John and Howard

John Turner began his professional career with Leslie Jones Architects working on shopping centre projects, then continuing with The Design Solution where he worked closely with Lend Lease on the concept design of Bluewater as well as store designs for Cerrutti, Vileroy & Boch, Crabtree & Evelyn and the Burton Group, now Arcadia.

Following his interest in heritage architecture from previously working on projects in Mayfair and on Regent Street, London, John was appointed by Fusion D&A to run the conversion of the Grade 2* listed former car showroom and bank into a restaurant at 160 Piccadilly, now known as the highly regarded Wolseley restaurant.

After taking a sabbatical, John joined award-winning architects Hawkins\Brown where he became Partner/Director overseeing Office, Heritage and Education projects for both Private and Public sector organisations and clients.

Twelve years on, John left Hawkins\Brown to set up turnerbates with former colleague Howard Bates establishing their studio close to Borough Market, London.

Howard Bates studied architecture and interior design at the Royal College of Art and graduated with a Masters Degree in 1991.

Subsequently, Howard worked with a number of leading design consultants including: Din Associates and The Design Solution where he first worked with John Turner on large scale nationwide retail programmes with the Burton Group designing and implementing for high street brands such as Principles, Topshop and Evans, as well as many shopping centre, leisure and bespoke retail projects.

Howard joined award-winning architects Greig & Stephenson in 1995, where he became an Associate and then Director. During his sixteen year tenure at G&S, Howard worked extensively in the UK and internationally with developers, retailers and hospitality operators, including, British Land, Marks & Spencer, Jack Wills, Selfridges, HMV, Waterstone’s, ING Real Estate, Delancey, The Gondola Group,¬†Vinum Restaurants, Vinopolis, Tapas Brindisa and Bombay Sapphire.

Howard has also mentored, lectured and taught Interior Architecture in numerous Educational Institutions in the UK.