Studio

Established in 1990, moving forward ever since.

Grainge Architects have developed considerable experience ranging across the whole spectrum of development and construction within the South West. Encompassing the full range of architectural services from urban design and feasibility studies to detailed technical design and material specifications; we know how to take a project from a concept sketch to a fully delivered building.

Ethos

Friendly and reliable.

At our core, we are a skilled, friendly, and reliable architectural practice. We know how to design and deliver buildings with longevity and purpose – and how to do it in a way that builds lasting relationships with communities and clients.

Listen, question, understand. 

We know how to listen and how to ask questions to get to the core of the brief and establish the project fundamentals from which to start a successful design.

Creative common sense.   

We are straight forward to deal with and instinctively know when to practice pragmatism, modesty, and economy and how to use it to enrich a place or a building.

Collaboration.

Grainge is a collaborative team with a range of specialisms. Whilst a director will oversee each project, we encourage a non-hierarchical approach with everyone empowered to contribute and refine. We have a fantastic network of reliable collaborators across the full spectrum of built environment services built over decades of working in the South West.

Context-driven architecture.

There is no ‘house style’ with Grainge Architects. Each client and site bring new stimulus to respond to, new problems to solve and this is what dictates our unique response.

Thoughtful and precise (and always evolving).

We are an RIBA certified practice working to the highest professional standards. We cultivate learning, persistently developing in our approach to developing construction techniques and technologies and refining our processes for high standards and efficient delivery.

Team

Tony Pollintine

Tony Pollintine

Director

B.A. (Hons), Dip.Arch, Dip Urban Design, ARB, RIBA

Tony is a highly creative architect who takes the lead role in much of the practice’s work. He combines a sensitive design approach with commercial realism. His proven management skills combined with strong team leadership capabilities ensures that the practice maintains high standards of both professional practice and building delivery.

Tony has wide ranging skills including masterplanning, infrastructure and urban design, and building design in most sectors, notably schools and colleges, residential, commercial and retail, airports, leisure and hotels.

Prior to joining Grainge Architects Tony was a senior associate with HOK International. There he gained extensive commercial experience. Other experience included design & delivery of academic buildings & student residences at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, hotels in Hong Kong and Singapore, and airport and railway terminals at Heathrow and Cork.

James Brookes

James Brookes

Director

B.A. (Hons), Dip.Arch, ARB, RIBA

James has developed excellent communication and management skills with over 25 years of construction experience. He is an energetic and creative enabler and enjoys ‘driving’ projects. He has been a director at Grainge Architects since 1996 and plays a large role in management of the practice.

While he is experienced and able at all stages of the building design and procurement process, his particular skills are in briefing, presenting, team building, project management and contract administration. He has a great deal of experience in the creation of production information and is a strong site architect who has completed numerous projects on site with a wide range of construction values.

As a director within the practice James has been involved with the projects within the practice portfolio and he retains an active involvement on a daily basis from the concept stages through to site management.

Andrew Field

Andrew Field

Director

BA (Hons), Dip.Arch, ARB, RIBA

Andrew is an experienced Architect who joined Grainge Architects in 2003. With expertise spanning all aspects of architecture and the construction industry, Andrew plays a pivotal role in the practices successful delivery of schemes across all project sectors.

He has well-honed skills in detail design, production information, on-site job running, and problem solving, and has considerable expertise in masterplanning and rapid feasibility studies.

Andrew is well versed in current environmental design issues and experienced in environmental assessment processes. Andrew’s main focus is leading the delivery of production information within the office. Embracement of BIM within the team has been central to Grainge’s success in being able to efficiently deliver thoughtfully, well-conceived and high quality designs.

Rob Franklin

Rob Franklin

Director

BA (Hons), Dip.Arch, ARB

Rob’s particular skills are highly creative design and graphic abilities together with very strong appraisal skills. Rob is a strong team leader with experience of managing a range of projects, and is currently responsible for overseeing most of the Practice’s urban design and residential Masterplanning projects.

