Nicholas Burwell


As a lover of both arts and science, Nicholas had architecture in his sights from an early age. He was, and continues to be, fascinated by the marriage of social structures and physical three dimensional problems which he sees as a constantly evolving question which he never gets bored of improving. Nicholas is immersed in problem solving from the macro of the masterplanning of cities to the micro detailed design of furniture.

Following an education in architecture at the University of Bath, he then gained extensive experience across a number of sectors at Richard Rogers, SOM and ORMS, founding Nicholas Burwell Architects in 1999.

Nicholas has built the practice on the principles of approaching each project with an open mind, an appetite for complex problem solving and the importance of understanding the impact of change on the way clients use spaces in which they live, learn and work.

He is a recognised thought leader in the design of teaching and learning environments, a frequent speaker at events and conferences, and works with organisations throughout the UK to deliver award-winning projects.

Caroline Rogerson


Caroline joined the practice in 2012 and has since worked on a number of higher education projects including the David Keir Student Hub and Auditorium at Queen’s University Belfast and The House at Plymouth University. She has experience across various sectors, with expertise in the arts and cultural sectors.

Prior to joining the practice she has worked on a number of high-profile projects including, as Project Architect, the RIBA National Award-winning Turner Contemporary Gallery in Margate (David Chipperfield Architects) and the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Arabic Art and Galleries as part of the Qasr al Hosn cultural quarter in Abu Dhabi (Austin-Smith:Lord.) She also has experience working with Grade I listed buildings, including the contemporary extension and renovation of Fellows Parlour at Trinity College, Cambridge (Ian Simpson Architects).

In 2005, as part of a three-person collaborative, she was a shortlisted finalist in the RIBA/Urban Splash international competition for the strategic masterplanning of the Morecambe Promenade site, adjacent to the iconic Midland Hotel.

Beyond architecture, her interests extend to wider fields of design and construction, in particular the realm of puppetry where she has gained experience at leading animatronics and special effects studios. She is also interested in early Christian and Byzantine architecture and has presented papers at the University of Oxford and Queens’ University Belfast, based on her research into the iconographic programmes of the early churches of Rome.

Caroline studied architecture at the University of Cambridge and the Bartlett School of Architecture.

Christopher Gilbert


Christopher joined the practice in 2006 and has since delivered a wide range of residential, commercial and higher education projects.

He has experience working with listed buildings, including the recently completed Grade II listed Bath House Lofts in Bermondsey – winner of the London Evening Standard New Homes Awards 2015 – Best Conversion – Large Developer.

He is a member of the practice’s BIM Focus Group and has undertaken Revit training. He is also a BREEAM Accredited Professional.

Christopher studied architecture at Glasgow School of Art, London Metropolitan University and the University of Westminster, between which he spent a year working in India.

Chris is oversee's our quality management system which gained ISO9001 accreditation in 2012.

Simon Parkes


Simon joined the practice in 2005 and works across the sectors, focusing on higher education.

He has worked on a number of RIBA Award-winning buildings including the multiple RIBA Award-winning Loughborough Design School at Loughborough University. At University College London he has worked on a number of complex projects including the Central Campus Overview, the Wilkins Lower Refectory within the Grade I listed Wilkins Building and the recently completed Cruciform Hub within the Grade II listed Cruciform Building.

He studied architecture at Manchester Metropolitan University and the Bartlett School of Architecture, and previously worked at Barbara Weiss Architects gaining a wide range of experience in bespoke residential refurbishment.