Gary is an architect responsible for leading mixed-use schemes including housing, masterplanning, workplace and R+D projects from our Bristol office.
What is the current big trend in your sector?
In residential there is a big drive to deliver housing numbers of all forms for all, to deliver them efficiently and to provide people with a more varied and flexible offer in terms of types and layouts than we’ve done before. Creating great places to live and legacy projects, which I think go hand in hand, are key items to work hard to maintain whilst driving numbers up.
What is your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?
I suppose I have lots of favourite projects – the more complicated the better.
In terms of housing, Paintworks has probably been one of my favourites just from the sheer complexity of it as an idea. It’s a true mixed use scheme – from residential to work space with secret car parking and a dash of quirkiness. Even some of our employees and business associates live there.
The National Composite Centre is another favourite because it’s a project that brings university and industry thinking together to expand Britain’s manufacturing expertise.
What advice would you give your 20 year old self?
I started out in architecture straight from school. I’d say keep striving to get the best out of every project. That’s something that still rings true to me.
Interesting fact that nobody knows about you?
I’ve done mountain biking now for 30 odd years and more recently road biking. I go out most weekends with family and friends and all of the mountain biking network days are great fun with like-minded people. I cycle in and around Bristol, South Wales as well as the Forest of Dean and the Alps when tempted.
What is the best building in your city?
Jamaica Street Studios in Stokes Croft. My favourite piece of street art is the breakdancing Jesus at The Canteen opposite; it’s a fabulously dynamic piece and so unsung.
- Abercrombie Award for Royal Mail in Plymouth
- BCO Regional Award for One Glass Wharf
- Civic Award for Great Western Dockyard
- RICS Award for National Composites Centre