As a practice we pride ourselves on having a friendly and professional team of enthusiastic staff that offers innovative design solutions coupled with a high level of personal service, expertise and experience.
The expertise and up-to-date knowledge of our staff goes hand-in-hand with a best possible client service. To this end the continued development of our staff is key to our success in maintaining high standards of design and technical knowledge. The practice organises monthly Continued Professional Development (CPD) seminars which are open to all construction professionals. In addition to this, a number of our senior staff sit on advisory boards and committees as well as speaking and attending various architectural seminars and forums within the sectors we work.
Under the leadership of our Senior Management Team we have a dedicated structure of support staff which includes Architectural Technicians and Technologists, Researchers and Administrative staff.
– BSc Building Technology
– Member of CIOB
Phillip has 30 years of quality experience within the construction industry during which time he enjoyed a close working relationship with Cowan Architects for a decade with the design and build of a number of healthcare and residential projects prior to joining the practice as Managing Director in 2012. Starting as a Graduate Management Trainee with John Laing, his career progressed rapidly from Engineer through to Project Management with other leading organisations such as John Sisk and Bovis. Phillip then led and grew a successful, local construction business from a £12m to a £50m organisation with 80 employees in his role as Construction Director and then Managing Director. He then successfully launched and established a new business division for a large, multi-national AIM-listed construction company in London, before joining Cowan Architects.
Phillip’s varied construction experience includes both large and small projects. Residential experience includes mixed use developments, refurbishment of listed period properties, social housing regeneration and high spec individual homes. He has also been involved in the refurbishment and new build of a number of healthcare projects both acute and primary and care home. Commercial projects include office fit out, industrial units and minor civils. I addition, Phillip has been involved in the construction of over 40 schools, colleges and university buildings in both the private and public sector.
Phillip’s business acumen and wider construction experience brings added depth and leadership to the Cowan team as Clients benefit from the added value and insight his experience brings to the whole build process, from conception to construction and beyond. His background offers him an alternative perspective that architect-led projects sometimes lack as he can offer an understanding of both worlds, translating the pragmatic needs of the client into the visionary designs of the architect.
As well as being responsible for the Practice’s overall business strategy, Phillip places a high importance on client relationship management and pays particular attention to ensuring that Cowan clients receive the best service.
– BA (Hons) Architecture
– Dip Architecture
– Dip Town Planning
– Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice in Architecture
– Chartered Member of the RIBA
– RIBA Client Design Advisor – Education and Master Planning
– SEND School Governor
Nigel is a Director at Cowan Architects and has been an RIBA Chartered Architect for nearly 15 years. He is also a Client Design Advisor to the RIBA for Education and Master Planning Projects. Nigel also has a dual qualification in town and regional planning from the R.T.P.I.
His architectural experience is based on a range of public and private sectors including education, health, residential and leisure. Nigel particularly enjoys the architectural process, including understanding the client’s brief, developing strategic objectives and designing solutions that deliver these needs. This communicative, people first approach is what he believes Architecture is all about.
Nigel also has a keen interest in both Sustainable and Innovative Architecture, which has been reflected in his championing of Off Site Building and Modern Methods of Construction, including working with Sprung on Membrane Buildings, as well as Servacomm and Elliott’s with their modular buildings.
Before starting at Cowan Architects, Nigel set up and led the London Studio for Saunders and Saunders Education, which saw delivery of projects for a number of companies and public institutions including: AMSProp; Be; Bunnings; Hitchin Cricket Club; King Edwards School; Moreland Estates; SEGRO; the Trocadero; Paragon Structures; Sarah Bonnell School; Thomas Sinden Education / Commercial Projects; and WD Residential.
Prior to this Nigel set up and led the London Studio for Bond Bryan Architects, which saw delivery of projects for a number of companies and public institutions including: Berkeley Homes; Brooklands College; ESFA Design Advisors for the GLC / Eastern / Southern Batches; Ghana Airport; PSBP – Midlands Batch; Royal Hospital School Suffolk; SCAPE; Sprung Membrane Buildings; The Boutique Workplace Company; University of Chichester; and Willmott Dixon Education Projects.
Before this he was at Bond Bryan’s Westerham Studio, delivering projects for the ESFA baseline designs; Ashford Residential; Boston College; Brooklands College; Luton BSF; University of the Creative Arts; University of Essex; Welsh Film Studio; and Willmott Dixon.
