Three new appointments cements Derby architect firm’s growth

Chris Davies, associate at Swain Architecture.

Derby-based Swain Architecture is rounding off nine months in its first physical office with the appointment of a new associate and two architectural assistants.

Chris Davies, a member of the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists (CIAT) with a decade of experience in the industry, will work closely with Elizabeth ‘Izzy’ Rhodes, the founder of the practice based in the city’s Sadler Bridge Studios on Bold Lane. Alongside Chris, Swain has also recruited two new architectural assistants, Atarah Adams and Karaan Sabherwal.

A specialist in residential housing, Chris joins Swain from Simon Foote Architects having previously worked on large-scale housing developments and commercial projects.

Speaking on his appointment, he said: “Working with Swain is a great opportunity to develop my design skills and take a lead in the business side of architecture, particularly around winning new projects and writing bids. Working with my close friend Izzy is also a huge incentive and I’m excited to help grow something from the ground up and watch it develop into a successful practice.

“In my years I have provided the technical designs for a wide spectrum of projects, working with traditional Georgian dwellings, self-build ‘Passivhaus’ projects and commercial extensions for office spaces. I am confident that the skills I have gained will support future development opportunities that will allow Swain to become an established industry leader.”

Izzy added: “It’s always exciting taking on a new member of the senior team, and having worked with Chris previously, I knew his personality and skills would provide a perfect fit to the ethos of the company I have created so far. I have no doubt that he will excel in this position and bring a great new insight and knowledge to our pool of outstanding talent.

“For the past few years there has been an increasing popularity for domestic extensions on existing period houses in the area, and I know that Chris has the experience and expertise to take on this demand.”

Swain Architecture launched its practice in the heart of Derby city centre in January 2018, specialising in commercial and residential high-specification builds across East Midlands and beyond.