Lee Mainwaring

Design Director

Upon graduating from the University of Westminster and Kingston University London at age 24, Lee was one of the youngest RIBA chartered architects in the country.

His career rapidly developed whilst at Rock Townsend, where he became an associate architect two years later and led the design and delivery of projects totaling over £80m across varied typologies and sectors. This included prestigious built work for clients such as Speedo Swimming Pool and the University of Westminster’s Marylebone campus redevelopment.

It was this design flare and aptitude for both the creative and commercial success of the studio’s most significant projects that meant Lee went on to become one of the founding partners of Architecture Initiative as their Design Director at age 28.

During the last four years Lee has gone on to lead the design of over 200 projects across all RIBA stages, and is responsible for directing the creative output of the studio’s £500m+ portfolio.

Lee has a particular interest for delivering mixed-use schemes in challenging urban contexts to create buildings with a bold aesthetic whilst appropriate for the area and fluently incorporating end-user and client aspirations.

He ensures that good design is at the forefront of every project.


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