Founded by Christopher Taylor and Tim Hare, TaylorHare Architects is currently a team of architects and designers spread across three studios, one in rural Kent, another in the heart of Bristol and a satellite office in Aarhus, Denmark.
How We Work
We are a young, ambitious and energetic architecture studio, who respond creativity to our clients with the aim of creating simply crafted buildings that are grounded in their context, unfussy, subtle and of the highest quality.
The studio is a place where we explore these ideas in an environment that we designed and built ourselves as a specific space for creativity. It is within this space that our carefully chosen team and like minded colleagues revel in the process of making architecture, producing models, drawings, visualisations and testing materials to explain concepts and convey our ideas.
Our passion for contemporary design is distilled by our experience in building conservation and a respect for the local vernacular. The practice's body of work is broad, working across a range of sectors at varying scales, yet each project seeks to connect the historic, cultural, spatial and material qualities of a place with the intent to complement and reinforce the particular conditions of their setting.
Every project's context and brief is unique, offering an opportunity for exploration and critical investigation, one where we constantly look to challenge ourselves and what is required by our clients. This is done through a process of constant evaluation, research, conversations and most importantly listening. It is this process that we find to be both challenging and rewarding, one which we believe delivers buildings that are inspiring, practical and yet beautifully simple.
TaylorHare Architects is an RIBA Chartered practice registered with the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Architects Registered Board, providing a full range of architectural services.
We have extensive experience in the residential market place, ranging from private bespoke homes through to both urban and rural commercial developments. Further to this we have gained significant conservation experience, through altering and working on various Listed Buildings. We enjoy developing challenging sites, working closely with all our clients throughout the design, procurement and accreditation stages of every project.
Some of the services we can provide are:
- Initial Enquiry
- Feasibility Studies
- Concept Design
- Planning & Listed Building Applications
- Detailed Design
- Building Regulation Submissions
- Construction Information
- Tender Negotiations
- Contract Administration
- Site Inspections
- Principal Designer (CDM)
- Project Management
- 3D Visualisations
- Physical Models
- Interior & Furniture Design
- Atelier I-N-D-J
- Betteridge & Milsom
- Buro Happold
- DHA Planning
- Donald Insall Associates
- ETLA Landscape Architects
- Fiona Raley (Specialist Conservation Architect)
- Hawden MEP
- Mark Montague (Historic Building & Timber Frame Conservation)
- Marian Boswall Landscape Architects
- MLM Group
- Omega Geomatics
- Price & Myers
BA (Hons) Dip Arch ARB RIBA
After completing my post-graduate studies at Kingston School of Architecture in London, I worked in a number of practices including Broadway Malyan, before moving south to work alongside Tim at a large multi-disciplinary practice in Kent, where I completed my professional qualifications.
Tim and I co-founded TaylorHare in 2014, initially working out of Tim’s house and building up to the growing studio you can see today. I enjoy hands-on physical making at all scales; I push design through making as a key representation tool within the practice. As a passionate and meticulous architect, I work hard to constantly push the standard of TaylorHare’s design work.
Since establishing TaylorHare, I have led a variety of projects from concept design through to completion. Currently, I am the lead architect on a multi-million pound Grade II* Listed private residential conversion, as well as coordinating the day to day running of the practice.
Through the development of the projects I am involved with, I maintain an attention to detail and a commitment to making buildings for the long term. I have been a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects since 2013, and am currently seeking accreditation as a Conservation Architect.
Outside of architecture, I enjoy spending time with my young family. Any other spare time is put to good use designing and making furniture. If you visit the studio, look out for some of my finely crafted scaled models that I use to test and develop my ideas.
BA (Hons) Dip Arch
I co-founded TaylorHare with Christopher after working as an associate at a large multi-disciplinary practice, which allowed me to gain experience of running a team working on various residential projects throughout London and the South East. Like Christopher, I had previously completed my post-graduate studies at Kingston School of Architecture, but prior to studying here, I also worked in Australia for Sydney-based DJRD Architects, then back in London for BUJ Architects.
Since setting up TaylorHare, I have successfully led various projects, including the redevelopment of Manor Farm in Wateringbury and the extension of Highland House Care Home in Canterbury. I now divide my time between overseeing the production of information within the studio, and exploring new opportunities at both a local and national scale. I have a commitment to well crafted and thoughtful architecture, and seek positive opportunities that enable our practice to continue to develop and grow.
With my wealth of knowledge of the complex planning system, and a flare for entrepreneurial ventures, I am always searching for the next idea and thinking beyond the traditional skillset of an architect.
Away from the studio, I have a passion for sailing and am a member of Ramsgate Yacht Club, completing in races locally.
BA (Hons) MArch ARB RIBA
My doorway into architecture came through product design; smaller scale detailed design eventually led me to understanding that design, in any form, is the hinge that links our ideas to reality. I get incredible satisfaction from the creative process; the combination of 2D and 3D qualities that drawing offers really appeals to me as an approach to solving problems. This, along with innovative minds working together to achieve a desired outcome, is a wonderful feeling.