David McNicol

David McNicol

Associate Director

BA (Hons), M.Arch, ARB

David is a highly creative and sensitive designer, experienced in unlocking difficult planning constraints, crafting these through to elegant built solutions. He uses a range of techniques, including freehand sketching and 3D Modelling to effectively design and and develop proposals to realise client aspirations.

David has considerable experience across multiple sectors including residential and commercial from concept to completion, with specific skills in conceptual and technical design. David is also interested in working within a historically sensitive context, using in depth research to enrich design proposals.

Adam Nicholls

Adam Nicholls

Associate Architect

BA (Hons), Dip.Arch, ARB, RIBA

Adam has been a long standing member of the team at Grainge Architects, having Graduated from the University of Greenwich in 2004 he started working at Grainge Architects whilst studying for his Part 2 at Oxford Brookes University in 2008, he has developed with the company through the years and has gained experience in all aspects of the office. He has more recently taken on more managerial responsibilities as an Associate in the practice. Adam has helped Grainge Architects embrace new technologies leading the charge in developing the office BIM capabilities over the last few years, this is a technology that is at the forefront of our industry and is becoming commonplace for large projects in all sectors.

Adam has had experience of both the Design and Technical aspects of building projects. Having worked on many types of projects over the years including schools and large mixed developments, he has developed a good working knowledge of the building regulations, planning and BREEAM requirements. He  works co-operatively with contractors during construction to deliver these projects and meet the needs of our clients.

Philip Thompson

Philip Thompson

Associate Architect

BA (Hons), Dip.Arch, ARB

Phil is a talented designer who uses freehand sketching and 3D modelling to develop considered architectural proposals. He realises client aspirations through a combination of careful analysis and creative thinking.

Phil has a breadth of experience in the residential and education sectors with skills in concept development, technical design and on-site delivery. Phil also has experience in designing and delivering projects in historic and sensitive settings including a RIBA award winning sculpture enclosure.

Heather Thompson

Heather Thompson

Associate Architect

BSc (Hons), M.Arch, ARB

Heather has a range of experience leading projects in the education sector including primary, secondary and further education and is proficient in detailed design, production information and on-site job running. Heather is interested in sustainable design and community engagement within architecture and utilises 3D modelling software to co-ordinate project delivery. Heather also takes the lead on developing job management systems within the practice.

Anita White

Anita White

Associate Architect

BSc (Hons), M.Arch, PG Cert., ARB

Anita is an experienced member of the team, having joined Grainge Architects in 2013.  She has a wide range of skills ranging from strategic appraisal and analysis to detailed design and on-site job running.

Anita enjoys developing a thorough understanding of project briefs and context and ensuring that our clients’ aspirations are brought to reality through the production of comprehensive design packages and proactive collaboration with consultants and contractors. She is particularly experienced in delivering healthcare, mental healthcare and educational projects and has a strong working knowledge of the specialist technical standards applicable to these sectors.

Brittany Bedford

Brittany Bedford

Associate Architect

BA (Hons), M.Arch. PG Cert., ARB

Brittany joined Grainge Architects in 2019 having previously gained experience in the residential sector; working on award winning housing projects and masterplanning early in her career. She is well versed in conceptual design with a keen eye for graphics communication. Her strengths lie in assessing the opportunities and constraints of a site to find the optimum approach to suit clients’ and end users’ needs.

During her time at Grainge, Brittany has worked as Project Architect on a variety of housing schemes, from developing concepts for modular and custom-build, the preparation of high-quality planning packages and Stage 4 tenders, to the successful on-site delivery of two social housing projects and a bespoke private dwelling in the rural North Devon countryside.

Understanding the importance of team collaboration, Brittany is involved in mentoring junior staff within the practice, as well as taking part in schools workshops and local mentoring programmes such as ‘Empowering Girls’ with Exeter City Council.

George Oliver

George Oliver

Associate Architect

BSc (Hons), M.Arch, PG Cert., ARB

Since arriving at Grainge Architects in 2020, George has worked across all work stages from preliminary concept to construction on site. He has a strong background in low-energy buildings following principles of high levels of airtightness and insulation and carefully managed ventilation. George is a certified Passivhaus Designer and passionate about delivering high quality, sustainable buildings.

