Rob is head of sustainable design and an architect for residential and mixed-use developments. A self-professed eco-worrier, he encourages sustainable design and community involvement at all stages of his projects.
Rob organises our annual Green Week and leads initiatives such as 52 Big Ideas for Bristol, Waters of Bath and Bristol Colour Capital. Outside of that, he has recently completed his own carbon-zero home in Bath.
Rob, what’s your favourite project that you’ve worked on to date?
Great Bow Yard in Langport. There was a sense that we were doing something different in sustainable construction at the time, and the way our developer client actively encouraged us to challenge the design of conventional housing was hugely inspirational.
As a non-architectural project, 52 Big Ideas for Bristol has also been fun – it was our legacy for Bristol after it spent a year as European Green Capital.
Who is your biggest career influence?
Having the opportunity to work in Australia in my Part 1 year, where good architecture is about connecting with the outdoors and the landscape. I fell in love with their outdoor lifestyle and creating spaces that merge inside and out. Californian architects John Lautner and Mickey Muennig also design in this vain and their buildings are incredibly inspiring.
What is your proudest moment?
Winning the RIBA ‘Imagine Bath’ competition with Waters of Bath. The idea is about celebrating the city’s water heritage by introducing a whole network of water features. I’m now working with the city to make it happen.
Tell us an interesting fact that nobody knows about you
I’m related to the English composer Frederick Delius. He apparently said “Music is an outburst of the soul” – captured well in his ‘Walk to the Paradise Garden’ piece.
I think that architecture also has the opportunity to be an outburst of the soul. Our work should at least be uplifting for those who experience it.
What is the best book you’ve read?
Wild, by Jay Griffiths. The first few pages are dynamite. It’s all about living life to the full and basically spending as much time outdoors as possible.
- Sustainability Advisor at RIBA Southwest Awards 2017
- Member of Architecture Is in Bath
- Waters of Bath Working Group
- Leading a Liveable Bath Initiative, supported by the RIBA
- Great Bow Yard, Langport
- Building for Life – Gold Award
- Daily Telegraph / What House? Awards: Best Sustainable Development
- RICS South West Regeneration award
- RICS South West Sustainability award
- RICS South West Project of the Year
- Winning entry for RIBA Letchworth International design competition: ‘Tomorrow’s Garden City: A sustainable approach to living’.
- Orchard Close, Almondsbury – Insider South West Property Awards ‘Residential Development of the Year’
- Baltic Wharf, Totnes- Highly Commended at The Placemaking Awards
- Winning entry for RIBA Imagine Bath competition
- 52 Big Ideas for Bristol – Highly Commended at The Landscape Institute Awards