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Nathan Lonsdale

Nathan Lonsdale is Partner and Director of Spacelab. He trained at the Manchester School of Architecture and Birmingham School of Architecture, UCE. In 1997 he was an Associate at Chiltern Cunningham Architects before leaving in 1999 to set up an Architecture and Project Management Department as part of a large Property Strategy Group. Nathan set up Spacelab with fellow director Andrew Budgen in 2002.

With 15 years of experience, Nathan has taken a lead role nationally and internationally on projects ranging from £50,000 to £20 million. He has extensive knowledge as a Client, Design Coordinator and Project Manager for Bauer, Emap, WPP and many more. Nathan is responsible for total Project Management Control at Spacelab.


Professional Qualifications/Affiliations:

BA (Hons) Architecture, UCE

Dip Architecture, University of Manchester 

Andrew Budgen

Andrew is a founding Partner and Director of Spacelab, and the creative design brain behind the practice, overseeing all design and innovation within Spacelab. Before setting up Spacelab, he worked on large projects for a number of mid-size practices, including Buschow Henley and Ian Simpson Architects.

He is a future thinker, seeing buildings, towns and cities as a stage for the elements that affect our lives, including culture, technology, and social networks. His ability to analyse and understand these elements, then design and create built forms that allows space to flourish, is a rare, award-winning and exciting talent.

At Spacelab, Andrew has made it his mission to help clients appreciate the impact – positive and negative – of their space. “People often don’t understand space, or look at it as an asset,’ he says. ‘But an understanding of how it works can really affect people, and their environments, for the better.” 


Professional Qualifications/Affiliations:

BA (Hons) Architecture, UCE

Dip Architecture, The Bartlett, UCL

MSc Advanced Architectural Studies, The Bartlett, UCL

Part III Architecture, The Bartlett, UCL


Twitter: @andrewbudgen

Robin Lonsdale

Robin is responsible for the technical detailing at Spacelab, managing the design delivery from first sketch to final completion so they meet their brief, their deadline, and their budget. He joined in 2003, having worked as an architect in London and Manchester for four years before, and completed a year of training in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

With a vast knowledge of materials and construction methods, Rob is skilled at finding the most efficient and effective ways to turn ideas into built form. From our housing developments in Tanzania to our RIBA Award-winning Orangery for Great Ormond Street Hospital, he oversees people and processes and uses his expert problem-solving skills to keep everything on track, making sure the most complex architectural details are finished to the highest standard.

Robin was made a Director at Spacelab in 2011.

Professional Qualifications/Affiliations:

BA (Hons) Architecture, Hull University

Dip Architecture, University of Manchester

Part III Architecture, Southbank University 



Kara Wood

Since joining Spacelab in 2006, Kara has played a key role in the ongoing success of the business through her commitment to clients and projects from concept through to completion.

As lead designer, Kara has worked on a wide range of projects from initial spaceplanning & concept, to material specification & coordination on site, particularly in the design of workplace environments. Her knowledge of materials, furniture and finishes, along with an ability to keep ahead of the latest interior trends provides Spacelab with a clear creative edge. Her attention to detail delivers design continuity and ensures the final scheme is as exciting for her clients as the initial concept. Kara was made Associate Director in 2012 and Director of Interiors in 2014.


Professional Qualifications / Affiliations:

BA(Hons) Interior Architecture and Design

Rosie Haslem

Rosie is the Director of Workplace Consultancy at Spacelab. She manages the workplace team and oversees all projects from inception to delivery. Rosie graduated from The Bartlett, UCL in 2011 with an MSc in Advanced Architectural Studies, having gained a BSc in Human Geography at the University of Bristol and the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. She also has a Postgraduate Certificate in Urban Design.

With a background in the evidence-based space syntax approach to analysis and design, Rosie has a deep understanding of how spatial layout can influence human behaviour, movement and interaction. She is particularly interested in identifying both the unseen opportunities of space and the key needs of the client organisation, in order to inform the design of spaces that optimise performance.

Before joining the Spacelab family, Rosie worked at Foster + Partners and Space Syntax Limited.

Rosie is a Londoner whose hobbies include cycling and running. She also has a penchant for ceramics and screen printing. 

Professional Qualifications / Affiliations:

MSc Advanced Architectural Studies – The Bartlett, UCL

PGCert Urban Design – University of Westminster

BSc Human Geography – University of Bristol and Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona