In the past few months four new team members have joined us: Liam, Jennifer, Chloe & David. Here are some clues as to how they are going to influence us.Read More
I only had one problem to solve. There was nobody to tell me what to do or how to do it. I had the opportunity to learn how to do one thing well. And how often does that happen?Read More
Back in July, Robert and I were married in Tipperary, Ireland.
Rob is Irish and, rather predictably, he’s an architect too. So where do two architects choose to go for their honeymoon?Read More
Everybody watches TV. What we choose to watch can give an insight into the types of people we are. With three new faces in the office this month, we thought it would be interesting to share a bit about ourselves...Read More
It turns out we're all 'topophiliacs'. But what does that mean, and why is it important?
Andy's take on what makes places special.
This is what happens when you invite 15 of the UK's leading architects in to the woods for the weekend with 70+ designers & makers and let them build whatever they want...Read More
To what extent should new buildings in Chester make reference to the incredible architectural legacy of the place?Read More
On 17th May we held an event at Storyhouse, the amazing new theatre and cultural centre in Chester. Over a hundred of our friends turned out to hear about our plans...Read More
There is a certain romance associated with turning a derelict building in to a dream project which appeals to a lot of people. But exactly how do you turn that tumble down pile of bricks in the woods into a forest hideaway?Read More
Something came up recently which caused me to think. I was discussing a new project with a client and they asked an interesting question: If I had one piece of advice to give them at the start of their upcoming project, what would it be?Read More
Mapperton appears as a timeless jewel, unchanged for generations. However this is, of course, an illusion and finding ways to keep this historic place in use has required much careful planning over recent years. The first stages of these plans are just starting to be implemented...Read More
Along with the other ‘30-somethings’ leaving London, after nearly seven years I decided it was time to move back to my hometown, Chester. So here it is, this is why I decided it was time for a change — a long-term change...Read More
You may have come in to this world fully charged with a mission to do something or you may have stumbled in to your life’s work. Chances are, though, it was a conscious decision to do something particular having been inspired by someone or something.Read More
Some architects are control freaks and like to present their work as inevitable. As if everything had been intended. I prefer architecture that reflects life. You know, full of good intentions but a bit messy, more complicated and ultimately more interesting.Read More
Can you imagine the medieval stonemason at work, high up on his precarious timber scaffold?Read More
The One Chair Project is the initiative of Chester-based photographer, Sam Riley. The people of Chester were asked to nominate a person to the CHAIR. A cultural hero, an inspiration to others but mainly someone who was adding to the contemporary culture of the city.Read More
Critical comment is really important for anyone who wants to get better at what they do. That much is obvious. But is enough done to encourage it? Do we know how best to give it when others need it? And do you we know what to do with it when we receive it ourselves?Read More
All architects plans must have a north point. It provides your orientation. You need to be able to imagine the building relative to the movement of the sun. It's fundamental. It's Architecture 101.Read More