Gordon runs our Manchester studio and manages major architectural projects across the North West.
His experience spans commercial, education, residential, retail and healthcare projects, with a current focus on education and student living. Gordon leads technical delivery across Stride Treglown and oversees our Design for Manufacture and BIM & Digital Design teams.
What’s your favourite project you’ve worked on to date?
Rebuilding Marks and Spencer’s in Manchester after the IRA bomb attack. The whole building was demolished and I worked to bring it back to life. Manchester has always had a ‘can do’ attitude in the face of adversity, and it was incredible to be a part of a team that wanted to put the heart back into the city.
What is the best building in your city?
The Town Hall. It’s the beating heart of Manchester, strong, beautiful and dependable – very reflective of the city.
Why did you choose a career in architecture?
To build. I like to understand all the functional, technical, spatial and emotional aspects of a project and work with the team to bring these together to make a great place for people to live, work and play. Seeing a project through from start to finish is always a great source of personal pride, but the most important thing is seeing a building in successful use.
If you weren’t an architect, what would you be?
An engineer. I like to understand how things work and how they can be made to work efficiently.
What is your pet hate?
Industry buzzwords – good, sound philosophies killed by overuse. We need to ensure the meaning behind phrases such as ‘collaboration’ are carried forward.