Created in 2009 by three Part-I graduates from De Montfort University and the founder of Hill Holt Wood, Design:HHW has traditionally operated as a rolling internship for year-out architecture graduates. Now under the guidance of a Design Team Lead, the team of two operate as a subsidiary of Hill Holt Wood, opting for a collaborative and dynamic creative process that provides the most sustainable, economically and socially-beneficial design proposal.

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Hollie Drake

Head of Business and Quality

Hollie studied Architecture in the nearby city of Lincoln before moving on to work at the woods. Hollie became the Design Team Lead after spending a year working and living in the woods as a designer. Experienced in the ins and outs of the Team, Hollie is an expert at keeping control of her motley crew.

Hollie currently holds the 'best phone voice' award. 


Harry Waudby

Design Team Lead

Harry comes to us from Nottingham Trent University, having proven his knack for technical details through his third-year project, a timber pavilion built into a rock face.

His love for the construction side of architecture led him to volunteer in Porto, refurbishing the home of a large family in what must have been a hectic three weeks.

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Brook spends her time rallying staff and raising motivation. She is currently looking to take up the role of HR Manager.


Nigel Lowthrop


Hill Holt Wood's founder, Nigel Lowthrop, founded the design team at Hill Holt Wood in 2009 with a group of architecture graduates from De Montfort University. Nigel has used his skill and experience in eco-construction to oversee and provide assistance to the design team. Nigel has recently moved on to other ventures, but his legacy lives on through the work practiced by the design team.