About Christian

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Overview

British Architect with over twenty years experience in both design and construction.

Personal Statement:

I enjoy all aspects of design from broad planning to detailed construction drawings and working with many different nationalities.Architecture should be build able, affordable and as simple as possible to make the building something that will not date, can be well maintained and contribute to the legacy of the next generation. My ideal is a high quality building fabric wrapped around a great design, one that needs very little energy to maintain the building something that the Passivhaus Principle exemplifies.

Contact details:

ambrose.christian@gmail.com

Education:

2000 R.I.B.A. Part 3 at Westminster University.

1987 – 1992 Studied at Oxford Brookes University

Completing R.I.B.A. PART 1  and 2, gaining 2.1 degree, two terms carried out at the Institute D’Urbanisme, Paris as part of the diploma.

Exeter School 1979-1985 9 O levels , 4 A levels

Professional Experience:

June 2016 -Present.

I am currently working in Ireland since November 2016 as a freelance architect.I have just completed a four month freelance role developing and marketing air tightness  systems for Passive House Systems.I am also engaging in a social enterprise project for a refugee shelter redeveloping the concept of adobe shelters as part of a study into low energy architecture .This is being supported by Social Enterprise UK.

I have also just completed a passive house which at the time of writing I am living in using the Passivhaus Principles.

I am currently looking for  role in the Middle East.

2012-2016 White Young Qatar

Senior Architect on design for government facilities in Qatar.

2008-2012-DMWR Architects London

2010 Project Architect stage D plus 62 Flats in Peckham.

Nov 2008-Present DMWR Architects Sainsbury’s Epsom –Supermarket design.

Planning and working drawings for an 80,000 square foot Sainsbury’s Supermarket on fast track design and build, managing a team of four, involving five different planning applications in parallel with production drawings and phasing co-ordination with RG s Contractors .Also conversion of adjacent warehouse, tenant relocation, demolition of existing adjacent unit and extension and alteration to existing Epsom Store as enabling package to main works. New mezzanine café, atrium and store frontage. Client facing and consultant co-ordination. Value £12.5 million.

Low energy store concept design development.

Passivhouse designs London and Cork.  Low energy concept designs including Passivhouse calculations, detail design and concept design.

2007-2008 Scott Tallon Walker Architects, Cork -Ireland.

Mixed Use Development.Office, Housing, Commercial.

Project Architect mixed use scheme, responsible for production of working drawings and co-ordination of structure and services on a mixed use inner city development entailing residential, office and commercial, two levels of basement parking and retention of an existing structure. Difficult site incorporating cliff face on one side , retaining walls, underground parking and lift, maintaining and existing structure and dealing with planning , building control and structural co ordination and value engineering. Design and build contract for McNamara’s. Value €7.800,000.

2003 – 2008 Archer Architects, Stevenage, England.

Primarily housing and supermarkets education.

Design Architect working on retail and housing at planning stage. Site feasibility, planning applications. Scheme designs and planning applications, free hand sketches, Sketch-up, Photoshop and Auto-cad brownfield sites with various restrictions on back land development. Master planning of large housing scheme for Tesco.

Design of 64 bed nursing home / local health care provision, north London.

Acted as an expert witness for Tesco Supermarket and in advisory role to various planning consultants.

Design of supermarkets / housing, master planning for large mixed use developments.

Wine bar design and production drawings.

2001 – 2002 J.M. Architects, London.-Listed building refurbishment/housing. Refurbishment of Victorian listed building and ancillary housing in Tottenham for Family Housing Association.

2001 Lowry Design, design and working drawings for the refurbishment of listed stone mill, Preston Lancashire into 74 Student bedrooms granted Civic Award for design. Listed building conversion.

1998 – 2001 Carl Fisher Architects, London-Hospital new build and refurbishment.

Hospital and office refurbishment, job running and production drawings. Responsible for refurbishment and construction of wards at Guys and St. Thomas Hospital London.

1996 – 1998 Lip Leow Associates, Malaysia

Design of Buddhist temple, housing designs for individuals and developers. Development of 12 housing types for large scale developments. Design of 64 bed hotel in Singapore with listed building facades.

1994 – 1996 Alan Miller Architects, Jersey.

Student Housing working drawings, perspective drawings, design of conversion of Wesleyan Chapel to community facility.

1990 Mathew Trotter and Miller Architects.

Student Doctors surgeries and nursing homes.Running a small project extending a doctors  surgery , design of nursing home , design of doctors  surgery , design of car showroom alteration.

1985 – 1987 Lucas Roberts and Brown Architects.

Office junior.Scratching out drawings…small shop designs, barn conversions.

 

Skills

Revit                                                             Basic modelling. Course Attended 2014.Three houses modeled at basic level.

Autocad                                                        Current 2015 version

Micro-station                                                 Four years -2012

Photoshop                                                    Good level -Photo montages, Quick presentations.

Sketch-up                                                     Advanced -still learning new techniques , hoping to learn 3d printing with this later in year.

NBS Specifications .                                    Several specifications written , last one in 2008.

Passive House Planning Package .             Minimal overview .

Expert witness for Tesco 2004.

Free hand sketching.

 

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