Tristan Rhodes

Regional Director

Tristan has a passion for establishing and maintaining long term client relationships and he brings a strong commercial awareness to our business.

He has a dual role at Stride Treglown; regional director for our Bath office, and head of our office and workplace sector, most recently completing notable projects such as 20 Manvers Street, Bath, and 740 Waterside Drive, Bristol.

What is the current big trend in your sector?

The current big trend impacting upon workplace design is responding to the massive shift in people’s expectations of what their workplace looks like and what it can offer. They expect access to external space, high levels of natural light and office space that is both characterful and offers a huge range of workplace settings.

We are increasingly retrofitting this brief into existing buildings; reimagining spaces is both sustainable and fascinating.

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

I would be restoring historic buildings. I’m passionate about seeing spaces change, taking them from ruin and reimagining them. My family bought and renovated properties constantly throughout my childhood, so my passion for building has stemmed from that.

Who is your biggest career influence?

Professor Colin Stansfield Smith. He was one of my professors at the University of Portsmouth and he set up the Hampshire schools programme – a ground breaking series of primary schools that had a really positive impact on educational buildings.

It’s important to maintain a passion for what you are doing and help others find theirs as well.

Best book you’ve read?

Walden by Henry David Thoreau. I keep coming back to it at different points in my life and get something different from it each time. The whole idea of taking yourself off grid for a year to live off nothing allows you to strip life back to its core elements. There’s a good message in that.

What is the greatest invention ever?

Music. One of the first things early cultures did once they had food and shelter was to come together through song and dance. Personally I like rock but everyone’s got their own tastes; for such a basic sense, it’s so diverse. I fill my life with it.

Industry Bodies:
  • RIBA
  • Bath Chamber of Commerce
  • BCO Member
Awards:
  • 740 Aztec West, BCO Regional Award for refurbishment, 2016
  • 20 Manvers Street, Office Development of the Year, SW Insider 2017
  • The Met Office, Building of the Year Award, Constructing Excellence Awards 2017