Chris Cooke

Chris Cooke

Associate Architect

BA (Hons) M.Arch. P.G Cert.

Chris joined Grainge in 2023 having previously worked in several London architecture practices. He is well versed in residential design and experienced in running large development jobs. He has worked as a project architect within a variety of sectors, notably mixed use, commercial and high end private residential. He has extensive experience in rapid feasibility studies and site appraisals along with on-site construction, ensuring projects are ultimately deliverable.

Chris specialises in the practice’s residential and mixed use projects, bringing his particular skills in detailed concept design combined with maximising site value and potential.

Sandra Keyte

Sandra Keyte

Office Manager

Monika Varcoe

Monika Varcoe

Senior Architectural Designer

Will Anderson

Will Anderson

Senior Architectural Designer

Elena Trehubova

Elena Trehubova

Senior Architectural Designer

Jordan Beh

Jordan Beh

Part 2 Architectural Designer

Chris Trigg

Chris Trigg

Part 2 Architectural Designer

Gabi DeAlbuquerque

Gabi DeAlbuquerque

Part 2 Architectural Designer

Chloe Foster

Chloe Foster

Part 2 Architectural Designer

Yasmine Jelley

Yasmine Jelley

Part 1 Architectural Designer

Temi Akinsanmi

Temi Akinsanmi

Part 1 Architectural Designer

Gigi King

Gigi King

Part 1 Architectural Designer

Sam Bunclark

Sam Bunclark

Architectural Technician

Lewis Gliddon

Lewis Gliddon

Architectural Technician

Joe Andrew

Joe Andrew

Architectural Technician

  • Tony Pollintine

    Tony Pollintine

    Director

    B.A. (Hons), Dip.Arch, Dip Urban Design, ARB, RIBA

    Tony is a highly creative architect who takes the lead role in much of the practice’s work. He combines a sensitive design approach with commercial realism. His proven management skills combined with strong team leadership capabilities ensures that the practice maintains high standards of both professional practice and building delivery.

    Tony has wide ranging skills including masterplanning, infrastructure and urban design, and building design in most sectors, notably schools and colleges, residential, commercial and retail, airports, leisure and hotels.

    Prior to joining Grainge Architects Tony was a senior associate with HOK International. There he gained extensive commercial experience. Other experience included design & delivery of academic buildings & student residences at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, hotels in Hong Kong and Singapore, and airport and railway terminals at Heathrow and Cork.

  • James Brookes

    James Brookes

    Director

    B.A. (Hons), Dip.Arch, ARB, RIBA

    James has developed excellent communication and management skills with over 25 years of construction experience. He is an energetic and creative enabler and enjoys ‘driving’ projects. He has been a director at Grainge Architects since 1996 and plays a large role in management of the practice.

    While he is experienced and able at all stages of the building design and procurement process, his particular skills are in briefing, presenting, team building, project management and contract administration. He has a great deal of experience in the creation of production information and is a strong site architect who has completed numerous projects on site with a wide range of construction values.

    As a director within the practice James has been involved with the projects within the practice portfolio and he retains an active involvement on a daily basis from the concept stages through to site management.

  • Andrew Field

    Andrew Field

    Director

    BA (Hons), Dip.Arch, ARB, RIBA

    Andrew is an experienced Architect who joined Grainge Architects in 2003. With expertise spanning all aspects of architecture and the construction industry, Andrew plays a pivotal role in the practices successful delivery of schemes across all project sectors.

    He has well-honed skills in detail design, production information, on-site job running, and problem solving, and has considerable expertise in masterplanning and rapid feasibility studies.

    Andrew is well versed in current environmental design issues and experienced in environmental assessment processes. Andrew’s main focus is leading the delivery of production information within the office. Embracement of BIM within the team has been central to Grainge’s success in being able to efficiently deliver thoughtfully, well-conceived and high quality designs.

  • Rob Franklin

    Rob Franklin

    Director

    BA (Hons), Dip.Arch, ARB

    Rob’s particular skills are highly creative design and graphic abilities together with very strong appraisal skills. Rob is a strong team leader with experience of managing a range of projects, and is currently responsible for overseeing most of the Practice’s urban design and residential Masterplanning projects.

