Bryony Staples

Senior Associate Architect

Bryony’s propensity for writing lists sees her get any job done, and her biggest thrill is seeing students enjoy the spaces she has created.

Formerly of Keppie Design, one of our alliance practices through 431 Architecture, Bryony is a senior associate architect. With wide ranging sector experience she has been welcomed by our Manchester office, and currently focuses on student living.

What is the role of an architect?

I see the architecture role not just as designing a building’s aesthetics, but looking at the project’s bigger picture, working successfully with the whole design team and the end user. Everybody should enjoy working on a project throughout its life and see people enjoy it once it is built.

What is your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?

Probably a healthcare project that never got built. It was a design for a community hospital on an interesting and challenging site in Cardigan, Wales. We came up with a great design for some really lovely clients and even though it never reached site, it was still a learning curve.

Do you have a favourite building in your city?

The Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester. It had an extension done a couple of years ago and was shortlisted for the RIBA Stirling Prize. Architecturally, it’s a really interesting building with great light.

If you weren’t an architect, what would you be?

I would have ended up doing some kind of engineering following my first degree. But if I was out of the industry completely, something to do with travelling, food or gardening.

Industry Bodies:
  • ARB
  • RIBA
  • On the industry advisory board for the Leeds University Civil Engineering Department