After qualifying Nigel worked at Broadway Malyan, where he worked on a number of exciting projects including Beaufort Park Hendon; the Christchurch Harbour Hotel / Carbon Neutral Restaurant and 14 bespoke residential dwellings; Holiday Inn in Woking and the Radisson Blu in Guildford.
– BA (Hons) Architecture & Planning
– PG Dip Architecture
– PG Dip Management, Practice & Law
– Chartered Member of the RIBA
David is Chartered RIBA Architect working in the UK with a focus on developer residential, homeowner residential, inclusive design and residential care.
He joined Cowan Architects as an Architectural Assistant after completing his BA Hons in Architecture & Planning at UWE Bristol (ARB / RIBA Part 1 and RTPI Licentiate). During his time with the practice he has continued his architectural training obtaining his PG Diploma in Architecture (ARB / RIBA Part 2) and then his PG Diploma in Management, Practice and Law in Architecture (ARB / RIBA Part 3).
David is a Director responsible for delivery of individual projects and the overall performance, programming and resourcing of all architectural projects.
With an overlay of knowledge and experience in inclusive design, sustainability and conservation, David has a broad experience across many sectors including developer residential, home-owner private clients, social housing, care homes and nursing homes, commercial, leisure and master-planning with project values ranging from £50k to £15m.
David approaches each job by working closely with clients to ensure their design requirements are fully understood and met and he takes pride in a professional, practical and personal approach.
David’s dual discipline degree provides a good basis of planning knowledge, particularly permitted development, which has proven valuable on many projects where he has been responsible to securing planning permissions on difficult sites and prior approval where planning may otherwise be impossible.
When working with developer clients, David excels in creating efficient and cost effect designs that offer best value for the client whilst achieving exciting designs that appeal to their target market.
Working closely with charities such as The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability, mcch and Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for disabled people, David has also designed specialist residential accommodation, and supporting therapy spaces for people with cognitive, behavioural and mental health needs as well as profound physical disabilities.
He has also been responsible for the design and delivery of nursing and residential care for elderly residents, including EMI and dementia accommodation, with projects spanning the private, public and charity sectors.
David has a keen interest and understanding in sustainability, particularly the fabric first approach, and endeavours to achieve best value for the client both during construction and in the long-term running of the building.
A track record of working on historic buildings has also resulted an interest in heritage projects, both from a conservation perspective and also creating new and contemporary designs in historically significant settings.
He is a member of The Green Register, having completed The Green Register’s Sustainable Building & Services course and Sustainable Building & Services Masterclass, the culmination of which provides RIBA advanced CPD status in sustainable design.
Away from the office he is a keen cyclist and enjoys 5-a-side Monday night football, rugby (now watching rather than playing) and long walks in the Weald where he lives.
David is based in our East Grinstead Office.
– BA (Hons) Architecture
– Dip Architecture (hons)
– Chartered Member of the RIBA
Stephen was educated at the University of Greenwich where he was the first student to achieve a double first for his degree and diploma courses in Architecture. He has over 30 years’ practice experience working in both public and private sectors.
As a part time tutor at Greenwich University for over eight years, Stephen worked with degree and diploma students when the School of Architecture achieved its excellent rating.
Stephen’s expertise and experience gained during his professional career is as diverse as the sectors of work and commissions undertaken by the practice over the years.
As partner or team player, Stephen has been responsible for injecting creativity and innovation.
Prior to forming Alexander Sedgley, the award-winning practice, with Roger Sedgley in Greenwich in 1990, Stephen’s career followed a footpath through both private and public sectors. Initially working as an Architectural Technician at the BBC as a project coordinator for new build transmitting stations in East Anglia and Northern Ireland, he qualified as a project Architect working with Ove Arup to complete and new youth centre for Newham council during the Docklands Development era.
Returning to the private sector, Stephen was the job architect for new commercial offices and regeneration of Broadgate in the city of London for Stanhope developments.
At Alexander Sedgley, the practice developed expertise and a growing reputation in various sectors of the market completing over 200 healthcare projects, an award-winning football stadium and a variety of scales and diversity of residential developments across the UK.