I joined TaylorHare at the beginning of its journey. Having now been involved with a large majority of the practice’s projects, the time has taught me to be patient but daring in an ever-changing professional environment. It has often felt natural allowing the practice to find its identity and I believe that it is only through the collective thoughts of everybody involved that this has been possible. Surrounding yourself on a daily basis with enthusiastic and creative professionals means that you constantly push yourself to achieve higher levels of design output.
As TaylorHare continues to progress, I constantly look forward to pushing our team and our clients to solve problems and achieve Architecture that we can all be very proud of.
BA (Hons) MArch ARB
I studied architecture at the University of Kent and the University of Portsmouth, where I won an RIBA prize for ‘Integrated Architecture’. I previously worked at the award-winning practice Ayre Chamberlain Gaunt, before joining TaylorHare in late 2017.
Since joining TaylorHare, I have worked on various projects, including several small, high-quality residential schemes for developments all around Kent. This has allowed me to develop and gain experience across the RIBA stages, and has given me the confidence to proceed with my Part III qualification. Within architecture, I have a particular interest in how buildings are detailed and their material tectonics. Within the studio, I have also been given the role of office DJ, living up to my nickname - DJ Jazzy Geoff!
In my downtime, I am a keen basketball player. However, at the moment you’ll also find me knee-deep in bricks and mortar as I battle to renovate and reconfigure my own new property in Deal.
I joined TaylorHare in August 2018 and, being someone who enjoys the challenge of organising and helping others to get the best out of themselves, I love my ever-developing role here. I am now responsible for a number of roles across the practice, including HR and finance, as well as being on hand to ensure that everything in the studio runs smoothly.
Before venturing into the field of organising architects, I spent over 10 years teaching and leading in local primary schools, becoming a Primary Mathematics Specialist Teacher and Acting Headteacher. Since taking on the Studio Manager role at TaylorHare, it has amazed me just how many of the skills I picked up during my time as a teacher are transferable to my current job!
When I’m not in the studio, I enjoy yoga, travel, reading (as well as attempting to write!) novels, and supporting education from a little further afield as a school governor.
BA (Hons) MArch
For interest in the diversification of agricultural practice, my thesis at the Kent School of Architecture was nominated for the prestigious RIBA President’s Medal.
After graduating with distinction in 2018, I worked with Studio Sam Causer in Margate on the repair and reuse of heritage assets. Since joining TaylorHare Architects, the team and I have used historic analysis, freehand drawing and model making to develop concepts, including House with Orchard, Estate Restoration Masterplan and Harbour Street Toy Shop.
I have an ongoing relationship with the Kent School of Architecture as a design tutor, where I was president of the Kent Architectural Student Association and representative for the Lower Thames Crossing and Thames Estuary Commission.
I divide my time between the UK and Denmark.
BA (Hons) MArch
I joined TaylorHare in March 2019, having previously worked for a multitude of practices throughout the south-east. I studied architecture at the University for the Creative Arts in Canterbury, graduating with a MArch Masters degree in 2018.
Having worked in the industry for over nine years, I bring a vast amount of experience to the practice from the delivery of feasibility studies & planning applications through to detailed design. I have been involved in a variety of design projects from high-end bespoke residential and master-planning through to the detailed design of mixed-use apartment schemes and listed building applications. I have an astute eye for detail, coupled with a focused mentality in my approach to design.
Outside of work, I enjoy illustration and travel, as well as being an active member of my local rugby club.
BA (Hons) MArch ARB RIBA
I studied architecture at Kingston University, where I completed my MArch, before completing my Part III studies at the University of Brighton. I am now proud to be a member of both the ARB and RIBA.
Prior to joining TaylorHare in summer 2019, I worked for Purcell in Canterbury where I developed particular skills in architectural conservation and heritage in the residential, public and places of worship sectors.
Since joining TaylorHare, I have worked on a number of high profile private residential projects that are due to commence on site. I like to be organised and diligent, and am renowned in the office for my creative use of spreadsheets.
Away from architecture, I enjoy playing football and golf locally and spending time with my young family and dog.
BA (Hons) MArch
Having joined TaylorHare in July 2019, I have settled in well to the practice as it provides the studio culture and environment I was seeking in order to continue to improve my knowledge and skills, in a team of like-minded people.
Before working at TaylorHare, I gained experience at a small local practice, as well as completing my undergraduate and post-graduate studies at the Kent School of Architecture. I was proud to be nominated for the President’s Medal dissertation prize in 2019, positively concluding my studies.
I have been able to work on a range of projects since joining TaylorHare that have allowed me to gain experience both on site as well as develop a greater understanding as to how the practice approaches design and detailing of work within the studio.
Aside from architecture, I am passionate about Muay Thai, a martial art that I have studied since the age of 6, and now regularly coach others in the discipline.
Trex is apparently a pedigree Labrador, despite having a build more akin to a Great Dane! He’s usually either chewing stones or frisbees, sleeping or trying to steal food, and has found his niche as the office doorbell.
Tippy the Lurcher graces the office with her discerning presence for the occasional day here and there. She offers quality control testing for the team’s lunches, but sometimes has to resort to bin raiding.
Most of her day is spent lying on a chair gazing out of the window or silently judging people. She’s an enormous poser and becomes extremely self-aware when a camera comes out.