Lisa Raynes - Pride Road Architects

Lisa Raynes


Having clocked up over a decade of professional experience in a larger practice environment, Lisa Raynes decided back in 2009 that it was time to strike out on her own. With the recession hitting the industry pretty hard at that time, she’d freely admit this was out of necessity more than anything else – but would probably add that it turned out to be the best possible thing that could have happened.

Having established Lisa Raynes Architecture in the years that followed, Lisa was able to carve out a meaningful architectural career that also allowed her to balance her family life. Working closely with owner occupiers and those with smaller projects, she found a stream of business that was able to ride out the downturn comfortable, while giving her the chance to help develop properties that truly contributed to people’s lives and reflected their individual personalities.

As an active council member of the Royal Institute of British Architects Lisa is not only passionate about architecture, but uses her considerable professional experience and national acclaim as a platform to make the industry a better place for women.

She also runs a number of associated architectural calendar events, founding the regionally-focused Manchester Curious in 2015.

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Lisa Raynes Pride Road Architects

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Alan Varley

Alan Varley


Alan is our technical associate with a keen eye for detail.

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Magda Haener

Magdalena Haener


Internationally experienced, ARB architect for Pride Road Manchester South.

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liverpool architect catherine traynor

Catherine Traynor


Award winning RIBA chartered Architect for Pride Road Liverpool South

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Laura Simpkins

Laura Simpkins


Laura qualified as an architect 20 years ago and started her career in a large multinational practice followed by a small design led practice specialising in school design. Meanwhile two daughters came along, necessitating the design of an innovative extension to Laura and her Civil Engineer husband’s New Forest home. A redundancy led to a short break from architecture, becoming a piano teacher and having a son which turned family life well and truly upside down.

Venturing back into architecture Laura worked for a local practice specialising in residential design but also designing dentist surgeries and old people’s homes. She realised how much more fulfilling she found designing for end users rather than developers.

Discovering Pride Road seemed an ideal opportunity to continue to work in architecture but fit work around what is an increasingly hectic schedule with her 3 children now at 3 different schools. With a keen interest in what makes a family home work well and desire to support pride road in its encouragement of women’s long term careers in architecture, she has taken the plunge to join the franchise and is very excited to start heading up Pride Road New Forest & Bournemouth in the new year.