Meet some of the people behind the designs.

A big part of our talent and success is down to our dedicated staff. Our passionate team enjoys delivering a great service and great architecture to our clients. We care about those we work with and the work we provide.

Derek Gilbert

Managing Director, Chartered Quantity Surveyor

In addition to the joy of numbers and contracts, a passionate community volunteer and supporter with a number of out of hours’ hats.  Cricket fan and occasional player, football fan and TFC season ticket holder.

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Ian Harding

Director, Chartered Architect

Capable creative, in an industry where the pace of versatility is extreme. Fountain pen user with a blue belt in traditional Jujutsu. Does a bit of photography and draws a few things.

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Oliver Cartwright

Associate, Chartered Architect

Enjoys tackling complex design challenges and sharing ideas through a combination of analogue and digital graphics. Sunday driver on the road but a bit of a madman on the go-kart track.

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Patrick Rayson

Director, Chartered Architectural Technologist

Longest serving member of the BDG team. Bagged a first class honours degree and won a few university awards. Partial to the odd real ale tour (or two). Enjoys making a difficult project a reality.

Building Design Group - more than the sum of its parts

Our combination of architectural technicians and technologists, architects and assistants, project managers and quantity surveyors, produces a varied and strong skill set. We employ people with character, potential and life experience as well as ability and attitude.

We like solving problems and helping people. Our combined knowledge and experience enables us to take on a broad range of projects and new challenges.

Richard Colyer

Associate, Chartered Architect

A real passion for design and bringing ideas to life. Enthusiastic sports fan and one-time international cricketer and marathon runner.

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Jaime Cepeda

Architectural Assistant

Loves the challenge of architecture, and the constant opportunities to learn.  Likes fast cars and bikes, despite the odd tumble. Enjoys good food, spending time with family and friends and visiting new places.  Great air singer, once mistaken for a choir member at a wedding.

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Danielle Elson

Architectural Technologist

Guaranteed to singularly hiccup at least once a day, usually in a rare moment of quiet in the office. Owns a herd of horses and known to knock a rider (or two) to the floor in jousting. Hazar! Has a keen eye for detail and is the office quality checker.

Matthew Franklin

Chartered Architect

Obsessive compulsive designer, lapsed guitarist and mountain biker, who likes making architecture more accessible.  Has a lively and broad interest in the built environment, creative industry, film and music.  Keen on sustainability, self-building, energy positive buildings and healthy living.  Has been known to tweet now and again, scooped an award or two.

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Together we have worked on an astonishing variety of projects in the UK and abroad.

This includes luxury residential, renewable energy production, offices, heritage buildings, factories, new villages, show rooms, religious temples, retail, further education, conservation schemes, low energy and sustainable projects, bespoke houses…

Rhiannon Taylor


We have a young, vibrant and multi-cultural team here and it’s great to be a part of it, being a familiar voice to many of our long-standing clients and a welcoming presence to visitors!

Sandip Kalia

Architectural Technologist

A lifelong interest in architecture and seeing how ideas and drawings come to life. Has a fondness for retro music. Not only draws things but builds things too.

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Katie Dowds


Likes the challenges that numbers and accounts can bring. Enjoys drawing and socialising with friends and family. Loves to travel and has been known to climb a volcano or two.

Jon Pegg

Architectural Assistant

Enjoys the process and opportunity design brings. Continuously developing an understanding and appreciation of architecture. Away from the office, a keen mountain walker, gym goer and heavy metal music fan.