Bailey Partnership are celebrating growth with 10 Chartered Architects
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Bailey Partnership are celebrating growth with 10 Chartered Architects

Emma Burgess

In July 2018, Ben Pitcher completed his Professional Practice and Management in Architecture and registered with both the RIBA and ARB to become the Bailey Partnership’s 10th registered Architect, affectionately earning him the nickname of ‘Ben10’ by his colleagues in the office.

Ben originally joined Bailey Partnership as a RIBA Part 1 graduate and continued to work part-time through his RIBA Part 2 years whilst studying at the University of Plymouth. He is a talented Architect with an affinity for 3D visualisations and a passion for inspiring educational spaces.

Practice-wide we have a diverse- yet complementary- range of disciplines and have grown to be a Building Magazine Top 150 Consultant with over 90 staff.

The Architecture team’s growth started as Mike Fisher, a newly qualified Architect joined the existing team of Technologists and Architectural Assistants in 2000. Following the development of the Architectural team with the recruitment of Architects David Vickerstaff, member of the Design Review Panel, in 2012 and then Giles Blight joining from BDP London in 2013, Mike was appointed as the first Architectural Partner in 2013.

Michila Wilks joined us in 2014 with a passion and expertise for the reuse of historic buildings, based in our Exeter office Michila now leads on the Conservation Architecture sector.

In 2016, unprecedented growth in the education, leisure and housing sectors saw the arrival of Simon Bond and David Elder to the team. Following success and expansion of the business portfolio, Giles Blight was promoted to Partner in 2017.

Steve Harrison, with distinctive experience in the design and development of stadia, joined the team based in Kent in order to assist with increasing work in London and the South East and Paul Elms joined in the South West to help sustain our housing work.

In recent years, we have come to fully embrace Building Information Modelling (BIM) and its benefits, so to bolster our expertise, experienced BIM Manager and Architect Mike Smith joined the Senior Management team in early 2018.

Mike Fisher said recently “It is fantastic to work with a diverse and talented architectural team and I am incredibly proud of how we have grown as a department.”

Looking to the future, we are currently sponsoring Lucrecia Biblioni to complete her RIBA Part 2 through the RIBA Studio for office-based learning at Oxford Brookes University as well as continuing to support graduate Daniel Finnerty whilst he completes his Master of Architecture at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.

Giles who continues to mentor Ben, Lu and Dan said “With continued mentoring, structured CPD’s and support through conducting lunchtime seminars across our disciplines, we envisage our talented team will continue to grow and diversify, continuing to build on our creative foundations.”

Building a successful team is about more than assembling a group of people with the right professional skills. With such diverse teams, our ethos of trust and mutual respect has fostered a strong sense of teamwork, laying a solid groundwork for collaboration, communication and ultimately, innovation.