Director & Architect
BA(Hons) MArch RIAS, RIBA, RIAS Sustainable Design Accredited
Oliver Chapman founded the practice in 1997 and provides direction to the firm. He takes a personal, hands-on approach to projects and is keen to create a collaborative spirit throughout the practice's activities which includes coordinating multi-disciplinary teams especially for community engagement projects. He has over twenty years professional experience creating buildings and places for creative industries, residential, leisure and other commercial uses often involving the sensitive re-use of buildings, some of which have significant heritage value in places with high landscape value. He has received RIBA awards amongst others on behalf of the practice’s work and is an architectural assessor for the annual Civic Trust Award.
Oliver occasionally teaches architecture (recently at University of Edinburgh and Newcastle) and speaks regularly in public about the work and ethos of the practice. He founded Schop, an early start-up co-working business in 2008, which has developed into a provider of office space and services for self-employed individuals and small businesses in two locations.
Interests: Civic life and debate, city cycling, singing with Calton Consort