Simon Hayward BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA ARB
Founding Director + Architect
Simon formed Hayward Smart with co-founder Martin Smart, having first cut his teeth with Aldington Craig and Collinge and as a director of Acanthus Clews Architects working on high-quality and complex schemes for commercial and private clients. Previous projects include the reordering of the Great Hall at Lincoln's Inn, community buildings and large adaptations and new build domestic projects.
Simon has established a practice-wide approach to understanding a client’s brief and responding with considered solutions crafted through an understanding of context, detail, and materiality. Simon enjoys the building process and developing good working relationships with the project team. He has built a reputation for innovative and striking buildings through attention to detail.
Simon spends his free time with family, friends and his Bedlington Terrier, Wendy. He is the guitarist for blues/country/Americana band The Blue Cats and enjoys film and live music. Simon is a keen motorcyclist and has toured Europe, parts of the US and most recently ridden the Silk Road in Central Asia.
Nic Robinson BA (Hons) DipArch RIBA ARB
Nic re-joined Hayward Smart for a second tenure in 2016, having previously spent 5 years working with Simon and previous director, Martin Smart from early 2008. In between times, Nic worked for Theis + Khan Architects in Kent where he was involved in several high-end residential projects, competition winning community schemes as well as being project architect for the refurbishment of an existing office building for use by the RIBA.
Since returning to Warwickshire, Nic has been involved with numerous residential schemes from small extensions to one-off new build homes, as well commercial work for the Heart of England Forest. Nic was project architect for the Warwickshire Farm and Orchard View projects, both of which were shortlisted for RIBA Regional Awards.
Outside of work, Nic is a keen cyclist across multiple disciplines, so you are just as likely to find him on the roads of Warwickshire as you are its bridleways. With an interest in photography, Nic has taken some of the project photos for Hayward Smart, but also inundates his social media feeds with artistic images or snaps of his family and their adventures.
Rob Statham BA (Hons) MArch RIBA ARB
Before joining Hayward Smart in 2016, Rob worked for award-winning Birmingham based practice Glenn Howells Architects. Here he was involved on projects across all sectors, including a lead role on a masterplan project for the UK’s largest self-build development. Situated on a disused Ministry of Defence site outside Bicester, the development has recently featured on its own Grand Designs series, ‘The Streets’. Previously, Rob worked at another Cotswold practice specialising in the private residential sector and was heavily involved in securing planning permission for two ‘Paragraph 80’ (formerly Para’s 79 and 55) new-build house projects in open countryside. His work also included in the detailed design for one of the UK’s first certified Passivhaus projects.
During his time at Hayward Smart, Rob has delivered a number of new-build house projects, a development for a high-end residential development of 15 houses on a sloping coastal plot in mid-Wales and several high-end extensions to listed properties. Rob’s meticulous attention to detail is evident at all stages of a project and he also has responsibility for our computer and drawing protocols.
Beyond Hayward Smart, Rob enjoys playing golf and exploring the Cotswolds countryside with his young family. Whether on two feet or two wheels, a stop for coffee & cake or a pub lunch is often a feature of a trip out.
Dan Marcus BA (Hons) MArch RIBA ARB
After graduating from Northumbria University in the summer of 2020 during the height of Covid, Dan found himself working as a labourer for a local contractor. This invaluable experience allowed him to hone some of his technical ability with a hands-on approach to construction. It was in January 2021 that Dan joined Hayward Smart in the midst of an early 2021 Covid lockdown, where it was almost 4 months before he met the full team face to face.
At university, Dan worked on a collection of versatile projects with particular interest towards brownfield sites, historical industry and linking communities through architectural design, taking influences from the surrounding context. Dan has previous experience working on hi-end residential projects for MRT Architects and has attained a clear knowledge of conservation and heritage projects within the wider area. Since joining Hayward Smart, Dan has been involved with multiple projects at all different stages whilst working to obtain his Part III qualification, which was successfully completed in November 2022.
Dan has always been a keen sportsman across a multitude of sports. You are just as likely to find him on the golf course, skiing on snow or water, or playing team sports. He is also an avid traveller when opportunities arise and enjoys gaining fresh influences that can be used in design from differing cultures.
Fernando De Dios
Fernando was reunited with Simon and Nic at Hayward Smart in October 2021, having first worked with them in the early 2000s when he spent 5 years at Acanthus Clews in Banbury. Here he was involved in a range of projects for modern, traditional and listed buildings, producing highly detailed construction drawings.
He then spent 14 years working with Robert Franklin at his practice in Oxfordshire, principally on the restoration and refurbishment of residential listed buildings, working from sketches and producing planning, working and detail drawings.
Fernando qualified as an architectural draftsman in Valladolid, Spain, and transitioning from drawing board to CAD, he spent the first years of his working life in various architect and engineering practices as well as in the city and provincial planning departments of Valladolid.
He spends his free time keeping up with friends and family, keeping on top of the allotment and going for long walks, preferably ending with a good pub lunch.
Seb Lloyd-Thomas BA (Hons)
Part 1 Architectural Assistant
Seb joined Hayward Smart in September 2023, having completed the undergraduate degree in Architecture from the University of Liverpool earlier in the summer. His final year project involved a theoretical renovation of the ‘Chadwick Tower’ on the Liverpool University campus into a sustainable factory facility, exploring the use of recycled plastics. The remodelling of the building emphasised the concrete structural elements of the original building (by Basil Spence), whilst adding a semi-transparent façade to the elevations.
Being part of an architectural family has allowed Seb to develop an understanding for the industry and an eye for design and detailing. He plans to continue his academic studies, undertaking a masters course in London.
Other interests include art and creative hobbies such as painting and drawing. Additionally, Seb can often be found enjoying live music at the weekends, appreciating the talent of various artists, both acoustic and electronic.
Michaela Davis BSc (Hons) Business & European Cultural & Social Studies
Accounts and Office Administration
After 25 years of teaching A Level and GCSE business and finance in colleges and secondary schools, Michaela took early retirement and moved back to Warwickshire where she started her own business. Before returning to university Michaela had been a manager in a retail environment.
Michaela started with Hayward Smart in July 2021, overseeing the administration and accounts for the practice.
Outside Hayward Smart, Michaela is a trustee and treasurer for Shipston on Stour & District Local Historical Society and is an online trainer in speed awareness.