What we do

MATT+FIONA is a social enterprise which believes everyone should have the right to shape their built environment. We ask young people how their built environment could be improved and empower them to bring that vision to life.

We have developed a unique process that responds directly to this goal. Each project has a clear pathway of briefing, design and build, with the children and young people at the centre of every stage. Through this we aim to improve both the creative education and built environment sectors, especially for those traditionally marginalised.

We aim to demonstrate a much broader range of opportunities available to the next generation. We believe all young people are talented and have much to offer the world. Schools and cultural organisations collaborate with us because they see our process as a means to inject creativity back into the curriculum in unconventional and surprising ways.

Our partners value the ambition of our projects at a time when risk-taking, problem-solving and real-world relevance are at odds with the curriculum, but are needed more than ever in the world for which we are supposed to be preparing children.

Feedback shows that our self-design-and-build projects provide both hope and the suggestion of alternative ways of creating the places where we live, work and play.

Our Industry Sponsors

MATT+FIONA is incredibly grateful to our Industry Champions for their support of our pioneering mission, to enable children to make their own spaces and places.

The Happold Foundation have been a core support to the Matt+Fiona initiative. They are a charity dedicated to using engineering skills and experience to make a positive impact on people’s lives. They work with young people, educators and researchers to shape a community who want to improve the built environment.
Buro Happold are our inaugural Structural Engineer Industry Champions. They are an international engineering consultancy, delivering creative, value led building and city solutions for an ever changing world. We are so grateful for their constant energy in finding innovative solutions to complex problems and their teams regularly volunteer on our builds with children.

Jestico + Whiles are our inaugural Architecture Industry Champions. They are a  design-led international studio of architects and interior and designers based in London and Prague. They provide invaluable industry expertise and their teams regularly volunteer on our builds with children.

Our Team

Matthew Springett

Architect Dip (Dist) RIBA ARB FRSA

About Matthew

Matthew Springett is principal of London based architectural practice, MSA. He studied at St Martin’s School of Art and The Mackintosh School of Architecture, Glasgow, before graduating from The Bartlett School of Architecture in 1998, winning the RIBA Silver Medal and Bannister Fletcher Prize. He worked with Chris Wilkinson Architects and for Sir Nicholas Grimshaw before establishing MSA in 2001.

He is an accredited RIBA Client Adviser specialising in education design. He runs an architectural design studio at the Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL, where he has taught over the past 14 years.

Matthew’s office offers a creative studio environment in which collaborative working is encouraged. The practice has a long-term R&D strategy based on active ‘making’ which encourages input from all staff. As well as building design, MSA explore the broader realms of architecture through built installation projects, and have recently won and delivered projects in the United States and UK. MSA’s work has been widely exhibited including 2008 solo exhibition ‘BIGSMALL’ in London. Matthew’s work was been recipient of the Royal Academy ‘Best First Time Exhibitor’ in 2002.

Fiona MacDonald

Educator MA DipArch FRSA

About Fiona

Fiona endeavours to bridge design and participation in her practice, particularly from the perspective of view of young people. In her architectural training, she completed her undergraduate studies at Edinburgh University where her work was nominated for the Bronze Presidents Medal and won The Lighthouse Award.

Her postgraduate studies were at The Cass in London where her final year project was nominated for the Silver Medal and won RIBA London’s Live Community Project Award.

She has taught architecture at both Edinburgh University and The Bartlett, and Interior and Spatial Design at Chelsea College of Art, UAL.

Outside academia, Fiona has become experienced in opening up the built environment to the wider community. For three years she ran the education projects at the architecture charity, Open-City, home of the Open House London weekend. She established the National Schools Programme for the Royal Institute of British Architects. Fiona is Head of Learning at the Design Museum and a trustee of DesignEd.

Current Project Managers

Lucy Eccles

Lucy Eccles

Brixton House

Lucy joined M+F as a core team member in 2019, she is an Architect and lecturer at UAL Camberwell. She has a lot of experience working on live build projects and is a keen furniture maker.

