Richard Ellis

Richard Ellis has fresh designs for North Devon

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

BornNottingham 1969Qualified1999
FamilyMarried with two stepchildren &
two granddaughters
Favourite bookBleak House by Dickens or Money by Amis.
SchoolWest Bridgford High SchoolHoliday favouritesThailand & 3 months touring USA
University              Hull Business School; Hull School of Architecture; Mackintosh School of Architecture, GSAMusicMusic is massively important and enjoy pretty much every genre going.
First jobMacCormac Jamieson & Prichard ArchitectsInterestsArchitecture; 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.

Contact Richard

t 01271 377 776