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Mass Architecture is a partnership founded by Charlotte Harrison and Glen McGowan in London in 2004. They relocated to York in 2009 and now work throughout Yorkshire and the North East. They have won design awards for their work in London and York and have been involved in a wide range of projects with local, regional and national clients.

Mass Architecture’s clients receive an exceptional service delivered by our highly experienced and committed team of architects.

Mass Architecture is an RIBA Chartered Practice and has been a member of the 
Government pre-qualification body ‘Constructionline’ since 2007.

Our team

Charlotte Harrison

BA(Hons), PG Dip Arch(UCL), MA(UCL), RIBA


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Charlotte is a founding partner of Mass Architecture. Graduating from The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL) in 1999, she qualified as an architect in 2002. With 20 years of experience in private practice, Charlotte has expertise in the design and refurbishment of buildings and interiors for the commercial, community and residential sectors.

Charlotte co-organised an international festival of architecture in Leeds in 1996 before joining Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects in 1999, where she ran projects for Shelter and the Barbican Arts Centre.

From 2004-2010 Charlotte was engaged part-time as a design tutor and lecturer at Universities in London, Leeds and Sheffield.

From 2009 onwards Charlotte has been a panel member of the Yorkshire and Humber Design Review Panel.

Charlotte has been a Royal Academy exhibitor in the Architectural Drawing category, and has won design Awards in both London and York.

Charlotte is Co-President of the York Architectural Association (RIBA) and sits on the Regional Council of the RIBA.

Charlotte is a Freeman of the City of York and London.

Glen McGowan

BA(Hons), PG Dip Arch(UEL), MA(Dist), RIBA


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Glen McGowan is a founding partner of Mass Architecture. Glen specialises in working with historic buildings and monuments and has completed a Masters in Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings) at The University of York. He works with clients from the commercial, ecclesiastical and community sectors, as well as with private clients.

He began his career as a carpenter, before commencing his architectural education at Westminster University.

Prior to founding mass architecture in 2004, Glen worked for MacCormac Jamieson Prichard Architects on a number of prestigious projects including the BBC Broadcasting House, Southwark Tube Station and Cambridge University.

Glen has been a design tutor and lecturer in construction technology at universities in London, Leeds and Sheffield.

Glen has been Chair of the Friends of York Walls since November 2014; a local charity that cares for York’s city walls.

Christina Lipcheva

BA(Hons), MArch, ARB


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Christina joined Mass Architecture as an Architect in February 2020 after completing RIBA Parts 1 and 2 at Manchester School of Architecture and the Part III course with RIBA NW.

Following graduation Christina worked on a variety of residential, leisure, retail and commercial projects with Leach Rhodes Walker Architects in Manchester.

In 2016 Christina acted as a Steward-Research Fellow at the British Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.  

Christina has an interest in contract administration and bread making.

Onique Huggins Norford

BArch(Hons), M.Arch

Architectural Assistant

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Onique joined Mass Architecture as an Architectural Assistant in November 2019 following her studies at the University of Kent and Liverpool, where she completed her RIBA Part I and Part II.

Onique is currently studying for her Part III with Leeds Beckett University.

She has previously worked within the railway sector in Liverpool and for Overton Architects in Ilkley.

Onique has an interest in mathematics, computer programming and project management.

Katie Hammond

BA(Hons), M.Arch.

Architectural Assistant

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Katie joined Mass Architecture as an Architectural Assistant in October 2020 following her studies at Glasgow School of Art, where she completed her RIBA Part II.

She has worked in practice within the heritage and residential sectors for several years whilst completing her qualifications.

Katie has an interest in kayaking, bollywood dancing, drawing/painting, travelling and furniture restoration.

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Lesley Waters



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Lesley joined Mass Architecture in 2014 to help with the office administration and bookkeeping on a part time basis.

Lesley’s career began in Glasgow University in 1975 doing scientific research, she then moved to work for Biotechnology companies in the USA and Netherlands.

Having returned to the UK in 2001, after an absence of 15 years, Lesley has been the Operations Manager for a Health Food Company and Sales Manager for a Plastic Stationery company, both in North Yorkshire.

Lesley has been self-employed since 2010 and has a variety of clients, including mass architecture.

Having a keen interest in animals, Lesley has been a Trustee of a branch of the RSPCA since 2003.

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