Claire Barton



Claire is an architect and Partner at Haverstock.

Over 15 years she has led numerous successful projects across different sectors but mainly in Education, from nurseries to Sixth Form Colleges in both main stream and special educational needs. She led Parliament Hill Secondary School project which won a RIBA Award, Civic Trust Commendation and Camden Design Award Commendation. Claire has a solid experience in working with local authorities, client teams and particularly in stakeholder consultation. Claire lectures, tutors and examines at Westminster University and on the RIBA Northwest Professional Practice Course.

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