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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. Between 2003 and 2012 he expanded the practice to form Meadowcroft Griffin Architects developing a diverse portfolio of work focussed on communities and the urban environment which continue to be the focus of the current practice. 

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 also paints and draws extensively and is a proficient photographer using these different media to understand and assimilate landscapes and urban settings into his work (see STUDIES)

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. Recent work includes the Queen Elizabeth II Centre for Coram which was opened by Her Majesty the Queen in 2018 and forms part of an on-going phased masterplan for Coram Campus, the latest phase of which - a social space and library for young people, is due to start on site.

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. Many of the cinema projects she led, while a Principal of and Consultant to Burrell Foley Fischer LLP, involved works to Listed cinema buildings, including: Norwich Cinema City, [Grade 1; Rio Dalston, Grade 11, Campbeltown Picture House, Grade A; Cine Lumiere at the Institut Francais, Grade 11 and Grosvenor Rayners Lane, Grade 11*. She has built on her experience in this field as a Consultant to Philip Meadowcroft Architects, securing Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for Rutland Kino in Victoria Hall, Oakham, Grade 11 and carrying out a feasibility study for Harborough District Council for accommodating a cinema in the Symington Building, Grade 11.


Other areas of experience built up, while a Principal of and Consultant to Burrell Foley Fischer LLP include working on projects for the Royal Society, Grade 1; Kavli Royal Society International Centre for Science at Chicheley Hall, Listed Grade 1, 11* and 11, Royal Academy of Engineering, Grade 1, Academy of Medical Sciences, Grade 11*, Institute for Government, Grade 11* and the RSA, Grade 1, 11* and 11, 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. She is currently a member of the Design Review Panel of the South Downs National Park Authority.

Stefanie was formerly on the RIBA Register of Client Design Advisors and continues to provide advice to Clients on procurement and the selection and appointment of design. Teams. She recently acted as Client Advisor to Goodenough College on the procurement of a Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor, Architect and Conservation Architect.


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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