Beyond this, he was involved in the initial international competition win at Alexander Sedgley for ‘Freedom Square’, a 24-hr design installation in Trafalgar Square which focused on the plight of Nelson Mandela shortly before his release. Stephen has also published work in professional journals in the Healthcare market and has spoken at RIBA events with a focus on sports buildings and Dartford FC which has been credited as the 1st sustainable football stadium.
– B.Sc.(Hons) Architectural Studies
– B.Architecture (Hons)
– Chartered Member of the RIBA
– Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
David qualified as an Architect in 1976 before gaining experience in the Civil Service sector and private practice in both the UK and Africa. He founded Cowan Architects Limited (formerly David Cowan Associates) in 1983.
He is recognised as one of the UK’s leading Expert Witnesses in disability housing and has given papers on disability matters at a number of conferences and seminars, to both healthcare professionals, solicitors and fellow building professionals. He has also lectured at The School of Geriatric Medicine at Birmingham University.
David is a member of the Centre for Accessible Environments and the Society of Expert Witnesses and is listed in the Law Society’s Register of Expert Witnesses.
David is also an experienced heritage and conservation architect and sits on Chichester DAC’s approved architects list since 1979. He was the Inspecting Architect for a number of other historically relevant buildings in the local area, including Scotney Castle and Standen, Batemann, St Michael and All Angels in Withyham.
David Cowan has been involved with those with special needs since 1983. Initially involved with designing for the elderly, he was also involved in the inception of the Department of Gerontology at Birmingham University set up by Professor Isaacs, who held the Chair of Geriatric Medicine. He has lectured at the University on designing for the elderly.
David heads up a practice of architects specialising in healthcare design based in East Grinstead and he has worked for the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability in Putney where he has been involved in nearly 20 years both in the creation of new specialised units for such complex illnesses as Huntington’s as well as the refurbishment of the existing 19th-century Nightingale wards to provide 20th century solutions including individual bedrooms.
His experience spans the range of healthcare buildings from doctors’ surgeries, through group care homes and individual’s homes to major hospitals.
He has worked with a number of Housing Associations bringing his community health skills to provide mixed housing that meets a cross section of need.
David Cowan has been involved in preparing reports for special needs housing for personal injury cases both for those on Legal Aid and for privately funded cases. He has also acted on behalf of a number of Health Authorities, Road Traffic Accident cases for Insurance Companies and the Motor Insurers Bureau; and for the Medical Protection Society since 1989. He also works extensively for a number of Claimants’ solicitors.
David Cowan has undertaken work throughout the United Kingdom and Eire. He has also worked on cases within the jurisdiction of the British Courts for clients living in France, Spain, Italy, the United States and New Zealand.
He was a member of a working party assessing alternatives to the Roberts & Johnstone judgement as a formula for house purchase in short life expectancy cases. This committee prepared a detailed report on alternatives for short life expectancy costs which was incorporated in submissions to the Civil Justice Committee.
The practice has designed medical facilities ranging from doctors surgeries to nursing home complexes for private companies and charities. He is a member of the Centre for Accessible Environments and is listed in the Law Society Directory of Expert Witnesses and the UK Register of Expert Witnesses, and also holds the Cardiff University Certificate of Accreditation for Expert Witnesses.
David Cowan has published a number of articles on design for the elderly and disabled and an article on the alternatives to Roberts & Johnstone that is used by a number of Solicitors as a reference document.
– BA (Hons) Architecture
– PG Dip Architecture
– Chartered Member of the RIBA
Simon Duffy has over 15 years’ experience in the Health sector. He has come from a commercial practice where he has led the design on GP Surgeries, Primary Health Care Centres, residential homes, specialist accommodation for people with autism and Neighbourhood Resource Centres for adults with learning difficulties.
Recently, Simon has also been involved with the new GP Commissioning Board in Bracknell. He was instrumental in successfully pioneering the design of one of the first buildings being commissioned through the PCT structure prior to the abolition of PCTs in April 2013.
His work across a wide spectrum of physical and learning difficulties give him a good insight into claimants’ needs.
Simon has worked in private practice on a diverse range of projects for over 20 years including hi-tech industrial, office, residential, barn and shop conversions and also refurbishment projects across the country. For 15 years he specialised in the health sector with GP surgeries, primary health care and neighbourhood resource centres for people with severe learning difficulties and Autism.
