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St John Handley


BA (Hons) DipArch, RIBA, MRIAI, Architect ARB

St John completed his architectural education at the Mackintosh School of Art, Glasgow in 1997. St John joined Scott Tallon Walker Architects Dublin in 2004 becoming a Director in 2016.

His portfolio includes a £15 million Student Accommodation scheme for Imperial College, London; the conservation and extension of the Grade 1 listed Senior Common Room at St John’s College, Oxford; and the West Cambridge Masterplan for the University of Cambridge. Most recently, he has completed a 10,000sqm extension and refurbishment of the John Paul II Library at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth; which employs an innovative environmental strategy using an internal pond, fed by rainwater, as a heatsink for passive heating and cooling.

St.John’s particular experience in the design and procurement of specialist facades was further developed on this project, where the striking double-skinned façade enhances energy efficiency, controls day light penetration to the internal space and facilitates controlled natural ventilation. The finished library displays a consistency and quality – common to all of St.John’s projects - which speak of his rigorous approach to detail design and active engagement on site throughout the construction process. His career to date has also included several high-profile residential and cultural projects. St. John is responsible for STW’s Architectural Graduate Scheme, acting as mentor to encourage and develop new staff joining our team

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