I wanted to do arts and sciences at school but they wouldn’t let me. Then I wanted to simultaneously be an architect and an engineer but those professions are separated in the UK. And then I wanted to work for the best design firm in the world and I wanted to run my own business.
For the first half of my working life, I worked as a structural engineer for the global design firm, Arup. This enabled me to collaborate with many of the best architects in the UK and internationally. I worked in London, Hong Kong, and New York on high-profile projects that were large and technically challenging. Arup was my spiritual home for 15 years and I could have happily stayed for the rest of my career. But there were other things that interested me.
Initially, this led me to set up as a sole-practitioner architect carrying out small projects for private clients. A somewhat different world to the one to which I’d become accustomed. But a world that, nonetheless, provided constant challenges. If I didn’t know how to do something, I no longer had any specialist departments to call on. If I didn’t do the things that needed to be done, I no longer had a team to share the burden.
Over time the workload increased and the practice developed in to what is now Raise Architects. We’re still relatively small but I remain ambitious to develop the business in scope and scale. My focus is on doing work that matters for clients that care. And I can’t do that without a great team.
ARB RIBA CEng MIStructE FRSA
1979 University of Leeds, BSc (Hons) Civil Engineering
1982 University of Liverpool, BA (Hons) Architecture
1984 Architect Assistant, Building Design Partnership, Preston
1985 University of Liverpool, BArch (Hons) Architecture
1987 Architect Assistant, Chris Wilkinson Architects, London
1988 Structural engineer, Anthony Hunt Associates, Cirencester
1989 Structural engineer, Director, Arup, London, Hong Kong, New York
2004 Architect, Director, Raise Architects (prev. Andy Foster Architects)
2006-2010 Infrastructure Commission Design Review, Panel Member
2009-2016 Northwest Design Review, Panel Member
2009-2013 West Midlands Design Review, Panel Member
2010-2012 Cheshire Society of Architects, President
2012-2017 Design Council Cabe, Built Environment Expert
2014-present Chester Growth Partnership, Board Member
2014-present Cheshire West & Chester Design Review, Panel Member
2016-present Murmurations, Co-founder
2017-present Big Heritage, Board Member