Architects who share your attention to detail
Behind every one of our projects there are numerous interesting stories about the people, what they do with their building and the good causes they are linked with. In this news section we bring you the stories behind these buildings…
When did you decide you wanted to be an architect?
I always find it difficult when I hear people say that they fell into their career – I have wanted to be an architect for as long as I can remember, maybe it started with the Lego creations that I designed or maybe with the pencil and paper that I always seemed to carry around with me when I was younger, I don’t know, but I just knew architecture was for me.
You can often date a building by its style, a style is something we inherit, an historical legacy, which will pass from past generations on to future generations. In historical terms, a legacy is something that is handed down from one period of time to another.
I’ve always liked names that ‘say what you do’, when choosing the name for my own company, ‘Soul Architects’ I gave it a lot of thought! I wanted something that said what I was offering and that’s where the word ‘architects’ came from, but I also wanted something that said a little more about me and the service I would be offering and that’s where the word ‘soul’ comes in. I think of ‘soul’ as being a moral sense of identity, an honesty, and that’s something I offer all of my clients.
With Valentine’s Day fast approaching I was thinking about how I would be able to link architecture and romance together for the month of February. To be honest I thought I might struggle to find something with the ‘traditional’ symbol of love – the heart, but then I remembered that somewhere I had read about a building that Frank Lloyd Wright had designed on a heart shaped island in the middle of Lake Mahopac, 50 miles from Manhattan.
I often feel that I live in a world where nothing is quite what it seems – working with historic buildings you learn to expect the unexpected, you seem to uncover things that you couldn’t predict and that’s what I love about my job – quirky things. If you have a probing mind as I do, you would love the Curious Corner of Chamarel, which I found quite by chance, whilst on holiday – their motto is that the future belongs to the curious – the ones who are not afraid to try it, explore it, discover it, question it and turn it upside down. I love that with all projects that I undertake I get the chance to try, explore, discover, question and if all else fails turn it upside down and start again.
I have always said that conservation isn’t just about buildings – memories are precious too. As we get older our memories grow less intense, what we remembered in great detail in the beginning, becomes more hazy as time goes by. That’s probably one of the reasons that I love to take so many photos, to serve as a reminder, so that I don’t forget the detail.
I don’t normally do before and after shots, but thought that the workmanship has been completed so skilfully that I couldn’t resist.
The Prior’s Door is located within the South Wall of the 13th Century Chancel of St Nicholas Church, Askham. The stone work reveals and arched head suffered significant decay to the back face which resulted in large gaps and poor weathering against the door, in some areas there were pockets more than 75mm deep. The purpose of the stone repairs was to provide improved weathering to the door opening and protection to the surrounding fabric.
Our Business Mentor, Jim is a huge Morris Minor fan, so we couldn’t resist getting a photo of this classic outside the Dukeries Garden Centre.
Our office dog Harley has suffered for many years with a serious eye condition. Not wanting to have his eye removed we have worked with Heidi, his Specialist, in Birmingham, to conserve his eyesight for as long as possible.