  • David McNicol

    David McNicol

    Associate Director

    BA (Hons), M.Arch, ARB

    David is a highly creative and sensitive designer, experienced in unlocking difficult planning constraints, crafting these through to elegant built solutions. He uses a range of techniques, including freehand sketching and 3D Modelling to effectively design and and develop proposals to realise client aspirations.

    David has considerable experience across multiple sectors including residential and commercial from concept to completion, with specific skills in conceptual and technical design. David is also interested in working within a historically sensitive context, using in depth research to enrich design proposals.

  • Adam Nicholls

    Adam Nicholls

    Associate Architect

    BA (Hons), Dip.Arch, ARB, RIBA

    Adam has been a long standing member of the team at Grainge Architects, having Graduated from the University of Greenwich in 2004 he started working at Grainge Architects whilst studying for his Part 2 at Oxford Brookes University in 2008, he has developed with the company through the years and has gained experience in all aspects of the office. He has more recently taken on more managerial responsibilities as an Associate in the practice. Adam has helped Grainge Architects embrace new technologies leading the charge in developing the office BIM capabilities over the last few years, this is a technology that is at the forefront of our industry and is becoming commonplace for large projects in all sectors.

    Adam has had experience of both the Design and Technical aspects of building projects. Having worked on many types of projects over the years including schools and large mixed developments, he has developed a good working knowledge of the building regulations, planning and BREEAM requirements. He  works co-operatively with contractors during construction to deliver these projects and meet the needs of our clients.

  • Philip Thompson

    Philip Thompson

    Associate Architect

    BA (Hons), Dip.Arch, ARB

    Phil is a talented designer who uses freehand sketching and 3D modelling to develop considered architectural proposals. He realises client aspirations through a combination of careful analysis and creative thinking.

    Phil has a breadth of experience in the residential and education sectors with skills in concept development, technical design and on-site delivery. Phil also has experience in designing and delivering projects in historic and sensitive settings including a RIBA award winning sculpture enclosure.

  • Heather Thompson

    Heather Thompson

    Associate Architect

    BSc (Hons), M.Arch, ARB

    Heather has a range of experience leading projects in the education sector including primary, secondary and further education and is proficient in detailed design, production information and on-site job running. Heather is interested in sustainable design and community engagement within architecture and utilises 3D modelling software to co-ordinate project delivery. Heather also takes the lead on developing job management systems within the practice.

  • Anita White

    Anita White

    Associate Architect

    BSc (Hons), M.Arch, PG Cert., ARB

    Anita is an experienced member of the team, having joined Grainge Architects in 2013.  She has a wide range of skills ranging from strategic appraisal and analysis to detailed design and on-site job running.

    Anita enjoys developing a thorough understanding of project briefs and context and ensuring that our clients’ aspirations are brought to reality through the production of comprehensive design packages and proactive collaboration with consultants and contractors. She is particularly experienced in delivering healthcare, mental healthcare and educational projects and has a strong working knowledge of the specialist technical standards applicable to these sectors.

  • Brittany Bedford

    Brittany Bedford

    Associate Architect

    BA (Hons), M.Arch. PG Cert., ARB

    Brittany joined Grainge Architects in 2019 having previously gained experience in the residential sector; working on award winning housing projects and masterplanning early in her career. She is well versed in conceptual design with a keen eye for graphics communication. Her strengths lie in assessing the opportunities and constraints of a site to find the optimum approach to suit clients’ and end users’ needs.

    During her time at Grainge, Brittany has worked as Project Architect on a variety of housing schemes, from developing concepts for modular and custom-build, the preparation of high-quality planning packages and Stage 4 tenders, to the successful on-site delivery of two social housing projects and a bespoke private dwelling in the rural North Devon countryside.

    Understanding the importance of team collaboration, Brittany is involved in mentoring junior staff within the practice, as well as taking part in schools workshops and local mentoring programmes such as ‘Empowering Girls’ with Exeter City Council.

