I was born in London, England. My school years were mostly spent in the more rural setting of Salisbury, a cathedral city and market town near Stonehenge in the South of England, but also taking a few years in-between abroad due to my father’s vocation in the world of chocolate-making and bio-technology; firstly in Mumbai, India, and secondly in Vevey, Switzerland (attending a local French speaking school.) Excelling at fine art, music and physics at school I settled on architecture as my chosen path forward.
I began my architectural training at University of Manchester, later to become Manchester School of Architecture, being lucky to catch a heyday period of the School and the city of Manchester itself. I graduated with honours and continued through post graduate studies to become elected as a corporate member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (under the presentation and signature of Marco Goldschmeid, RIBA President and co-founder of the Richard Rogers Partnership.)
I then moved to London and initially worked on high-profile heritage projects - for London Business School and Royal Ballet School - but then began my 'international' architectural career, starting with becoming a leader in Scott Brownrigg's International Projects Team. I have since lived and worked around the world, designing and leading very large, complex, diverse projects, along with managing large architectural teams / offices.
In many career highlights I am proud to have been invited to enter three prestige architectural closed-competitions, and either won or been runner up in all (with competition from significant practices like Make and Foster & Partners), and also to have been recognised in the group of ‘25 Who Will Change Architecture and Design in 2010’ by the well-regarded design publication Blueprint, alongside James Dyson, SANAA and David Adjaye.