United by a shared belief that good design can elevate everyday places, we set up a creative and collaborative studio that puts people at the heart of our practice and approach.
Our talented team has grown to over 20 architects, designers, technologists and support staff working out of a purpose-built studio in Fordingbridge, Hampshire on the edge of the New Forest National Park that borders Dorset and Wiltshire.
We work on residential, mixed-use, education, leisure and commercial projects.
Our ability to learn from research across sectors and projects, combined with an expansive knowledge of building typologies, construction techniques and procurement processes, means we add value at every stage for all our clients.
We are pleased to say that our clients return to us, again and again, to help them design and deliver innovative yet functional and affordable buildings that exceed their expectations.
Eric, Director and Chartered Architect, has a proven track record in the end-to-end design and delivery of developments, for both public, private and public/private partnerships.
He has been instrumental in the realisation of a number of major regeneration initiatives that have benefitted from his experience in land promotion, negotiation and consultation throughout the planning process, and an understanding of the commercial imperatives.
His primary focus is the realisation of mixed-use urban developments, driven by his passion for urban design, regeneration and placemaking. This is bolstered by his considerable experience of the residential sector specifically strategic land promotion, build to rent, care and student housing, which is further supported by our collective track record which includes hotels, commercial, retail and leisure developments.
Eric leads the practice’s Design Directorate and Staff & Training programme, and is responsible for driving the continual development of our people, and the value this brings to our business. When he’s not riding his bike into the studio, he’ll be on the water sailing, or, on the occasional track day, burning some rubber.
AFCB Training Pavilion, Bristol and West House, Delichon Office Headquarters, Cranborne AONB Countryside Centre, Perins School - Classroom Block, Perins School - Pascal Block, Perins School - Hall Extension, Mixed Use Scheme, Southampton, North Road, Contemporary House, Surrey Bespoke Home , St. Georges Hill, Weybridge, Bespoke Home, Weybridge, Whitehall Court, The Cube, Three Cups Hotel, 101 West Hill Road
Martin is a Chartered Architectural Technologist and Building Engineer with over 30 years’ experience designing, detailing and delivering buildings in a variety of sectors.
With a passion for producing high quality, well detailed buildings, Martin enjoys working closely with contractors from early design stages through to completion on site, helping to ensure delivery is within budget and on programme.
His expertise includes all aspects of residential (from bespoke one-off homes to strategic masterplanning), historic and listed buildings, hotels, commercial and education projects. This wide range of experience has allowed Martin to develop many long lasting and fruitful relationships with clients, consultants and contractors. He leaves no stone unturned in delivering, driving and managing projects with meticulous attention to detail. It’s safe to say he enjoys a challenge and finding new ways to drive projects forward.
Always keen to share his enthusiasm for architecture and construction, Martin is a strong team player and dedicated director – he’s always the first one in and last one out of the studio. When he does manage to take some time off, he loves to travel and seek out new adventures, which has recently seen him trekking in Patagonia and husky sledding in Finland.
A Chartered Architect since 1997, and former qualified Architectural Technician since 1987, Dave has over 30 years’ experience of working with both private and public sector clients. He combines the knowledge and skills of a lead designer and project leader with a solid background in construction techniques and technical design.
Dave’s main areas of expertise are conceptual design, helping clients develop their project briefs, early stage feasibility studies, site masterplanning, liaison with planning authorities and other key stakeholders, and public consultations. Dave is a skilled visualiser, able to quickly translate clients’ ideas and project briefs into three dimensional sketches, to explore potential design solutions.
Dave has a track record of delivering successful planning approvals across the south for contemporary luxury houses and apartments, both new and remodelled, many of which are on sensitive, rural and waterside locations. He also has considerable experience in education projects, including higher and further education schemes, from masterplanning of school and college campuses, to the detailed design of new teaching facilities.
When not hunched over a stack of tracing paper with a fast-moving felt tip pen in hand, Dave likes to try and get out on his motorbike (when he’s not taking it apart to ‘fix’ it).
Mark is a Chartered Architect with over 15 years’ in the profession. He has a wide range of experience in the commercial, mixed-use, residential and education sectors, with special expertise in designing and delivering hotel and leisure projects.
Mark has been responsible for designing and delivering a wide variety of projects across the UK – ranging from Madeira Road Student Accommodation in Bournemouth to multiple schemes for BLOC Hotels across London and Birmingham. He has a passion for producing high quality, well detailed buildings and enjoys working closely with clients and contractors to ensure efficient delivery.
