About Us

The Practice

Our practice operates out of offices within one of the Bastion towers that once formed part of the medieval city walls of Canterbury.

The Directors, David Stere and Clive Bowley, have long experience in the field. David Stere worked with Anthony Swaine for many years whilst Clive Bowley, who previously worked as Principal Conservation Architect at the highly respected Conservation Section of Canterbury City Council, has recently joined the practice.

Our People

David Stere, Director – David graduated from the University of Portsmouth and has worked with Anthony Swaine since 1998.  He has many years experience in design, detailing and project management.  David produces all the required 3d computer models for the practice’s projects.

Clive Bowley, Director – Clive is a registered Architect who has had many years experience as Principal Conservation Architect for the well respected Conservation team at Canterbury City Council.  Clive’s special interests include historic towns and urban morphology, timber framed buildings, classical design and detailing and the design of traditional shopfronts.

Tracy Perry-Rutt – Tracy is a registered Architect who also worked with Canterbury City Council before joining the office.  Tracy is fully CAD conversant and has a special interest in sustainable design and energy efficiency.

Martin Baker – Technical Draftsman – has worked with Anthony Swaine since 2006 and is fully CAD conversant.

Our Philosophy

We delight in the beauty and craftsmanship of ancient buildings and the quality of the environment created within historic settlements.

We consider it important that our interventions respect the work of others and preserve and enhance the special character of both historic buildings and places.

Rather than draw attention to our own work, we aim to continue the traditions of the past, using our knowledge of traditional construction design to create subtle interventions that preserve their special character.

Whilst this often involves traditional design and detailing, we also recognize that changes in use and lifestyle often require more contemporary approaches and we relish the challenge of reconciling these requirements to create exciting interventions and contrasts within the historic context.

We have a special affirmation for the quality of urban design found in unspoilt historic settlements that have been created, either as a result of conscious design or by the more extensive processes of history.

Our approach to historic places is to respect their special character and, with our interventions, we seek to respect this character or repair and reinstate it where it has been damaged by inappropriate modern development.

”The reason old towns are so charming and new ones not, is that city planners of former times – of ancient Greece, of medieval city states, of modern Paris – did not serve difference purposes but always the one unchanging purpose for which people have, at all times, desired to live in communities of any kind.  This purpose was philosophically expressed by Aristotle who said that men form communities not for peace, justice, defence, traffic or trade but for the good life!”
Leopold Kahr (Austria and Aberystwyth)