Design quality is fundamental to all our work, from arts, community, education, residential and heritage projects.
Headed by two directors, Sarah Featherstone and Jeremy Young, our practice was established in 2002 and is made up of a dedicated group of individuals with a diverse pool of skills that enrich the design work. All projects benefit from open design ‘crits’ and brainstorming held with all our practice members and the design team at regular stages through its progression. As a team we will bring creative thinking as well as ensuring projects meet both programme and budget.
BA Hons Dip Arch (UCL) ARB
Sarah is an architect and co-Director of Featherstone Young, and has expertise in place-making and social engagement. She is interested in how architecture can capture the character and identity of a place and stimulate, rather than dictate, social interaction. Her approach has informed the practices ‘baggy space’ concept for Ty Pawb (Everybody’s House), a new model for an arts venue in Wrexham which is also embodied in the community centre and boxing club at Grenfell Tower which was the result of a collaboration with the BBC’s DIY SOS team. Sarah is currently working within a multidisciplinary all-women team developing VeloCity, the re-imagining of the village for the 21C, creating new homes and working environments in healthy and socially cohesive places. Sarah studied architecture at Kingston University, The Architectural Association and the Bartlett, UCL. She currently teaches at Central St Martins and the Welsh School of Architecture and has been a visiting critic and external examiner at various UK architecture schools. Sarah is currently on the Islington, Southwark, St Albans and Camden Design Review panels.
BA Hons Dip Arch (Cantab) ARB
Jeremy is an architect and co-Director of Featherstone Young and is particularly interested in the design and detailed delivery of buildings.
He has a wealth of technical and compliancy knowledge built up over the years working on all scales of projects from highrise residential and offices through to small self-build projects. He has been instrumental in providing technical expertise and detailing in order to enable FYA to deliver some very complex and bespoke elements, like the Corten metal facade at Waddington Studios and complex structural coordination at Ty Hedfan. Previously Jeremy was an Associate at Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects for 7 years where, amongst other projects he was instrumental in the design for the Barbican Arts Centre Redevelopment and was project architect on the Liverpool Unity Development which was a mixed-use residential and commercial scheme. Jeremy studied Architecture at Cambridge University from 1991-1998
Other things we do
We don’t just design buildings, a lot of our time is spent on research, teaching, writing, talking and collaborating in community events and workshops.
We think architecture and design should be more diverse and accessible and we like to express our ideas through everyday associations and familiar contexts. We have both designed and participated in events ranging from children’s model workshops to government lobby groups all part of the practice’s overall desire to involve people in the design of their environments. You can see more in our Journal and on our social media platforms.