Our People

1618 Architects are a practice with a vibrant mix of professional skills and backgrounds, each contributing to the success of the practice. We provide architectural services specifically for the residential, commercial and retail sectors.

Our people have successfully completed over 150 projects and complement each other in delivering high-quality architecture.

We are currently recruiting and open to receiving CVs from interested applicants



As a qualified RIBA Chartered Architect with 25 years of experience and as the director of 1618 architects, Afaq is the driving force behind 1618’s success and growth. Having worked on diverse projects with high flying clients, Afaq continuously brings forward an eye for unique and contemporary design. Afaq is also responsible for the Middle Eastern sector having lived and worked in Abu Dhabi (UAE) between 2007-2010. At 1618 his repertoire of skills and talents act as a driver of excellence and client-focused architectural and business solutions and deals with clients directly.

He leads the 1618 team in the residential, commercial and community sectors, and uses his philosophy as a precedent of high standards throughout the two offices.

Afaq is also a member of RIBA and ARB.


1618’s co-director has almost 30 years of experience as a Chartered Architect. Having been President of the Stockport Chamber of Commerce & Industry and President of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce Stockport Local Council, Liam is highly experienced throughout many sectors of the industry and is one of 1618’s most valuable assets. By working closely with the entire team, Liam’s leadership and guidance defines 1618’s architectural aesthetic and high quality work. Liam is responsible for delivering all projects from inception to completion. Additionally, Liam is a CDM Coordinator and is responsible for on-site health and safety for our built projects during construction.

Liam is also a member of RIBA and ARB.


Susan is a qualified Architect with over 30 years experience and has worked in many different sectors of the architectural industry from project architect, management, design co-ordinator, Master planning and education. Susan is now focusing on interior design along with other projects with the team.

Sue is also a member of RIBA and ARB.


Zakaria is a Part II Architectural Assistant, who graduated from the Manchester School of Architecture (MSA) with a BA (Hons) and Masters in Architecture. With a flair for design, a careful attention to detail and a resilient attitude, he strives for a high standard of work. Using appropriate software and employing diverse techniques, he finds joy in creating high-quality finished products. In his spare time, Zak enjoys oil painting as a hobby.


More information on George coming soon.

Andrea, Architect 1618


More information on Andrea coming soon


Chris is an experienced Part II Architectural Assistant, who has studied at Northumbria and the Manchester School of Architecture. With a background in construction, Chris feels at home on site. He uses these skills to develop technical design stages as well as feed in this knowledge at early stages in projects. Having also lived and worked off grid for 18 months, he is also focussed on sustainability, carrying this into proposals.