Recently promoted to Director – Head of Education, Claire’s journey at HLM started in 2018 when she joined as our London Studio Director and Education Lead for London and the South-East.

Her strong leadership style and creative approach to designing new buildings, masterplanning and repurposing existing facilities have added significant value to our portfolio throughout the last five years.

Claire’s open and lateral thinking delivers the best design solutions through a collaborative process that meets the client’s vision and budget. Additionally, she displays strong business and financial management skills, to projects and our own business alike, setting the strategy for profitable outcomes whilst ensuring our own teams are appropriately resourced to deliver the highest quality service.

Claire has specialised in the education sector since 2006, and has worked on a diverse portfolio of education projects, to improve and provide new facilities for schools and further education colleges. Her focus is on developing and delivering innovative solutions, and her extensive experience of leading teams in providing outstanding designs has included working with leisure and arts organisations, local authorities, major contractors and developers, as well as acting as client-side technical advisor.

Did you know?
Claire was formerly the Arts Council’s Head of Architecture, providing design advice on their lottery funded projects. She has a real interest in the arts, and has also worked internationally for a Rotterdam-based architects practice.


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