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Ben Richards

Managing Director

“One of our core values is Understanding and Respecting People – everyone has their own different needs, and it is our job to design with your needs in mind”

Aura Architecture & Interiors started creating ideal homes in 2014.


Our focus is on maximising space, creating simple, light-filled spaces that are sustainable and energy efficient.


The talented team of architects and designers at AURA are experts in their field and will help you create that additional space for a growing family, design that stunning open-plan entertaining space you’ve always dreamed of, or help add ££££’s to your development scheme by thinking creatively, designing inspirational homes, and optimising every square foot of space.

Having worked for Architects, Engineers and Property Developers, Ben Richards formed the company to use his skills and experience to create fantastic living spaces for homeowners, and maximise value to small developers. His vision for the company is that of amazing customer service, intelligent design and for every home-owner to have the space and functionality they need to thrive.

Ben studied for a Masters Degree in Architectural Engineering at Cardiff University and since then has gained valuable experience from many talented Architects, designers, engineers and other built-environment consultants. He has been a member of the BRE Academy (Building Research Establishment) providing ‘Education for Excellence in the built environment’ and want’s to make an impact in reducing the environmental footprint of buildings in the UK.

Your property is one of your biggest assets and Ben and his trusted team understands the need to add value in every way possible – financially, and in the way you live in a space. He has learnt from the best having worked on large residential mixed-use development projects with one of the biggest luxury house builders in London, and uses his understanding of the whole development process to add value for his clients.

Meet Our Architects and Designers

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Ben Richards - Director

Ben offers technical prowess with an accompanying flair for good design and detailing. He has a Masters Degree in Architectural Engineering, a wealth of experience in property development for schemes ranging from £100,000 to £1bn, and has been a BRE Accredited Professional for Sustainable Eco-design.

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Matt Weyham - Associate Director

Matt is a very experienced and energetic RIBA/ARB Chartered Architect with a passion for design and heritage architecture. He's been board director level in previous practices and worked on prestigious projects in Central London in all sectors.

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Gabby Harding - Architectural Assistant

Gabby completed her Part I Architecture degree in 2016 in New Zealand. She helps with the day-to-day admin and job-running. She is passionate about design and architecture and has a keen eye for interior design.

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Martin Piekarz - Architectural Technician

Martin comes from an engineering background and has worked for Premier Guarantee providing site inspections for Building Warranties. Anything he doesnt know about Building Regulations isnt worth knowing about! He helps with the technical detailing and monitors our sites to ensure the builders are maintaining the level of quality we expect.

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Francesco Piffari - Senior Architect (Freelance)

Very creative and talented architect with 10+ years international experience working for AJ100 practices. Loves the concept and visualisation stage and is passionate about hand sketching. Francesco brings his Italian flair to the team and creates beautiful designs that are well detailed.

Our vision is to create your ideal home by:


Maximising space and tailoring it to your needs

Using natural light to create a sense of wellbeing and airiness

Creating clean, simple designs with splashes of interest and colour

Thinking Sustainably by creating energy efficient buildings

Our Core Values

Honesty and Integrity

It’s not what you do when people are watching, but what you do when they are not.

Innovation and creativity

The world is constantly evolving so we use every endeavour to keep up to date with technology and use it to our every advantage. We want our people to solve problems before they become problems!

Attention to Detail

Leave no stone unturned and think about the function of every space and detail – that’s what we drive in to all the creative team at Aura Homes.

Understanding and Respecting People

Everyone is different – Different needs – Different wants. It is our mission to understand your own circumstances, and find solutions that change your life for the better.


Energy prices are rising and our carbon footprint needs to be reduced. We’ve worked with energy specialists to understand the impacts our proposals have on the environment, and how we can reduce the running costs of your home.

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