I have been with JDA over twenty years, having started on my year out between parts 1 and 2 of my university degree. In that time I have seen and been integral to the growth of the business from modest beginnings to the multi-disciplinary practice it is today. My passions in relation to architecture are for the more urban-design-oriented projects, and for opportunities to integrate sensitive contemporary designs into traditional settings. My love of buildings can be attributed to a childhood building Lego (a pleasure that I can now relive through my own young family).
The two projects I have enjoyed the most were both town centre regeneration schemes involving mixed-use commercial and residential developments. In each case the site was within a conservation area, with adjoining listed buildings, and the design solutions that evolved both respected these constraints and enhanced the surroundings, restored street scenes, offered up new urban spaces and experiences, and did so in an entirely modern manner.
I don’t have a life as I have two small children! Any opportunity to find a quiet hour to retreat to my garden with a book and a beer is always appreciated, if seldom achieved. In the days before children, when I did have some spare time, I researched and wrote a book on the Victorian architect Watson Fothergill (which has been moderately successful) and have given talks and presentations on his work.