We're pleased to announce that following two years working with us, Shidan Hagos is now a fully qualified Architect having passed his professional exams at the start of the year.

Becoming an Architect is the culmination of a long journey for anyone, but for Shidan it has particular importance. He moved with his family to Manchester from Asmara, Eritrea in 2011 and without GCSE qualifications secured a place to study a Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment at Manchester College, for which he was awarded a triple distinction (equivalent to 3 A* A-Levels). It was with this qualification, rather than traditional A-Levels that Shidan applied to, and joined the BA course at the Manchester School of Architecture, before going on to the Masters in Architecture at Edinburgh University in 2017, graduating in 2019.

Following time with Purcell Architects, and William Smalley (during the early lockdowns of 2020), Shidan joined Daykin Marshall Studio in October 2020, quickly settling into our small team, unphased by the necessary hybrid working that continued during the pandemic. Shidan has worked across more then 12 projects to date, including the extensive private home retrofit and extension in Balham that became the subject of his Part III Case Study, through which he has been mentored by Project Director James Daykin and supported in his development by contractor and client alike.

We’re proud of all Shidan has achieved to get to this point and celebrate him now officially being an Architect!