AR Design Studio is an award-winning RIBA certified contemporary architectural practice, based in Winchester, Hampshire, specialising in elegant modern new homes, extensions, renovations and multi-plot developments.
Established over a decade ago by Andy Ramus, AR Design Studio is a modern architects practice with talented, young and exciting hub of contemporary architects. After spending four years working for several large scale practices in London on a wide variety of projects, Andy set up his practice in Winchester, Hampshire and Dorset.
Founder and Director
When not running AR Design Studio, Andy can be found sailing, surfing, snow-boarding or cycling – come rain or shine. It’s no accident he’s a double world champion sailor. He values friendship highly and finds pleasure in sharing good times, and is always surrounded by good friends.
A wanna-be super dad, he would do anything for his precious Jules and their son Finn.
With the AR team, Andy is a decisive boss, a competent leader, an encouraging mentor, a helpful colleague, a good, fun friend.
I joined AR Design Studio in 2012 to pursue my passion of residential design. I have worked on an established portfolio of residential projects during my career and enjoy working with private clients to realise their aspirations of ‘Home’.
I studied at Manchester University and Oxford Brookes, in between working for Colman Architects in London and Jones Architecture in Sydney.
I am a doer, and thrive on tackling complex issues with simple solutions. Working with a creative and passionate team my main focus is on delivering exceptional design into the built form. A complex process with a refined and simple building at its end.
Having graduated from the University of the West of England, I joined the studio in July 2013. Since then I have also completed my Master’s degree at the University of Westminster, graduating with Distinction and the Sir Banister Fletcher Prize for the best original piece of writing on the Dissertation module.
I am one of the designers responsible for the day to day running of a number of projects, from conception to completion. I am interested in working on complicated sites and developing creative architectural solutions to them through the use of light, material and form.
I joined AR Design in 2016 with 12 years work experience in Greece, covering a wide range of projects including low-rise residential, hospitality, cultural and flat refurbishments.
My strong construction experience, together with my pragmatic mindset enables me to contribute primarily to the technical section of AR. This allows me to expand my technical creativity and inventiveness in outstanding high-end contemporary bespoke projects.
When not contributing to the creation of amazing architecture, I enjoy walking around Winchester with my girls (wife and daughter), playing music with my band or sowing new veggies in my allotment.
I first joined AR Design Studio in 2013 after graduating from the University of Kent with 1st class honours. After a year with AR I went on to complete my Masters at the University of Liverpool. This work earnt a nomination for the international Presidents Silver Medal award.
Working as a member of such a young and developing team is a fantastic opportunity. As a practice the enthusiasm and design heavy approach to projects shows as we are always discussing schemes and bouncing ideas, a great environment for me to learn and develop my skills.
I also love Lego, lots and lots of Lego.
I am a Part II Architectural Assistant, I have been with AR for a long time and have just returned after completing my Part II in Leicester. I returned because the practice is an enthusiastic and fun place to work giving me the opportunity to get involved in all aspects of design.
The social aspect of the office is another fantastic aspect of AR Design Studio; I organise the office 5 a-side football team which plays on a Wednesday night which consists of both players from the studio and clients. We also religiously go to the pub on a Friday, share a drink with clients new and old, and unwind with friends after hard week’s work!
I first joined the studio after finishing my Undergraduate at Portsmouth in 2015, and have since gone on to complete my Master’s at Bath. Having moving to Winchester and returned to AR as a Part II. I have had the opportunity to see projects progress, which has been very satisfying! I have also seen the practice methodology evolve, pushing the boundaries of what we do even further.
My future goals include completing my Part III and getting a daschund. For now though, I will just have to try to keep my house plants alive...
I am Part II Architectural Assistant with a passion for design, detail and illustration. I joined the studio after graduating with distinction from the University of Sheffield, where my thesis project was featured in the Architect’s Journal. I am currently studying for my professional qualification in architecture and AR is proving a great place to learn about the delivery of engaging and beautiful buildings.
Outside of the office I am normally playing music with friends, running or falling off skateboards.
I joined AR Design in 2018 having graduated with a first class honours in Architecture and Planning from the University of the West of England.
I am passionate about creative and thoughtful design and have a keen interest in the experience of place. This studio provides a great environment to employ and develop these interests and develop as a young architectural designer. I am now working towards my Part II at the Welsh School of Architecture with the support of the team at AR.
Having just moved up to Hampshire from Devon, I am enjoying exploring the south coast either sailing or windsurfing!
Office Manager and PA to Director
After gaining my Masters in International Politics at Manchester University, I fell into project assistant work in the construction industry. After some travelling, I discovered the world of Superyachts where I worked my way up over 5 years to manage the interior workings of a new build sailing yacht. Having moved back to dry land 3 years ago my passion for interior design coupled with my organisation and communication skills meant the role of Office Manager & PA at AR Design Studio was a perfect new adventure for me.
I enjoy the variety and pace of this exciting role and working within a team that is so creative. I thrive on the organisation necessary and the fact I can utilise my love of a good spreadsheet!