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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.

Opportunities

  • Kent Office
  • Posted: 20 August 2021, Position: Recently Qualified Architect
  • We are seeking a recently qualified architect with 1 to 3 years of experience to join our team in Chatham Maritime, Kent, to actively participate in projects throughout the SE of England and South London. This includes both private and developer residential commissions including one-off new-build, conservation and adaptation schemes, as well as an increasing number of private healthcare projects. The successful applicant will be joining a team of 5 professionals and will be actively engaged across all RIBA Stages from feasibility studies onward. AutoCAD proficiency is essential, Revit experience welcomed and a basic knowledge of building surveying an advantage.
  • Please submit examples of your work along with your CV via the form below.
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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.

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People

Christina Agathangelou

Christina Agathangelou

Architect

Christina graduated from De Montfort University with Distinction in 2017. Her thesis project was nominated for the 3DReid Student Prize and placed 3rd competing against 25 entries from the UK. After graduating, Christina joined Rayner Davies Architects where she worked on a number of commercial and residential projects throughout the UK. She is also working as a studio tutor at De Montfort University since 2017. Since qualifying as an architect, Christina has undertaken training in Conservation Architecture.

Adam Blacknell

Adam Blacknell

Architectural Assistant

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Adam graduated from Newcastle University in 2020, with an Upper Second Class Honors in Architecture. His graduation project was titled ‘Making Space for Protest’ which explored the notion of a social condenser. Taken from Constructivist theory, social condensers define the narrative that architecture has the ability to influence social behavior, by breaking down perceived social hierarchies. The project used this notion to develop a type of architecture that responded to gender inequality within Coventry using performance as its protagonist. Adam has an affinity for model making which is where his degree project particularly excelled. Since leaving University, Adam has gained experience in practice working on residential projects in Nottingham whilst freelance model making. Within architectural theory, Adam has a passion for structural expressionism, Russian Constructivism and mapping.

Tom Bradley

Tom Bradley

Architect

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.

Jamie Brown

Jamie Brown

Architect

Jamie 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 design lead practice Waind Gohil Architects in London, working on a wide variety of projects ranging from high end residential to private sector work. Jamie joined Rayner Davies Architects in 2015 and has overseen a number of successful residential and commercial projects always seeking to add value to the project through the design. Most notable mentions include: delivering the West Place Court housing scheme which was the winner of the Residential Development of the Year – East Midlands Bricks Awards 2019 and coming top 6 in the East Midlands RIBA Exemplars in Housing Development; As well as working with Nottingham City Council and Historic England to secure substantial grant funding for the client to deliver 10 new shop fronts along Wheeler Gate. The heritage project seeks to reinstate the original Victorian design substantially upgrading the frontage from what it was previously. Currently Jamie is overseeing the deliverance of residential care facilities for residents with Autism with high specification requirements.

Samuel Critchlow

Samuel Critchlow

Associate

Samuel joined Rayner Davies in 2014 after graduating from The University of Nottingham with First Class Honours. He was a member of the Project Jouberton team who designed and built a 120 place nursery in Klerksdorp, South Africa and was awarded the ARUP excellence award for his postgraduate mixed-use development in Southwark. Within practice, Samuel applies creative design thinking across a full spectrum of typologies with hand drawings and model making a key part of the process. He has delivered multiple bespoke houses, student accommodation projects and a number of commercial projects, including day nurseries and offices. Samuel was made associate in 2019 and takes a keen interest in marketing and business development. He is passionate about teaching and has worked as a part-time Studio Tutor at The University of Nottingham since 2010. Outside of practice, Samuel is a keen cyclist and also helps his wife run their British grown flower business, Elder & Wild.

Ewan joined the Kent practice in early 2016 as a CAD assistant and Junior surveyor after achieving a Distinction in a Construction Diploma from MidKent College. This included a specialist module in energy efficiency and sustainability and the use of alternative forms of energy for domestic and residential development. He has now advanced his HND , attending London South Bank University where he is in the final year of his studies towards a BSc.in Architectural Technology, including selected modules in BIM and Technical design. His primary focus within the practice is as a Stage 4 Technical Assistant as well as heading up the Stage 1 Surveying of residential projects for RDA throughout London and the southeast. Outside work, Ewan is studying Spanish and is an accomplished musician, having achieved grade 7 in percussion.

