Universal Design Studio is an award winning architecture and interior design practice based in London. It works internationally on commissions including boutique hotels and restaurants, retail spaces, workspaces, galleries and renowned cultural institutions.

Universal uses a bespoke approach for each client, rich in intellectual rigour and creativity, to create inspiring places with a powerful visual impact.

Universal was founded in 2001 by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, in response to the growing demand for their distinctive design aesthetic and clever use of material details in an architectural and interior design context. The studio is co-directed by Hannah Carter Owers and Jason Holley.


Universal Design Studio is a team of architects and designers from an international background with a passion for creating inspiring spaces.

  • Hannah Carter Owers | Director
  • Jason Holley | Director
  • Paul Gulati | Associate Director
  • Richard McConkey | Associate Director
  • Rich Ryan | Associate Director
  • Suzanne Gaballa | Senior Associate
  • Satoshi Isono | Senior Associate
  • Stuart Mauger | Senior Associate
  • Ali Stewart | Senior Associate
  • Carly Sweeney | Senior Associate
  • Sonia Tomic | Senior Associate
  • Cathrin Walczyk | Senior Associate
  • Andrew Graham | Commercial Director
  • Eilish Mackay | Commercial Manager
  • Natalie Allsopp | Business Development and Marketing
  • Becky Harvey | PR and Communications
  • Kim Buddle | Studio Manager


Through a process of research and experimentation, carefully chosen materials and crafted details are used to help create unique and beautiful spaces. Universal’s work ranges in scale, from the design of a bespoke door handle (the first touch point in a building) and the interior spaces through to large scale building façades.

Universal collaborate closely with clients, consultants, contractors and makers in the pursuit of creating finely crafted spaces that enhance the experience of the end users.