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ABOUT US

Happy Building creates spaces that positively impact our customers’ lives. We live by the values of trust, respect, teamwork and excellence. It’s a world where everyone involved feels happy and fulfilled.

We’d love you to share the experience. Read on to meet the team.

Lead Architect & Construction Bridge Manager

Jamie helps people rethink their idea of great residential architecture to reveal what’s truly possible. After qualifying as an architect with honours, Jamie embarked on a successful career in the private residential sector before joining Happy Building. His passion for problem-solving is invaluable. While his experience of high-end detailing makes every living project more cost-effective. At work, Jamie supports the team’s aspirations by sharing his knowledge to drive quality standards. At home, the Rugby enthusiast enjoys spending cherished time with his family.

Jamie Williams - GradDipArch (Hons), RIBA (Chartered RIBA Architect)

Lead Architect & Construction Bridge Manager

Senior Architect

Anastasia is an award-winning architect who brings an exciting dynamic to the Happy Building team. Before relocating to embrace London's artistic, architectural mecca, she spent her early career working in Bulgaria. At Happy Building, she thrives on turning clients' ideas into aspirational yet practical living experiences. Anastasia has a wonderfully creative daughter who she describes as her greatest yet most rewarding challenge.

Anastasia Atanasova - BA (Hons), Dip (Arch), ARB

Senior Architect

Senior Executive Designer & Design Team Manager

Abbas qualified with a Bachelors degree in architecture. His early career led to design projects for mosques, Islamic schools, community centres, and private residences. At Happy Building, Abbas uses his geometric influences to create a sense of symmetry and balance. As a natural leader, he takes responsibility for the group, inspiring the team to succeed. Abbas lives in a stylish period property. He personally transformed the home with two extensions, a loft conversion, and an internal reconfiguration. His calming persona comes from a love of well-being, yoga, swimming, and the sauna.

Abbas Akbarally

Senior Executive Designer & Design Team Manager

Architectural Designer

Geo qualified with a BA (Hons) at the Manchester School of Architecture. He joined the Happy Building team with architectural experience in private residential, retail and hospitality, leisure, and education. It's easy to see why Geo found his design calling. As an accomplished cocktail mixologist, blues, funk, soul musician, and avid furniture restorer in his spare time, Geo is artistic by nature. His architectural designs balance practicality, creativity and flair, often including features our clients' hadn't considered but find incredibly valuable.

Geo Wilkins

Architectural Designer

Architectural Designer

Miles has a BA in architecture and design with merit. His inspiration comes from a love of galleries and exhibitions, where you'll often find him studying contemporary art forms. Miles takes pride in seeing his designs become a reality. Especially when he helps clients' achieve something they didn't think was possible. Along with the many Happy Building customers who value Miles's contribution, his work is also recognised by the Japanese Embassy in London, the Architects Journal, and EcoBuild magazine.

Miles Borg

Architectural Designer

Project Consultant

Carlotta grew up in Tuscany before relocating to study in London. She qualified with a BA (Hons) in interior architecture from the University of Westminster. Her previous experience working for luxury Italian and English furniture brands fuels her passion for properties & interiors. Carlotta thrives on being part of the journey that realises our customers' dreams. She especially enjoys guiding clients through the architectural services, engineering, and building works processes in a way that puts people at ease.

Carlotta Lazzerini

Project Consultant

Architectural Designer

Chantelle brings a deep dedication to the Happy Building team. After all, not many aspiring architects have climbed Mount Kilimanjaro for charity. In her role as an architectural assistant, Chantelle works closely with clients and peers to enrich her journey towards becoming a fully qualified RIBA architect. Chantelle graduated with a BA (Hons) in Architecture from the University of Liverpool.

Chantelle Ridgway

Architectural Designer

Architectural Designer

Francesca works closely with the senior architects across a wide range of projects. She puts her problem-solving skills to great use by overcoming obstacles to make imaginative concepts achievable. Her work is meticulously planned down to the smallest detail. Francesca has a first-class BSc part 1 honours degree in architecture. At university, she won the Grand Slam title as a member of the women's rugby team. A feat that gave Francesca a deep understanding of the value of teamwork.

Fran Pryke

Architectural Designer

Project Manager

Fernando is an accredited project manager with over 20 years of construction experience.

Day-to-day, you'll find him planning every stage of a customer project build. In addition, Fernando manages the site work and safety operation with enhanced problem solving using his lean six sigma knowledge.

He’s also Happy Building’s resident high flyer. Aside from cycling and walking for leisure, Fernando is a microlight pilot instructor.

Fernando Ricardo Leite

Project Manager

Site Manager

Luis brings a wealth of expertise in plumbing, electrics, joinery and general construction to the Happy Building team.

He helps our projects run seamlessly by managing everything from on-site deliveries to works completed with minimal fuss.

