CEO & PARTNER
HEAD OF PROCUREMENT
HEAD OF FINANCE
HEAD OF EUROPE
DIRECTOR OF MIDDLE-EAST
ASSOCIATE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGNER
Senior Interior Designer
SENIOR INTERIOR ARCHITECT
HEAD OF CGI
SENIOR FF&E DESIGNER
SENIOR FF&E DESIGNER
SENIOR INTERIOR DESIGNER
SENIOR TECHNICAL DESIGNER
SENIOR FF&E DESIGNER
Senior FF&E Designer
Senior Architectural Designer
Senior FF&E Designer
PART II ARCHITECTURAL ASSISTANT
Part II Architectural Assistant
Interior Architectural Designer
Part II Architectural Assistant
Having been instrumental in the setting up of 1508 London in 2010 and as Chief Executive Officer, Stuart brings more than 35 years of industry leadership and executive management experience. Since joining, Stuart has managed corporate direction and strategy, and is responsible for sharing the company’s operational strategy and vision. Previously, Stuart has held senior positions in UK and New Zealand governments, was Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley and was Chief Commercial Officer at BT Wholesale & Ventures, with revenue exceeding £11 billion, and ultimately serving as Managing Director, leading BT Group to become Europe’s largest telecoms service provider.
Having been involved since 1508 London’s inception, Hamish has been pivotal to the growth of the company and has championed the studio’s expansion from private residential into multi-unit developments and hospitality, helping 1508 London become one the world’s most revered architecture and interior design studios. As an Interior Architect, Hamish’s ability to understand every facet of the design process ensures he is perfectly positioned to help support clients throughout their journey at 1508 London. His profound commitment to clients’ experiences has installed a dedication to the creation of timeless, elegant spaces of the highest quality, all of which are informed by a unique narrative, grounded in functionality with no one set style. Prior to 1508 London, Hamish held senior positions at established property development companies including Stonemartin before founding his own studio Hamish Benjamin specialising in prime central London residential development.
Laura, a Chartered Architect, is 1508 London’s Studio Director and is responsible for managing the teams of designers, architects and visualisers to ensure the smooth functioning of the creative studio. Prior to joining, Laura was Head of Projects at Carlisle Design Studio, where she was accountable for delivery of their portfolio of 18 residential projects across 5 different countries with a combined construction value in excess of £250m+. Her past projects have included high profile residential properties such as One Hyde Park, One Tower Bridge and Southbank Place, alongside a wide range of private developments such as a 30,000sqft Grade II private members club in Mayfair, London; a 50,000ft2 luxury Grade II residence in Regent’s Park, London, as well as numerous highend residential developments in both Russia and China. As a result of her past projects, Laura has developed a strong understanding of every RIBA Project Stage.
With almost 20 years experience working in the UK, Ireland and the Middle East, James is an accomplished senior architectural technologist and project manager. James’ exceptional technical ability and a passion for great design have ensured the delivery of a broad range of projects. His experience delivering multi-unit and luxury residential, hotels and commercial developments have given him invaluable insight and knowledge which he brings to the studio. James is practised at overseeing a large team, communicating with clients, the design team and main contractors, as well as navigating the finer points of contracts and statutory regulations in the execution of a project. James’ role has evolved with the company, starting as a Technical Designer and culminating in becoming Commercial Director. He heads up the commercial team and is responsible for all contracting operations in projects’ from inception through to completion.
Joining 1508 London to initially manage Operations, Lizzie established 1508 Procurement Ltd in 2016. Lizzie has spent the majority of her career managing logistics and facilities ventures for multinational companies. Lizzie’s experience in successfully delivering multifaceted projects is testament to her results-orientated attitude. Understanding that strategic delivery will inevitably inspire change, Lizzie works tirelessly to ensure project works allow for flexibility whilst ensuring deadlines are met. These skills compliment Lizzie’s management of an annual multi million-pound FF&E spend across projects in residential, hospitality and development markets worldwide.
Over the past three years, Lizzie has fine-tuned a carefully selected global supply chain that delivers the highest quality, accesses the finest brands and delivers the kind of flexibility our valued clients demand, irrespective of their sector or location. Lizzie ensures each bespoke collaboration guarantees quality without design ever being compromised.
William has built a wealth of experience across property development having held senior roles at a real estate investment company and leading residential developer Landmass where he acted as Development Manager on projects throughout prime central London. William has an accomplished understanding of both London residential and international markets and is responsible for managing relations with investors and clients. The attention to detail and energy that William brings to each client engagement ensures projects’ objectives are met and relationships are maintained with the utmost professionalism.
