Meet the faces behind 50.8 Architecture + Interiors

The foundations of our business stand strong due to our talented team of Architects. Bringing enthusiasm, expertise and plenty of creativity to the table, you can be sure your project is in the best hands.

Angus Eitel <small>RIBA</small>

Angus Eitel RIBA

Director

Angus is the founder and Director of 50.8 Architecture + Interiors, with over twenty years experience as an Architect. Angus studied architecture at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 1997. Since then he has worked at senior level with a number of practices in Edinburgh and London. Having established the practice in 2015, Angus has driven it’s growth, in spite of the uncertain times, culminating in the recent opening of the Belfast studio. Recent awards are testament to the dedication and ambition of Angus as an individual but also the practice as a whole. Angus has gained considerable experience in construction management and project delivery, working as project team leader. Angus has a sincere awareness and a strong knowledge of sustainability, recognising its importance on projects of all sizes and nature.

Olivia Laughlin <small>RIBA</small>

Olivia Laughlin RIBA

Associate

Olivia was instrumental in establishing the Belfast studio of 50.8 Architecture + Interiors in 2020. She is a registered Architect having successfully achieved her RIBA Part III qualification. Olivia completed her Master of Arts Honours Degree and Master of Architecture at the University of Edinburgh before joining 50.8 Architecture + Interiors in 2017. She has previously been employed as an Architectural Assistant at a number of practices in the UK and overseas. Olivia is the practice‘s ’Sustainability Champion‘; keeping a close eye on the ever-changing legislation and guidance with regards to sustainability and environmental awareness. In addition, Olivia is driving the practice’s education in Passivhaus design and the operational and embodied carbon assessment of our projects.

Katherine Ryan <small>RIBA</small>

Katherine Ryan RIBA

Architect

We are delighted to welcome Katherine Ryan as our third new Architectural Assistant to join our design family this year. Katherine earned her Bachelors of Architecture at the University of Nottingham and her Masters of Architecture at the University of Brighton. Over the past 8 years she has worked at practices based in Surrey and East Sussex, designing buildings located across London and Southern England. She has recently completed her Postgraduate Diploma at the University of Brighton, with a distinction. She hopes to register as an Architect with the ARB and RIBA in the near future.⁣

Here is Katherine in her own words ‘My focus in my architectural approach is one which responds to the user and the local environment. I have experience with projects located in conservation areas, a good eye for visual presentation and a strong knowledge of technical detailing which is crucial in delivering inspiring and accurate designs’. ⁣

During her career she has worked on projects of varying scale, from residential extension projects to 150 bedroom hotels. She hopes to apply close attention to detail to all projects types and client needs.⁣

Evelina Klimaite <small>RIBA</small>

Evelina Klimaite RIBA

Architect

Our team continues to grow as we further expand following the launch of our Belfast office last year and our newest member of staff is Evelina Klimaite. Originally from Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, famous for its baroque architecture, Evelina has thankfully found her new base here in West Sussex⁣.

Evelina has an MA in Architectural and Urban Studies and has recently qualified as an Architect from the University of Brighton. Working with existing buildings and urban fabric has been a continuous running thread of interest throughout her studies and already her experience and design ideas are being put to work on our existing and new projects for 2021. We are thrilled for her to join the 50.8 team, where working with existing buildings and sustainability is at the forefront of our design ethos⁣.

Josh Smith <small>RIBA</small>

Josh Smith RIBA

Architectural Assistant

Having previously worked for 50.8 Architecture + Interiors during his ‘year out’, Josh rejoins the practice after recently acquiring his Master of Architecture at the University of Westminster. Josh is the practice‘s ’Presentation Champion’ - with his keen eye for detail and love of drawing, Josh has honed his skills with 2D and 3D design software to produce rendered visuals that help illustrate our ideas and designs to Clients. Josh’s next step is to complete his RIBA Part III qualification.

Roger Bonnar <small>RIBA</small>

Roger Bonnar RIBA

Architectural Assistant

Roger joins the Belfast studio of 50.8 Architecture + Interiors having previously worked for a number of well know practices in London, Dublin and Northern Ireland. Roger has recently been awarded a Distinction in his Master of Architecture at Queens University in Belfast and was nominated for the Royal Society of Ulster Architects Silver Medal. Roger is the practice‘s ’Technical Champion’ - ensuring that all projects are executed with an exacting level of care and attention. Roger’s next step is to complete his RIBA Part III qualification.

Emily Barton <small>RIBA</small>

Emily Barton RIBA

Architectural Assistant

As the demand for our architectural services grows, so does our team and we are delighted to officially welcome Emily Barton full time to the 50.8 fold⁣.

Emily has just completed her Part 2 at Portsmouth University and is working towards her Part 3 with the help and support of our experienced team. Emily explains why joining 50.8 made so much sense ‘I worked through my Part 1 with Angus whilst I was at University so it‘s wonderful to be back but with some new faces as the team as grown so much. I love that the practice works to rethink the layout of an interior or home to improve it rather than knocking it down to rebuild it. There’s also such a variety of projects that we work with here so no project is ever the same’.⁣

Isabella Hicks <small>RIBA</small>

Isabella Hicks RIBA

Architectural Assistant

Please welcome (officially) our new member of the team Isabella Hicks. Isabella assisted us last year as our undergraduate architectural assistant and now as part 1 qualified from the University of Greenwich. she joins our expanding and talented team and continues her work towards her Masters.

We look forward to Isabella leading the charge on our competition entries as we find competitions allow us to really flex our creative muscle. Competitions are integral to the architecture community and by pushing our teams boundaries and understanding of new design we continue to learn and innovate.