• RIBA

    Peter Ward

    As the proprietor and founder of Footprint Architects Ltd, Peter has been a registered architect for over ten years and has a wide range of experience in private residential housing, education, leisure, commercial and hospitality projects. He is passionate about architecture and design and is a registered RIBA Client Advisor specialising in the education sector.
    Peter studied at the University of Plymouth before gaining experience in practices in Australia and London. Prior to establishing Footprint Architects, he was an Associate Director at a progressive Hampshire based practice where he contributed to the company’s profile as a leading specialist within the education sector.
    Peter has realised multimillion pound projects ranging from works to private residences, office developments, and school regeneration projects as well as a contemporary riverside hotel in his home town of Christchurch, Dorset. Peter has an extensive knowledge of design and construction processes and a particular interest in innovative building materials and environmental design.

  • Architect

    Mike Ford

    With considerable first-hand experience of building award-winning houses, Mike leads the development of residential design in the office. He joined Footprint Architects in July 2014 after working for several years in a design led practice based in Winchester that specialised in high end residential architecture. He previously worked for practices in Liverpool and Brisbane undertaking large scale education projects.
    His design ideals lie with developing an architectural language around client requirements and site context, underlined with the principles of proportion and the careful selection and detailing of materials. Mike qualified from the University of Liverpool with a BA(Hons), BArch and the Sheppard Robson Award for Sustainability In Design.
    He concluded his professional qualification at the University of Portsmouth He is a keen footballer and has recently taken up kiteboarding as a summer addition to his love of snowboarding. Mike loves to travel and is slowly making his way around the world.

  • Architect

    Ryan van der Vyver

    Ryan is a professional Architect who studied, lived and worked in Cape Town South Africa. He recently joined the team at Footprint Architects in August 2015. Ryan qualified with a Masters in Architecture from the University of Cape Town and worked for 3 years with a large successful practice in the heart of the city.

    Ryan’s experience involved several projects, ranging in scope, scale and complexity. Ryan is as confident with the bespoke creation of a Visitor’s Center in a nature reserve as he is with exploring creative opportunities in low cost housing schemes. He spearheaded a proposal for a new services facility for the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town and independently supervised a team of technicians in a comprehensive drawing survey of the existing Victoria and Alfred Shopping Mall, creating a complex and living document in the process.

    Ryan’s strengths lie in his ability to design creatively and to develop the same into detailed documentation. He has seen several projects from sketch plan to development, detailed design and construction supervision, engaging as well with clients as with contractors in the process.

    Ryan’s passion for Architecture is enhanced from a belief in the power of good design to uplift and inspire people. He believes that architecture has a social responsibility to reflect the needs and aspirations of the people for whom it is built. This coupled with the artistic expression of the building through form, material and function should be combined to create spaces that are true to all the conditions of its context.

    Apart from architecture Ryan is also a passionate artist and sportsman. He continues to paint and play both cricket and rugby. Sport has taught him from a young age the value of working as a team, similarly team work is a critical component to the successful realisation of an architectural idea.

  • Part 2 Architectural Assistant

    Encho Rachev

    Encho joined Footprint Architects after graduating from the University of Portsmouth in 2012. He worked on a variety of large scale educational projects as part of his year out in practice at Footprint Architects, during which he gained valuable experience across all stages of the design process. Encho then went on to complete his Part 2 education in Milan, Italy and since June 2016 has returned to the Footprint team.

    During his studies Encho has received several design awards including the Martin Harvey prize for best undergraduate final architectural project, which then has been nominated by the university and took part in the 2012 RIBA President Medal Awards. Encho’s postgraduate Master thesis has received the prize for the best final thesis project at The Polytechnic University of Milan in December 2015.

    Throughout all aspects of his work Encho strives towards architecture, which naturally springs out of its physical, social and cultural context. In his view, sensitive, honest, yet bold architecture has significant power to positively influence the human realm.
    Away from work Encho loves spending his time out in nature, cycling, travelling around world and in addition - exploring the art of architectural visualisation.

  • Part I Architectural Assistant

    Gareth Pletts

    Gareth joined the practice in May 2015 after graduating with First Class Honours in BA Architecture from the Leicester School of Architecture. It was here that he enjoyed developing thought provoking spaces that excite and meet the needs of people. Gareth's passion for innovative design solutions led to him receiving three architectural awards during his time of study, including the Peter Elderfield and the William Keay Award.

    Since joining Footprint, Gareth has worked across a range of residential, educational and commercial projects from concept to handover. Gareth has developed his design ability to create spaces that excite and meet the needs of the client. Recently, Gareth has documented construction packages and worked closely with experienced professionals to deliver a series of commercial t outs for the large cosmetics manufacturer LUSH.

    When not at work Gareth loves exploring the countryside with his dog, kayaking Dorset's rivers and following all forms of motorsport. That's if he's not brewing a range of weird and wonderful new beers!

  • Part I Architectural Assistant

    Amy Speed

    Amy joined the practice in July 2017 after graduating in BA Architecture from Oxford Brookes University. She is excited to develop her understanding of the technicalities of architecture through the range of projects at footprint architects.

    Since joining Footprint Architects, Amy has assisted in residential, leisure projects and projects in the education sector. This has challenged her to apply herself creativly within a range of environemnts and given her the opportunity to develop her keen interest in contemporary textures.

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Projects to date

70

Years collective experience

99%

Planning success rate

1000's

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