I appeared on TV when I was about 11 years old, declaring my undying love for a girl at school. It was an awful ‘spin-off’ of Funhouse by Pat Sharp – the 90s TV presenter with the huge mullet. Probably the most embarrassing moment of my life, although there are quite a few other contenders!!
I took my Part 1 in Architecture at Newcastle University and I returned a few years later to hone my Geordie accent – and for Parts 2 and 3 of Architecture. I was eventually ousted from the city as I could never perfect the accent. Or was it because they didn’t like me trying? Hard to tell.
After my Part 1 I worked for two years in New Zealand – half in Auckland, on the North Island, and half in Queenstown, on the South Island. After Part 2 I was a self-builder in Scotland for about 18 months and then I moved back South to work at Elspeth Beard Architects in Godalming – a bit less exotic, but great projects none-the-less.
I worked on the conversion of a listed water mill. It had an indoor pool that flowed through the building and joined an outside pool, much like the water that used to power the mill mechanism (and a bit like at Centre Parcs!)
Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia is stunning and an absolute marvel. But closer to home, I’ve always loved The Baltic Art Gallery, which is a converted Flour Mill.
I started my studies around the turn of the Millennium (ha, sounds ridiculous) – in 2000, so that’s over 20 years ago at the time of writing. I joined Mitchell Evans in 2020.
When I was younger, I wanted to be a stunt man and I still do to be honest. I was always a bit of a daredevil but I never quite reached Hollywood standards.