About Me

I was born in the historic fishing burgh of Buckie in the north-east of Scotland and studied architecture at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh where I gained an upper second class degree – B.Arch. (hons). I am a registered architect (RIBA membership number 4145295) and have been since 1972.

I enjoy designing imaginative solutions to provide exciting schemes for homeowners who want something different. Indeed, I help homeowners achieve their dreams through a process of establishing exactly how much they have to spend and delivering a scheme that satisfies their main lifestyle priorities.

No project is too small.           

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Working with an architect for your home

Working with an architect

Whether you are planning to build a new house, to alter or extend your present home, to employ a builder or just do it yourself, it makes sense to consult an architect.

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ARB – Architects Registration Board

The Architects Registration Board (ARB) is the body set up by Parliament as the independent UK regulator of architects. It keeps the official UK Register of Architects and only people in the register are legally entitled to use the word “architect” in business or practice.

Under Section 20 of the Architects Act 1997, the title “architect” is protected. It can only be used in business or practice by people who have had the education, training and experience needed to become an architect and who are registered with the ARB. When someone uses the title “architect”, it means that members of the public can check with the Board to ensure  that they are dealing with a genuine and qualified professional.
To see my personal ARB webpage, please click here

 

RIBA – Royal Institute of British Architects:

I regularly represent the RIBA at events around the South-West, including appearances at The National Self Build & Renovation Centre at Swindon and Weston College careers days.

My company is an RIBA Chartered Practice – the only one in Clevedon.

Here is an explanation of why this is so important:

Chartered Practice Scheme

Definition of the RIBA Chartered Practice Scheme:
The RIBA Chartered Practice scheme is a client-focused accreditation scheme for architectural practices, which offers benefits to both clients and architects. It arose from increased public and government pressure for consumer protection, client demands for a recognised system for selecting accredited architectural practices, and architects themselves seeking more robust promotion from the RIBA.

To qualify as an RIBA Chartered Practice, an architectural practice has to demonstrate high standards of professionalism and business effectiveness. RIBA Chartered Practices have to work to a common set of standards and their clients can expect a high quality service.

Purpose of the RIBA Chartered Practice Scheme:

The RIBA Chartered Practice Scheme has become recognised by clients as a valuable asset in helping them to find a suitable architect for their project. The purpose of the Scheme is to meet the following requirements:

  • Clients have highlighted the need for practices to strengthen their business skills and customer service delivery. Clients are seeking architects who will provide reliable services, technical competence, business skills and insurance protection, as well as design quality.
  • Government is responding to increasing public demands for consumer protection by requiring more independent and third-party accreditation of professionals and business, rather than self-regulation. The public is putting more value on positive endorsement and checking by professional bodies.
  • Practices are under increasing pressure to be competitive yet still be profitable and to attract good clients with rewarding, reliable work. Architects are seeking effective promotion of the profession and their businesses by the RIBA.
  • The RIBA seeks further to enhance the performance and effectiveness of the profession, more pro-actively to communicate the value of good design and to promote the role of Chartered Architects and Chartered Practices.