Nic Downs | Carolyn Merrifield

Carolyn Merrifield

Carolyn MerrifieldStudy: BSc Architectural Studies (Welsh School of Architecture), BArch (Welsh School of Architecture), RIBA

History: After a spell working for mid Glamorgan Council, Carolyn joined Burgess Architects, becoming an associate and then partner by the time she was 31 and eventually managing partner of the Cardiff office. After 16 years she left to join Holder Mathias, becoming a partner within a couple of years. Whilst there she was responsible for their sustainability accreditation, actively worked with BITC and led the BIM implementation.

Selected work: Pembroke Technium which achieved BREEAM excellent, TAVRA Centre for Signals in Cardiff, Millennium Plaza Leisure building in Cardiff, Lucknam Park Hotel Spa whilst at Holder Mathias, housing and apartments for Crest Nicholson in Bath and worked on Gwyn Hall in Neath

Time out: Carolyn has a passion for art, with a developing reputation for portraits having exhibited in local galleries. She sings with the Ardwyn Choir with Nic, runs a local book club and spends time pottering in the garden, cooking or with friends and family.


Nic Downs

Nic DownsStudy: BSc Architectural Studies (Welsh School of Architecture), BArch (Welsh School of Architecture), RIBA

History: Qualified whilst at Alex Gordon Partnership, then joined Holder Mathias Architects, rising through the practice to Director, then Partner. As well as being responsible for many diverse projects, Nic also played a part in the Design Direction of the practice.

Selected work: Pembrokeshire College of Further Education, Council Offices for the Vale of White Horse District Council in Abingdon, NCM (now Atradius) in Cardiff Bay, St James Parade in Bristol, Chelsea Gate in London, The Ellipse in Swansea and The Ashgabat Olympic Complex in Turkmenistan.

Time out: When not working Nic can often be found on his road bike, competing in Sportives around the country and Europe. He also has a keen interest in all ball sports, sings with a local choir and loves spending quality time with his family and friends.