Redefining Heritage

Damien Blower

Principal Architect & Historic Building Consultant

Damien has a leading reputation as an architect in England for design in historic locations, deploying his skills at stitching new buildings in sensitive sites, whether attached to nationally designated assets or more loosely located in and around historic urban or landscape fabric.

He is an evangelist for finding new value and uses for old buildings; for allowing new and contemporary architecture a place alongside beloved older fabric; and for weighing a fine balance between the cultural value embodied in our oldest structures and their continued financial viability – going by the mantra that ‘heritage must remain useful and relevant’. Since 1996, Damien has led the team to numerous national and regional awards and has been featured in many design magazines, the national press and on British television.

Parallel to his professional career, he continues to pursue cultural, educational and charitable activities as Founding Trustee of The Blower Foundation, a registered UK charitable Trust. He was a Visiting Lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts (UCA) between 2010-2015, teaching design studios at both Undergraduate and Masters levels and is dually qualified as an architect in the UK and Switzerland as a member of the professional institutes of both countries. Damien has three adult children and spends an equal amount of time between the Country Office in England’s South Downs National Park and the European Office in the mountains near Lausanne in the Swiss Canton of Vaud.

Damien has an abiding passion for the Great Outdoors and, when not at his drawing board, is as likely to be found strapped to something on his feet or hands, launching himself into waves, over ice, up rock or across snow.


Member, The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Fellow, The Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
Architect (REG A), Swiss Institute of Architects & Engineers (SIA)
Architect, UK Architects Registration Board (ARB)
Full Member (Accredited), Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)

Previous Experience

Frank Gehry Architects, Los Angeles


MArch, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc, Los Angeles)
MA, Institute of Archaeology, University College London (UCL)
BSc, Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London (UCL)
Royal Grammar School, Guildford

Laith Anayi

Director & Architect

Laith joined Stedman Blower after finishing his post-graduate studies as an Architect in 2003 and has been a Director since 2011. He runs projects from inception to completion alongside managing the office resourcing. He is responsible for the design and delivery of often complex and bespoke projects and also has a deep and fluent understanding of the demands of working with heritage assets, having worked on innumerable Listed buildings in the 20 years he has been with the practice. He believes Architecture should blend creativity with sensitivity to its setting along with making a sense of place. He fosters a strong team ethic within Stedman Blower and believes successful projects come through collaboration.

Laith sits on the Design Review Panel for North Hampshire and was formerly the Chair of the South-Eastern Region of the RIBA (2014-19). He lives in Alton with his wife and two teenage sons.


Member, The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Architect, UK Architects Registration Board (ARB)

Previous Experience

Arthur Gomes Architects, Surrey
Lyons + Sleeman + Hoare Architects, Hampshire


Dip Arch, Kingston University, London
BA, Kingston University, London
BA, De Montfort University, Leicester
Art Foundation, University for the Creative Arts, Surrey
St George’s College, Weybridge

Stephen Donkin

Director & Architect

Stephen has been with Stedman Blower since finishing his post-graduate studies in architecture in 2009. He leads one of the two Design Teams in the office and manages the delivery of half of the projects that go through the office at any one time. His key strengths are working closely with both the client and contractors to define a clear path to delivery of complex renovation projects. He has a deep and fluent understanding of working with Listed Buildings and residential projects of the highest quality.

Stephen graduated with first class honours from Kingston University in 2006 and was short listed in the top ten for the RIBA bronze medal of that year and went on to study his part II at Kingston and the Royal Danish Academy on an Erasmus exchange.

He and his wife have been Guildford Town centre residents since 1998 where they live with their two school-age children and has been a Director since 2016.


Member, The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA)
Architect, UK Architects Registration Board (ARB)

Previous Experience

ROK Architects, London
Alan Camp Architects, London


Dip Arch, Kingston University, London
BA, Kingston University, London
HND (construction), Greenwich University, London

Matthew Cripps

Associate & Interior Architectural Designer

Matthew is a qualified Interior Designer and Architectural Technician and has worked on a diverse range of projects including office headquarters for a leading Egyptian developer in Cairo, high end luxury residential schemes for Berkeley Group and a variety of museum galleries including exhibitions at the Science Museum in South Kensington. He spent 14 years as a tenured lecturer on the Interior Architecture course at Undergraduate and Master’s level at the University for the Creative Arts. He joined Stedman Blower in 2016.

In 2023, Matthew steps up as Associate of the practice, in order to drive the Interior Architectural drawings. He often works with client appointed interior designers who either do not have the resources to deliver the detailed level of drawing and specification that is so often required in high-value and bespoke building projects for private clients or who do not have the requisite skills sets needed for working on Listed Buildings. Matthew’s training as an architectural technician with knowledge of working at a deep level on heritage fabric, leads him doubly qualified to drive excellence in delivering the full suite of drawings required on site.

Matthew sits on the Design Review Panel for North Hampshire. He is a keen photographer and picture editor and lives in Midhurst in the South Downs National Park with his wife, with two young adult children.


Member, Chartered Society of Designers (MCSD)
PG Cert (LTHE), Kingston University, London

Previous Experience

Resonate Interior Architecture, Farnham, Surrey
CID Interieur, London
University for the Creative Arts, Farnham & Canterbury
Objectives Museum Exhibition & Graphic Design, London


BA (Hons) Interior Arch., University for the Creative Arts, Surrey (1st Class)
HNC (Building Studies), Reading College of Technology, Berkshire

Evelyn Allin

Architectural Technician

Qualified in 1992, Evelyn worked as an Architectural Technician in South Africa, before moving to the UK with her young family in 2008. She has now been practising in Britain for 14 years, with a number of mid-sized and smaller architectural practices, further honing her specialist understanding of increasingly complex building construction. In October 2012 Evelyn joined Stedman Blower as an Architectural Technician where she is responsible for providing architectural detailing solutions on projects using computer-aided design (CAD). She has also been fully trained and is now expert in 3D CAD and best-practice Building Information Modelling (BIM). She has also worked on many historic and listed building projects under the Directors.

