mk40 architects are an award winning design-led architectural practice based in Bedford. The practice has grown to deliver high quality architectural, interior design and master-planning services on a wide range of projects covering commercial, educational, residential and cultural sectors.
Andrew Toumazou, BA(Hons) Dip Arch RIBA
Architect / Director
Andrew is a member of the Royal Institute of Architects and Architects Registration board, along with being an active committee member of the Bedfordshire Association of Architects.
Andrew began his training at the University of Westminster and went on to complete his post-graduate studies in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University, graduating in 1997. He is now a registered architect and is a chartered member of the RIBA.
Andrew began his career at a large commercial signature practice, Chapman Taylor Architects in London, where over the seven years he contributed to several multi award-winning projects in the UK and abroad. Most notably these are, the remodelling and retail strategies for Heathrow Airport (Terminal 3 & Terminal 5), a six-storey office and retail building at DS8 Canary Wharf and plethora of shopping centre projects in Spain, Italy, and France.
Andrew later moved to The Inskip Partnership, in Bedford where he worked on several educational schemes along with residential projects over a period of three years. These involved running projects through all RIBA stages of work, from design through to contract administration. Most notably, Lincroft Middle School’s Sports Hall which gained the RIBA Eastern Region Design Award within the Education Category.
Andrew joined international architects, Archial in 2005 (now relabelled as Archial Norr). As a project architect, he worked mainly on Government and MOD-based projects. The roles within these projects were not only as a project architect, delivering multi-million-pound schemes, but equally involved the hands-on production of the technical packages enabling construction. His most successful scheme to date has been the £8m Junior Rates Galley & Dining Hall at HMS Collingwood which was opened by HRH Princess Royal and went on to be commended by The Fareham Society. Other projects involved a £7m MOD accommodation block and he was part of the team which developed the £28m Chelsea Academy school.
In 2009, Andrew set up mk40 architects and is currently the owner and director of the practice. The practice has been involved in a multitude of sectors that include commercial, educational, and residential buildings. During the last ten years the practice has worked on various projects in connection with The Zoological Society of London, both at ZSL London Zoo and at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
Andrew is not only a chartered architect with experience in all stage of work but has completed a multitude of technical drawing packages enabling him to bring technical knowledge over and above what is commonly expected of an architect.
Chris Brown, ACIAT
Senior Architectural Technician.
Chris Brown is an associate member of the Chartered Institute of Technologists with over 20 years’ experience in the construction industry. Chris has wealth of experience gained from working on a variety of large scale and demanding projects within various sectors, notably Education, Commercial, Government and MOD-based projects.
Prior to joining mk40 architects in 2011, Chris was a Project Technician at Archial Architects in Cambridge for 13 years. At Archial Architects, Chris supported in the technical design stages of several multimillion-pound projects most notable of which was the Junior Rates Galley & Dining Hall at HMS Collingwood, which was opened by HRH Princess Royal.
Chris is a senior architectural technician and has been the lead technician responsible for a variety of technical packages within the office across all sectors. He has experience of projects from inception through to completion on several large and complicated schemes. This includes coordinating the input from other consultants, leading the technical design process, and attending the project on site during the construction stage.
Chris has worked for mk40 architects for over 9 years, although during the Covid 19 crises it was decided that he would continue to work for the practice, but on a freelance basis. He is no longer an employee of the company but continues to work on an ad-hoc basis for mk40 architects as the Office’s Senior Architectural Technician.
Office and Business Manager.
Caroline started working and studying accountancy before moving into business management and administration. Prior to her career break Caroline worked for a large Bedford company as a Commercial Manager managing suppliers in a purchasing role. Caroline joined the mk40 architects team last year, working for them exclusively and will provide administration backup; company business support and accounting.