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Wherever we go, whatever the need, we get there together.

Our people-centric approach takes us closer to our clients to ‘get’ their needs and exceed their ambitions.

With an eclectic blend of skills and expertise across our studio, we fuse multiple perspectives to design modern buildings and make great architecture accessible for all.


Progression

We work with like-minded clients who share our commitment to producing more sustainable buildings and contributing to the circular economy.


Innovation

Through the Building Information Modelling process, we can create intelligent 3D models that help stakeholders understand what buildings will look like before they're built.


Collaboration

We offer a flexible and tailored service following the RIBA Plan of Work. Where possible, we are involved in projects from beginning to end, working closely with project teams to guarantee the vision becoming reality

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A place where every opinion counts.

We are genuine, down-to-earth, hard-working people.

We have a progressive approach to our workforce culture, treating all as equals. Helping them to realise their own potential while delivering on yours.

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Steven Denham

Founding and Managing Director

Stevie’s personable and down to earth approach sets the tone for the relaxed and collaborative environment we work in. The team take encouragement from his energy and progressive nature.

For me, it’s all about unlocking potential. Architecture gives us the opportunity to push creative boundaries and improve people’s lives, whether that's by designing considerate homes or helping businesses realise their full commercial potential.

As a qualified Architectural Technician, I worked mostly within the housing sector but eventually took the chance to develop a career on my own terms back in 2007 by setting up my business.

 

As a busy Dad of two young boys, there is never a dull moment out of the office. When the opportunity is there I love to get out on the bike and discover what's changing in the nearby towns and villages.

Q:What do you think are the most important traits in this line of work?

The realisation that designing places for people to live, work or play in is a big responsibility. Listening and understanding the clients' needs with compassion should come naturally, alongside the ability to stay motivated to help improve our built environment for the future.

Q:Summarise your career in one sentence?

Its been a challenging but rewarding journey to get to this point in my career and I am excited about the future and the adventures that lie ahead!

Joanne Cowan

Part 2 Architectural Assistant

Joanne has an easy-going nature, a keen eye for design and brings good energy into everything she does which makes her the go-to when we need to make things happen on a project. The one that everyone wants to work with.

Since working with Denham Youd, nailing down my own style of effective communication has been important. We approach every project with the clients' vision at the forefront, and working very closely with them means meeting expectations is our number one priority. 

With a keen interest in the online presence of the business, I update our social media platforms with a spotlight on our most recent work to show the breadth of our experience across projects large and small. I have spent time researching the role of reusing existing buildings and brownfield sites in regeneration projects, which has highlighted how powerful great architecture can be in contributing to re-energising an area.

Q:Detail some projects you have worked on?

I find working on distillery projects interesting due to their specialist nature. I've learnt a lot about the distillation process and how to maximise the efficiency of the building layout to facilitate the staff, the tour guides and the visitors in equal measure.

Q:What do you think are the most important traits in this line of work?

I think it is important that an architectural assistant is adaptive and resilient, as sometimes existing constraints and changing circumstances require quick thinking and the ability to problem-solve. Being creative and having natural empathy are useful qualities that will allow you to work in harmony with clients.

Q:What is your architecture philosophy?

Thoughtful design has the potential to positively impact people's lives and the way in which they live and work - great architecture should consider the site and surrounding context to create a proposal that complements and contributes to the built environment.

Chris Youd

Architect Director

A passionate advocate for good design, Chris is constantly looking at ways we can innovate as a practice. Honed by decades of following the mixed fortunes of Stockport County FC and the England Cricket Team, he leads by example when it comes to dealing with the day to day challenges of architecture.

I'm a registered architect and member of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). I enjoy landscape architecture, designing outdoor spaces and DIY projects at home.

Placemaking, sustainability and making the best use of available resources are my focus when beginning any project. Throughout my career, I have collaborated with a wide range of clients and stakeholders, which include Health professionals and bodies, Educational Institutions, Developers, Local Government, Charities and Artists.

Q:Detail some projects you've worked on?

In my career, I have been fortunate to have worked on projects large and small for an array of architectural practices. Highlights of my career include my Part 1 placement in Australia and being part of the project team designing Edinburgh's Royal Hospital for Sick Children, and whilst working with Denham Youd I've enjoyed designing distilleries on both the Isles of Arran and Barra.

Q:What's the most important trait for someone in this line of work?

The ability to engage in constructive collaboration and communication are key in our profession; from the formulation of a brief, through initial ideas, concept development, construction, occupation and use.

Q:What is your architecture philosophy?

For me, architecture has been an outlet through which I can express creative concepts and designs. I get a lot of inspiration from collaborating with clients, consultants and contractors to create thoughtfully designed places for people to work and live.