 Alex Taylor

Alex Taylor


Alex is a fully-qualified Architect working for Matthew Springett Associates and a patriot M+F volunteer. Alex enjoys a plethora of outdoor activities but due to recently having a baby finds himself limited one activity; sofa tv watching.

Project Managers

Tilly Jeganathan

Tilly Jeganathan

Brixton House, Design Lab, Bartlett Outreach

Tilly joined the team in 2020 and has volunteered with M+F since 2016. She splits her time between art and architecture, but when she is not sketching away you can find her eating tonnes of tasty Sri Lankan food.

Harrison Dunn

Harrison Dunn

Mega Maker Lab

Harry is a London-based architectural assistant with an interest in architecture on a personal scale. In his spare time, Harrison can be found in the cinema or climbing up walls

Aggie Fielding

Aggie Fielding

Mallydams RSPCA, Sheltered Spaces, Mega Maker Lab

Having studied Architecture at the Bartlett, UCL, Aggie joined the M+F as a core team member in 2019. Aggie to date has the highest number of counts in the M+F accident book.

Kate Slattery

Kate Slattery


Splitting her time between Turks & Caicos and London, Kate is enjoying travelling, spending time with family and designing nature-based projects. Missing being hands-on and making, she tries to keep up pottery when she can!

 Dovilė Čiapaitė

Dovilė Čiapaitė

Room for Art, Mallydams RSPCA, Phoenix Maze

Dovile is a London based illustrator and architectural assistant. She is a graduate of Oxford Brookes University, and has since worked as a project manager for M+F between 2017-2019. She is about to begin her postgraduate studies in Architecture.

Jacob Valvis

Jacob Valvis

BUILD 2016, Made in Oakfield, Room for Art, Form

Jacob studied Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, and worked as a project manager for Matt and Fiona from 2015–2017. He since co-founded multi-disciplinary studio Bureau Bureau.

Milly Wood

Milly Wood


Milly finished her Part II at CSM in 2019 and is passionate about nature based learning and play. She works part time as a play-worker and with a number of arts and education organisations

Fellow Travellers

Aaron Jones

Adriano Bravo

Alex McCoy

Amy Johnson

Amy Peacock

Anna Crew

Anna O’Leary

Anna Ru

Annikki Mair

Arti Sen

Ben Barfield Marks

Bradley Moore

Cameron Bay

Charlie Donaldson

Charlotte Keime

Chloe Bailey

Christina Pettingale

Daniel Haigh

Daniela Geraldes

Daniele Oudomvilay

Dom Benzecry

Dorata Glab

Duncan Blackmore

Efe Chamay

Elizabeth McLeod

Ellie Pritchard

Elliot Nash

Eve Olsen

Evelyn Salt

Freya Parkinson

Fionn Springett

Glenn Wooldridge

Gosia Socha

Grace Simmonds

Hannah Parr

Harriet Orr

Harrison Marshall

Helen Farley

Jade Yianni

James Bromley

Jennifer Oguguo

Jess Nash

Jessica Lui

Joanne Cairns

Joe Hazelwood-Horner

Johnathan Jackson

Kara Thompson

Kat Spence

Kath Morton-Smith

Kit Lee-Smith

Lili Zarzycki

Lucy Eccles

Lucy Millichamp

Lochie Springett

Mabel Parsons

Mahalia Henry-Richards

Maite Seimetz

Marco Bencivenga

Mason Song

Maya Whitefield

Morgan Lewis

Niki Sole

Olivia Hoy

Paula Cabiro

Priya Premlal

Rebecca Outterside

Robert Newcombe

Robert McCullough

Rosie Jones

Rosie Helps

Rosie Tillotson

Ruby Thompson

Sally Pickard

Samantha Lim Wei Chi

Sarah Oxley

Shoko Kijima

Sion Pierce

Thomas Draper

Thomas Armston

Tiago Ferreira

Tilly Jeganathan

Tim Lucas

Tom James

Ubada Muti

Wilson Yau

Xuhong Zheng

Yev Kazannik

Yu Chow

Yue Huang

Zayd Abedi

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