Celebrating our G4C Future Leader finalists

16th June 2021

Congratulations to Francesca Johnson and Nik Hoggarth, who are both Constructing Excellence G4C 2021 finalists in the South West and South East regions respectively.

The G4C award shortlist identifies future leaders who are having a positive impact on their peers, their organisation and the wider industry, against the G4C priority areas of people development, sustainability and innovation.

Francesca Johnson – Architect, Bristol

Francesca is a dedicated and driven architect working in our Specialist Living team, a sector she is truly passionate about.

She believes Specialist Living should be viewed as an aspirational move and pushes her team to design homes that encourage independence, community and wellbeing – places we would all want to live.

To do this, Fran promotes a people-focused design approach and actively engages in Post-Occupancy Evaluation to listen and learn from the inhabitants of our buildings. Last year, as well as volunteering for Age UK, she revisited (virtually) residents of Bournville Gardens to understand how the design of our scheme impacted their daily lives.

She is keen to promote the importance of engaging with residents within the wider industry and outlined her findings in a HousingLIN blog, a specialist network which exemplifies innovative housing solutions for an ageing population.

Within Stride Treglown, Fran has taken on the role of team leader and is now working to ensure each of our nine offices has a Specialist Living design champion who understands the intricacies of designing for the elderly.

Nik Hoggarth – Associate Architect, London

Nik joined us as a Part 2 Architectural Assistant eight years ago and has rapidly progressed to Associate level. He is respected as a team leader within the practice and valued for his commitment, sensitivity and wise counsel.

Nik has developed expertise in the Hotels sector, successfully leading numerous complex hotel projects. He distilled the experience gained from these projects into the successful delivery of The Project at Hoxton, a BREAAM Excellent student living project, with innovative DfMA façade solution, which delivers a ‘hotel quality’ experience for students.

Nik is a deep thinker and, reflecting on his Hotels experience, proposed a series of initiatives for the post-COVID hospitality sector. More recently, he co-developed The London Net-Work, an exploration of emerging typologies of worker and workplaces, which was published in New London Architecture’s WRK/LDN: Office Revolution? report.

As a student mentor, original member of the Employee Forum, and Social Value and Sustainability Champion, Nik’s positive influence can be felt across the practice.

We’re so proud of their achievements and wish them both the best of luck at the South West and South East award ceremonies. If you’d like to congratulate Fran and Nik personally, get in touch.