Practice

Taylor Design was founded in 1981 by Philip Taylor. We have established a reputation for forward-thinking; creating designs which reflects the unique demands of the premium automotive sector. And we’re still learning, finding new solutions to new problems.

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Our People

There is a Taylor Design way of working. It acknowledges buildings aren’t created by individuals, but by the whole Practice. Which is why we encourage and nurture the careers of every one of our people – what’s best for them is best for us all.

Becky Kirk

Assistant Architectural Visualiser

Becky brings a keen photographer’s eye for detail to all the support she provides to our 3D visual project work. To develop her skills and stay on top of the latest production techniques, she is also currently studying 3D modelling and animation at Futureworks, Manchester.

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Stephen Koehler

Senior Architectural Technician

Stephen’s been with Taylor Design for thirty years now, since graduating from the Manchester College of Building. In that time he has used his technical ability to prepare thousands of drawing packages for the practice. We’re lucky to be able to call upon the skills of one of the most experienced guys in the business.

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Sean Williamson BA (Hons)

Architectural Visualiser

Sean brings our architect’s vision to life with his beautifully realised 3D visualisations, animations and technical illustrations. He graduated from Blackpool & The Fylde College in 2003 with a degree in Technical & Information Illustration, however he still keeps right up to date with the newest, most innovative developments in VR and visualisation which complement his photography skills.

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Paul Pilkington BSc (Hons)

Architectural Technologist

After being awarded his degree by Bolton University in 2005, Paul picked up almost a decade’s experience in the residential, commercial and higher education sectors. It was here that he developed his extensive knowledge of Building Information Modelling, it’s this process which he uses to deliver projects smoothly, logically and professionally from planning through to construction.

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Chistine Halliday

Office Manager

Even the most creative teams need a pragmatic do-er in their ranks, it’s Christine’s role to help the senior management team keep everything running smoothly and efficiently – making sure each client receives a consistently high standard of project delivery. Her wide experience in IT, management systems and finance is vital in supporting all our architects and designers.

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Francesca Turcato

Architect

We're happy to say we've had a worldwide search for the best architectural talent; and Francesca joins us afer graduating from IUAV Architectural University of Venice. She has experience working on prestigious multi-million pound residential projects which have given her the skills needed to tackle some of the practice's most important and high-profile central London projects.

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Lee Harper BArch BArch(Hons)

Associate Director

Lee has worked his way through the ranks after joining the Practice as an Architectural Assistant following his graduation from the Manchester School of Architecture in 2002 – taking further professional exams as well as gaining an extensive understanding of how creative design solutions can deliver efficient motor trade facilities.

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Alia Paschali BA Hons MArch

Architect

Alia uses all her excellent client liaison skills as she oversees projects end-to-end, through every work stage. She is another of our team who joined Taylor Design after graduating, then continued her studies – earning the title of ‘Architect’ whilst she was working with us.

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Adam Dolby DipArch

Director

Adam has contributed in excess of 20 years’ service with Taylor Design – so he’s another member of the team with an outstanding breadth and depth of experience working with premium motor manufacturers. A graduate of Sheffield University, he began his career in the healthcare and food processing sectors, and now his design-led strategy drives many of our brand identity implementation projects..

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Oliver Veitch-Smith BA (Hons) BArch (Dist) MA (Dist)

Senior Architect

In the eight years between graduating from the Manchester School of Architecture and joining Taylor Design, Oliver’s professional experience included working on a number of healthcare projects for the IBI Group. It was here that he developed and refined his project-running skills and solid technical and design abilities.

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Michie Tokiwa MSc BSc

Architect

After qualifying in Japan, Michie played an integral role in a number of projects for Kajima – one of the largest construction companies in Japan. As well as developing her very strong technical expertise in the automotive sector, transport, laboratories, public and residential sectors. Following a period working in Mongolia working for a Japanese government aid organisation, she attended University College London.

