I trained as an architect at University College Dublin and went on to complete my professional practice in 1989 in London. I worked for several years in commercial architecture practices in London before joining Marston and Langinger as a glass buildings designer in 1996, where I remained until 2015.
I have designed a great many glass buildings over the last 20 years, varying in scale from small glazed rear extensions on period properties, to large country house garden rooms and pool houses. I love the architectural diversity of houses I encounter along with their owners. I enjoy the relationship formed with clients, particularly when they love their home. Glazed extensions can transform the way people enjoy and use their homes and gardens so it can be very satisfying.
The parts of the job I like best are both the problem solving of planning the space, and arriving at an elegant architectural solution which will complement the house. I also love getting involved with the interior so that the project is carefully designed as a room which will be lived in and enjoyed by the owners.
A large conservatory I designed for an arts and crafts house in West Sussex. I think it is a wonderful room and looks very architecturally integrated on the house.
This is my conservatory (designed by me and built by M&L in 2002) – it’s a great example of how a well-designed small glazed extension can completely transform a small London townhouse! Bifold doors open up the rear of the house on to a small courtyard.