I have worked in a number of architect practices since leaving school at the age of 18, initially starting out as a building technician for a local practice and a developer in my home county of Kent, completing my HNC in Building Studies while working. I soon realised that I would be more fulfilled if I went to university to study architecture and go on to qualify as a chartered architect. My career path has taken me through some interesting journeys and has led me to eventually settle down in Cornwall in 2000.
My degree was gained at Portsmouth University after which I had a work placement in London for Skidmore Owings Merill where I gained experience of working on large multi- million pound international projects as part of a design team. Following this I returned to university to undertake my Diploma in Architecture and secured an exchange placement to study the first year of the Diploma in Architecture at RMIT in Melbourne Australia. My final year was completed back at Portsmouth university.
From here I was drawn west and secured a position with Stride Treglown in Bristol. Great experience was gained working on a variety of schemes and in particular a large residential apartment project in the centre of Clifton and a large commercial office building in the home counties. From here my journey continued west and I found myself drawn to Cornwall, moving here in 2000 with a position with Artchart, Newquay.
Since that time I have held a number of positions while living in Cornwall, including working at The Hendra Practice, Truro with Chris Hendra (now retired) where I completed my RIBA Part 3 training, passing the exam through Plymouth University and becoming a fully qualified RIBA chartered architect. THP then merged in with CAD Architects Penryn where I was made an associate of the practice. Following this I set up a new practice, Ocean Architects Ltd with three other directors involved. The projects that I undertook as managing director and project architect over a period of 6 years were varied and exciting and included small residential projects and extensions, a luxury residential 22 apartment development, commercial units, various leisure projects for holiday parks, retail and a range of developer housing and apartment schemes.
Projects varied in both complexity and contract value from the simple house extension to a multi million pound hotel and feasibilty studies for large retail projects.
My time now is being directed into DWArchitecture, working from my home office as a sole practitioner.