At home, you’ll find him pursuing an interest in motocross. Or in his workshop developing ideas to make the next Happy Building project run just as effectively.

Luis Moreira

Site Manager

Operations & Planning Manager

Medion turns complex into streamlined with clever thinking. It all began with computer science studies. But grew creatively working for some of the fashion industry’s most respected businesses.

And as the Head of Couture for Chrisanne Clover, Medion led design, production, R&D, marketing and sales campaigns for 12 years. He values being part of the creative culture at Happy Building. Medion’s always thinking about new ways to push efficiency further.

Medion shares a home with his partner and beloved pampered Pomeranian, Tobi.

Medion Zorba

Operations & Planning Manager

Head of Business Intelligence

Bhavik qualified with a BA Hons in accounting and finance. He’s also a fellow member of the association of chartered accountants. As a natural strategic thinker, Bhavik thrives in Happy Building’s fast-moving environment. He loves being part of the senior management team where people lead from the front to drive change and innovation. Away from work, Bhavik spends quality time with his wife and two young boys. He’s a passionate Liverpool football fan who had the honour of playing at Anfield in 2018.

Bhavik Patel

Head of Business Intelligence

“This might sound boring, but I love to reconcile banks accounts”, says Rebecca. Boring or not, a passion for figures makes her a valued member of the team. Rebecca embarked on roles in admin, sales, and logistics before taking time to re-evaluate her career. After studying for a Level 2 AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) diploma, she took up her first accounting role at couture brand Chrisanne Clover. Rebecca soon completed her Level 3 AAT diploma before joining Happy Building to further her career. At home, Rebecca is best known for wowing friends with her magical Halloween and Christmas design themes.

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Rebecca Rolph

Finance Assistant

“This might sound boring, but I love to reconcile banks accounts”, says Rebecca. Boring or not, a passion for figures makes her a valued member of the team. Rebecca embarked on roles in admin, sales, and logistics before taking time to re-evaluate her career. After studying for a Level 2 AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) diploma, she took up her first accounting role at couture brand Chrisanne Clover. Rebecca soon completed her Level 3 AAT diploma before joining Happy Building to further her career. At home, Rebecca is best known for wowing friends with her magical Halloween and Christmas design themes.

Lara joined the team with 11 GCSEs and A-levels in mathematics, physics, and fine art.

Lara plans to study architecture at university. Her passion for practical, sustainable design is apparent as she learns how the industry works from our professional designers.

And the creative spark? That comes from dance and music, where she's expanding her ballet, modern, and jazz dance knowledge. Lara also plays the piano and clarinet.

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Lara Sababady

Intern

Lara joined the team with 11 GCSEs and A-levels in mathematics, physics, and fine art.

Lara plans to study architecture at university. Her passion for practical, sustainable design is apparent as she learns how the industry works from our professional designers.

And the creative spark? That comes from dance and music, where she's expanding her ballet, modern, and jazz dance knowledge. Lara also plays the piano and clarinet.

With a marketing career spanning 20 years, including roles at Ralph Lauren and L’Oreal, Malene is Happy Building’s brand custodian. She loves connecting people, products and outstanding services by telling the Happy Building story. Originally from Copenhagen, Malene has a degree in economics and politics from Queen Mary. Her love for the simple, functional principles of Scandinavian design is a testament to her Danish roots. Malene lives in London with her husband Valter, teenage daughter, and ‘Marley’ the Swedish Vallhund.

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Malene Da Silva

Head of Marketing

With a marketing career spanning 20 years, including roles at Ralph Lauren and L’Oreal, Malene is Happy Building’s brand custodian. She loves connecting people, products and outstanding services by telling the Happy Building story. Originally from Copenhagen, Malene has a degree in economics and politics from Queen Mary. Her love for the simple, functional principles of Scandinavian design is a testament to her Danish roots. Malene lives in London with her husband Valter, teenage daughter, and ‘Marley’ the Swedish Vallhund.

Jola manages the creative content for our print and digital channels. She qualified with a BA (Hons) in retail marketing at Manchester Metropolitan Uni. Jola loves working with fellow creatives to turn concepts into visual reality. Her inspiration comes from a love of the arts, culture, galleries and museums. At home, you might find Jola planning for her next 50km hike. She’s already completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Alternatively, you might find her performing Polish folk with a twist as part of a female vocal group.

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Jola Picridas

Creative Marketing Lead

Jola manages the creative content for our print and digital channels. She qualified with a BA (Hons) in retail marketing at Manchester Metropolitan Uni. Jola loves working with fellow creatives to turn concepts into visual reality. Her inspiration comes from a love of the arts, culture, galleries and museums. At home, you might find Jola planning for her next 50km hike. She’s already completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Alternatively, you might find her performing Polish folk with a twist as part of a female vocal group.

Mimi uses her skills learned by studying visual arts and communication to bring exciting ideas to our marketing department.

