Job Role: Associate Architect
About: Stuart has worked in DLA’s Manchester studio since completing his undergraduate degree in 2005 and has worked on a wide range of projects, at both design and delivery stages. Notable projects include the Blackburn College master plan and several new buildings on campus including the Beacon Centre, the Futures Centre, the Regional Automotive Technology Hub (RATH) and Blackburn Sports & Leisure Centre. More recently, Stuart has been involved in the Halo apartment scheme in Manchester and various industrial projects in the Midlands and North West.
My Favourite Project: Stuart’s favourite DLA project is the mixed-use Churchill Way scheme in Macclesfield. DLA supported a developer client in their bid to the local authority to redevelop the brownfield town centre site. Stuart particularly enjoyed leading the design process and developing the buildings in response to the site constraints and opportunities.
Stuart is passionate about music and attends folk gigs as often as he can. He also enjoys visiting historic buildings around the country and regularly visits the Lake District and North Wales.
Favourite Design / Building:
Stuart’s favourite building is the neo-gothic Manchester Town Hall, designed by Alfred Waterhouse and completed in 1877. Waterhouse’s design responds positively to the triangular-shaped site: a perimeter block of offices and ancillary spaces surrounds the larger, rectilinear council chambers; an internal courtyard reconciles the two conflicting geometries.