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AURA Architecture

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 designers and architects for luxury homes 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 homeowner 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 wants 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 understand 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. Ben is very hands-on with all the projects. While his experience in property development is ideal for any developer who requires architectural services.

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Matt Weyham - Associate Director

Matt Weyham has over twenty years of experience as a Chartered Architect, successfully delivering various projects within the United Kingdom and overseas. He is a qualified architect registered with RIBA and with the ARB. He has a wide experience in successfully delivering an impressive range of projects. He has been a board director in previous practices and has worked on prestigious projects in all sectors. Matt believes in delivering quality design, listening to our clients, reacting to their briefs, and fully understanding their requirements. He takes time to understand how you live and work to create a design for you.

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Graham Sproul - Head of Operations

Graham has over 20-years of experience working on a wide range of projects from award-winning galleries to exquisite private houses and has always enjoyed the journey of working with a client from the initial brief or vision to the finished project. He has a wealth of experience leading design teams, managing clients, and bringing an interior architecture focus to the extensive residential skills of the AURA Team.

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Gabby Harding - Architectural Technician

Gabby completed her Bachelor of Architectural Studies over in New Zealand back in 2016. She has been with AURA since the beginning of 2019 and has worked on many of our projects in this time. Gabby is passionate about residential architecture and is dedicated to creating stunning homes for our clients.

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Francesco Piffari - Senior Architect

Very creative and talented architect with 10+ years of 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.

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Kasia Jarzebowska - Architect

Kasia is an architect with a passion for modern design in architecture and interiors. With multiple years of experience, she completed a wide range of high-end projects in the UK and overseas. Her projects received recognition in various design competitions. Kasia's work is characterised by close attention to detail, as she is interested in the creative and technical side of design, delivering the highest quality solutions for our clients.

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Alex Fordham - Architectural Assistant

Alex joined the AURA team following the completion of his RIBA Part 2 at London Metropolitan University in 2021, where his projects focused on sustainable design with timber as the primary construction material. Alex utilises his previous experiences in practice, working on both large residential developments and private dwellings, to respond appropriately to our client's briefs and produce innovative home designs.

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Lewis Anderson - Marketing Executive

Lewis has recently completed his degree in marketing and advertising at Kingston University and has worked for AURA Architecture for over a year. Lewis manages all of our marketing communications through media channels such as our YouTube channel, social media, our website, email campaigns and more. These communications help us deliver messages and keep everyone up to date with our projects and business movements.

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Lorraine Furneaux - Business Assistant

Lorraine has been with the AURA team since February 2021. She primarily looks after the enquiry management process, liaising with potential clients looking to redesign their homes and assisting them in taking the next step. Prior to this she worked for a large architectural practice for 15 years, as Premises Manager for a number of studios and Wellbeing Lead for the head office. She loves the work AURA do and really enjoys being able to talk to clients about their plans for their homes.

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Claudine Chicote - Virtual Assistant

Claudine has five years of experience in the virtual assistance industry. She is trained in administrative management, executive assistance, social media management, and email handling. She has been with AURA Architecture since 2019 and provides back-office and administrative assistance to help the business, and our projects run smoothly. She is a passionate Virtual Assistant who helps her clients focus on growing their business and maximising efficiency.

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

Needing a commercial architect/residential architect or development feasibility study?  Contact AURA today to find out how we can help.

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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