Who Are We
MATT+FIONA is an award-winning social enterprise that asks young people how their built environment might be improved and empower them to bring that vision to life through their work, BUILD, LEARN, CONNECT. We are a small but dynamic organisation led by architects and educators.
MATT+FIONA began 6 years ago began through creating a trailblazing young people-centred, co-designed, external performance space for the National Trust’s Sutton House. Since then, we have worked with leading community and cultural organisations, universities and schools to create and deliver almost 30 buildings and installations, collaborating with more than 3,000 young people and almost 200 volunteers across the UK.
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Matthew Springett is one of the founders of MATT+FIONA. He is an ARB qualified architect with his own practice, MSA Ltd. He is also a Senior Lecturer and Teaching Fellow at the Bartlett, University College London (UCL). Matthew leads on connecting the pedagogical process and co-design process to creating robust, achievable and award-winning design.
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Fiona MacDonald is one of the founders of MATT+FIONA. She trained in architecture and has over 15 years’ experience working in cultural learning and outreach at Open-City, the RIBA and the Design Museum, where she was Head of Learning. Fiona leads on tailored engagement with children and young people and ensuring there are strong learning outcomes for all. Fiona is a member of Part W collective which campaigns for gender equity in the built environment.
Lucy joined M+F as a core team member in 2019, she is an Architect and lecturer in Construction Technology + Live Build on BA Interior and Spatial Design at UAL. She recently completed a 1 year course in advanced timber construction at the Wood Program in Aalto University, Helsinki.
Assistant Programme Manager
Rosie joined M+F in 2022, as a Part 2 Sustainable Architecture graduate. She also volunteers for the Architects Climate Action Network and Black Females in Architecture network, working to bring environmental and socially inclusive design together.
George started his career in the publishing sector, engaging with architecture and the built environment first as a hobby, then as a passion. Having volunteered with VSO Cambodia on a youth engagement programme in 2020, he unites these two strands in his work with us.
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.
Sarah has worked as a freelance editor, researcher and programme manager for several heritage and built environment organisations including English Heritage, Open-City and New London Architecture, and for major art and architecture publishers.
Jess teaches at Manchester School of Architecture, leading a design studio and teaching model making and drawing skills. Alongside her architecture career she has worked as a playworker. In her spare time, she makes sculptures from carpenter’s offcuts and runs a grassroots women’s football team
Previous Project Managers
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
Ben Barfield Marks
Samantha Lim Wei Chi