Following 10 years of experience working in the UK, Europe and throughout the Middle East, Joe is responsible for our newly opened international office in Dubai. With historic project work ranging from high-end residential to large commercial and hospitality projects, his understanding of client requirements in the region is invaluable. The company’s ambition to grow our portfolio throughout the Middle-East will be spearheaded by Joe who will take on the stable of current projects throughout the Gulf including United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. He will also be responsible for the establishment of our new design studio and the development of business relationships throughout the region.
Lucy brings over 15 years of transatlantic experience in luxury residential and hospitality design, working with Phillippe Starck, Jade Jagger, WATG and Finchatton. She has delivered hotels worldwide including St. Regis San Francisco, Ritz-Carlton Tamuda Bay in Morocco and JW Marriott Muscat, Oman, and award-winning branded residences throughout London, Moscow and the United States.
Having originally trained as an architect at the University of Toronto, and her time in Canada culminating at Yabu Pushelberg, she moved to London where she held leading roles at WATG, YOO and Head of Design at Finchatton. At the heart of her work is a passion for harmony, purity of materials, understated luxury and bespoke details that lend unique character and authenticity to every project.
With an unwavering commitment to high quality design and personalised service, Lucy values the delivery of a project on time and within the desired budget as important as maintaining the creative vision.
From creative direction through to the development of conceptual, architecture, furniture and lighting designs, Leo draws upon his unparalleled experience and skills honed by a deep knowledge and understanding of craftsmanship gained through his early years at luxury powerhouses including LVMH, Louis Vuitton, Linley, Yves St. Laurent and Ralph Lauren.
Sensitive to client’s needs and having built an exceptional track record in completing a vast array of luxury projects across private residential, development, hospitality, naval and aviation sectors worldwide, Leo’s warm and charismatic nature is matched by an uncompromising passion for detail and quality.
Over the last twelve years, his visionary talent has seen him lead interior design studios including Linley, Carlisle Design Studio and Allect Group with notable projects including a 60m Benetti Superyacht, Knightsbridge’s One Hyde Park, Claridges and Battersea Power Station’s Penthouses.
Since joining 1508 London, Leo has led revered projects including Mandarin Oriental Residences in Beverly Hills and Four Seasons Suzhou in China, in addition to celebrated addresses throughout prime central London.
Over the last 20 years, Maria has been at the forefront of high-end design. As Design Director of Candy & Candy and Associate Director at award-winning British practice Foster + Partners, she has been integral in the growth of two of the most innovative and integrated design firms in the world.
In recent years, having designed Bloomberg’s 2018 Stirling prize-winning headquarters, Knightsbridge’s One Hyde Park and involved in all four first phases of Chelsea Barracks, Maria’s prolific experience can be found throughout prime central London.
From beautiful St. Kitts in the Caribbean, Maria’s creative ambition celebrates her worldly knowledge of design with an unparalleled attention to detail throughout the design process from inception through to completion.
A qualified Architect with over 10 years experience designing throughout prime central London and internationally with notable projects including The Lanesborough and Hotel Costes. Akram has an excellent natural eye for design and expertise in high-end hospitality and residential design and delivery.
Overseeing and managing design teams through major projects ranging from contemporary internal refurbishment and extensions of luxury properties to major façade retention projects and new build luxury hotels.
The combination of Akram’s strong design led background and foundation of grounded site experience have honed his skills in Architecture and design strategy, project management, client face communication and man management helping him to guide, lead and propel projects forward keeping the team delivering to programme and on budget, whilst importantly maintaining the quality expected of a luxury product.
A qualified Architect with strong artistic and design strategy skills, Ailsa’s strengths translate into holistic design concepts and distinctive proposals. Originally from Dublin and a member of RIBA and RIAI, Ailsa has worked on a varied range of projects,
Ailsa approaches the challenges and opportunities offered by each design project strategically, with passion and creativity. This is reflected in her completed works, which include commercial, hospitality and healthcare projects, and a diverse range of residential work in London.
Since joining 1508 London, Ailsa has worked on a variety of private individual residences, private developer schemes and large scale residential projects including a renovation project in Battersea and a new build residence in Kensington.
An excellent communicator; skilful at both leading projects and liaising with clients, she offers the complete range of skill sets needed to execute a project to the highest level.