stephen hodder


Stephen R Hodder MBE

BA(Hons), BArch(Dist) DArts PPRIBA Hon AIA FRSA

Stephen Hodder was educated at the School of Architecture, University of Manchester, where he gained a Distinction in the Bachelor of Architecture degree.  Following University, he joined Building Design Partnership in 1981 and became a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects in 1982.

He has been in practice since 1983 and in 1992 formed Hodder Associates which won the Royal Fine Art Commission/ Sunday Times Building of the Year Award for Colne Swimming Pool in Lancashire later that year.

In 1996 Hodder Associates received the most important award in British Architecture for a single building, the inaugural Stirling Prize for Architecture for the Centenary Building, University of Salford. The Practice has now won over forty major awards.

He was RIBA President 2013-15, having previously been Vice President Membership, Nations and Regions.

Stephen has written and lectured widely, has been a visiting examiner at a number of schools of architecture and visiting Professor at the Birmingham School of Architecture and the Belfast School of Architecture.

He is currently external examiner at ‘Ion Mincu’ University of Architecture and Urbanism, Bucharest, University of Portsmouth School of Architecture and visiting Professor at the University of Salford, School of the Built Environment.

He regularly acts as an assessor for architectural competitions and awards, most recently for the RAIC International Prize and sits on the Design Review Panel for Places Matter!

He was awarded an MBE for services to architecture in the Queens Birthday Honours List, 1998.

He received an honorary doctorate in 2006 from the Manchester Metropolitan University for his regional, national and international contribution to architecture and won the Roses Design Award of ‘Architect of the Year’ in the same year.

Stephen received an honorary fellowship from the University of Central Lancashire in 2013 and elected as Chair of the Construction Industry Council (CIC) for 2019-2021.

claire hodder

managing director

Claire Hodder

BA(Hons) BArch RIBA

After graduating from Manchester University in 1992 Claire worked at Michael Hyde and Associates, on residential and commercial projects. Claire joined Austin-Smith:Lord in 1997, Where projects included Humberside Magistrates Courts PFI, and Boulevard Estate, Halewood. Claire was Project Architect for Medeva’s £25 million office, production and warehouse facility. Moving to Aedas in 2000 as an Associate Claire worked on various transport and education projects. During this time Claire was Project Architect for GMPTE’s £3 million Hyde Bus Station and was also involved in the Manchester Metrolink Phase 3 project and the master plan for the expansion of Manchester Airport.

Claire joined Hodder Associates in 2004 and in 2008 Claire became Managing Director of the newly incorporated Hodder+Partners.

Claire’s role requires an overview of all projects within the practice and has included more focused involvement in residential schemes at Chapel Wharf Salford, Arena Central Birmingham, Sweet Street Leeds, Cambridge Street Manchester, Water Street Manchester, Plaza 1821 Liverpool Waters and Old Hall Street Liverpool. Claire was involved at planning stages in Duncan House Stratford and project director for the delivery of the 37 storey Student Castle scheme in Manchester.

Claire is working closely with the Design Team on St Michael’s, a mixed use scheme comprising Grade A office, hotel, and residential use, on the site of the Old Police Station and Synagogue adjacent to Manchester’s historic core.

matt dawson

associate director

Matt Dawson

BA(Hons) PgDip BArch RIBA

Matt returned to Hodder + Partners in 2014 having previously worked for the practice between 2002 and 2008. Matt also spent 6 years at 3DReid as a project architect heading up a wide range of projects across a range of sectors both in the UK and internationally. Matt was part of 3DReid’s Design Concept Group Board.

The culmination of Matt’s experience at 3DReid was the prestigious Co-operative Head Office building in Manchester, which is a £115m new build BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rated 400,000sqft head office which has achieved the highest ever BREEAM rating to date.

Matt was also project leader for Chapel Street Hotel in Salford which is a £13m, 21 storey. 208 bed hotel as part of the Greengate masterplan. Matt was also lead designer for a £200m mixed use development in Shenzhen, China which included a 66 storey office and a 250 bedroom hotel.

Whilst at Hodder + Partners Matt has worked on several high profile projects. Matt was lead envelope architect for the Chapel Wharf development for Dandara, a £120m mixed use scheme comprising 1000 apartments and a 5 star leisure facility linked to an existing hotel. Matt was also involved in the 78,400sqft Grade A office development at 55 Princess Street, Manchester. This scheme involved the retention of listed facades to Kennedy Street and a new highly glazed elevation of new construction acting as a foil to the exuberant detail of the old. Matt was lead architect for the 11,000 sq ft 4 Piccadilly Place office development, completed for Argent Management.

Matt has also been involved in a wide range of residential projects including Eckersley Urban Village in Wigan, Great Ancoats Street apartments in Manchester and Gujrat apartment development in Pakistan.

Of late, Matt has been responsible for delivering a 744 PRS scheme in Leeds and a 305 unit student residential scheme in Sheffield.

angela pownall


Angela Pownall

BA(Hons) MArch RIBA

Angela graduated from The University of Sheffield in 2004 and joined Hodder + Partners in 2014, with over 7 years post qualification experience. Angela has worked on a wide range of projects, working in many different sectors and on projects of varying scales; from £100K to £200 million. As well as new build experience Angela has worked on the conservation of listed buildings and siting of contemporary design within historic settings.

Prior to joining Hodder + Partners Angela held senior positions in the Manchester office of Austin-Smith:Lord and Weedon Architects, an architectural practice situated in Birmingham.
Whilst at Austin-Smith:Lord Angela worked on the award-winning Leeds City Museum, an £11 million conversion project of a Grade II Listed building. She was also Project Architect for Store Street, the £50 million mixed-use development in Manchester which gained planning approval in 2007, and Architect for the historic works at Liverpool Central Library, a £42 million development consisting of a new-build library archive and refurbishment of the existing listed Grade II* buildings within the World Heritage Site.

Whilst with Weedon Architects Angela was Project Architect for the £7 million Potato Wharf residential development in Manchester set in the historic setting of Castlefield providing 102 contemporary apartments.

During her time at Hodder + Partners Angela has delivered a 10 storey commercial office building at 3 St Paul’s Place, a contained city centre site in Sheffield, a joint venture for developers CTP Limited and U+I, and worked as part of a team of five on a £65m mixed use project currently on site, adjacent to the Olympic Park, on Stratford High Street London.

Angela is currently leading a student accommodation project in Oxford.