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Based in Netley Abbey between Hamble and Southampton, Hampshire Architect is an RIBA Chartered Practice owned by Carolyn Gillians (Carrie Lowe) who is an ARB Registered and RIBA Chartered Architect.

CarolynCarolyn has over 15 years post-qualification experience and set up Hampshire Architect in 2010 to offer a personal service to put customers at the heart of their own projects and to design stunning homes that really work. All ARB registered architects have undertaken a minimum of seven years training and all RIBA Chartered architects are fully insured and are required to undertake continual professional development to stay up to date with construction. There are many people offering ‘architectural services’ but unless they use the protected title of ‘Architect’, they are not qualified to the same degree, particularly with regard to design. Carolyn describes her career below:

“At the age of fourteen, my school organised work-experience for me with an architectural practice, which inspired me to begin my career in architecture. With the exception of a fascinating exchange to Vienna and the Ukraine, I studied at the University of Portsmouth and qualified and registered as an architect in 2002.

As well as working for practices locally, I have worked in London and New Zealand and have designed and managed a wide variety of projects from small domestic projects to large commercial and retail schemes; from modern contemporary buildings to listed stately homes.

This background has given me many skills that are instrumental to Hampshire Architect, from design to technical construction detailing; from working with planners and building inspectors to learning how to really listen to customers. Having carried out extensions and alterations to several of my own homes over the years, I also know how it feels to be the customer. I find helping people achieve their dream home incredibly rewarding and I also find being a mum of two invaluable when helping my customers achieve their ideal family home”.    Carolyn Gillians BA (Hons) DipArch ARB RIBA (Carrie Lowe).

See below, and other pages, for what our customers say:

Carolyn was friendly, approachable and made a big effort to find out how we live as a family to try to understand our needs and wishes better. Thinking out of the box was great for us!  It was great; a 10 out of 10. Pete & Bea, Southampton.

We found Carolyn easy to work with, and felt that our ideas were listened to and incorporated in the design process. We found Hampshire Architect delivered a prompt, efficient and friendly service. The plans at all stages of the process were easy to understand, and not just by us but also by the local council planning committee, kitchen designers and the builders tendering, drawing especial comment by all groups. Peter & Alison, Bishop’s Waltham.

Carolyn is a professional and conscientious person and that was reflected in the work that she did for us. We would recommend Hampshire Architect to anyone in the future. 10 out of 10! Shyne & Kevin, Woking.

We give Hampshire Architect 10 out of 10 on all levels. Shaun & Amanda, Near Winchester.

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