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Our Design Ethos

We are committed to architecture that prioritises people and place, working creatively to develop quality spaces. A comprehensive collective knowledge across our talented team, enables us to deliver inventive solutions to complex problems across a variety of contexts and scales.

Your Project

We work with our clients to deliver architecture that unlocks a project’s potential. We listen closely to your requirements, responding intelligently to provide the best possible design for the end user. Good design adds value to a project and we believe in letting ideas lead the search for the best architectural result.


We do not have any current vacancies, but please check back again soon for further opportunities.

As a practice, we are also involved in the RIBA Student Mentoring Scheme, offering mentoring places to architecture students at The University of Nottingham. The mentoring scheme is intended to give students an insight into practice and to enhance their learning experience. Contact your tutor to register your interest.

RIBA Mentoring Practice


  • 2014, Nottingham Civic Society Commendation
  • 2009, Nottingham Civic Society Commendation
  • 2008, NEP Commercial Property Awards — Best Regeneration Project
  • 2007, Nottingham Civic Society Commendation
  • 2006, Lord Mayors Award
  • 2006, New Homes Award Overall Winner
  • 2005, New Homes Award Overall Winner
  • 2004, Nottingham Civic Society Commendation
  • 2002, NEP New Homes Awards — Best Luxury House
  • 2002, NEP New Homes Awards — Best Development
  • 2002, New Homes Award
  • 2001, Lord Mayors Award
  • 2001, Lord Mayors Award — Best Urban Design
  • 2001, Lord Mayors Award
  • 2000, Nottingham Civic Society Commendation


Administration & Management

Denise GardnerOffice Manager

Denise joined Rayner Davies Architects in 2006, bringing with her a wealth of experience from previous roles within the construction industry. Denise is responsible for the management and smooth operation of the practice and promotes positive relationships with clients, contractors and suppliers. Denise enjoys organising the varied staff social events and outside of work, she enjoys cycling, running and ‘glamping’ in glorious sunshine by the sea with good food and lots of wine!

Louise FlisherFinance & Accounting

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Architectural Team

Steve RaynerPartner

BA, BArch, ARB, RIBASteve is a founding partner of Rayner Davies Architects and director of the Nottingham office. He is responsible for the management and business development of the practice and the oversight of projects generally. His architectural experience spans the public and private sectors with particular expertise in conservation work to listed buildings. Further knowledge of the healthcare and residential sectors has seen the practice grow significantly in these areas alongside new developments within the private education sector with The London Preschool Ltd.

Chris GoodwinAssociate

BA(Hons), BArch, ARB, RIBAChris has a varied and comprehensive experience working with both national and local clients. His work includes the conversion of the Grade II* listed Adams Building for New College Nottingham, realisation of various masterplans for business and retail projects as well as work on residential projects. He takes an interest in the development of future construction techniques, assisting in the design of a modular, prefinished housing system. Chris is a part time tutor at The University of Nottingham, sharing his love of art, architecture, and garden design. He has a beard, but unfortunately doesn’t make a good cup of tea (to the best of our knowledge, these two facts are unrelated).

Mark WelsfordArchitect

BA(Hons), MArch, ARB, RIBAMark joined Rayner Davies in April 2014 and brought with him experience in residential design, ecclesiastical, heritage and education projects. Mark was project architect for the first phase of Lister Mill’s regeneration in Bradford for national developer Urban Splash, which saw 131 apartments and ground floor commercial space accommodated within a Grade II* listed former silk warehouse. Mark has recently completed Wandsworth day nursery, a fast track project designed and built in five months and he is currently completing the conversion of the Grade II listed building Queens Chambers, Nottingham into seven luxury apartments.

Samuel CritchlowArchitect

BArch(Hons), MArch(Hons), ARB, RIBASamuel first joined Rayner Davies in July 2014 after graduating from The University of Nottingham with First Class Honours. During his undergraduate degree he was a member of the Project Jouberton team, whilst his postgraduate work earned him the ARUP Excellence Award. He is passionate about teaching and has worked as a part-time Studio Tutor at The University of Nottingham since 2010. For his thesis project, Samuel focused on contextual narratives with an emphasis on making; an architecture to reimagine Nottingham’s historical identity as ‘The Garden Town’ whilst considering contemporary issues of civic de-localisation and the effects of mass-enclosure of the urban realm.

