About

BA(hons) Oxford Brookes (First Class), MArch UCL, The Bartlett (Distinction).
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“Alchemy: a power or process of transforming something everyday into something extraordinary”.

Alchemic was founded by Matthew Sawyer who is an architect, property developer and furniture maker. Matthew believes that architecture is, in a sense, alchemy. By carefully selecting materials and crafting space we can create the extra-ordinary, from the ordinary everyday. Alchemic attempts to combine narrative and tectonic driven architecture that lives up-to its ambitions of extra-ordinary design.

Having previously studied at Northampton University in Foundation Art and Design he gained a Distinction Grade. He then studied at Oxford Brookes University on the BA Architecture course (2009 – 2012) where he graduated with 1st Class Honours and also received the RIBA South Leslie Jones Memorial Prize. Following his graduation he secured a job with an internationally renowned architecture practice, Grimshaw Architects.

During his time as a Part 1 Architectural Assistant he has worked on highly public projects such as; the HS2 Euston Train Station Development (Designer to the Parliament Hybrid Bill) and London Bridge Train Station Redevelopment (Package Designer for four packages totalling in excess of £8 million) (2012 – 2015).

Matthew finished his Part 2 studies at University College of London (UCL – The Bartlett 2014-2016) within Unit 12 where he gained a Distinction grade. Following this, he went on to complete his Part 3 at UCL and qualified in 2018 where he is a member of the ARB and registered for practice in the UK.

Since graduating Matthew has started property development, converting his own 1800’s cottage into a modern home. As a qualified architect, Matthew understands how to create a successful space, but as a property developer he understands how to make it a reality.

Matthew has been published in many local and regional magazines and has featured on many highly well-respected architecture blogs, including; the Royal Institute of British Architects, ArchDaily and Bustler.

Self Portrait / London, UK

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