Peregrine Mears Architects have expanded their senior team with the arrival of Richard Ellis from leading company Stride Treglown. “We’re delighted to welcome Richard to North Devon, bringing a few approach and ideas to our practice, which is inspiring for us all.” commented Director, Perry Mears. “This is an exciting development for Peregrine Mears architects. A new perspective and fresh creative ideas will add to our joint innovative design discussions and drawing on different professional experiences and styles may result in only altering a small detail or tweak a design, but the impact can be significant.
Richard Ellis | An introduction
|Family||Married with two stepchildren & |
|Favourite book||Bleak House by Dickens or Money by Amis.|
|School||West Bridgford High School||Holiday favourites||Thailand & 3 months touring USA|
|University||Hull Business School; Hull School of Architecture; Mackintosh School of Architecture, GSA||Music||Music is massively important and enjoy pretty much every genre going.|
|First job||MacCormac Jamieson & Prichard Architects||Interests||Architecture; music; film; art; literature; cooking.|
Q | What inspired to become an architect?
I’ve always been interested in buildings but this was crystallised by visiting Castle Drogo as a teenager & watching a documentary on Peter Palumbo that featured Mies Van Der Rohe’s Farnsworth House.
Q | Architectural likes (and dislikes)?
Likes – Modernism. Dislikes – Post-modernism, which ages me.
Q | What interesting projects have you been involved in previously?
I’ve been lucky enough to work on many interesting projects during my career including:
- Several museums and libraries.
- The refurbishment of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s 78 Derngate property.
- Elizabeth Line’s Paddington Station.
- Part of the Athletes Village at 2012 Olympic Games.
Q | Do you specialise in any particular architectural field?
No but most recently I have concentrated on residential, extra-care (residential schemes for the over-55s) and doctors surgery projects.
Q | What attracted you to move to North Devon?
The opportunity to live and work in a stunning part of the country.
Q | What’s you view for the future trends and designs?
The impact of net carbon zero on architecture – how we go about designing buildings that will contribute to reaching that target and educating clients about the impact.
Q | What do you see now Muyiwa Oki has been elected the new RIBA President
It’s interesting that a ‘salaried’ architect has been elected as opposed to a ‘name’ architect. Also, whether in the short time of his presidency he can achieve a ‘better work/life balance’ for younger members of the profession.
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