About us

A vibrant practice which has grown out of the wealth of experience of the two partners Nic Downs and Carolyn Merrifield. As architects working primarily in the high end residential and hotel sectors, we bring a highly personal service combined with quality design for all of our clients.

We believe that a well-designed environment can improve the standard of life for everyone. By the careful use of natural light, family friendly social spaces, or places for calm relaxation from our often stressful lives we create buildings which will exceed expectations and be enjoyed for years to come.

Our buildings are tailored exactly to our client's needs and are crafted to a high quality using a natural palette of materials. We consider both the needs of the building occupiers, and those who experience the building to ensure an exact fit between the needs of the project and the finished building. Our designs should uplift the spirit and create something special.

Careful use of craftsmanship and long-lasting, sustainable materials are vital to creating quality buildings which will last. We offer a different kind of service, focussed on both the client and the environmental needs. Centred around the individual - be it a house, apartment, care home or hotel, it is about providing places for people to relax, enjoy, perhaps work, be inspired in as well as comfortable.