Sc(hons), MA RCA ARB - Director
Gordon Young founded SAY Architects with Johann Schnaus in 2007. Originally from Hong Kong, Gordon moved to the UK in 1995 and trained at Bath University, the RCA and Southbank University. With a broad experience in commercial fit outs and interior design, he is commercially aware and decisive.
Gordon’s strength is concept design and he tends to take the creative lead on the practice’s projects. He led the team’s designs for the Aqua Group including, notably, Hutong, a 300-cover fine dining restaurant on level 33 of the Shard.
Before forming SAY, Gordon worked for a series of prestigious practices including Foster + Partners, John Pawson and Conran & Partners where his projects included the design of a restaurant in London’s Grade I Listed Royal Exchange.
BA(hons) MA RCA ARB – Director
A versatile architect, Johann has worked on projects from one-off homes to large commercial buildings. Passionate about detailing, he enjoys seeing a strong concept delivered to the highest possible standard and finish. His design for the Hare & Tortoise Restaurant in Chiswick, London, won the Casual Dining Award 2011.
Johann trained at the University of Westminster, the Bartlett and the Royal College of Art. Before forming SAY with Gordon Young in 2007, he worked for Peter Eisenman in New York City and Keith Williams Architects, where he was part of the team who designed the Unicorn Theatre for Children in London.
Johann is a visiting lecturer at Regent’s University London where he teaches students business development.
Karin Murray is an interior designer with a wealth of experience. Before joining SAY, she worked for Conran & Partners, where she was a key member of the team on the design of two of London’s most celebrated contemporary hotels: The Boundary and South Place Hotel.
Karin’s focus is detail design, from bespoke joinery to air-conditioning! Her experience of completing projects on site allows her a clear understanding of how to ensure that the quality of the design intent is carried through into the finished product. She likes the honesty of using construction materials without trying to disguise them, often bringing elements such as wood and concrete into her palette.
Karin is a printmaker and has had work accepted for the RA Summer Exhibition, amongst other shows.
MA(hons) - Associate
Lucille Lepercq joined S&Y in 2012. Her strengths are concept development and implementation: she enjoys collaborating with clients, understanding their brief and translating this into a mood and a palette for their space. Lucille produces many of the practice’s visualisations, giving project ideas a face, life and atmosphere.
Lucille trained at the Academie Charpentier in Paris, where her final degree project was unanimously recommended for ‘High Honours’. Lucille went on to work in various practices in France ranging from Retail Design, Scenic Design, Hospitality and Residential. She worked for Conran & Partners, London, where she worked on a number of their schemes for D&D London, a restaurant group.
Lucille was made an Associate at S&Y in January 2016, working on team and project management.
Aisling Ryan is an interior designer. She regularly assists the Directors at the front end of projects, working with them at concept stage to, for example, research materials; or at planning stage, producing drawings for planning applications and Design and Access Statements. Aisling enjoys creating a story and thoughtfully imagining how a space will be used.
Aisling trained at Chelsea College of Art (UAL) where she was chosen, along with five other students, to create a bar for a music venue in Acklam Village. With a non-existent budget, this required imaginative thinking to create an enticing environment.
Aisling is an obsessive collector of references! Over the past ten years she has collated a library of imagery and cuttings which she draws on to inform her own design work.
Before joining SAY in 2015, Monica Ferreira worked in for Arquipelago Arquitectos Ltda in Lisbon, where she was involved in competitions, residential and commercial projects and master planning. She particularly enjoyed the latter discipline for the challenges it presented. She trained at the Universidade Lusiada in Lisboa, Portugal.
A creative designer, Monica works at all stages of a project, getting involved in the concept whilst also immersing herself in the technical elements and detailing. Monica uses various processes to test and evolve her designs: She enjoys doodling 3D sketches before recreating them digitally, or using 3D models to experiment with materiality.
Monica’s attention to detail means that she is often responsible for the practice’s presentation layouts.
Joyce Yip joined SAY as a year out graduate in 2015 following her Part I studies at Central Saint Martins. She will return to continue her studies in 2016. She has also completed short placements at Philippe Malouin Studio and Inter Urban Studio.
In summer 2014, Joyce was involved in a live collaboration project between Central Saint Martins architecture students and the Bemerton Management Office/ Islington council. The team worked with the local community to prepare a public consultation and develop a design proposal for the East- West Link in Kings Cross.
Joyce takes a particularly sensitive approach to design. She is interested in the tactile and sensory experience of architecture and enjoys testing ideas through drawings, sketches and collage.