Martin Hall gained his professional RIBA qualification at the Architectural Association, London in 2000, having previously studied architecture at Oxford School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes University.
Following several independent commissions and a competition win to design a demountable opera house in Holland Park, Martin established Hall + Bednarczyk Architects with Kelly Bednarczyk in 2005. The practice has grown in size and reputation in the intervening period and has become well established – gaining a significant number of national architectural awards in the process.
Martin’s early career was spent in London working for a small Battersea-based practice specialising in bespoke high-end residential projects. A strong interest in the architectural potential of membrane structures then led to a period working at specialist firm Architen Landrell, a world leader in the field. Several years working on the design and implementation of technically advanced buildings and structures provided significant international experience of running high value projects, including extended periods working in New York, Chile, Switzerland and London. Rising rapidly to principal architect, Martin designed a variety of landmark buildings and structures in the UK and overseas, several of which received international recognition and IFAI awards. He got the opportunity to work with architects of international renown, including Richard Rogers, Michael Hopkins and Richard Meier.
Martin has been an invited lecturer at universities in the UK and USA, and contributed to various publications, including 10 – Design Commission for Wales book of its first decade’s highlights.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Kelly Bednarczyk moved from the USA to Britain as a university student when she was selected for the international study programme at her alma mater Virginia Tech. Her student accomplishments included a scholarship for excellence in the study of architecture and an award for promising professional practice. She received her Bachelor of Architecture Professional degree from Virginia Tech in 2002. After graduation, the success of her year-long overseas internship resulted in her British employer sponsoring a working visa, and Kelly emigrated to the UK.
Kelly jointly established Hall + Bednarczyk Architects with Martin Hall in 2005, following a three year period working at specialist tensile structure company Architen Landrell, where both had worked as fellow designers. From the earliest stages of her career, Kelly gained detail design and management know-how at the sharp end of demanding, high-profile construction projects in her position as Project Leader. This role played to her particular strengths as a highly organised and effective design professional, with responsibility for implementing projects including The Wellcome Trust, County Hall in London and The Guinness Brewery in Dublin.
Kelly’s keenly-felt appreciation of the construction process is particularly evident in the precise, carefully integrated detailing that she brings to the practice’s work. She exemplifies Hall + Bednarczyk’s hands-on approach to delivering architecture of the highest quality by working collaboratively with construction teams and clients.
Kelly’s achievements as an alumnus led Virginia Tech to invite her to return to deliver a keynote lecture at the School of Architecture.
Emily Hall studied architecture in Cardiff at the Welsh School of Architecture (WSA), where she attained her professional RIBA qualifications. She joined Hall + Bednarczyk in 2008 as an Architectural Assistant, qualifying as an Architect in 2010 and becoming an Associate in 2015.
During her time at the practice, Emily has been involved in a number of design-led residential and commercial projects, which recently included her role as Project Architect of the Watersports Centre at Llandegfedd reservoir.
Prior to working at Hall + Bednarczyk, Emily had experience of working in commercial and multi-disciplinary practices in London and Shropshire. In London she worked at Shepheard Epstein Hunter Architects Ltd where she played a key role on a library project for the University of Liverpool. During her studies, Emily worked on large scale education and landscape projects at Aedas Architects Ltd.
Outside of the practice, Emily is involved in various design groups, which have included her role as secretary of Design Circle (RSAW South) from 2012 to 2014 and currently as a committee member of Hatch (Design Commission for Wales). These offer a platform for discussion about architecture in Wales and establish a network with other professionals within the built environment.
Michael studied at the University of Sheffield, where he was nominated for the RIBA Silver Medal for his thesis project exploring the relationship between architecture, drawing and storytelling.
Following university, he worked at Tigg + Coll Architects in London for five years, where he successfully completed a number of high-end residential and commercial projects, including the refurbishment of a premium student residential tower in Spitalfields, nominated for the FX Interior Awards. During this time he qualified as an architect, completing his Part III professional studies at London Met, earning a distinction.
Michael joined Hall + Bednarczyk in 2015, and is currently running a number of residential projects in Monmouthshire and the Cotswolds.
At university and in practice, Michael has looked to develop an architectural approach closely tied to context, with careful and elegant detailing and materiality at all scales, inside and out.
Louisa joined the practice in 2016 as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant after graduating from The University of the West of England with a Master’s Degree. Here Louisa received the 3DReid nomination award for her thesis project, an experiential artist’s retreat exploring transitions through spaces, connections with the landscape and site specific materiality.
Louisa studied for her part 1 degree, in Newcastle upon Tyne, graduating with first class honors. Here she worked with the Northumberland National Park and the National Trust to develop a number of projects including a museum and visitor center for which she was awarded the Northumberland National Park award. Following this, Louisa worked at Studio Spicer’s Architects in Stratford Upon-Avon where she was involved in a number of contemporary residential projects, working in sensitive locations, for individual clients and high end property developers.
Louisa has taken a real interest in site specific design and the communication of ideas, principles that have been developed through studying, travelling and working.
Alice joined Hall + Bednarczyk as Practice Manager in 2016. Her career in office management and administration was established in London with 10 years working for the British Olympic Association, DHL and Dyson. Alice relocated to Wales with her family in 2012 and established a key role providing the business support to the new Cardiff-based office of an international design studio.
Working for a range of high profile organisations in diverse sectors has given her a breadth of expertise in setting up and maintaining efficient business operations.
Alice’s responsibilities at Hall + Bednarczyk cover finance, HR, and wide-ranging back office support of the practice. Her skills maintain the efficiency and smooth running of the organisation, allowing the architectural team to be focussed on their roles. Highlighting Alice’s stamina and tenacity, her achievements include swimming the English Channel in 2008.
Caroline joined the practice in 2017 as a Part II Architectural Assistant after completing a Master’s Degree at the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. Her thesis project examined housing strategies located on national border lines. During her BSc in Architectural Studies at the WSA, Caroline was selected for a five month Erasmus placement to Universitat Techniche Munchen, where she worked alongside Master’s students in an international studio focusing on deep plan living.
Prior to joining Hall + Bednarczyk, Caroline gained her Part I Architectural Assistant experience at Foster + Partners in London following a work placement. She continued to work there over subsequent Summers from 2012-2016, predominantly engaged in the design and progression of Doha airport. Her physical model making skills were honed considerably in Foster’s studio. Prior to that, Caroline gained work experience at Pick Everard in Leicester.
Caroline is particularly interested in developing design concepts and proposals which are highly site-specific, and enjoys examining ideas through a combination of carefully considered diagrams and physical models.
Sam joined the practice in October 2017 shortly after graduating with 1st Class Honours from the Masters course of the Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff University. During his final year, Sam’s project explored the use of open-source technologies to facilitate self-build community architecture. He received WSA’s nomination for the RIBA’s prestigious President’s Silver Medal for Part II Students.
In 2016 Sam secured a summer-long internship in the United States at MIT’s media lab where he worked on robotic furniture prototyping. Prior to this, he graduated with a 1st Class Honours BArch degree from WSA and worked as a Part I Architectural Assistant at Gaunt Francis Architects where he gained valuable experience working on a range of commercial and residential projects.
Sam shares the practice’s strong interest in architecture that relates to its context in terms of overall design and construction approach. He considers himself to be a designer maker and continues to nurture a relationship with materials, tools, and making processes, which is evident in his weekly volunteering at Fablab – Cardiff’s advanced technology workshop for product design and manufacture.