Colin Reynolds

Architect

Combining his travels with an encyclopaedic knowledge of design, Colin has his finger on the pulse of all things new and cool. Always upbeat, he is both fun to be around and highly professional. A great guy to have in our corner.

I'm a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland, and part of the Architects Registration Board. I also have plans to become a certified Passivhaus designer in the near future!

Away from work, travel is a passion of mine. Visiting buildings or spaces of architectural interest when globetrotting keeps me inspired in an ever-changing industry. I also enjoy building architectural models at home and at work; I find creating something physical to be a great way of testing ideas and showcasing a project. 

Q:Detail some projects you've worked on?

Housing projects of all shapes and sizes. Housing satisfies the social responsibility part of my brain, whilst one-off house designs allow us to test more ideas and work closely with clients to create their dream home. I also have experience in Community and Educational projects.

Q:What is the most important trait for someone in this line of work?

Some architects love to work in the early Concept Design phases of a project where it's all about testing and discussing ideas, others thrive in the detailing of a project or administering a contract. All of these processes require you to be methodical, both in your thinking and how you work.

Q:Summarise your career in one sentence?

A good breath of experience in various sectors, on projects of varying scales, with a great mix of clients.

Cian Tully

Part 1 Architectural Assistant

Taking his first steps into the industry, Cian’s ability to be quick on his feet and his keenness to develop has seen him become a vital asset to the team. Coming from Guernsey, Cian has embraced the Scottish culture by getting his first roll and slice!

Since starting at Denham Youd, I have been involved in the more creative parts of the design process – stages 0 to 3 of the RIBA Plan of Work. This has been really exciting, and the real reward is seeing projects progressing on site.

I enjoy being able to make a connection between my personal and professional lives, and studying photography at A-level I've found myself incorporating this hobby into my architecture regularly whether this is photographing external or internal spaces for renders, or frames that complement models.

Q:What is the most important trait for someone in this line of work?

To consider the changes that the future may bring when making design decisions. Tackling concerns around societal and environmental issues can provide more sustainable architecture for us to enjoy for years to come.

Q:What is your architecture philosophy?

Designing spaces vicariously means an architects design process can become incredibly meaningful. I like to place myself in the habitat and design from the inside out to make sure the space is used effectively.

Q:Summarise your career in one sentence?

Since finishing Part 1 of my architecture journey in 2021, 2022 has brought real-life experience and pragmatism to my architectural understanding.

Brandyn Bain

Graduate Apprentice - Architectural Technologist

With impressive technical knowledge of CAD design, Brandyn brings a unique digital perspective to our team. He is always ready to help anyone in need, whether on a computer or to start a car - no matter who it is.

Working with Denham Youd, I've designed for a variety of sectors and have been able to expand my abilities across the full lifecycle of a project, meaning my design style has evolved considerably along the way.

I have a keen interest in drone photography; it gives me the opportunity to see the world from new perspectives and has contributed to how I get a feel for spaces and view my surroundings.

Q:What is your architecture philosophy?

Great architecture must have a unique and striking form but also cater to the clients' needs. Finding the perfect balance is what I find most enjoyable.

Q:What is the most important trait for someone in this line of work?

From initial concepts to the completion of a project there are many challenges to overcome, so the ability to think on your feet and have patience with the process is key. An open mind and good listening skills also go a long way if you want to be a great architect.

Q:Detail some projects you have worked on?

I recently contributed to the design of new affordable housing developments for the residents of Arran alongside the Arran Development Trust. I find this sector to be particularly rewarding as we are making a difference to residents in their local communities.

Andrew McCallum

Architectural Technologist

With a strong eye for detail and a deep knowledge of building regulations, Andrew problem solves at the business end of projects. Often the instigator of an office ‘roll-run’, this passionate rugby fan is the archetypal team player.

I have worked on a variety of projects from residential extensions to bonded whisky warehouses. A personal favourite of mine was a social housing development, built utilising prefabricated modules that contained either whole units or combined to create larger dwellings.

As a new Dad, juggling my career and family has certainly brought a new perspective to the way I approach projects - with a whole new level of patience! In my spare time, I'm an avid rugby fan and enjoy a dram or two (sampling the products from some of our projects is always a good idea!)

Q:What is the most important trait for someone in this line of work?

Being able to think in 3D is a worthy skill to have in our industry, alongside being able to interpret how other people think so that you can meet and exceed your clients' expectations no matter the scale of the project.

Q:What is your architecture philosophy?

It should be watertight and it shouldn't fall down.

Q:Summarise your career so far in one sentence?

A whirlwind full of variety, with plenty more still to learn - I'd love to work on more whisky distillery projects!

