I am an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC), as well as accredited with the RIBA as a Specialist Conservation Architect. I have worked at Roger Mears Architects (RMA) since 2007 and have been a Practice Partner since 2015. RMA has a strong track record of working in Conservation, something I am deeply passionate about. I am a member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB), an associate member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation (IHBC) and a member of the RIBA Conservation Group. I am on the London Diocese, Chelmsford and St Albans Diocese lists of Quinquennial Inspecting Architects, and the Church Architect for various Grade I and II listed in London. I also work with many community and grant-aided projects, as well as buildings on the Historic England Heritage-at-risk register. I am also currently leading the Practice’s research project into sustainable upgrading of historic buildings.
I am very keen to put my experience, knowledge and skills to best use. Through my experience, I have developed some necessary key skills, including:
- analysing and resolving complicated structural issues
- care and repair of dilapidated buildings, rot and damp issues
- project management, site inspections, cost control issues
- sustainable thermal upgrading of buildings of traditional construction
- working with teams of consultants and specialists
- negotiating with planning authorities, conservation officers and English Heritage
- historic research and building investigations in order to understand the building, its significance and the problems faced to arrive at better solutions.
I have developed a personal approach in working with clients: I understand the importance of unsaid as well as expressed needs and marrying those needs with those of the building. My philosophy is to treat the building as a second client, ensuring that its needs are also met and that it not only survives but continues to thrive into the future.
The existing buildings I work with are sometimes in a dilapidated state. It is my job to see the potential in them worth fighting for, and to work to the best of my abilities to deliver the care these buildings need.