Irina Korneychuk

FaulknerBrowns Architect


FaulknerBrowns profile
Established in 1962, FaulknerBrowns Architects is recognised for its work in architectural design, master planning and strategic thinking. Today, a team of over ninety architects, designers and technologists deliver projects of varying scale and complexity to national and international clients.  We aim to provide our clients with elegant, functional buildings that stand the test of time in a number of sectors including master planning, lifestyle destinations, education (schools, further and higher), sport & community leisure, and workplace.  We are an international design practice bringing flexibility and balance through our talented studio teams.

With 110 employees, we blend a cosmopolitan mix of individuals from across the world, connecting expertise and knowledge from one another and sharing this between our projects. This combination of knowledge of many different building types and geographical locations allows us to devise sustainable, fully integrated design solutions that are uplifting in use and effective to operate.  We spend time carefully weighing pragmatic considerations with ambition and re-interpretation, creating designs with integrity and commercial clarity.  The design process is reviewed regularly by our design panel and the practice is led by our ten partners.

Irina Korneychuk profile MA MArch PGDip
Irina is a key member of the internationally renowned FaulknerBrowns’ sports and leisure team. Coming from Russia she has brought a global perspective on the design of sport facilities which challenges traditional models and drives innovation in the sector.  Having been involved in the design of a number of high profile sport projects in the past, she is currently leading the design and delivery of a major sports facility for the University of Portsmouth which will raise the national and international benchmark for sustainability in its widest sense from the promotion of behavioural change to the consideration of economic and environmental sustainability in sports facilities.

Having achieved an architectural qualification in Russia, Irina came to the UK to complete two Masters degrees in Architecture and Urban Design from Newcastle University, gaining a Distinction. In 2017, Irina was named the winner of the prestigious AJ/Curtins Inspiring Graduate Prize and represents the interests of young professionals working in the practice at the regional Generation 4 Change Committee.

Irina will be talking about the synergy between sport and educational facilities, focusing on aspects of design which are capable of promoting behavioural change through the power of sport, and illustrating examples of recently completed and ongoing FaulknerBrowns’ projects. She will touch upon the wider social value of the principles of ‘Active Design’ and how architectural design can promote active lifestyles.


Innovation in sports halls and community centers