Stuart James Associates was created out of our own experiences of managing home renovation projects whilst working as busy professionals. Our aim was to provide a service that would take the hassle and uncertainty out of any project.
SJA’s mission today is no different. Our team of architects, structural engineers and surveyors work together so you are never left searching for the next service provider. By having a complete range of professional services in-house we always provide the best design at the best value – be it for a loft conversion, basement, kitchen extension, new build project or complete house re-modelling.
For complete peace of mind we also offer a unique, no obligation first consultation at our office. We also carry appropriate professional indemnity insurance, covering all of our work.
Chris Ogle MEng - Managing Director
Meet Chris, SJA’s MD and Co-Founder starting SJA back in 2010 whilst undertaking his own extension project. Chris is working to revolutionise the delivery of professional advice for all residential development projects. He is developing solid coordination and communication between the different disciplines involved in your project to reduce your costs, hassle and time spent. Chris ensures the whole team are available and briefed to swiftly answer any queries which come into the office.
Shelley Lafferty BA Hons, Dip Arch, RIBA, MSc AEES - Director, Head of Architecture
Shelley, Architectural discipline lead, is an architect with over 20 years of experience across commercial and domestic, small and large scale projects and been with SJA for 11 years now. Shelley, and the team, work closely with Tom and Steven to ensure all aspects of your project are considered and implemented. For Shelley, it’s a passion that the very best home renovation and extension professional advice should be easy to understand and affordable for any size, scale and location of project.
Steven Nugent BSc(Hons) MRICS - Director, Head of Building Surveying
Steven, Surveying discipline lead, is an expert in building surveying and party wall matters with over 25 years of experience. Steven is chartered by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Conscientiously thorough and dedicated to building detail Steven is has an unrivalled knowledge on building issues and managing the Party Wall etc. Act 1996. Steven, and the team, work closely with Tamsin, Tom and Matt to ensure all aspects of party wall are considered early and a strategy put in place for managing them.
Thomas Barker MEng CEng MICE - Director, Head of Engineering
Tom, Structural Engineering discipline lead, has over a decade of experience across commercial and domestic, small and large scale projects. Tom previously worked on major infrastructure projects, including Crossrail where he attained Chartership with the Institution of Civil Engineers, he also spent two years in Central America working with a Christian Charity and has been with SJA for six years now. Tom works closely with Shelley, Tamsin and Steven to provide well thought out and integrated structural designs which are easy to follow and implement.
Mathew is a recent graduate in Architecture from the University of Westminster, achieving first-class honours in his Part I. Throughout his time on the course, he developed good skills in technical drawings, 3D visualisations and presenting. Alongside this he has a good history of practical onsite work experience, starting his journey in panel beating at the age of 16 which had a heavy focus on classic car restoration, before moving into the building trade where he spent 4 years within the construction industry prior to university.
Tamsin Presnell BPD, B.Arch(hons) RIBA
Tamsin is our Lead Project Architect, hugely experienced, dedicated and detail-oriented with over 20 years in the industry.
Passionate and practical in perfect balance. Tamsin will work with you to develop your brief in absolute detail, from the outside in.
David joined SJA on a summer internship scheme in June 2019 where he further developed his architectural skills. He was subsequently offered a graduate position after he completed his Part 1 qualification at the University of Portsmouth with a First Class degree. He was actively involved in several projects providing clients with high quality technical drawings and 3D architectural visualisations through his Part 1 year out.
David is now progressing is Part 2 of his architectural education and stays in touch with the SJA team socially, and supporting on 3D visualisations where he can.
Sean is an experienced Chartered Building Surveyor and Chartered Construction Manager. He has a breadth of practical experience and his calm, solutions-led focus is great for finding sustainable construction approaches and for dealing with neighbourly matters.
Sean currently serves on SJA’s board as a non-executive director and he acts as a consultant to clients through his small surveying practice.
Joy is a Quantity Surveyor (QS) and chartered by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. She has almost 25 years of Quantity Surveying experience across commercial and domestic, small and large scale projects managing all aspects of the contractual and financial side of a construction project and supporting client from the initial stages of the project. Joy provides the SJA team with invaluable in house quantity surveying at any stage of our clients projects.