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Jonathan Ravenscroft

Architect BA (Hons) MArch

We welcome back Jonathan who has recently moved from North Yorkshire to Cheshire. Jonathan graduated in Architecture from the University of Sheffield and has experience in the distribution, health and commercial sectors as well as his prior experience with Taylor Design Architects where he qualified as an architect. He is proficient in BIM and enjoys the challenges running a project on site brings.

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Philip Taylor

Practice Principle

It’s nearly forty years since Philip opened the doors of Taylor Design after leaving Austin-Rover Group. In that time, he has consistently followed his ambitious vision of building a specialist motor trade practice which delivers outstanding design solutions with a unique and detailed understanding of both motor franchise facilities and manufacturer’s demands.

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Paul Medley BA (Hons) BArch

Architect

Paul is another of our team who has a background from Liverpool John Moores. After leaving university, he first made his mark in a London practice – focusing on prestigious residential and education projects; and it’s here that he built up his strong technical knowledge which he combines with precise and highly detailed design skills.

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Martin Blakeley BA (Hons) Arch, Dip Arch, RIBA

Senior Architect

There’s no substitute for experience; and Martin has been with Taylor Design for over 25 years after graduating from Manchester Polytechnic School of Architecture. He brings a technically-minded approah to resolving details in every project with his in depth knowledge of the construction process.

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Lorna Griffiths

Director

Lorna’s degree was awarded by Leeds Metropolitan University in 1992 – and since then she has built her career around creating strong, assured client relationships. Initially, she gained valuable experience in healthcare and the public sector before bringing her ‘never say never’ positivity and motivation to Taylor Design for over two decades.

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Stephen Sands BSc Hons DipArch

Associate Director

Although Stephen graduated from the Bartlett School of Architecture in 2000, he continued to gain more professional qualifications after joining Taylor Design. These helped Stephen develop and refine his strong design, communication and organisational skills which he has brought back to us after a spell working with Stephenson Bell Architects on high profile residential and commercial projects.

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Katherine Baker BA (Hons)

Interior Designer

A passion for design and its commercial potential led to Katherine gaining her degree from Nottingham Trent University in 2011 in Interior Architecture/Design. Since joining Taylor Design in 2013, Katherine’s outstanding career achievement to date has been the implementation of the Bentley design concept across the brands global portfolio.

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Jennah Kinsey BA (Hons) MArch

Architect

Graduating from the Manchester School of Architecture, Jennah is helping nurture the next generation of architecture students through her tutoring at MSA. In a professional capacity, Jennah continues to build upon her knowledge of Corporate Identity and enjoys solving design queries with a growing regard for providing beneficial site experience and job running projects.

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Raluca Pop BA (Hons) MArch

Architect

We take personal career development very seriously at Taylor Design. And we’re proud of the number of our architects who have qualified whilst working here. Raluca is a perfect example of someone who has grown and developed their skill set in our practice. This is after she graduated from the Manchester School of Architecture and worked on a number of small residential and conservation projects.

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Hilke Thiele Dipl-Ing (FH) Arch ARB

Senior Architect

We have a strong, well-established team, Hilke has been with the Practice well over 15 years after graduating from Münster University of Applied Sciences, Germany. She has an impressive track record of successfully bringing the strong brand identities of premium manufacturer brands into life in architectural projects.

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Careers

Taylor Design is always on the look-out for talented and creative individuals – from enthusiastic graduates to seasoned professionals. If you’d like to join our forward-thinking, energetic team, send us your CV and portfolio. We’ll be in touch.

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Awards

  • LABC Building Excellence award 2014 winner
    Mercedes Benz Gatwick
  • LABC Working Relationship Best Architect/Agent 2009
    Mercedes Benz Preston
  • Aylesbury Vale DC Top Merit Award 2002
    Dutton Forshaw Land Rover Aylesbury
  • Wyre Borough Council Civic Conservation and Design Award 2001
    Dutton Forshaw Land Rover Brock