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Nic Downs

Study: 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 - winner of a RIBA Award, 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.

Carolyn Merrifield

Study: 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. see https://carolyn-merrifield.sShe sings with the Ardwyn Choir with Nic, runs a book club and spends time pottering in the garden, cooking or with friends and family.

Rob Boltman

Study:  BSc Computer Science (Southampton University), BA Architecture (Oxford Brookes University), MArch (Welsh School of Architecture), RIBA 

History:- Initially worked as an IT consultant for 10 years devoping and project managing softward development for clients,  before deciding to re-train as an architect. Joined Holder Mathias Architects initially, then set up his own small practice before joining Downs Merrifield Architects in 2014. 

Selected work:  Shortlisted for the RSAW Welsh Architecture Awards in 2018 for 'Brook House', his contemporary family home in Roath.

Time out:- Rob is a keen photographer having been awarded an Associateship by the Royal Photographic Society for his architectural portfolio. He also enjoys travelling, reading and sailing (he is a qualified day skipper) 

Seb Davies

Study -  BSc Architectural Studies (Welsh School of Architecture)

History - Seb first came to Cardiff to study at the Welsh School of Architecture in 2014, going on to work as a Part 1 for Richard Andrews Architects before joining the team at Downs Merrifield. He plans to continue his studies with a Masters of Architecture. 

Time out - Seb enjoys working with young people as part of his church's youth group, as well as playing the drums, a spot of painting and getting out into the countryside on his bike. An avid fan of board games, Seb also enjoys writing stories for his Dungeons & Dragons group. 

Kalina Marinovska

Study: BSc Architectural Studies (Welsh School of Architecture), MArch (Welsh School of Architecture)

History:- Kalina was born in Haskovo in Bulgaria where she grew up with her mother and brother. After completing her AAA levels in Bulgaria, she came to UK to study Architecture in 2015. She is working here after completing her MArch at the Welsh School of Architecture.


Time out:- Kalina loves staying active in her free time by going to the gym, playing squash or volleyball. She also participates in volleyball tournaments around UK representing Cardiff University Volleyball Club. 

Nicole Kinnaird

Study - BA (Hons) Education, Psychology & SEN; MPhil in Education from September 2019; Diploma in Tourism, Culture and Marketing


History - Born in South Africa where she started her career working in the Tourism industry. Moved to London, in 1995 before moving to Cardiff in 1997. Joined Percy Thomas Architects as a project secretary and was the team coordinator on the Wales Millennium Centre Project. Moved to Burgess architects as project secretary then promoted to PA to Director Carolyn Merrifield within a year. Went back to education to gain a university degree and now works part-time as Practice Administrator for Downs Merrifield architects. Awards include Chwarae Teg 2018 inspirational women in Wales Learner Award and Equality & Diversity officer award for Cardiff Met SU 2018 & 2019


Time Out - Campaigning for disability rights, cooking, gardening, reading and visiting historical places. Enjoys spending time with her family as life is important especially after suffering a stroke 6 years ago. Treats every day as special and provides a positive energy to all she comes in contact with. 

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