Our creative team are strategic thinkers, place-makers, and collaborators. Unified by our passion for design (and love of a well-earned pint at the end of the week), we work with care and commitment to create innovative spaces that connect people with their surroundings.

  • Favourite place you’ve visited:  Taj Mahal (not my local curry house)
  • Sweet treat of choice: Curly Whirly, seventies child!
  • Drink of choice: Anything but Sambuca
  • Guilty pleasure: Pork scratchings
John Turner

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.

  • Favourite place you’ve visited:  Too many to be just one…and always searching for the next one!
  • Sweet treat of choice: Raspberry ruffles
  • Drink of choice: Vino Rosso
  • Guilty pleasure: Pleasure should be guilt free!
Howard Bates

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. While there, Howard worked on Shopping Centre projects in Birmingham and Manchester as well as Leisure lead projects and with High Street Retailer brands like Burtons, Topshop and Principles.

Howard joined award-winning architects Greig & Stephenson in 1995, where he became an Associate and then Director. During his sixteen years there, 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.

  • Favourite place you’ve visited:  Vidden, Bergen
  • Sweet treat of choice: Smash (Norwegian salty chocolate crisp)
  • Drink of choice: Beer
  • Guilty pleasure: Cheesy murder mystery tv programmes


  • Favourite place you’ve visited: Greece
  • Sweet treat of choice: Gelato
  • Drink of choice: Peroni
  • Guilty pleasure: Crisps and dip


  • Favourite place you’ve visited: Great Barrier Reef
  • Sweet treat of choice: Skittles
  • Drink of choice: Coopers Pale Ale
  • Guilty pleasure: Football with drink of choice


  • Favourite place you’ve visited: Fraser Island, Australia
  • Sweet treat of choice: Milkybar Buttons
  • Drink of choice: Beer
  • Guilty pleasure: Silent Witness

Architectural Assistant

  • Favourite place you’ve visited: Italy, but anywhere as long as the sun is shining!
  • Sweet treat of choice: Dark salted chocolate
  • Drink of choice: Borolo
  • Guilty pleasure: Clay

Creative Consultant

  • Favourite place you’ve visited: The Himalayas
  • Sweet treat of choice: Walnut & carrot cake
  • Drink of choice: OJ & soda
  • Guilty pleasure: Eating ice cream in a bubble bath

Senior Interior Designer

  • Favourite place you’ve visited: Ethiopia
  • Sweet treat of choice: Marvellous creation popping candy
  • Drink of choice: Coffee!
  • Guilty pleasure: That Peter Crouch Podcast

Trainee Architectural Technician

  • Favourite place you’ve visited: Seychelles
  • Sweet treat of choice: Crunchie
  • Drink of choice: Pink Gin and lemonade!
  • Guilty pleasure: Ben and Jerry’s cookie dough

Junior Interior Designer

  • Favourite place you’ve visited: St Lucia
  • Sweet treat of choice: Banana Cake
  • Drink of choice: Latte
  • Guilty pleasure: Chocolate

Accounts Manager

  • Favourite place you’ve visited: Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Australia
  • Sweet treat of choice: Kinder
  • Drink of choice: Rhubarb & Ginger G&T
  • Guilty pleasure: Crime thrillers

Interior Designer

  • Favourite place you’ve visited: Budapest, Hungary
  • Sweet treat of choice: Kinder Bueno
  • Drink of choice: G&T
  • Guilty pleasure: True Crime documentaries

Junior Interior Designer

  • Favourite place you’ve visited: Top of Mt Fuji, Japan
  • Sweet treat of choice: Dark Belgian Chocolate
  • Drink of choice: Westvleteren
  • Guilty pleasure: Roasted pecans & dried cranberries

Junior Interior Designer

  • Favourite place you’ve visited: The Moroccan desert
  • Sweet treat of choice: Mint Aero
  • Drink of choice: Gin and lemonade
  • Guilty pleasure: Cocktails on a Monday

Marketing and Studio Coordinator

Bo & Vegas