who we are

We are a close-knit team who work from our studio in Stokes Croft. The Practice was started in 2007 by Chris Askew and has evolved steadily over the years into the people-oriented place it is today. The practice merged with Cavanna Partnership in 2014.

Along with our core team we like to maintain links with student internship programmes, and as a result our numbers periodically multiply to welcome new faces.

chris askew

Chris brings a wealth of experience on delivery of a wide range of projects and different procurement routes. Previously a partner and practice manager at Feilden Clegg Bradley, he has also assisted a number of other practices with strategic management and project based consultancy.

Combining job running experience with expertise in appointments and construction contracts, Chris has also lectured on management, practice and law at Birmingham City University and UCL, along with various RIBA Regions. He has examined Part III architects at a number of universities, and currently is a visiting tutor at the Bartlett and a visiting critic at Nottingham University.

Chris studied Architecture at Westminster University and Plymouth University. More recently he has become a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and is a member of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs.


sam whinnett

Sam loves solving problems, and the built environment is full of them.  Whether it’s a tight city plot, fragile natural environment or a rundown shed in need of care, the infinite details that require resolution capture Sam day to day.  From Tasmania, Sam completed the Master of Architecture there in 2009, and has since worked a good few years in offices in Melbourne & Western Australia, as well as a diverse array of building sites.  Before relocating to Bristol, he was working in a furniture workshop for an architect / maker, assisting in both design and making.

Sam undertook the final part of his studies at the University of Bath.  At Askew Cavanna he has become proficient in managing contracts and helping clients and contractors through the journey of the construction stage.  He believes a building can’t be good without being sustainable and has developed a broad and deep understanding of materials and technologies to ensure this goodness. 

Delivering good buildings that are possible for all people requires balancing a multitude of issues; finance, durability, buildability, sustainability, programmes and more, and these keep Sam learning and interested every day.




sam whinnett

nerea gonzalez

Nerea has a special passion for social & community issues and she strongly believes that architects have a responsibility to get-involved with them. 

A Spanish Architect qualified at the University of Navarra in Pamplona, Nerea's background involved being part of the Experimental Laboratory at Vaillo & Irigaray Architects, where she had the opportunity to research and develop new materials, social dwelling types, arts and collaboration with fashion designers as well as public architecture. This sparked her growing interest for sustainability, the reuse of materials and in particular Passivhaus.

Nerea has been a central part of our team for over three years; during which time she has developed a close relationship with clients, making sure their project needs are met by combining design flair with advice on ensuring value for money. As an Architect, Nerea is involved from the first discussion and translates conceptual sketch ideas to specific construction information to make sure that quality is delivered on site.

Outside the studio, Nerea loves taking part in all sorts of different activities, and in 2014 she organised the first Global Service Jam event in Bristol. Nerea is also a graduate pianist at the Pablo Sarasate advanced Music Conservatory in Pamplona and a passionate about music.


stefania intorcia

Stefania is an Italian architect graduated at Politecnico di Torino.

Her work experience started in 2011 through collaborations with various professional studios in Turin.  In her last collaboration with N4Studio she was involved in temporary exhibition and installation projects.  

Stefania has specialized in restoration of heritage and adaptive reuse of existing and empty buildings.  Having much experience in 3d modeling, drawing and painting, she offers a significant contribution in project visualization.

Her free time is spent painting and drawing or outdoors, she also likes taking part in workshops about urban renewal and creative reuse.


billy butler

Billy joined the practice in early 2017, bringing a broad range of technical knowledge and and experience in both residential and commercial sectors. 

Central to Billy’s design ethos is that matters of aesthetics, cost, buildability and reduced environmental impact are all considered with equal importance. Key to his design approach is an understanding that successful building projects come about from listening to, and closely collaborating with, the various parties involved, be it client, builder, engineer or consultant.

Billy studied at the University of Edinburgh and Oxford Brookes University before gaining his final qualification at UWE, Bristol. He is a is an RIBA Chartered Architect and as part of his training, he spent a year on site as a trainee carpenter. This experience has given him a deep respect for the skills and knowledge that are found within the construction trades and continues to inform how he works as an architect today.

Billy has a keen interest in sustainable construction methods and innovative approaches to affordable housing, in terms of both design and procurement. This includes custom and self build approaches, co-housing and community land trust models. Outside of the studio he will most likely be found on a bicycle, playing the drums (badly) or listening to music.



margaret cavanna


Margaret is an experienced Chartered Architect and was a partner at Cavanna Partnership for 29 years prior to the merger of the practice with Askew Architects in June 2014. She is regularly involved with the detailed design and specification of work to new and historic buildings and in dealing with the Local Authority on complex planning and building issues. Margaret studied Architecture at Bath University and has been a past President of Bristol Junior Chamber, a Trustee of the Bristol Cathedral Trust and is a past President of the Bristol Society of Architects.