With fresh perspectives and boundless enthusiasm, Mimi thrives in Happy Building’s ideas led culture.

“I have a team around me that really cares about personal growth”, says Mimi. “Happy Building is a place where inspiration and enthusiasm flourish.”

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Mimi van Hauen

Digital Marketing Assistant

Mimi uses her skills learned by studying visual arts and communication to bring exciting ideas to our marketing department.

With fresh perspectives and boundless enthusiasm, Mimi thrives in Happy Building’s ideas led culture.

“I have a team around me that really cares about personal growth”, says Mimi. “Happy Building is a place where inspiration and enthusiasm flourish.”

After studying marketing and law at the University of Porto, Valter embarked on a career in commercial construction. Yet, a passion for interior design and architecture led to the launch of Happy Building in 2012. Valter’s knowledge of complex construction, alongside an enthusiasm for systems and processes, helps Happy Building ensure every design and build project is an enjoyable experience. When he’s not competing in ultra running events, you’ll find Valter relaxing at home in London with his wife Malene and daughter.

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Valter da Silva

Founder and Managing Director

After studying marketing and law at the University of Porto, Valter embarked on a career in commercial construction. Yet, a passion for interior design and architecture led to the launch of Happy Building in 2012. Valter’s knowledge of complex construction, alongside an enthusiasm for systems and processes, helps Happy Building ensure every design and build project is an enjoyable experience. When he’s not competing in ultra running events, you’ll find Valter relaxing at home in London with his wife Malene and daughter.

CAREERS

Are you driven by passion and self-belief? Do you share our values of trust, respect, teamwork and excellence? If you are and do, we can help you take the next step forward in your career. Check out our current vacancies below.

CURRENT VACANCIES

Planning & Operations Manager

The purpose of the Planning & Operations Manager is to work directly with the Managing Director and across all departmental leads, and to successfully drive and deliver the company strategy through connected planning and processes

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Interior Designer/ Architect

The purpose of this role is to create beautiful and exciting spaces through interior architecture and design and to Inspire, guide and deliver a quality project through an elevated customer experience from concept design to key-in-hand.

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Project Manager

Part of a dynamic and highly driven team, the project manager has full Ownership of the project timeline delivery, project profit margins for all their live projects and the successful execution of weekly construction delivery targets.

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Senior Architect

Joining our highly creative and ambitious design practice,  the Senior Architect will be responsible for leading and managing a number of projects from concept design stage, through development of design, cost feasibility, planning, and be of support with the later stages  to the site teams. This role is ideal for a Part III qualified with over 5 years post part III experience.

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Sales Consultant/Senior Consultant

This role will be the first point of contact for enquiries and play a key role in converting prospective enquiries into live Architectural Design clients. Providing a business-critical role, they will ensure that prospects are delivered, onboarded and converted through both in person and virtual consultations by employing a consultative approach whilst effectively communicating the Happy Building process and services. This is not a hard sale style environment and as such experience and the ability to offer an advice driven / consultative approach is key

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Junior Architectural Designer

We are currently looking to expand our team to accommodate another strong team player to our design practice. The Part 1 / Part 2 Junior Architectural Designer will work alongside the in Senior Architects in the delivery of the design projects

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Decorator

An opportunity for a City & Guilds qualified (or equivalent) decorator to join our professional and highly skilled team.

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Electrician

Happy Building is offering a Professional qualified electrician the opportunity to join a motivated and highly skilled team. 5 years + Experience within the private sector required

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Quantity Surveyor

Happy Building is seeking an experienced Measured Building Surveyor with a minimum of 5 years experience in the residential sector

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Digital Marketing Assistant

The purpose of this role is to assist the digital acceleration of the Happy Building customer strategy, telling the brand story across social, CRM, SEO and affiliates

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OUR OFFICES

We’re based in historic Cheam Village, just one hour’s drive from central London.

OUR DELIVERY TEAM

The secret to a happy experience is safe hands managing every part of your project. So when you put your faith in a Happy Building delivery team, our highly-skilled project managers, architects and designers help keep everything under control. 

 

You also get a target-based works programme for peace of mind, effective control systems and processes, and an online customer communication portal for daily updates. 

 

And if an unforeseen issue arises, we'll manage any challenge with reassuring professionalism and a friendly face. We even provide support and guidance on interior fit and finish.

IDEATION

Everything starts with an idea. Share your vision. We’ll fire your imagination. You might be surprised how far ideas can grow with the right inspiration.

DESIGN AND PLANNING

Get a fixed price for our architectural design and planning service. Already have designs? We’ll happily estimate your structural and building regulations package, getting you ready for build.

REALISATION

Realising the dream takes an expert team. That’s what we provide at Happy Building. Check out our customer reviews to see how we deliver on the promise. click here

OUR PROCESS