WE ARE A CREATIVE PRACTICE
Established in 2013, Design 21 Architecture is a hands on, design lead Architectural practice based in Staffordshire. The practice collectively has over four decades of experience and expertise in innovation and design, working with a wide range of clients from the private, residential, commercial and public sectors including works to listed buildings and within Conservation Areas.
The partnership was formed by Paul Adams and Steve Lomax, following recognition of their complementary talents through their earlier collaborations when working together for a local practice and a natural drive and ambition to deliver buildings rich in character, distinct in identity, integrity and most importantly within budget. The partners, Paul and Steve are responsible for running, directing and delivering each of the projects. We approach every project as a unique and individual opportunity. Each project begins with developing intuitive understanding of both place and people and critical investigations of the projects needs through dialogue, observation and research informed by our considerable project and technical lead experience, with the objective of delivering the highest level of design quality, providing simple, functional and inspiring spaces.
We pride ourselves on being able to clearly articulate ideas and concepts in presentations to our clients and building users. We use a variety of media to develop and convey our designs including sketching, drawings, perspective images and 3D renders and physical models enabling our clients to clearly visualise their buildings as it develops.
Our strength and work is characterised by a rigorous and analytical approach to the function and planning of each project and through the process of continued refinement, applied to every detail and the work stages. We relish the challenges inherent across the wide range of work undertaken and engage our expertise and agility to prioritise the delivery of all projects within budget, on time and that brings value and joy to our clients and users.
Paul is originally from New Zealand and began his career working and studying for an apprenticeship in architecture in Christchurch New Zealand – learning the traditional art of drawing and the skill of detailing and construction techniques.
Following his passion for travel, he worked in Sydney Australia for an Architects practice before heading to England in 1993.
Paul founded Design 21 architecture with Steve having gained a broad range of professional experience over the course of 20 years, working within both large and smaller scale architectural practices within Staffordshire.
As an Associate at his previous practice of 15 years, Paul was principally responsible for the lead design, project management – procurement strategies, detail design, contract documentation development and site administration for traditional, negotiated and design and build contracts, small and large scale and within all sectors of the industry.
Steve has gained and developed invaluable knowledge and experience throughout the course of his 20 years experience working for various sized architectural practices in Staffordshire and Cheshire.
Throughout his career Steve has worked within a wide range of demanding and specialist construction sectors such as theatres, cinemas, industrial, military and conservation type projects. Steve has developed a unique and high level of technical skill and ability, working as the principal architectural consultant and construction stage administrator. More recently Steve has completed the detailed designs, construction documentation and site lead project administration for a number of challenging projects within the leisure, educational and evangelical sectors.
Steve has considerable experience working with a number of computer aided design packages inclusive of 3D modelling.