Samuel graduated from the University of Bath in 2003 with a Masters in Architecture having previously graduated in 2001 with a BSc in General Architectural Studies from the same university. During his studies Samuel benefited from the unique interdisciplinary studio teaching with both architecture and engineering students contributing towards projects; preparing him for collaboration in professional life.
Upon graduation Samuel worked initially in facilities management for University College London Hospitals on a project to document and assess their existing estate providing data to enable informed property decisions.
In 2004 Samuel transitioned to private practice in an architectural role at Thomas Nugent Architects whilst he completed his PgDip in Professional Practice in Architecture at University of Westminster; achieving Chartered status in 2007. During his time Samuel led a variety of commercial and domestic projects ranging from new build houses to hotel, office and residential developments.
In 2008 Samuel moved to Mace to become part of their multi-disciplinary design team where he led public sectors projects including children’s centres, libraries and schools. During this period Samuel was seconded for 3 years to Hampshire County Council to lead their nursing care programme, whilst also working on education and other civic projects, as part of their in-house design team working across all RIBA stages in a lead designer and contract administrator role.
In 2015 Samuel returned to private sector projects with a move to Geraghty Taylor where he held the role of associate and sat on the operations board with a remit covering contractual matters alongside resourcing and staff management activities. Samuel was predominately involved in leading large new build residential schemes at planning application and delivery stage. This was interspersed with commercial fit-out, healthcare and technology projects.
After carrying out the Contract Administrator role and becoming interested in design responsibility across the project team, Samuel decided to pursue the MSc in Construction Law and Dispute Resolution at Kings College London, achieving a merit in 2019. His dissertation focused on the impartiality of Contract Administrators and the challenges of the role.
An eagerness to promote best practice and help nurture the next generation led Samuel to become a Part 3 examiner at the University of Westminster in 2016 and then in 2018 at the Architectural Association, where he has subsequently became involved in writing the Part 3 exam and tutoring in professional practice at Part 1.
Samuel joined Hawkins in February 2021 as Senior Associate based in our Reigate office.