Neil Davies

Neil Davies

Partner

Neil 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.

Louise joined the practice in 2004. She has a wealth of accounting and tax experience gained at top 4 firms KPMG and Cooper Parry. After the birth of her second child she became self-employed offering bookkeeping, accountancy and taxation expertise to small local businesses. Outside of work she is Club Secretary for Nova Centurion Swimming Club and has a passion for all sports, travel and walking her Sproodle dog, Arlo.

Denise Gardner

Denise Gardner

Office Manager

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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!

Chris Goodwin

Chris Goodwin

Partner

Chris 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).

Deenesh graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2020 with an Upper Second-Class Honours degree in Architecture and joined Rayner Davies Architects in October 2020. His graduate project explored the notion of Craftsmanship, where the idea of ‘Craft’ would be used as a social influence for civic architecture in Sheffield, to form a symbiotic element that allowed a partnership between productiveness and the public. The culmination of this research broke the boundary between technology and the need to be more engaged with society, exposing the immaterial craft of ‘Digital Detox’, a space for mindfulness and wellbeing. During his time at university, he was both a Student Ambassador for the Architecture Department and a Student Mentor for first-years. In 2018 he led his mentees to win a Design Charrette competition which was held and judged by NTU and rg+p architects. He also completed the RIBA mentoring scheme with rg+p architects.

Dan graduated with an Upper Second-Class Honours degree from the University of Liverpool in 2017. His graduate project ‘The Royal Brutalist’ explored the origins and theory of Brutalist Architecture and its relevance in a modern context. Prior to joining Rayner Davies Architects, Dan spent 12 months as a Part I Architectural Assistant in Liverpool, working on a range of bespoke residential and commercial schemes at Smith Young Architects. Alongside his work with Rayner Davies Architects, Dan is currently undertaking the Collaborative Research in Practice Masters course at the University of Nottingham.

Alicia graduated with First Class Honours in Architecture from the University of Nottingham in July 2021 and joined Rayner Davies the following August. Her thesis project investigated a solution for the contributors to the open-air market in central Milton Keynes through providing a permanent hub for local makers and traders. The scheme embraced the playful attitude of the City Club; a 1970’s proposal for a vast leisure complex within Milton Keynes whilst accommodating the towns legacy of environmental design. A key element of the project was the CMK ‘Park in the sky’ introduced to regenerate the existing urban realm. During her studies she also completed the RIBA mentoring scheme with Foster and Partners.

Gary is a Royal Engineer veteran, having designed and built in some of the world’s most hostile environments. Joining the Nottingham team in 2020, he brings almost 20 years of award-winning experience in residential, university, leisure and industrial sectors, alongside leading the construction team on a multimillion-pound global HQ build. A CIAT Associate Member, in addition to working towards his full Chartered status, Gary is also very active in the built environment community, being an FBE East Midlands Committee Member and Band and Rehearsal Co-ordinator for the Nottingham Hot Property charity.

Julien McGuinness

Julien McGuinness

Associate

Julien studied at The University of Nottingham, Graduating his undergraduate degree with First Class Honours and being awarded with a distinction for his postgraduate degree. His thesis project for a new archaeological museum and art gallery in the historic Roman town of Colchester was nominated for The RIBA President’s Silver Medal. Julien worked throughout this time at Benoy, gaining experience in the design of large retail and commercial schemes in the UK and mainland Europe before joining Rayner Davies Architects to complete his qualifications in 2008. His time at Rayner Davies has seen Julien deliver a variety of project types in the residential, commercial and care sectors with expertise in both new build and refurbishment projects. Since 2014, Julien has expanded our care home and assisted living portfolio, and has an in-depth knowledge of this growing sector.

Stewart joined the Nottingham office in 2021, graduating from Robert Gordon University with a BSc(Hons) in Architectural Technology. His dissertation investigated the impact and adoption rates of green walls and roofs within Scottish Architecture.

Steve Rayner

Steve Rayner

Partner

Steve 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.

Matthew Vicary

Matthew Vicary

Architect

Matthew graduated from Nottingham University in 2015 and joined Rayner Davies in 2016 after working on bespoke housing projects using Passivhaus 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. 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.