  • George Oliver

    George Oliver

    Associate Architect

    BSc (Hons), M.Arch, PG Cert., ARB

    Since arriving at Grainge Architects in 2020, George has worked across all work stages from preliminary concept to construction on site. He has a strong background in low-energy buildings following principles of high levels of airtightness and insulation and carefully managed ventilation. George is a certified Passivhaus Designer and passionate about delivering high quality, sustainable buildings.

  • Chris Cooke

    Chris Cooke

    Associate Architect

    BA (Hons) M.Arch. P.G Cert.

    Chris joined Grainge in 2023 having previously worked in several London architecture practices. He is well versed in residential design and experienced in running large development jobs. He has worked as a project architect within a variety of sectors, notably mixed use, commercial and high end private residential. He has extensive experience in rapid feasibility studies and site appraisals along with on-site construction, ensuring projects are ultimately deliverable.

    Chris specialises in the practice’s residential and mixed use projects, bringing his particular skills in detailed concept design combined with maximising site value and potential.

  • Sandra Keyte

    Sandra Keyte

    Office Manager

  • Monika Varcoe

    Monika Varcoe

    Senior Architectural Designer

  • Will Anderson

    Will Anderson

    Senior Architectural Designer

  • Elena Trehubova

    Elena Trehubova

    Senior Architectural Designer

  • Jordan Beh

    Jordan Beh

    Part 2 Architectural Designer

  • Chris Trigg

    Chris Trigg

    Part 2 Architectural Designer

  • Gabi DeAlbuquerque

    Gabi DeAlbuquerque

    Part 2 Architectural Designer

  • Chloe Foster

    Chloe Foster

    Part 2 Architectural Designer

  • Yasmine Jelley

    Yasmine Jelley

    Part 1 Architectural Designer

  • Temi Akinsanmi

    Temi Akinsanmi

    Part 1 Architectural Designer

  • Gigi King

    Gigi King

    Part 1 Architectural Designer

  • Sam Bunclark

    Sam Bunclark

    Architectural Technician

  • Lewis Gliddon

    Lewis Gliddon

    Architectural Technician

  • Joe Andrew

    Joe Andrew

    Architectural Technician

Testimonials

Ilfracombe Watersports

Visit Project

I was so impressed with the look of the building and also with the quality of it […], I think it is really important for you to realise that you have created a beautiful building; a building that will be well used by and will enhance the local community. I hope that in years to come you will look at the Centre, give a little nod to yourself and say “yes, I did that”! 

Ken Miles, Chief Executive, North Devon Council 

Mother & Baby Unit

Visit Project

“The building provides an excellent environment for our patients and staff which has helped us as an organisation provide enhanced services to a wide range of people. The construction, location and timeline of both the project has been challenging but with the collective efforts of all, include Grainge Architects, it has enabled us to deliver fantastic modern therapeutic environments to enhance the recovery of our patients.”

Mark Barriball

Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities, Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

Careers

Jobs

Our office sits within walking distance of Exeter’s historic quay where we are ideally placed for the unique work-life balance that living and working in South Devon has to offer. A career at Grainge Architects involves working across all project stages and wide variety of sectors.

Across our team individuals display a vast range of specialisms but we do not believe in pigeon-holing. This approach ultimately benefits our clients and their projects, enables the practice to be dynamic and flexible, and promotes continual development and learning within our team.

Whilst we are not currently actively recruiting, we are always interested to hear from talented and enthusiastic people who would like to join our team. If you feel you would be a good fit please send an email with a brief covering letter, CV and portfolio (max 10mb) to our office email address below.

Apprenticeships

Grainge Architects have a long history of working with students through their Architectural study whether through the ARB-approved degrees or via Apprentice courses for budding Architects and Technologists. Many of our team did some or all of their initial training with Grainge before fully qualifying and becoming long-term members of the team. We regularly take apprentices from Exeter College and are proud to be able to support our colleagues in progressing through their education alongside working at Grainge.

Please get in touch using our office email address below if you would like to talk about joining our team.

Contact

Telephone:

01392 438051

Office location:

The Boat Shed, Michael Browning Way, Exeter, Devon EX2 8DD