Gallus people

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Experienced architects with a passion for residential-led regeneration projects

Lesley Bell
Director Gallus Studio

Lesley Bell trained at the Mackintosh School of Architecture and was Director at Child Graddon Lewis Architects before founding Gallus Studio Architects in 2015. At CGL Lesley’s strengths lay in gaining appointments to prestigious projects by winning design competitions, while also strengthening the residential side of CGL’s business by bringing in private and public housing clients.

It is this combination of creativity and reliability that is the foundation of Gallus Studio.


Gallus Studio works with both public bodies and private developers, and early work has included complex theatre and public realm projects. Its residential and arts clients include Rose Bruford School of Drama, Harvard Knight, The Belvedere Trust and start-up organisations who are committed to helping the community.


Maria Stancu
Architect and Scenographer

In addition to being a qualified architect, Maria has an MA in Scenography from the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, London. She brings her expertise in theatre and exhibition design just as easily to public arts and community spaces as to small scale architecture projects and interior design.

Maria is adept at handling complex planning issues and specialised consultants and is experienced with mixed use commercial and cultural buildings on sites of national historic importance, luxury residential developments, sustainable design, green roofs, natural materials and historic buildings restoration.

She believes that architecture and scenography can inform each other and produce projects that celebrate the aesthetic quality, functionality, space maximisation and unique narrative of every brief.


The practice is proud to be a RIBA Chartered Practice and delighted to have been granted ISO 9001 quality control and 14001 environmental standard accreditation, so it can work with public bodies and larger organisations.