Simon has won awards for his work in the health care sector.
Simon is an experienced Architect having worked with a variety of contractors using a number of different building procurement routes including:
• Local Improvement Finance Trusts (LIFT)
• Third party development (3PD)
• Private ownership working alongside PCTs, local authorities and GPs.
Simon has project managed the design and construction of primary health care, office, and industrial buildings as well as the adaptation of residential properties for people with severe disabilities. He has managed projects using minor works and JCT contracts and is a member of the Expert Witness Institute having successfully completed the Cardiff University Law School Bond Solon Civil Expert Certificate.
– Bsc(Hons), DipArch RIBA
– Certified European Passivhaus Designer (CEPHD)
– Jury member, International Passivhaus Awards 2014, Germany
– Former committee, now corresponding, member of RIBA Sustainable Futures Group
– Architect representative on CIBSE Homes for the FutureGroup
– Author, Institute of Sustainability Guide, “Improving the Building Fabric”
– ‘Building Fabric’ course tutor, Retrofit Academy
Mark has been practising as an architect for 24 years, with considerable experience in low energy architecture and retrofit on a wide variety of award-winning projects. His interest in sustainable design stems from a combined architectural and engineering education at the University of Bath – he went on to develop his career at the London practices HLM Architects, ECD Architects and, latterly, as a Partner at Sustainable By Design LLP. He is an accredited European Passivhaus Designer and was UK jury member for the 2014 International Passivhaus Awards. Mark believes that the deep understanding of building physics and detailing rigour that Passivhaus training brings, coupled with an extensive knowledge of building materials and their environmental impacts, can bring great credibility to the design process. He was a committee member on the RIBA Sustainable Futures group for 6 years and continues to engage on RIBA matters relating to the retrofit agenda. He acts as an architect representative on CIBSE’s ‘Homes for the Future’ group and is a course tutor on ‘building fabric’ for the Retrofit Academy. He wrote the Institute for Sustainability’s guide on Improving the Building Fabric and writes articles regularly for architectural publications on sustainable design. Mark is a regular speaker at conferences, domestically and internationally, on retrofit and sustainable design generally. He is also one of the few hundred people in the world who can speak his native Cornish language, Kernewek!
After graduating he started his career at HLM Architects, where as a Project Architect he was responsible for a number of office and education projects, including Arundel Great Court HQ and conference building in The Strand and the University of Surrey’s School of Management. He joined ECD in 2001 where he was able to broaden his interest and experience in low carbon design, master planning and construction through projects such as Broadclose Farm in Cornwall which won the Richard Fielden Housing Design Award in 2007, and estate regeneration schemes in Tower Hamlets. He was designated Head of Sustainable Design in 2008 before joining sustainableBYdesign as Partner in 2013. As well as sustainable new build schemes, Mark is recognised for his work with previous architectural practices on ground-breaking social housing retrofit projects, including the Edward Woods estate, which features in the LSE study, ‘High Rise Hope’, Parkview Hub, which featured in the recent DCLG review into solid wall insulation and pre-empted the ‘Energiesprong’ concept of prefabricated retrofit, and Wilmcote House, the UK’s largest EnerPHit refurbishment project on site currently in Portsmouth.
SELECTED PROJECTS FROM PREVIOUS PRACTICE
– School of Management Studies, University of Surrey, Guildford
– Wolseley UK Sustainable Building Center (BREEAM Excellent), Leamington Spa
– Broadclose Farm masterplan, Kernow (Richard Fielden Housing Design Award winner 2007)
– 225 Court Farm Road retrofit, Mottingham (Inside Housing Awards Retrofit Project of the Year 2009)
– Edward Woods Estate retrofit, Shepherds Bush, London (LSE study, High Rise Hope)
– Self-build on a Shoestring, £50K Passivhaus home (runner up, NASBA competition 2013)
– Parkview Hub retrofit, Thamesmead, London – exemplar prefabricated overcladding
– Wilmcote House retrofit, Portsmouth – exemplar EnerPHit social housing refurbishment
– BA (Hons) Architecture
– Graduate Diploma in Architecture
– Post Graduate Diploma in Architectural Practice
– Chartered Member of the RIBA
– Member of The Access Association
Gavin is a fully registered practising Architect having qualified in 1998. He has subsequently gained extensive experience in the design of accessible buildings throughout the United Kingdom, South-East Asia, Middle-East and Australia.
