From an early age I have enjoyed recording the world around me through drawing, painting and filmmaking. My parents taking my siblings and I to visit Europe, Africa, Asia and the West coast of Scotland honed this intrigue.
I studied architecture at the University of Strathclyde where I was fortunate to spend a semester at the Bauhaus Universitat in Weimar, Germany. After finishing my postgraduate diploma I continued my investigative studies by completing a Masters in Advanced Architectural Design. During this time I worked as a Graphic Designer, Contractor and Architectural Assistant.
Completing my studies just as the economic downturn hit resulted in me looking for work out of Scotland. Having come close to working in China and Brazil I started work in Bristol at Barton Willmore in 2010.
During my time at Barton Willmore I saw how architecture and the building process were being separated from each other. The projects I worked on included a rugby stadium, training facilities, high end residential, mass housing and commercial offices.
ASB Design was created at the start of 2011 with private residential and Arena 1865 making up the majority of the client base. Up until 2014 I was based on site at Farleigh House to complete the training facility and assist with proposals for Bath Rugby’s new stadium. I am now based at CO-LAB in Bristol’s City Centre.
My belief in how to create and deliver buildings is that the designer, builder and consultants should be a constant presence from concept to hand over. Through this belief, I have been the designer; project manager and main contractor for buildings to minimize the inefficiency of traditionally run projects that suffer from a lack of cohesion between the project team.
Currently I am investigating the possibility of growing the components of a building on site as well as researching the elements of the agricultural vernacular.
Masters in Advanced Architectural Design. (Distinction)
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. June 2009.
R.I.B.A Part 2, Post Graduate Diploma in Advanced Architectural Design (Merit)
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. June 2008.
R.I.B.A Part 1, Bachelors in Architectural Studies with Honours. (2:1)
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, Scotland. June 2007.
Socrates Exchange Programme with Matthias Sauerbruch and Louisa Hutton
Bauhaus Universitait, Weimar, Germany. August 2005.
This guy exposes the raw layers of a facade to produce incredible stencils on gable walls of buildings around Europe but mainly in Lisbon. An incredibly simple but very effective technique of improving the built environment….. I am very keen to try something similar on new projects to bring a personal touch to impersonal facades or walls. Alexandre Farto (aka Vhils)