BA(hons) Oxford Brookes (First Class), Ai??MArch UCL, The Bartlett (Distinction).


“Alchemy: a power or process of transforming something everyday into something extraordinary”.

Alchemic was founded by Matthew Sawyer who is an architecturalAi??designer and furniture maker. MatthewAi??believes that architects are, in a sense, alchemists. They combineAi??materials, fabricate space and weave narrativesAi??to conjure the extra-ordinary, from the ordinary everyday. Alchemic attempts to utilise 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 Ai??highly public projects such as; the HS2 Euston Train Station Development (Designer to the Parliament Hybrid Bill) and London Bridge Train Station Redevelopment (Package DesignerAi??for four packages totalling in excess of A?8 million) (2012 – 2015).

He has recentlyAi??finished his Part 2 studies at University College of London (UCL – The Bartlett 2014-2016) within Unit 12 where he gained a Distinction grade.

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, Ai??ArchDaily and Bustler.

Ai??Self Portrait / London, UK