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ABOUT ME

Andy Hales

MA (Cantab) DipArch

 

A freelance architectural designer with a focus on ecologically conscious buildings. Any has now started working with Grain Architecture in Surrey, and will no longer be taking on small projects in the North Wales area. Andy previously worked with Gresford Architects, who specialise in Passivehaus and low-energy Architecture and Anne Netherwood, a Conservation Architect based near Oswestry.

I enjoy working with clients to achieve their aims by creating healthy and enjoyable places to live and work whilst minimising environmental impact. Following the work of pioneering architects such as Walter Segal, I believe low-cost self-build houses should play a far greater role in the UK housing sector.

I studied my Part I in architecture as an undergraduate at the University of Cambridge, and did my Part II in Architecture and Advanced Energy Studies at the Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT) in Machynlleth. The course set architecture in the broader context in which we work, with a particular focus on how we can adapt to climate change and help mitigate its effects.

 

Between the two courses I worked as a Part I Architectural Assistant at Greenspace Architects in Ellesmere, primarily working on existing buildings doing restorations and conversions (commercial, domestic, and ecclesiastical), and domestic new builds.

I work with a combination of hand drawing and computer programs (BIM, CAD and the Adobe suite). And believe some practical building experience is an important skill all architects should have - something I gained whilst studying at CAT and on various volunteer projects.

Whitchurch Civic Centre - I worked on the technical design of this retrofit of a dilapidated brutalist building for Greenspace Architects.

More information about the services I provide and how a typical project works.

Professional and student design projects I've worked on and building projects I've volunteered on.

If you've got a project you'd like to discuss, please get in touch!