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Catherine Read

Catherine ReadCatherine Read MCIAT is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and the partner responsible for technical matters, both in terms of design and office systems. She has gained expertise from a number of architectural design practices in the sectors of housing, church conservation and repair, health, leisure and school design and is experienced in putting together and managing design and consultant teams for successful project delivery.

Catherine has experience as an Education architectural consultant to the DCSF (now DfE, Department for Education) providing a range of tight budget Environmental Improvements to schools around the country assisting with branding transition. Additionally, Catherine provides specialist knowledge and experience in the design of Early Years settings and SEN provision.

At a practical and personal level of understanding of how design translates to project delivery, Catherine designed and project managed her own oak framed family house (well before “Grand Designs” hit the screens)  and in her spare time enjoys renovating houses, sailing boats and classic cars, ensuring their continued enjoyment and usefulness.

A particular area of current focus is low energy and carbon reduction and the wider application of the Passivhaus standard to buildings beyond domestic dwellings.

“Careful thought to basic site planning and building orientation, delivering a sound and affordable strategy of airtight detail and specification balanced with as much natural environmental control and management as is possible, is key”.

Away from the office, life revolves around rugby September to May and sailing May to September.

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