This has included the provision of accessible accommodation for those with a wide range of disabilities and the delivery of Primary and Acute healthcare facilities.
His role has included the undertaking of research and advising on all aspects of accessible design, healthcare design and best clinical practice, leading clinical planning teams and consulting with senior hospital management and government departments.
This has allowed him to become proficient in the provision of environments that are compliant with Building Regulations and the Disability Discrimination Act and to gain a thorough knowledge of healthcare design guidance including documentation published by the Department of Health along with international government publications of equivalent standards.
Since qualifying in 1998, Gavin has gained extensive experience in a number of different project types, having worked at strategic level from early design stages through to contract administration, ensuring all projects achieve the highest level of design excellence. His many years of practice have involved him in projects ranging from those of a small domestic nature up to large multi-million pound acute healthcare facilities.
His experience has allowed him to gain a particular expertise in the provision of specialist accommodation for those with physical and cognitive impairments within the United Kingdom and worldwide.
Gavin has been responsible for the design and delivery of a large number of healthcare projects, including new-build community hospital facilities and inpatient rehabilitation centres situated in North-West England, North Wales and Australia.
He has acted in an NHS Trust advisory role for a large-scale PFI development in Liverpool and been involved in managing the development of acute hospital facilities procured through public-private partnership within the United Kingdom and Australia.
He has managed the development of psychiatric emergency and inpatient facilities in South-East England, Singapore and Australia, which has allowed him to gain a comprehensive understanding of the requirements for child, adolescent and older person mental health needs.
Gavin has been involved in the ongoing redevelopment of existing hospitals in North-West England and Singapore, including new facilities for inpatient care, emergency care, cardiac treatment, oncology treatment and rehabilitation facilities.
He has undertaken the design of long-term respite centres for severely disabled children in the Middle-East, including residential, education and treatment facilities.
Since joining Cowan Architects in 2015, Gavin has carried out considerable property research and undertaken domestic projects for clients with severe physical and cognitive disabilities, often pursuant to his work in preparing accommodation needs reports to support litigated cases in Court.
– BA(Hons) Architecture
– MArch Architecture
– PG Dip Management, Practice & Law
– Chartered Member of the RIBA
– RIBA Specialist Conservation Architect (SCA)
– Accredited with the Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC)
– Approved Architect for the CofE Diocese of Chichester, Portsmouth, Rochester, Winchester and London.
– Member of Chichester Diocesan Advisory Committee.
– Associate Member of the Ecclesiastical Architects and Surveyors Association (EASA)
– Specialist Advisor to the National Trust on Conservation Architecture.
Jonathan is a Chartered RIBA Architect, specialising in works in a heritage or conservation setting.
Prior to joining Cowan Architects, he studied at the University of Kent in Canterbury, and trained under Conservation Specialists Ptolemy Dean in London and Nick Cox in Oxfordshire. Most recently he worked for Donald Insall Associates, where he gained his conservation accreditations and led successful projects nationally and internationally. National projects included works at Carlisle Castle, Belmont House, the Houses of Parliament, Drayton Manor, Bart’s Hospital, Carlton House Terrace, Wakehurst Place, the Bloomsbury and Kensington Hotels. Internationally he led projects in Trinidad and France, including work for the Commonwealth War Grave Commission and the Government of Trinidad and Tobago.
Jonathan’s focus is on conservation and new design in historically significant settings, of which he has a wide range of experience. He has worked on buildings ranging in scale and stature, from country mansions and nationally recognisable public buildings, to modest private houses.
Jonathan is well versed in traditional and contemporary design and uses his design skills to work with clients to achieve sensitive solutions to each project’s individual circumstances. His approach in every instance begins with an appraisal of the existing building and continues with the development of proposals which are appropriate to the existing building, whilst improving the usability of it for its occupants. He is experienced in consulting with statutory consultees and encourages engaging in consultation at an early stage to ensure the acceptability of proposals are explored at an early stage, and financial risk to the client is minimised.
