Since forming in early 2015, EDable has grown quickly to be five strong within the first year. Claire and Mags lead the team, and

typically have individual responsibility for the delivery of our projects. Support comes from our team of ‘almost architects’ who are

all Part II graduates beginning to train for their professional qualifications. All the EDable team are friendly, good communicators, flexible, resourceful, problem solvers, who are passionate about design and enjoy working as a team. We try really hard to deliver

a great service to our clients and ensure the same people work on our projects from start to finish.

The text below was written by each member of the team – with portraits kindly provided by Isobel Margetts (aged 8 ½).


Matthew (Mags) Margetts - Architect

I graduated from Newcastle University in 1997, and qualified as an architect in 2000, since then I have worked for several architectural practices ranging in size from 3 people to 120. This has given me a broad range of experiences from large scale masterplanning in the North East through to high specification house extensions in London. For the last 12 years I have taught Masters Level Architecture – initially at Sheffield University and for the past 10 years at Newcastle University. Whilst it is not always easy, juggling practice and teaching has been intensely rewarding. In both teaching and practice I like to work as part of a team and have always believed communication is a vital part of architecture. I enjoy design in many guises – so I appreciate product design and enjoy making furniture almost as much as architecture. When I’m not working, teaching or making things I enjoy 80’s VW’s, 70’s Transits and an unhealthy number collections.

Claire Margetts - Architect

Graduating from Newcastle University in 1997 I soon started working for Stephen Ibbotson Architects in London, where I spent 7 years working with Steve on residential, church, and public architecture. I really enjoyed it and learnt loads! From London we seem to keep moving north but have come to rest in Blyth, via Yorkshire and Gateshead. In Yorkshire I worked all over the counties on various school projects leading a team of architects doing quick turn over projects as part of long term development plans for each school. Moving on up to Gateshead I set up as a sole practitioner doing domestic architecture from home and at the same time developing as a Designer Maker with Mags under the business PLYable Design at the same time as trying to find a ‘project’ to live in. I am currently settled into the never-ending task of working on The Kings Head in Blyth at the same time as helping to run EDable Architecture. The birth of EDable has also allowed me to get back down to London a lot more often which I am really enjoying. With all this going on, and the two children, there isn’t much free time but I do appreciate the odd glass of wine and a good film and if I can ever persuade anyone… a board game.

Alex Davies - Almost Architect (RIBA Pt.2)

After meeting Mags at a project review during my undergraduate degree I stayed in contact and started working for +3 Architecture where he was Director. I continued to work there during my year out, gaining experience working across a range of sectors and scales; from residential fit out to masterplanning. I began working for EDable in 2015 after graduating from my Master of Architecture at Northumbria University the same year. Whilst I’m passionate about architecture I also have a wandering interest in other aspects of design, craft and making. The (shared) dream would be to work in a studio with attached workshop and enjoy a more hands on approach to design. For the time being that hands on approach is being satisfied by spending my free time bringing a dilapidated 1860’s terrace house back into use as a home for my partner and I.

Caitlin Doyle - Almost Architect (RIBA Pt.2)

I started working for EDable architecture not long after graduating from my Part II at Northumbria University in Summer 2015. I’ve worked on a range of projects to date including competitions, public venues and private housing. Outside of architecture I have a passion for music, I love going to gigs and have been collecting vinyl for that past 5 years. On the weekend you will either find me having a drink in the pub with friends or working on my latest creative project at home (I’ve been making a lot of concrete candle holders recently)

Ané van der Westhulzen - Almost Architect (RIBA Pt.2)

Since completing my Bachelors at Sheffield University and Masters at London Metropolitan, I have worked for several practices in London and South Africa - gaining a wide range of experience in both Leisure and Residential sectors.
Previously I worked for Ed Bennet so I’ve been with EDable since its inception, and am mainly based in the London office. When not drinking tea, or being bewildered at someone turning down a cup of tea, I’m usually found impulse buying plants, ceramics and books.

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