About Us

A family run marine design and engineering business.

BYD Naval Architects

Delivering Practical Engineering Solutions

BYD-Naval Architects is a family run marine design and engineering business that was established in 2012. Since its conception BYD has maintained a diverse portfolio of projects from commercial vessels to luxury and performance yachts in both power and sail. Now with locations in Southampton England and Ontario Canada BYD continues to grow and to provide high quality marine engineering services to its client base.

Who We Are

Experience Spanning Back 50 Years

BYD is a dynamic company built on a heritage of marine experience spanning back 50 years. We are committed to continually enhancing our design process and procedures, as well as how we deliver these to the client. We work closely with the Owner and Builder to develop and deliver practical engineering solutions that meet the clients requirements. We have built the company on 3 principles: Quality, Process and Complete Support.

Vision & Mission

Advancing the Industry

We provide a premium marine design and engineering service, continually striving for improvement in the way that we work as well as the build processes from the hull and structure to the way we lay out and integrate systems to the interior layout of the vessel.

While keeping the operational duties of the vessel at the forefront we use a mix of software and engineering experience to develop a vessel that can meet its brief while being optimised throughout the design process to ensure the completed product is a practical solution that meets the requirements of its environment. Our mission is to contribute to the advancement of the marine industry by fostering new ideas and innovation and helping them grow until they are successfully implemented in a vessel or used as an experience tool to take to the next iteration.

Meet the Team

Industry Professionals

Warwick Buckley

Naval Architect UK & Europe

Buckley Yacht Design’s founder Warwick Buckley has collected over 50 years’ experience in the marine industry. He had a successful career as a professional sailor, which led him to sail in the 1981-82 Whitbread Round the World Race on Flyer II, the winning yacht. He has travelled around the world racing, building and designing yachts of all kinds, from power and sail boats to tall ships. He earned a Bachelors of Engineering Degree at the internationally renowned Southampton Institute Yacht & Powercraft Design (BEng) program to become a Naval Architect. In his spare time Warwick can be found working on or racing on the B45 Kia Kaha. A vessel designed and actually built by BYD Naval Architects.

Jami Buckley

Naval Architect Canada & North America

Jami grew up in his family’s boat yards, where his interest in the marine industry and the water began. He spent some time travelling and sailing, sketching boats on anything he could get his hands on. Jami then decided to follow in his father’s footsteps, attending Southampton Solent and holds a Yacht & Powercraft Design Degree (BEng), completing his training with Dykstra Naval Architects in Holland. His steadfast passion for Marine Engineering has lead him to work on a variety of vessels, both power and sail, cruising and performance. Jami has worked on and supports various high profile design teams including Team Hugo Boss. When he is not working on design and engineering, he can be found renovating or building boats and sailing them out on the water.

Stefanos Mokas

Naval Architect

Stefanos is a Naval Architect who enjoys solving problems and he is always up for a challenging project. His calm and positive attitude, combined with his tireless energy brings motivation to any team and encourages others to succeed. Stefanos grew up in Corfu Island and holds a MEng in Naval Architecture & Marine Engineering from NTUA. During his time in Greece, he worked on retrofit projects, did 3D laser scanning surveys and performed statutory surveys on small crafts for the Greek flag. Trying to expand his expertise and passion for yacht design brought him to Southampton, where he acquired a MSc with distinction in Superyacht Design from Solent University and after his graduation, he joined BYD. His free time is mostly occupied by his favourite hobbies, cricket, road cycling, sailing and DIY weekend projects.

Jeremie Ndala

Naval Architect

Jeremie joined BYD as a naval architect in June 2022. He is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. He graduated in 2012 from the school of naval architecture and marine engineering at the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He also attended a graduate certificate in Mechanical Engineering at École de Technologie Superieure (ETS) where he graduated in 2015.

Jeremie has more than 8 years’ professional experience in the marine and shipbuilding industry. His career goal is to enhance knowledge and innovate in the maritime industry by designing and building vessels that are efficient, sustainable and environment-friendly. He hopes to participate in new technology development in areas such as renewable energies and their application in the marine industry. His systematic approach and positive attitude, combined with his high degree of accuracy and accumulated experience and knowledge brings to the team assurance and leadership to rely on and find solutions to most complex problems.

Sophie Foster

Naval Architect Technician

Growing up beside the sea in Northern Ireland with a family of sailors, Sophie took a keen interest in boats from an early age. Inspired by her work experience with the famous Harland & Wolff shipyard, Sophie attended Newcastle University and graduated in 2018 with an MEng in Marine Technology with First Class Honours in Naval Architecture. After university, Sophie worked as a Marine Surveyor for the Maritime and Coastguard Agency where she worked on a wide range of vessels, from fishing vessels to Superyachts, with a specialisation in vessel stability. Sophie joined the BYD team in 2022 after emigrating to Canada.