Previous projects include works to Kedleston Hall, Drayton Manor, Blenheim Palace, Garsington Manor, Shanks House, West Norwood Cemetery, Westminster Abbey and the Cathedrals of Wells and Winchester. Recent noteworthy projects include internal repairs and new works to Emmanuel Church in West Hampstead, which has been featured on the cover of the Church Building & Heritage Review and was highly commended in the National Churches Trust President’s Award. Jonathan is the Inspecting Architect for several churches, ranging from nationally significant Grade I listed buildings, to unlisted 20th Century modernist structures.
He was also recently responsible for the repair works to Bart’s Hospital in London, working with Steven Holl Architects to deliver a new Maggie’s Centre built against the Grade I listed North Wing, designed by the preeminent Georgian Architect, James Gibbs.
Jonathan has previously completed works at both National Trust and English Heritage properties. Currently he acts as a Specialist Advisor to the National Trust.
Beyond project work, Jonathan is keen to improve public understanding of the nation’s old buildings and what makes them special, and to this end he sits on the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB) Sussex Committee, which organises public events and visits to buildings which are otherwise difficult to access. He has authored articles for national journals and has acted as an RIBA Student Mentor for University College London, and as a visiting critic at the Universities of Kent and Brighton.
– MArch Architecture
– RIBA Practice in the UK
– Chartered Member of the RIBA
Blanca is an Architect at Cowan Architects. She qualified as an Architect in 2010 at Escuela Tecnica Superior de Arquitectura de Valencia in Spain. Here, her studies gave her a strong technical background. With a questioning mind, she strives for the highest quality design, from inception to completion, for any project size, strengthening relationships with all parties involved.
Since 2012, Blanca worked for Alexander Sedgley in Greenwich as well as London and Kent based architectural practices, before joining Cowan Architects in March 2019. She’s also worked for award-winning companies in Spain and Norway, before her move to the UK.
Blanca has experience in residential, commercial, healthcare, retail and community projects; working for the private and public sectors on local and international projects.
– BA. Architecture
– Diploma in Architecture
– Chartered Member of the RIBA
– Member of The Access Association
– Member of Design In Mental Health Network
Since qualifying as an architect in 1988, Julia has gained considerable experience in the design of accessible buildings.
With the Centre for Accessible Environments, she took part in the consultation process prior to the implementation of Building Regulations Part M, and the Disability Discrimination Act. She also worked alongside The Joseph Rowntree Foundation during the development of the concept of Lifetime Homes.
The experience and research has throughout her career, provided her with an in-depth understanding of the accommodation requirements of those with a wide range of disabilities including reduced mobility, cognitive and sight impairment.
In addition to accessible design, Julia has over 10 years’ experience in the design of Primary Healthcare Buildings, ranging from small GP Surgeries to very large Poly-Clinics with their own diagnostic, minor operations, paediatric, physiotherapy and minor injuries facilities.
Having qualified in 1988, Julia is a fully UK registered practising Architect. She has gained considerable experience in the design of many building types, and has been involved in all stage of projects from inception to completion. Her many years of practice has involved her in projects ranging from those of a small domestic nature up to large multi-million pound commercial projects.
She has over 10 years’ experience in the design of Primary Healthcare Buildings, ranging from small GP Surgeries to very large Poly-Clinics with their own diagnostic, minor operations, paediatric, physiotherapy and minor injuries facilities, and has worked closely with both developers, and healthcare professionals. She has a good working knowledge of the various healthcare technical advisory documents, and is fully conversant with Healthcare BREEAM.
Julia has been responsible for the design and delivery of a large number of projects, including the refurbishment of the Outpatients Department at The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, a new treatment centre for Combat Stress, and Blackpool South Primary Healthcare Centre, providing facilities for six GP practices, minor operations, dentistry, physiotherapy, and mental health consultation.
Since joining Cowan Architects in 2015, she has carried out property research and has prepared proposals for adaptations to suit varying degrees of disability.
– BA (Hons) Interior Architecture and Design
– BIM strategy production and implementation
Liz is a qualified Interior Designer with over 12 years’ experience leading the interior design of many Healthcare, fit-out schemes and large scale high-end residential schemes.
She particularly enjoys working alongside architects, landscape designers and clinical planners during the early concept design and briefing stage and is passionate about linking inside spaces with the outside world and the natural environment.
