Founding Director

Phil Meadowcroft founded Philip Meadowcroft Architects in 1998 after being director of Eric Parry Architects.  Following his success in the DFES/Cabe National Neighbourhood Nurseries Competition he became recognised for his work in education, social infrastructure and urban design. In 2003 he expanded the practice to form Meadowcroft Griffin Architects developing a diverse portfolio of work focussed on communities and the urban environment.

Phil has taught architecture throughout his career and has continued to combine a strong theoretical approach with practice through a range of teaching, advisory roles and a portfolio of built projects across many scales.  Many of these are public buildings within historic urban contexts, inspired by his interest and research in the culture and public life of contemporary cities, ways of making and use of materials and light.  

He is directly involved in the design of every project with specific experience and expertise in education, urban regeneration, social infrastructure, community and residential projects, working within historic buildings and settings and leading large multi-disciplinary design teams.  Current work includes the Queen Elizabeth II Centre for Coram which is currently on site; a new classroom  building and residential development for Bales College in west London.

Phil has taught and lectured extensively at numerous schools of architecture.  He taught alongside Dalibor Vesely and Peter Carl as a visiting design tutor in the Diploma course at the University of Cambridge Department of Architecture for twenty years and has been external examiner at Manchester and Nottingham Universities. He was a CABE Enabler for Early Years Education, co-author of Cabe Sure Start Design Guidance and an Urban Design Advisor for the London Development Agency. 

He studied at the University of Cambridge gaining a Distinction in Diploma, travelled and worked in Hong Kong for YRM before joining Eric Parry Architects where he was director from 1991 - 1997, responsible for a number of award winning projects including the new office building at Stockley Park, student accommodation and Master's Lodge for Pembroke College in Cambridge.

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Stefanie Fischer is recognised as one of the leading architects working in the independent cinema sector. Since standing down as a Principal of Burrell Foley Fischer LLP in 2015 she has focused on providing cinema consultancy services to Local Authorities, Independent Cinema Operators, Cinema Business Consultants and Architectural practices.


Other areas of expertise built up through working on projects for the Royal Society, Royal Academy of Engineering, Academy of Medical Sciences, Institute for Government and RSA, include an understanding of the National Academy model, the design of conferencing and catering facilities and the particular issues raised by the refurbishment, extension, and repurposing of Listed Buildings.


Public appointments have included serving on the Capital Architecture Advisory Committee of Arts Council England, Sheffield Urban Design Review Panel and Church Buildings Council and acting as a CABE Enabler for the former Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.


Stefanie studied at Cambridge. She continues to contribute to architectural education. Current teaching and examining appointments include: Professional Examiner ( Part 3) University of Cambridge; Professional Examiner ( Part 3) UCL; Professional Examiner and Tutor (Part 3) University of Westminster; Independent Examiner for ARB.


Research includes a project carried out jointly with Cinema Business Consultant Ron Inglis and part funded by the former UK Film Council on the potential for digital distribution and exhibition to improve access to film in previously underserved rural, small town and periphery of city areas. She designed the first all digital cinema in the UK, Kino Hawkhurst.


She has given evidence to an All Party Parliamentary Committee on improving access for young people with disabilities to leisure facilities in their session on cinema.

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