainable architecture can not only create high-quality, inspiring, balanced environments, it can lower a building’s running costs and reduce the overall lifecycle costs.

Our sustainable ethos provides a guiding framework for meeting our clients’ needs, ensuring they have the information and understanding to make informed choices and achieve their objectives.

If you have a project you’d like to discuss, email the team or call us on 01565 748050.

Our Team

Our experienced and friendly team is passionate about creating functional architecture inspired by people, place and light.

David Mate
Senior Architectural Assistant

David has worked across a range of sectors with considerable experience in local authority and public sector projects, before turning to private…

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David Mate
Senior Architectural Assistant

David has worked across a range of sectors with considerable experience in local authority and public sector projects, before turning to private practice. He is, of course, passionate about architecture and particularly keen on getting the detail right. He enjoys the challenge of delivering great design on a tight budget.

Outside work, David is an ardent music fan and regularly attends live gigs.

Robert McGinnes
RIBA Architect & Managing Director

Over more than two decades, Rob has worked for several practices in both the UK and further afield, on projects ranging from…

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Robert McGinnes
RIBA Architect & Managing Director

Over more than two decades, Rob has worked for several practices in both the UK and further afield, on projects ranging from domestic work to 30-storey office towers and large-scale leisure resorts.

He began his career with an award-winning practice in Malaysia, before returning to the UK. His work is underpinned by a passion for sustainability-led design and a strong belief in simply making places and spaces better.

Rob is a long-standing member of Manchester Society of Architects Council and treasurer since 2012. He has been involved in the RIBA NW student mentoring scheme since its inception and enjoys meeting upcoming future architects.

Outside of work Rob enjoys climbing, mountaineering and travel, as well as outdoor time with his family.

Jennifer Corbett
Part II Architectural Assistant

Jennifer joined Hive in August 2017 as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant. She gained a bachelor’s degree from Nottingham Trent University and…

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Jennifer Corbett
Part II Architectural Assistant

Jennifer joined Hive in August 2017 as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant. She gained a bachelor’s degree from Nottingham Trent University and a master’s degree from Manchester School of Architecture. She has a keen interest in a range of architectural sectors, disciplines and technologies.

Jennifer has a varied portfolio of architectural experience, including a spell working in the NHS managing small-scale projects. She has also worked on large-scale residential schemes with a firm in Sydney, Australia.

A keen traveller, she enjoys visiting architecturally-inspiring places across the UK, and hopes to take further inspiration from visiting different counties, countries and cultures to influence her work.

Vlad Georgescu
Part I Architectural Assistant

Vlad Georgescu is a Part 1 Architectural Assistant and also a keen Photographer. Being gifted with a highly artistic personality, his main…

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Vlad Georgescu
Part I Architectural Assistant

Vlad Georgescu is a Part 1 Architectural Assistant and also a keen Photographer. Being gifted with a highly artistic personality, his main passions reside in architecture, photography and music. He studied for his BA degree at the University of Huddersfield, graduating in the summer of 2015 with a First Class award. Following a brief spell as an Action and Portrait Photographer in Greece, he joined Hive Architects as Part 1 Assistant. Vlad is passionate about design and his photography enhances a keenness for texture and light of spaces which informs his architectural work. His photography covers a range of photographic themes, but he is mostly attracted to Architectural and Portrait Photography

Sarah Bedwell
Part I Architectural Assistant

After gaining her bachelor’s degree with Manchester School of Architecture, Sarah joined Hive in 2017 as a Part 1 Assistant to gain…

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Sarah Bedwell
Part I Architectural Assistant

After gaining her bachelor’s degree with Manchester School of Architecture, Sarah joined Hive in 2017 as a Part 1 Assistant to gain professional work experience.

While at university, she enhanced her knowledge across numerous architectural disciplines, from architectural theory to design and technologies, and developed a passion for creating architectural designs that are sympathetic to their setting.

Sarah’s love of architecture and design is always piqued by experiencing new cultures. She has a keen eye for detail, which she further expresses through her interest in interior design and arts and crafts. With a hands-on approach, she enjoys designing and makings her own pieces, including upcycling second hand furniture.

Working For Us

We have big plans for the future and so are always on the lookout for new talented people to join us so if you would like to be a part of our team send us your CV and portfolio.

We believe that we are exponentially greater than the sum of our parts and so it’s essential to have high calibre staff working collaboratively together and we believe the studio environment is the best model for this. We are of course an equal opportunities employer but more than this we are committed to true staff enfranchisement. Indeed, the whole ethos behind our name Hive is of a team working together where every member of the team brings something special and is therefore highly valued and free to input into every project whether they are involved in it day to day or not. In fact, we see that sometimes a fresh pair of eyes is just what is needed. We are committed to lifelong learning and developing ourselves as a practice and individuals within it. We want to be so good a place to work and supportive of our team that we never have to replace anyone.

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