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Michelle Barlow


MA Cantab, Dip Arch, ARB.


Michelle is a qualified architect, who is committed to design-driven, sustainable and socially-minded projects.  Since joining Useful Studio in 2015 she has been working on an innovative office space in Kings Cross, the Masterplan for St Mary’s University and several fit-out projects, including the new home for the Useful Simple Trust.

She has a wide ranging experience across residential, retail, healthcare, cultural and urban sectors: Michelle has a proven track record in the design and delivery of residential developments from individual dwellings to large scale schemes such as N08 and N09 within East Village, formerly the London 2012 Athletes Village, and social housing in South Kilburn.  Her fit-out experience includes the award-winning Foyles Flagship Store on Charing Cross Road and design solutions for internationally renowned department stores.  She has also worked on several residential care homes committed to providing exemplary dementia care.

Prior to joining Useful Studio Michelle worked at DSDHA (2007-2009) and Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands (2011-2014).  She studied at the University of Cambridge and London Metropolitan University before completing her education at the Bartlett School of Architecture, where she graduated with the Ross Jamieson Prize.

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