Matthew VicaryArchitect

BSc, MArch, ARB, RIBAMatthew graduated from Nottingham University in 2015 and joined Rayner Davies in 2016 after working on bespoke housing projects using Passive House principles. His interest is in environmental design as well as community based projects. During his Part 2 at Sheffield Hallam, his thesis project on ‘the Right to the City’ was nominated for the RIBA Silver Medal, 2014. He is currently an Associate volunteer member of Architecture Sans Frontières UK and in his spare time works in their ‘Resilience by Design’ programme which supports international projects address climate vulnerability.

Christina AgathangelouPart II Architectural Assistant

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Philip WinPart II Architectural Assistant

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David CarrPart I Architectural Assistant

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Neil DaviesPartner

BA, BArch, ARB, RIBANeil is a founding partner of Rayner Davies Architects. He studied Architecture and Environmental Design at The University of Nottingham where he completed his post-graduate thesis on the work and philosophy of Louis H. Sullivan. Initially specialising in ‘city-living’ conversion work, grant-assisted urban renewal and social housing, the practice gained recognition for it’s residential work, growing rapidly. Neil directs Rayner Davies Architect’s branch office located in Chatham’s Historic Dockyard, which covers urban and private residential projects throughout the South East London Boroughs, Kent and Sussex. His interest in timber frame technology has resulted in projects completed to Passivhaus standard and a focus on sustainability generally.

Julian McGuinnessArchitect

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Richard BruschiArchitect

BArch, MArch(Hons), ARBRichard studied Architecture in Italy, where his masters degree focused on historic preservation. He started his professional career working on conservation and adaptive reuse for residential and commercial projects. The ancient buildings of Italy that he was working with were of high historic and aesthetic value, located in the historic centre of Parma. He then moved to the USA where he worked on historic houses as well as commercial new build and remodelling projects. Richard was also an external reviewer for the University of Oregon’s thesis and studio classes for consecutive years. After his time in the USA, Richard moved to the UK and worked in Nottingham from Autumn 2015 before joining Rayner Davies in June 2016.

Jamie BrownArchitect

BArch(Hons), MArch(Hons), ARB, RIBAJamie studied at The University of Nottingham, Graduating with First Class Honours during his undergraduate degree. His postgraduate thesis project for a new children’s Hospital in the city of Belfast, was nominated for The RIBA President’s Medals Silver Medal and he was awarded First Class Honours for his postgraduate degree. In 2012 Jamie worked at Waind Gohil Architects in London as a Part I architectural assistant, working on a wide range of projects ranging from high end residential to commercial projects, across all work stages. Jamie joined Rayner Davies Architects in 2015 and is currently working on the Finchley Pre-School and Nether Street Apartment projects.

Tom BucknallPart II Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons), MArch(Hons)Tom joined the Kent branch of Rayner Davies Architects in September 2014, having just completed his master’s degree at the University of Kent. His post-graduate dissertation examined the destructive side to regeneration, looking at the former Heygate Estate in London. During his master’s degree, Tom’s Unit worked in collaboration with the Kochi-Muzuris Biennale in Kerala, India. To address the mortal dangers of swimming in the Arabian Sea; Tom designed a public, landscaped, filtrated sea-water pool, which was shortlisted for funding by the Biennale’s main sponsor. Tom has experience in both ecclesiastical and Listed Building work, in addition to the more contemporary high-end residential projects that the Kent Office specialises in.

Tom BradleyPart II Architectural Assistant

BArch(Hons), March(Hons)Tom graduated with a first-class Master’s degree from the University of Nottingham in 2015. His thesis project ‘Intercepting Place – The Spreescape Archipelago’ explored the role of participatory planning and publicly-made public space as a critique of, and counter proposal to, the Mediaspree top-down development in Berlin. Prior to joining Rayner Davies Architects in 2018, Tom spent three years working on a range of large-scale master planning and housing projects at Allies and Morrison in London. During this time Tom has been a part time tutor at the University of Nottingham and has volunteered as a mentor at the London School of Architecture.

Ewan DaviesPart I Architectural Assistant

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Somera BanoPart I Architectural Assistant

BA(Hons)Somera is an Architecture graduate with a 2:1 degree. Prior to joining the practice in 2018, she volunteered across several community led projects in the design and construction industry. These include The Mapping Nottingham’s identity project where she worked as an architectural designer and the RIBA mentoring scheme during her undergraduate studies. She is currently working as a Part I Architectural Assistant at Rayner Davies Architects to develop her skillset in managing and understanding a variety of projects from inception to completion. We also know that she enjoys starting the weekend with a nice hot chocolate! Good to know.