Hugh Conway Morris BA (Hons) MArch RIBA AABC
Hugh is a principal architect, craftsman and director of Manifest Design Workshop Ltd, and has run the practice since founding it in 2009.
Hugh studied architecture at the University of Sheffield. Following graduation, he worked as both designer and carpenter for the Kós Károly Association in Hungary and Transylvania (Romania), also working as project manager for the Opre Roma Community building group in Debrecen, eastern Hungary.
Having returned to England, Hugh developed his expertise in the conservation of historic buildings, already inspired by the living traditions of Romania and Hungary. Working first in Bath, then on the well-known Lethaby Scholarship sponsored by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), he then took up positions in Oxfordshire and Berkshire for conservation specialists Nick Cox and Peter McCurdy, again as both carpenter and architect.
Hugh is now a very active member of the SPAB, sitting on and reporting to committees and carrying out casework, as well as acting as visiting specialist in timber conservation at the Society's annual working parties. He is registered with the Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC), and is on the list of approved architects for church work in the Diocese of Oxford.
Hugh's love of material, and timber especially, has also led to his membership of the Carpenters' Fellowship, the British Woodcarvers' Association, Earth Building UK & Ireland, and the Oxfordshire Woodland Group.
Hugh's position at Manifest enables him to pursue his passion for the revelation of the built form through context - community, natural and spiritual - to engage through real materials with real people in the world, and to bring into being beautiful, meaningful and sustainable buildings.
In his spare time, Hugh enjoys making music, and sings as a baritone with the choir of the Oxford University Church of St Mary the Virgin (where he has also given several talks and a sermon on the subjects of architecture and the infusion of the material with the spiritual), as well as in the prestigious contemporary chamber choir Commotio. Hugh is a keen amateur star-gazer and gardener, and enjoys long-distance walks, birdwatching, and reading history and philosophy.
Photo credit: Lucy C. Stewart
Peter Preston BA (Hons) DipArch MSc (Timber Building Conservation) RIBA
At Manifest, Peter continues to pursue these interests, inspired by his fascination with historic buildings to create a new architecture which is informed by the past, rooted in its cultural context and grounded in tradition, yet is relevant to our contemporary world in design and meaning. This remit includes both the creative re-use and adaptation of old buildings, and the inspiration by their vernacular principles to build new structures that meet modern standards while lifting the human spirit above the mundane.