Liz’s overall healthcare project experience ranges from small clinic refurbishments to large scale community hospitals, specialist children’s hospitals and acute mental health facilities and care homes. She also has a strong understanding of colour theory and accessibility issues.
Liz is well versed at leading workshops with both contractors and user groups and particularly enjoys seeing a design through from concept to completion.
Liz started her career as an interior designer at The Design Buro (Coventry) Ltd, leading the interior design strategies of many of the projects within the office. Whilst working closely with both the building users and contractor teams she quickly developed an understanding of the Design and Build process.
After 3 years, she moved on to work in London and has worked with several renowned healthcare architect’s on a mix of small and large scale schemes. Whilst working on Children’s hospitals and Cancer Centres, she developed a desire to create empathetic interiors, focusing on the patient experience and worked hard to ensure she was involved in schemes from early concept stages, leading both the wayfinding and arts strategies on several large hospitals, notably Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Christie Cancer Centre, Salford.
In 2011, Liz moved on to work at Sheppard Robson where she ventured into the commercial world of interior design and developed strong detailing skills; producing all construction drawings, specifications and leading co-ordination meetings with contractors and engineers.
In her final year at the firm, Liz assisted the architectural delivery team in developing Revit standard ways of working and package management and producing a construction detail library.
Before joining Cowans this year, Liz most recently assisted MCM Architects with their Revit templates and standard ways of working, developing drawing standards and templates.
– BTEC Construction
– HNC Construction
Sarah qualified as an Architectural Technician in 2006 whilst studying part-time working for an Architectural Practice based in the South East. She continued to work for Architects in the local area including working for herself before joining Cowan Architects in 2013, where she became a Senior Architectural Technician.
Sarah has worked on mainly residential and disability build-out adaption projects. She has experience in managing projects from planning through to practical completion, overseeing on-site developments and contract administration.
A lot of the residential work has been accessibility related and she has gained a wealth of experience in disability adaptation. She has a keen interest in the domestic sector and enjoys working alongside the client to achieve their future living requirements.
– Certificate in BIM for Project Management at Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, 2017
– MRICS – Member of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, 2012
– MSc Building Surveying at Northumbria University, 2008-2010
– BSc Industrial Building Sciences and Technology at KaHo St-Lieven, Gent (Belgium), 1996–1998
– Architecture at St Lucas, Gent (Belgium), 1994-1996
Beth is a Chartered Building Surveyor with over 20 years of experience in architecture and construction, both in Belgium and the UK.
After moving from her native Flanders, she studied at Northumbria University to obtain a Master degree in Building Surveying and she obtained RICS member status in 2012.
She was one of the first people in the UK to obtain accreditation in BIM practise for Project Management.
Prior to joining Cowan Architects, Beth worked at Currie & Brown, where she was developing the companies BIM strategy to obtain level 2 BIM.
Prior to this, she worked for the Major Projects team at Cunningham Lindsey, dealing with clients damaged property due to fire, floods, etc. She was specifying and organising the repair work, while liaising with the loss adjusters and dealing with Insurance requirements, aiming to get her clients back into their home as soon as practically possible.
Before this, she worked at Gould & Co for over 11 years, where she designed and specified both domestic and commercial projects for private and corporate clients. The Sussex FA headquarters and football stand was one of her more visible projects.
From the initial meeting with clients, through the Planning process and the construction work, to the final delivery of the project, Beth tries to work closely with her clients to ensure their requirements are met and takes pride in a professional delivery with personal approach.
Her interest lies in sustainable architecture and heritage buildings, especially where these two cross in the use of traditional building materials. Although through her work in Belgium, she also has experience with formwork and concrete architecture.
– BA(Hons) – Bachelors in Architecture
– MArch – Masters in Architecture
– RIBA Part 2
Aaron is an RIBA Part 2 Architectural Assistant, with a passion for designing bespoke, imaginative architectural responses delivering client aspirations.
Prior to joining Cowan Architects, he studied for his Bachelors Degree at the Arts University of Bournemouth and his Masters in Architecture at the University of East London. Most recently he worked for Saunders Architects in Farringdon, London, where he found interest in working across a wide range of private and public sectors. Prior to this, his RIBA Part 1 working year was undertaken at Ansham Architects in Folkestone, Kent, where his love for detail and materiality grew.
