I am Douglas Craven an architect in training, I practice on a full time employed basis for LSI Architects, Norwich.
I am passionate about architecture and immerse myself in the subject whenever the opportunity arises!
Leaving full time education in 2007, I undertook a BTEC grounding in construction design and management with Anglia Ruskin university. Seeking practical experience I advanced to an office based position at NPS Property Consultants in Kings Lynn, here I aided in producing technical drawing packages for a varied client base, producing site surveys and learning AutoCad, whilst shadowing a team of surveyors and architects.
After completing more specialist construction design courses and a foundation degree in 2010, I found myself an associate member of CIAT with three years practical experience, wanting to take the next step in my design career.
A move to Norwich and a position within NPS Group’s architectural services that year, allowed me to vary my time across all RIBA work stages, from producing feasibility and concept design reports, right through to supervising construction on site, utilising my technical background and shadowing a wider variety of design team disciplines. I also enrolled in my ‘BA (Hons) Architecture’ course at London Southbank University on a part time basis.
In preparation for my final year of ‘Part one’, in September 2014 I started a full time position at Barron and Smith Architects, in their Tower Bridge office, London. This opportunity enabled further progression of my technical knowledge and also gained me valuable experience with a variety of different client types and contracts I had previously not encountered.
During the past year I have also maintained various contacts previously made in Norfolk by working on a free-lance basis, to design and produce planning and building regulation applications, whilst giving technical advice to each client on small scale residential projects.
Having received a ‘First’ classification for my BA (Hons) degree and given my varied experience so far, I decided to progress straight into the next stage of qualification at London Southbank university. I completed my ‘Masters in Architecture’ qualification toward the end of May 2019 and I currently await the results from this study.
If you have any questions, please send me a message and I’ll be glad to chat.