BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA
Director // Chartered Architect
Kris joined Byrom Clark Roberts as Director of Architecture, in August 2016.
Kris began his architectural career in 1995, as a Junior Architectural Assistant at W S Atkins Ltd, in Middlesbrough. Kris spent the year gaining experience in the industry, while at the same time undertaking a BTEC in Building Construction and a City & Guilds course in AutoCAD. The following year, Kris embarked on the Architecture degree course at Leeds Metropolitan University, which he successfully completed in 1999.
Kris married Verity in the summer of their graduation and spent a year in practice with Jeffrey Tarren & Partners, working on private housing, education, leisure and local authority projects, prior to beginning the Graduate Diploma in Architecture at Leeds Metropolitan University. Kris undertook his Diploma course on a part-time basis, so as to spend more time in practice, in parallel to his studies. During this time, Kris worked at Dennis Lister & Associates, gaining experience in commercial projects with clients such as HSBC, as well as working on retail projects for major supermarkets.
During his Diploma course, Kris was offered a position at Atkins Consultants as an Architectural Assistant and 3D Visualiser on their Peterborough Railway Station project; Kris remained with Atkins for two and a half years, before making the decision to move to Sheffield to work at Byrom Clark Roberts, mentored by Alex Roberts. Kris completed his RIBA Part III studies during this period and so finally qualified as an Architect, after a nine year course of study.
Kris left Byrom Clark Roberts in 2006 to begin a demanding three years of employment with Bond Bryan Architects, working primarily on further and higher education projects with values between £16M and £105M, for colleges and universities. During this time, Kris gained significant insight in to the construction of large scale buildings, design & build procurement, working collaboratively with contractors and contract administration on large projects. Prior to leaving Bond Bryan Architects, Kris coordintated the work of a small team of architects and technologists, for a client requiring three projects to be undertaken simultaneously.
In July 2009, Kris started his own practice, SIX Architecture + Design Ltd. SIX AD has undertaken work in light industrial, commercial, education and residential / domestic sectors, where the practice has gained a reputation for developing creative architectural solutions in conventional settings. During his time as director at SIX AD, Kris has also developed expertise in the use of Building Information Modelling, which is used in the design and delivery of all projects. Directing his own practice has provided many opportunities for Kris to develop skills in project and practice management, contract administration on traditionally procured projects, employment and managing a team, as well as business development and marketing.
In February 2016, Byrom Clark Roberts approached Kris with a view to rekindling the previous connection and developing a new working relationship. The outcome of these discussions was the agreement that SIX AD would become a part of Byrom Clark Roberts as of August 2016.
Kris is married to Verity, who worked as Practice Manager at SIX AD prior to the merger with Byrom Clark Roberts; Verity is now delighted to be pursuing a long-held ambition of becoming a Speech Therapist. Kris & Verity have three children and live in Sheffield.
Kris enjoys motorcycling, photography, cinema, playing guitar, touch-rugby and circuit-training.
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