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9th September 2015 / posted by HelenNeedham

Helen Needham | Oakwrights Architect

I am pleased to introduce myself as Helen Needham, the new Oakwrights In-House Architect.  I am originally from a farming background in Lincolnshire, and went to Brighton University gaining a BA (Hons) degree and Postgraduate Diplomas in Architecture, Management, Practice, and Law, with RIBA Parts 1 to 3.  Prior to joining Oakwrights, I worked for practices in Lincolnshire, Devon, London, Surrey, and Sussex.  I qualified as an Architect in October 2008 and have nearly fifteen years experience.  My passion is to design and I have acted as the Project Architect for many great developments with contract sums ranging from £30,000 to £3,000,000, having enjoyed working through all stages, from meeting the client to handing over the keys and aftercare. 

Helen Needham - Oakwrights Architect - CV

 

A PASSION FOR DESIGN & ARCHITECTURE

 

I have mainly focused upon residential schemes of private houses and flats, although I have worked on commercial and listed buildings, including churches.  I have also had the lovely opportunity to design church chandeliers, a Scout tee pee, swimming pools, Devon cob and local Lincolnshire 'mud and stud'.  I like to hand draw, particularly in the early concept development and Planning stages, and I also use AutoCAD, Photoshop, and SketchUp.  I love meeting the client from the very beginning of a project, listening to them, getting to know their likes and dislikes and also visiting the site to gain design inspiration; this drives the design process throughout.  A strong concept alongside a good vision for space and colour, backed up with a technical ability to build the proposals is a fundamental formula; working closely with all members of the design team is also essential and has given me a strong foundation from my past projects.

Helen Needham - Oakwrights Architect - CV

I am very excited and proud to have joined the Oakwrights Architectural team and consider my design style and philosophy integrates well.  It is wonderful to design the beautiful spaces that are possible to create with oak frames and it is extremely exciting to see them built on our site ensuring the production of a quality product.  I love that the oak is tangible, natural and sustainable, creating a clean living environment, and it has longevity.  We at Oakwrights intend to keep on learning and pushing boundaries; the beauty of design is such that it is a never ending process and is continually evolving.  We will embrace all challenges with the goal and commitment to the production of a quality design.  We also want to ensure a great service to our clients with good communication being key.  I look forward to becoming an integral part of this process and am thankful to have already been very welcomed as part of the Oakwrights family. Bring on the Oakwrights adventure!

Helen Needham - Oakwrights Architect - CV

Helen Needham - Oakwrights Architect - CV

Helen Needham - Oakwrights Architect - CV

Helen Needham - Oakwrights Architect - CV

Helen Needham - Oakwrights Architect - CV

Helen Needham - Oakwrights Architect - CV

Helen Needham - Oakwrights Architect - CV

 

Helen Needham Previous Practices

RDjW Architects Ltd. 11 East Park, Crawley, West Sussex.

Architect, Associate.

Nov 2010 - Apr 2015.

Glew Mackintosh Smith Architecture. Eastgate, Louth, Lincs.

Architect (consultant).

Oct 2014 - Apr 2015.

Wolff Architects. 16 Lambton Place, Notting Hill, London.

Architect.

May 2010 - Sept 2010.

Robert Seymour & Associates. High St, Totnes, Devon.

Architect.

Nov 2009 - May 2010.

Glew + Smith: Architect + Surveyor. 20 West Parade, Lincoln.

Architectural Assistant, Architect, Associate.

Jun 2008 - Nov 2009.

David Glew: Architect + Surveyor. 20 West Parade, Lincoln.

Architectural Assistant.

Aug 2007 - Jun 2008.

Tomei + Mackley Architects. Mill House, Ivy Lane, Godstone, Surrey. 

 Architectural Assistant.

Nov 2005 - Apr 2007.

David Ashton-Hill Architects. Manor Barn, Greetham, Lincs.

Architectural Assistant.;

Jun 2005 - Sept 2005.

David Glew: Architect + Surveyor. 20 West Parade, Lincoln.

Architectural Assistant.

Aug 2003 - Sept 2004.

University of Lincoln Architects: Estates Dep’t, Brayford Pool, Lincoln.

Architectural Assistant.

Jun 2002 - Sept 2002.

Helen Needham - Oakwrights Architect - CV

Helen Needham - Oakwrights Architect - CV

Helen Needham - Oakwrights Architect - CV

Helen Needham - Oakwrights Architect - CV

 

To book your consultation with Helen Needham at either The Homebuilding & Renovating London Show on 25th – 27th September or Grand Designs Live NEC on 8th – 11th October, get in touch with Oakwrights Marketing Assistant, Abby Barrington, on 01432 361966 or email:AbbyBarrington@oakwrights.co.uk

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