Hebden Design Studio


Hebden Design Studio is a design led practice based in the South Down’s National Park. Based in a Grade II listed building, where we are the Project Architects, the office has access to an onsite gym, tennis courts, swimming pool and immediate access to the surrounding countryside.


Hebden Design Studio prides itself in offering exceptional architectural, town planning, interior design and project management services to our clients.  Our services are tailored to suit each project, be that design consultancy services or a full turnkey service where we manage every aspect of the design and build process. Please get in touch if you would like to discuss a potential project or discover more about our work.

Between us we have over 40 years experience in architecture and planning working on projects including luxury high-end residential, conservation, listed buildings, commercial, educational and ecclesiastical projects.


The interests and perspectives of the team help generate a dynamic and constructive energy, with projects undertaken.  


Meet the team

Nicholas Hebden  /  RIBA

Architect, Project Manager & company founder


Nick set up Hebden Design Studio in January 2019 as the founding partner.  Nick has a wide range of professional experience having worked internationally as well as in the UK.   Nick's experience extends to high-end residential, commercial, conservation, listed buildings, renovations & large-scale urban master planning.  Nick has a keen interest in sustainable and environmental design having designed code 5 and Passivhaus's, he also taught for 4 years at the University of Portsmouth specialising in environmental design.   Nick has a proven track record as a Project Manager, having delivered £4.6m of refurbishment works in the last 2 years.   


Outside of work Nick likes kayaking, swimming and is currently learning to kite surf.

Rachael Hebden  /  MRTPI

Town Planner 

Rachael is a Chartered Town Planner with over 16 years experience spanning both the public and private sectors.  Rachael's experience includes residential and commercial planning in both urban and rural contexts with a focus on high end residential and large-scale urban planning.  Rachael also has a passion for interior design and worked as an interior stylist for Monsoon's homeware division before commencing training as an interior designer.  Rachael has successfully worked on the interiors for a number of projects including grade II listed buildings.


Outside of work Rachael likes kayaking, paddle boarding and exploring the South Downs with friends and Rosie & Milo the office dogs!



Stuart Large / RIBA

Architect & Director of Hebden Design Studio


Paulius Vaizgenis / RIBA

Part II Architectural Assistant 

Paulius joined Hebden Design Studio in 2021. Prior to joining, he completed his Master’s degree at the University of East London with his final thesis focusing on the development of the construction system that contemplates seasonality, sustainability, ease of construction, demountability and simple but effective construction detailing to make uplifting architecture. Paulius was awarded the RIBA London Student Award 2021 and shortlisted for the AJ Student Prize 2021: Sustainability award. 

During his professional career, Paulius spent 7 years working as a tradesman in residential, commercial, and industrial sectors. This enabled him to increase his technical knowledge and understand the importance of teamwork amongst all the trades in the project. 

Outside of work Paulius can be found kitesurfing, wakeboarding and cycling. 

Carla Feraru / RIBA

Part II Architectural Assistant 

Carla is a Part II Architectural Assistant who joined HDS in 2021. Previously she completed her Part I at The University of Liverpool and consequently gained a wide range of hands-on experience in the residential sector in and around London. She has most recently completed her Part 2 at the University of Strathclyde with a First-Class Degree, in addition to ranking top of her class in the Professional Studies Course. Her approach to work centres on sustainability and places great value on collaboration and communication within the design team and with clients.    

Outside of work, Carla enjoys playing tennis and volunteers with her local community. She is currently improving her French and learning to play the piano. 

Lenina Guerrero 

Senior Architectural Designer

Lenina is qualified and registered in Italy, living and working in UK since 2015.  After finishing her architectural studies in Venezuela, she moved to Rome where she completed her master’s degree in History of Architecture and Sustainable Architecture.  Her international work experience includes large-scale and high end residential, educational, and ecclesiastical projects (as well as) restoration and contemporary interventions in historic buildings. 

She loves spending time outdoors with her family and stargazing in the South Downs. 

Bryony Faulkner  /  RIBA

Part II Architectural Assistant 

Bryony joined the practice at the beginning of 2022, after completing her Master’s in architecture at University West England in Bristol. Originally from Hampshire Bryony knows and loves the area well and has particular interest in renewing existing buildings while maintaining local characters and has recently undergone training in sustainable retrofitting of heritage buildings. Bryony has a background in fine arts, including achieving awards for art during her schooling, and has experience in designing both new build homes and extensions creating beautiful and practical living spaces. In her spare time, she keeps up with her creative abilities with lino printing, clay sculpting and sketching.

Julia Budgen

Practice Manager and Personal Assistant to Nick

Julia is the Hebden Design Studio, Practice Manager with over 16 years experience spanning both the public and private sectors. Julia has a dedicated professional responsible for overseeing the administrative and business operations aspects of Hebden Design Studio.

Outside of work Julia enjoys baking, travelling, keeping fit and exploring Hampshire and the South Downs with family and friends.  


Office Dog

Rosie is the fashionably scruffy hipster of the company!   A committed member of the team, Rosie is motivated by food, human interaction and walks...  


Office Dog

Milo the fun loving rascal of the company!