The Value of Experience

To survive economic change an architect has to diversify and learn to design buildings in different market sectors. This can come with experience of living and working in the city, on the coast and in the country. In times of economic growth society builds housing, schools, hospitals and retail centres. In economic instability people tend to extend their dwellings, convert their barns or lofts. People will always have families, retire and age. People will always come to fine locations to holiday, live and retire. Different economies, policies and people create opportunities for architects with  many different types and sizes of projects and as such an architect must be ready to respond and design for change with good architectural design and service that aims add value to every project.

Andrew began his architectural education in 1993 at University of Plymouth followed by University of Bath for the Masters of Architecture. Having Gained over 15 continual years architectural experience in UK private practices Andrew has a diversity of experience in Housing, Master planning, Retail, Residential, Commercial and Public buildings which has been fostered by some of the leading commercial practices in the UK. 8 years of this experience was in Bristol during the commercial boom of the 2,000s working hands on as a design and technical architect winning framework agreements, tenders, novations and competitions.

In this critical time of experience major projects Andrew worked on included Quakers Friars at Cabot Circus Retail Centre in Bristol which won a Civc Trust Award; St Anns Police Station and murder investigation centre for Nottingham Police, which served as his case study project for RIBA Part 3 and was nominated for Parsons Brinkerhoff project of the year; Schools of the Future for Newcastle which was a competition win for 8 new comprehensive schools with Sir Robet McAlpine; Lloyds TSB Victoria, London, St Ives and Inverness; Early masterplanning stage development of M32 Junction 3 Bristol mixed use development of artists workshops, public  library, social and market rate housing. This project has won a number of awards. These include: Silver Building for Life Award, RTPI Planning Excellence 2015, RICS Award 2015, What House Awards ‘Best Mixed-Use Development’, SW Insider Property Awards ‘Residential Development of the Year’, Bristol Civic Society Environmental Award; Creative interventions of many listed and historic buildings in the public and private sectors including mixed use housing and retai masterplanning projects around London, Bristol, Bath and Exeter.

Andrew was previously an Associate & Chartered Architect at Paul Humphries Architects where he worked for 6 years. In this period projects included nursing homes, one off contemporary housing, passivhaus and low energy design, house extensions, listed building and historic building conversions, mixed use masterplanning and housing developments. Many of these projects were national and south west competition wins with Local Authority and private clients. Many of these projects have been published and have won South West and National Awards as follows:

LABC 2010: Best New Dwelling, New Eco House, Exton, Devon

LABC 2013: Winner: Best Small Housing Development: Rocklands, Exmouth, Devon

LABC 2013: Winner: Judges Award for Best SW Partnership with the Local Authority

LABC 2013: Best Extension to a dwelling: Sherbrook Hill, Budleigh

LABC 2013: Best New Dwelling: Matford Ave, Exeter: Skywood, West Hill Lane, Budleigh Salterton.

LABC 2013: Best Conversion: Charles Cottage, Wellington.

LABC 2013: (National) Best Small Housing Development: Rocklands, Exmouth, Devon.

Here on this page are a select few images of the bespoke low energy houses in East Devon and Exeter that Andrew designed and delivered at PHA as project architect:

Office Address:

Andrew Long Architects Ltd.

Exe View Studios, 7 Cedar Close, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 5NT

E: along@andrewlongarchitects.com

Tel: (01395) 488710

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Web: www.andrewlongarchitects.com


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"I would recommend Andrew Long. I was so pleased with all the work he did for me on my home renovation from start to completion. Very professional and hard working."

Housing Alterations Client, Devon


"Andrew gained planning permission for our house with a great creative design. I would recommend his architectural services to anyone."

House Extension Client, Devon


"We were most impressed with Andrew's design  and professional working process which gained planning approval despite all the odds in a difficult sensitive location."

New Low Energy Dwelling Client, Devon