He enjoys the intimate process of collaborating with the building’s final user to establish a design which enhances the usability, fluidity and overall enjoyment of a space. Through high motivation and a personal interest in each project, Aaron uses his design and problem-solving skills to achieve a practical and build-able solution to each individual circumstance.
Aaron’s experience has seen him focus on a large range of exciting projects, which include Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Leisure and Educational uses. He is experienced in communicating with statutory consultees, and encourages engaging in consultation to ensure the feasibility of proposals are explored at an early stage, and financial risk to the client is minimised.
Aaron will commence the RIBA Part 3 Qualification at Brighton University in December 2018, with the aspiration of becoming a Chartered Architect the following year.
– BSc (Hons)
– Professional Diploma in Architecture
Shaira is a RIBA Part 2 Architectural Assistant at Alexander Sedgley | Cowan Architects, where she found interest in working in private and public healthcare projects. Prior to joining Cowan Architects, she studied for her Bachelor’s Degree and Professional Diploma in Architecture at the University of East London.
Shaira enjoys the varied and adaptable skillsets that architecture offers such as design development and liaising with professionals from other parts of the construction industry, most importantly understanding the client’s brief and then to iterate it into the medium of building. Shaira also has a keen interest in the amalgamation of east and west architecture.
Shaira has worked for London based architectural practices since 2013 and she has gained a range of public and private architectural experience in residential, mixed use developments and healthcare sectors.
Also, Shaira has published work with Ash Sakula’s Canning Town Caravanserai – The Cube in The Architect’s Journal. Caravanserai was a 3 year occupation of a vacant site in east London. It was a temporary campground of structures, gardens, field kitchens, market stalls, workshops and performance spaces for all who can make, grow, trade and perform.
Shaira has started the RIBA Part 3 studies at the London Metropolitan University in 2019 to register as a qualified Architect.
– RIBA Part 1
Poppy joined Cowan Architects as an RIBA Part 1 Architectural Assistant in 2016 after completing her BA(Hons) in Architecture at the University of Brighton. She is seeking to start her RIBA part 2, part time in September to further her knowledge and understanding of Architecture.
Poppy’s projects over the last two years have consisted largely of residential projects for individual private clients along with developers. She has also worked on healthcare and commercial projects, within a wider team. During these projects she has gained experience in the design of accessible buildings along with passivhaus and sustainable approaches to architecture.
Poppy has also worked closely with the Expert Witness team on producing existing and proposed survey plans for their reports.
She is now looking to further her education and qualifications by going to university part time, alongside working at Cowan’s in order to gain her RIBA Part 2.
– BSc Creative Product Design
– MSc Product Innovation & Development
Harry trained as a Product Designer and worked in the industry for many years. He has worked for many high profile brands including Salter, HoMedics and Dualit. One of his biggest clients was Heston Blumenthal, who he designed a new range of kitchen utensils for under the Salter brand. Harry is a passionate designer that prides himself on delivering 5* products, as proven by the reviews his products have on Amazon.
He has always had a passion for design and his first achievement was getting 2nd place in a National Design Competition at the age of 12. In 2010 he was able to achieve a distinction in every module of his masters, which was the first time that this had been done. His passion for design and abilities have enabled him to bring to market many 5* products.
Harry brings a fresh perspective on design and has experience in delivering residential projects for clients. His project management and design skills have enabled him to become a versatile member of the Cowan team.
Using experience gained from his years of Product Design and project management, he was able do manage the conversion/ build of a barn into a home. Working alongside architects, he was able to design every detail for the interior and exterior of the property. He used his design and research experience to keep costs down, find new solutions, resolve problems and find suppliers. His creativity and design skills enabled him to design details for the home and put a unique stamp on his creation. These included a hidden WC, secret den for the children and a unique kitchen design.
Following this project Harry joined the team at Cowan Architects. His design experience meant that he was able to deliver a fresh perspective on possible opportunities and ensuring that good quality fittings were used. He has worked on a number of different sectors, but he focuses on residential.
Harry prides himself on his ability to meet client’s needs and deliver high quality projects. His experience intrinsically leads him to work on inclusively designed houses, without losing any aesthetic detail. He is interested in Passivhaus and looks forward to furthering his knowledge in the area.