GILES JOLLANDS ARCHITECT 01243 535 444
giles@jollands.com
ABOUT
An Architect based in Sussex, I established my practice in the 1980’s. From the outset my work has been mainly residential but I have also designed commercial, medical, office and light industrial projects along with a number of schemes that have not proceeded to construction. As well as individual private houses, residential projects have included flats and housing developments, sheltered and older person housing and affordable housing. Developments have ranged from 2 or 3 houses right up to my recent involvement with other Architects and Consultants in the regeneration project at North Street Quarter in Lewes, where there will be a total of over four hundred housing units, combined with buildings for commercial and other uses. My approach may be defined as the interpretation of context. This is not just or necessarily a process of making buildings that ‘fit in’ to their neighbourhood but considers context in terms of the social, visual and spatial, as well as the practical and financial, along with a thorough understanding of client requirements. This means that the outcome of each project is distinct, without recourse to a ‘house style’. However, there remain consistent themes and these include spatial design using volume and light, relationships between structures and landscape, and the considered use of materials, colour and texture. Within this is the overarching requirement to provide comfort, sanctuary and shelter. The professional challenge has changed markedly in recent years, particularly with regard to energy use and environmental impact. The planning system has become progressively more complex and technical, bringing in more and more areas of specialism ranging from Planning Consultants to Ecologists, Historians to Archaeologists. This highlights the need to work in collaboration with others from an early stage of a project, with clarity of design and presentation. Changing technical requirements have lead to new ways of constructing buildings, with a greater emphasis on efficiency and factory made components. These evolving construction methods have come in at the same time as the industry has lost many of its traditional craft skills, so this has to be reflected in design. It is possible to admire and learn from the past without being bound by it or trying to imitate it, as our needs and priorities change both technically and socially. The traditional project procurement process has also changed over time, with the architect very often involved only for the initial design and planning element of a project’s life. This can lead to a lack of continuity and potential reduction in quality, both of design and fabric, as projects are 'value engineered' at each stage. My approach to each commission is one of total immersion wherever possible, developing a deep and clear understanding of Client requirements and allowing the consistent evolution of the design through the whole planning and construction process.
GILES JOLLANDS ARCHITECT THE BULL HOUSE, NORTH MARDEN, CHICHESTER, WEST SUSSEX PO18 9JU 01243 535 444 RIBA Chartered Practice
giles@jollands.com