Chris Finlay

Architect

Always ready with a witty one-liner or the odd impersonation - his Ronnie Corbett is particularly good - Chris is a fine architect and his experience coupled with his ability to produce beautiful hand-drawn sketches is invaluable to our team.

I am a member of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA); the one hobby I have which relates to my job is sketching (which I should make more time for!)

I have recently joined the Passivhaus Trust, and later this year I will begin training to become a Passivhaus designer. This will hopefully bring me a new level of environmental design knowledge that I can share with the team and use in the practice going forward.

Q:What is your architecture philosophy?

Great architecture to me means many things – it is creating lovely spaces for people to enjoy, helping to build communities; it is fostering relationships with clients to provide a meaningful service that we can both learn from; it is creating a vibrant, sustainable workplace. It is ensuring sustainable design forms part of the core of a project, never the afterthought.

Q:Detail some projects you've worked on?

I have worked in various sectors over the years including private housing, social housing, individual dwellings, industrial, commercial and leisure. One area that gives me a great deal of satisfaction is social housing – you feel that in a small way you have helped to enhance the life of a community and its residents.

Q:What is the most important trait for someone in this line of work?

Being able to listen is really important, along with being flexible and willing to make changes when they are necessary.

Iva Kovacheva

Part 2 Architectural Assistant

Iva is a coffee-fuelled “cat mum” whose passion for architecture and design is immediately evident from the projects she's worked on.

Since joining Denham Youd I have been involved predominantly in our residential projects, alongside some interesting historical and community buildings. My previous experience has spanned various building types including care homes, AA facilities, industrial, and church buildings.

One of my passions is most definitely gardening - my house has often been described as a jungle which is no surprise considering I have over 50 indoor plants alone! I am also a crafty person and have always enjoyed making things with my hands. Sometimes I even do the occasional painting when I have the time and feel the inspiration. 

Q:What is the most important trait for someone in this line of work?

Vast amounts of knowledge and attention to detail! Quite often it also comes down to basic common sense and, of course, the ability to use your imagination - being able to imagine something in your mind that is yet to exist is a special kind of madness.

Q:What is your architecture philosophy?

A good design appears effortless; it considers users' needs and wellbeing, it works in harmony with its surroundings, it subconsciously improves people’s day to day lives. Good architecture is resilient, made with the intention of adapting to the changes of time.

Q:Summarise your career so far in one sentence?

It’s been a steep climb, but I wouldn’t change a thing.

Lorraine McNally-Jones

Linda Rose

Office Administrator

Linda is a professional and cheerful team player who doesn’t take herself too seriously! Her warm and curious nature makes her an asset when it comes to contributing to the ethos of the company.

Although my job role does not impact the design service we offer, my interests outside of the office offer me a better understanding of the outstanding design service Denham Youd work hard to provide for our clients.

I like to consider myself a creative person, with qualifications in art history and a keen personal interest in all things art and design. I am also a member of a local Art Club.

Q:What is the most important trait for someone in this line of work?

You'll go far with plenty of imagination and clarity of vision!

Rhys Blair

Graduate Apprentice Architectural Technologist

My architecture journey has just begun and I look forward to learning and developing my skills further through the various projects I will have the pleasure of working on with the team here at Denham Youd.

Through photography, I find that studying buildings and getting the right angle to realise my vision for the shot encourages me to dig deeper and learn more about the structures I'm capturing, and the architects that designed them.

Q:What is the most important trait for someone in this line of work?

Get creative in all aspects. Problem solving and designing go hand in hand, and bundles of creativity can go a long way in this industry.

Q:What is your architecture philosophy?

My main focus is to design spaces and create structures that stand out from the rest whilst being beneficial for the client and the planet.

Q:Detail some projects you've worked on?

I’ve mainly worked on bespoke residential projects around the countryside across the west coast of Scotland. My ambition is to move on to more commercial projects and gain experience working at larger scales.

Shaun Fallis

D8 Dev

For me, it’s all about unlocking potential. Architecture gives us the opportunity to push creative boundaries and improve people’s lives, whether that's by designing considerate homes or helping businesses realise their full commercial potential.

As a qualified Architectural Technician, I worked mostly within the housing sector but eventually took the chance to develop a career on my own terms back in 2007 by setting up my business.

 

As a busy Dad of two young boys, there is never a dull moment out of the office. When the opportunity is there I love to get out on the bike and discover what's changing in the nearby towns and villages.

Q:What do you think are the most important traits in this line of work?

The realisation that designing places for people to live, work or play in is a big responsibility. Listening and understanding the clients' needs with compassion should come naturally, alongside the ability to stay motivated to help improve our built environment for the future.

Q:Summarise your career in one sentence?

Its been a challenging but rewarding journey to get to this point in my career and I am excited about the future and the adventures that lie ahead!

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