Architectural Emporium Hope St, Liverpool

Like all good Emporiums, Architectural Emporium (AE) is a seller of unique goods. AE brings vigour, creativity and dynamism to projects of all size and type. Not defined by a particular style, each project is treated individually and thorough detailed responses are sought.

Architectural Emporium is a successful, growing RIBA Chartered Practice defined by the varied portfolio and architectural background of its three directors, who offer a wealth of experience in all sectors and work stages. All capable designers, design tutors and project architects, AE’s directors are involved in every scheme and employ an inclusive and collaborative design approach, fostering creative dialogue with clients, the consultant team, contractors and end users.

Although AE’s interventions are unique and bespoke to each site and the client’s requirements, it is possible to detect some underlying themes common in the portfolio, such as: Simple legible forms; context driven sensitive proposals; Structures and components re-described and recycled; Sustainable and efficient arrangements; Thoughtful and inventive enveloping; innovative use of affordable materials; Consideration of interiors and furniture as integral; Careful and sophisticated detailing.

Sustainable buildings and communities are key concerns and are integrated into design responses. It is of paramount importance to improve the built environment and provide better quality places through effective strategic planning and contemporary, affordable and original architectural interventions. For more information on our approach to design and sustainability, please get in touch.

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Toby Wallis

Director

In the three parts of architectural education, Toby gained a 2:1 and two distinctions, winning the Haydn Smith award for best submission in the Advanced Diploma of Professional Practice and the Peter Tyson prize for best use of materials in design. In practice, he became a valued and committed member of Union North for over 7 years. Toby worked as Project Architect on a series of highly successful projects; including the RIBA award winning 3 Towers in Manchester and LAS small project award winning Liverpool Biennial Offices. He has considerable experience of all RIBA workstages and has designed and delivered numerous projects on time and on budget.

Toby views good communication as essential in creating a serene and successful working environment, from inception to completion on jobs of all sizes. He adopts a multi disciplinary approach to design, and considers surfaces and materials carefully to create distinctive spaces. By treating the landscape, form, façade and décor as a whole, the buildings he has designed are carefully considered and well detailed. He has maintained links with Liverpool University and occasionally teaches and lectures alongside his AE commitments.

Andy James

Director

Andy studied at Liverpool John Moores University, gaining a 2:1 and a commendation in design. He successfully passed his Advanced Diploma in Professional Practice and has over ten years of job-running experience. He was employed by Union North as a project architect for more than 4 years, completing a series of large-scale projects including Saxton, a £32m apartment scheme commissioned by Urban Splash. He has also gained experience at John McAslan + Partners and Falconer Chester Hall Architects, working on a series of large commercial and cultural schemes.

Alongside Andy’s considerable commercial and technical experience, he has an interest in history, historical architecture and monument. Avoiding the predictable modernist solution, he favours texture, mass, narrative and sustainability. He regards effective communication as essential to successfully coordinating jobs of all size. He has maintained links with Liverpool John Moores University and returns regularly to critique students’ work.

Luke Cooper

Director

Qualified in 2007, Luke worked as a senior architect for Austin-Smith:Lord for over 7 years. He then moved to Aecom, ultimately becoming regional director for architecture in the north of England. He has gained a wealth of experience across almost all sectors of the architectural profession. His in-depth involvement in the feasibility, design and management of commercial, healthcare, cultural and industrial projects gives him a unique ability to apply skills from different building types to an individual scheme.

Reinterpretation and conservation of existing buildings with a mixture of new and old is where his real passion lies. His comprehensive understanding of conservation techniques and processes has been formed through considerable analysis and implementation of English Heritage and ICOMOS guidelines on schemes such as St George’s Quarter and Qasr Al Hosn in Abu Dhabi. Luke compiled the Conservation and Management Plan for the high-profile cultural project in Abu Dhabi and is in the process of applying for RIBA Conservation Officer Status.

Luke is a very competent designer, design tutor at Liverpool University and project architect. He has worked for a series of large and small clients and consultants in Britain, Europe and the Middle East, including General Electric and Rolls Royce. He is able to understand the different processes, uses and client requirements for all building types and successfully convert these factors into efficient and effective architectural solutions that add value and quality.

Anna Kochan

Architect

Anna is a fully qualified architect. She graduated from the Barcelona School of Architecture with a distinction. A year of her study was spent on Erasmus exchange in Warsaw.

Anna previously worked at Vigum Project SL in Barcelona and Atelier Kratky in Prague, gaining experience on a variety of projects at different work stages. Her work is not confined to architecture as she enjoys working on interiors and graphics.

At Architectural Emporium, Anna has further developed her passion for delivering contextual, sensitive, functional and honest architecture; geared towards the needs of society. Anna joined in October 2015 and quickly became a key member of our team.

Ben Scragg

Architectural Assistant

Ben joined the Emporium in August 2017 and has fast become an important part of the team. He studied at Liverpool John Moores University gaining a first class degree in his undergraduate.

Before studying architecture Ben carried out an Art and Design Foundation at Bristol School of Art. He developed a keen interest in photography and created a dark room in his house to process his own prints.

At University Ben honed his artistic skills, constantly working between sketches and technical drawings to explore sensitive spaces for a variety of uses. This working method has proved useful in the Emporium, where three dimensional proposals are explored in sketch, 3d model and technical drawings.

Jo James

Office Manager

Jo is an integral part of our team. She provides essential admin support, book-keeping, HR and office management within Architectural Emporium. She is also a key member of the team behind Handyman Supermarket and Brewery, carrying out sales, stock control, admin and book-keeping for the brewery.