Jonathan worked for over 20 years with St Ives Architects practice Poynton Bradbury Wynter Cole where
he honed the technical skills, which added to his creative ability have enabled him to set up an architectural design studio in West Cornwall.
Most projects for a small design practice are domestic in scale, and consequently the projects tend to be one-off new houses, conversions of farm buildings to houses and householder extensions. Such projects mean working directly with the client(s) in order to realize their dreams. This responsibility requires the designer to spend time ensuring that there is a good understanding of the clients’ wishes. The process is very intimate and requires an ability to communicate well with the client to achieve the production of a good brief.
This is essential to achieve the clients’ optimum requirements for the project. A good brief should establish the required function, spatial requirements, form, priorities, expectations and budgetary aims. It should also indicate whether the project will include purely architecture, or interior design and landscaping as well. The skill of producing a thorough brief is the bedrock for the rest of the project and this takes both time and the ability to listen.
Jonathan embraces the concept of Environmentally Responsible Architecture. This is his preferred term for either “Green” or “Sustainable Architecture” and relates to a type of design that respects the local habitat and ecology and also the greater environment in respect of the sourcing of materials, the conservation of energy and where appropriate the use of on-site renewable energy sources.
His mission is to try to encourage clients to take one step more towards Environmentally Responsible Architecture than they would perhaps have done without his involvement in the project. Realizing that not everyone subscribes to environmental issues, the greater challenge is to work with such potential clients rather than the already converted.