I studied architecture at the University of Liverpool between 1991 and 1997. During this time I spent a semester studying at the University of Washington in Seattle and another semester living in Mexico designing and building a primary school for a squatter community with a group led by Sergio Palleroni. This experience taught me how to follow a dream, and how architecture can make a difference.
I spent my year out working for an architectural practice in Berlin, where I learned how to see beauty in the decaying and enabled me to successfully blend old and new.
Moving to London
I moved to London after graduating and worked for Paul Hyett, who was the President of the RIBA at the time. This gave me an insight into the workings of the RIBA. Working for HH architects taught the importance of having a good boss and working for Tasou Associates gave me an eye for detail.
I deliberately chose to work for small firms that would give me the greatest breadth of experience. I realised early on that my passion lay in residential architecture, where I could work with the end user, enabling them to put their own personalities and tastes into their home.
My philosophy and passion
I believe a successful project begins with a good brief and I enjoy the process of translating a client’s needs and tastes into architectural designs that sensitively take site constraints and local authority guidelines into consideration whilst respecting the spirit of the original house or site.
I endeavour to put my heart into everything I do, and as such, I draw everything by hand. This enables me to connect with a drawing in a way that is not possible when drawing with computer.
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