She lives in Guildford with her teenage family.

Previous Experience

Smit & Fisher Architects, Pretoria, South Africa
HLM Architects, Guildford, Surrey
SCd Architects, Kingston, Surrey


NDip, Tshwane University of Technology, Pretoria, South Africa

Jack McEvoy-Sykes

Architectural & Historic Building Technician

Jack joined Stedman Blower in June 2017 as an Architectural & Interior Design Technician after completing his undergraduate degree at the University for the Creative Arts, Surrey.

Jack is experienced in 3D modelling and Computer Aided Design (CAD), further developing Building Information Modelling (BIM) based workflow collaboration, while also providing backup to the Directors across all projects, most especially with compliance matters. He has completed his 1st year and is in the middle of his final year of a 2 year, part-time MA, postgraduate training programme leading to an MA in Conservation Architecture at the University of Portsmouth in partnership with the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC), but maintains a full-time role at the Practice.

Jack lives in Portsmouth with his wife.


Member (Applicant), Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)

Previous Experience

CAD tutor at University for the Creative Arts, Surrey


MA (studying towards), University of Portsmouth, Hampshire
BA (Hons) Interior Arch., University for the Creative Arts, Surrey (Ist Class)

Nicola Sadler

Architectural & Historic Building Technologist

Nicola joined Stedman Blower in April 2018 as an Architectural Technologist, bringing to the team her knowledge and passion for historic buildings, predominantly timber framed structures.

After graduating in 2007, Nicola worked in private practice on various projects ranging from ecclesiastical, public and residential to larger developments. In 2012 she fuelled her passion for timber framed buildings by completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Timber Building Conservation through the renowned Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, West Sussex. Nicola leads many of the building construction packages where old fabric, especially timber, needs specialist knowledge and skills.

Nicola is an Associate member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists, currently working towards her MCIAT. She lives in Hayling Island with her husband and their school-age daughter.


Member (Associate), Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (ACIAT)
Member (Applicant), Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC)

Previous Experience

Kay Pilsbury Thomas Architects, Saffron Walden, Essex
City and Country Ltd, Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex


PG Dip, University Of Bournemouth
BA, Writtle College, University of Essex
Stowmarket High School, Suffolk

Eve Gower

Architectural Interior Technician

Eve joined Stedman Blower in January 2023 as an Interiors Technician, supporting Associate, Matthew Cripps, in delivering the interior architectural detailing of the many projects which he leads on the interiors side.

Eve had an extensive career working as a production manager in TV and documentaries, working for companies such as the BBC,  Thames TV and Planet 24 productions before embarking on a BA Interior Design at Kingston School of Art.  For the past 3 years Eve has been working for an established high-end residential interior design company and during her studies worked for Carl Turner Architects and Household Design as well as being part of the design team working on the redevelopment of The Central Synagogue on Portland Street. She also has experience working as a stylist and art director for TV shows such as Interior Design Masters (BBC1), Married at First Sight (Channel 4) and Dinner Date (ITV).

She lives in Esher with her husband, with two older children at university.

Previous Experience

Carl Turner Architects, London
Household Design, London
Slightly Quirky Interior Design, London
Hat Trick Productions (TV), London


BA (Hons) Interior Design, Kingston University, London (1st Class)
Foundation degree in Interior Design, UAL London (Dist’n)

Maja Cripps

Studio Manager

Maja joined Stedman Blower in September 2023 as Studio Manager.

Having previously worked for 23 years in Early Years education as a nursery teacher and Deputy Principle, prior to her career in education, Maja worked in the retail and hospitality sectors where she developed her organisational and communication skills.

Maja lives in Midhurst in the South Downs National Park with her husband Matthew, Associate at Stedman Blower and with two young adult boys.


AAT Level 1 Award in Bookkeeping

Previous Experience

CS Nursery Schools, Farnham, Surrey
Grove Primary School, Frimley, Surrey
Seedlings Montessori Pre-School, Petts Wood, Kent


NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education
BTEC in Travel & Tourism, Milton Keynes College, Buckinghamshire

Siân Edwards

Architectural Assistant RIBA Part II

Siân joins Stedman Blower in July 2024 as an architectural assistant (RIBA Part II). Having come from a family of architects, she completed a Masters in Architecture at Kingston University where she specialised in traditional and restoration projects. Siân began her career in 2018 with Foster + Partners working on master planning, later joining Ben Pentreath and Crane & Associates on private houses.

Before entering the world of architecture, Siân worked in fashion design for internationally recognised industry names including Anya Hindmarch, Zandra Rhodes & Erdem. Siân lives in Godalming with her young family.

Previous Experience

Foster + Partners, London
Ben Pentreath, London
Crane & Associates, Esher


MArch, Kingston University, London
BA, Kingston University, London
BA Fashion & Art Foundation Design Ravensbourne College, London

Caleb Brighton

Architectural Apprentice RIBA Part I

Caleb joins Stedman Blower as an architectural apprentice in September 2024, studying in parallel at Portsmouth University for his BA in Architecture (RIBA Part I) there. The course is to last until the Summer of 2028 when he will pass onto the next stage of his training towards qualification as an Architect over the coming decade. He is fully supported by Stedman Blower on this journey.

He lives with his family near the Country Office in Hampshire.


Sixth Form College, Farnham, Surrey – 3 x A Levels incl Architecture