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Catherine Ramsden

Founding Director

BSc, MArch.

Catherine founded Useful Studio in 2013 and directs the practice while also serving on the Board, as Deputy Chair, for the greater Useful Simple Trust. She is a highly experienced architectural designer who combines excellent conceptual design skills with a wealth of delivery experience, much of which was gained working on high profile projects for over a decade whilst an Associate Partner at Foster and Partners.

Her first degree, a BSc in Environmental Design, was at the University of Colorado, Boulder and she has a Masters of Architecture from the University of Pennsylvania where she was granted scholarships for academic performance throughout and graduated top of the class while winning the Final Thesis Prize. Her education also included a year in Copenhagen studying at the architectural academy. During the first years of her career she worked in planning and urban design for Wallace Roberts + Todd in northern and southern California on significant environmental projects including strategic masterplans for Mission Bay and Balboa Park in San Diego.

Key projects while at Foster and Partners include Albion Riverside, primarily the affordable housing with the Peabody Trust, the Millennium Bridge and the Thomas Deacon Academy. Her work for Useful Studio and the Trust has been in strategic masterplanning, bridge design and in education, currently leading a government-funded architectural scheme for a secondary school in Hounslow as well as a masterplan and architectural projects for an expanding University.

Catherine Ramsden

Founding Director

Michelle Barlow


Fred Labbe

Associate Director, Environmental Designer & Engineer

Carrie Behar

Senior Sustainability Consultant

Andrew Komarnycky

Environmental Engineer

Clotilde Robin

Associate Director, Bridge Designer & Engineer

Eve Nixon

Architectural Assistant