Mark is always up for a challenge and is one of the most competitive members of the team – whether he’s battling it out on the golf course or playing casual table tennis at lunch, he’ll always be looking for the win.
Arron has over ten years’ experience in the construction industry and has worked with the Directors for the majority of those, designing and delivering projects across a variety of sectors from conception to completion.
Arron combines his technical knowledge of constructing and detailing buildings with his passion for art and design to create well-designed, exquisitely detailed buildings. It’s an ambitious goal that we know he will achieve through his on-going hard work and dedication.
When he isn’t studying for his latest degree or professional qualification, he’ll be on a plane travelling to a new country to explore.
Sarah has worked with the team for many years with specialist knowledge in delivering community buildings in consultation with end users and working with funding bodies such as the Big Lottery Fund.
Sarah is responsible for running projects, both in design stages and on site. She has a direct and dynamic approach and enjoys working across disciplines to develop solutions that capitalise on opportunities to offer an enhanced user experience no matter what the sector.
With a background in garden design, Sarah’s placemaking skills extend beyond the built form and into the outdoors with sensitive plant selection and considered landscape detailing.
She is also involved with Dorset RIBA, encouraging participation in the architectural agenda at a local level which helps to keep design quality at the centre of the practice.
A much-needed calm and efficient influence in the studio, Chris can be counted on to approach every project in an efficient and results-driven way. He is key to the smooth delivery of many projects in the studio and helps drive the technical arm of the practice.
Chris is experienced in measured building surveys, writing NBS specifications, contract administration and co-ordinating the design team. Having worked on projects across all sectors, he has specialist knowledge in education, healthcare and ecclesiastical projects. His excellent time management skills allow him to meet deadlines while also ensuring detailed work is accurately achieved.
If you are in and around Fordingbridge, you may see Chris putting in the hours on his road bike or exploring new parts of the New Forest on one of his Sunday walks.
Dai is an Architect with over ten years’ experience across a variety of sectors. He has worked on and delivered a wide range of projects from residential and mixed-use developments in London, to new school and university facilities across the country.
He enjoys working in the early stages of projects, helping clients to define the brief and using his experience to provide innovative solutions even in the most challenging of situations.
Dai also has substantial experience of project delivery and taking those exciting initial concepts through the technical stages and on to site. He enjoys building successful working relationships with contractors to ensure those all important details that really elevate the quality of the finished building are considered throughout.
As an Associate, he works across multiple projects and interacts with all staff members on aspects of project work and practice management, and he encourages, mentors and motivates everyone to achieve to the best of their abilities. This enthusiasm occasionally overlaps with his passion for triathlon and multi-sport competitions and has resulted in studio entries to various events which always seem like such a good idea at the time.
Tania has worked with Martin, Mark, and Eric for over ten years and is fundamental to the smooth and efficient running of the studio. She helps keep the team spirit high with her enthusiasm and positive approach and is great at looking after our new and existing clients.
Tania brings valuable, in-depth office and business process management experience to our practice and has a track record of developing, implementing and administering policies to ensure the smooth running of the business while keeping staff morale high.
When not gracing the studio with her natural positivity, Tania will often be caught posing on a yoga mat in or around the New Forest, often with a bike or walking boots somewhere nearby.
David is a Chartered Architectural Technologist with over 15 years’ experience. During this time he has worked on and delivered a wide range of projects gaining experience within the high-end residential, hotel, education and listed buildings sectors.
David produces carefully researched and detailed working drawings with a focus on performance and commercial efficiency. He enjoys working closely with the contractor to ensure his technical knowledge and love of detailing buildings is reflected in the final product.
As an AFC Bournemouth supporter, when David isn’t enjoying the club’s current glory years at the weekends, he can be found off-road on his mountain bike.
Associate Degree in Liberal Arts
Aimee is a new addition to the BrightSpace team and comes from a design background working as a production and office assistant-coordinator, from Animation to Manufacturing. With an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts, she has a passion for organising, and assisting with the general flow of office productivity. With a keen interest in learning new design software, and architectural history. In her downtime, Aimee loves to be out in the forest, running the dog, or on a plane exploring new terrain, snorkelling; or in gym class!
Peter has experience across various sectors including education, healthcare, military workshops and secure environments. Often complex in their design, Peter brings his extensive knowledge of various methods of construction and employs a bit of creative thinking to resolve problems in the delivery of high quality buildings.
Peter’s key skills are focused on the delivery of well detailed building regulations and working drawings for tender and construction purposes. Once on site, Peter enjoys working with contractors and the project team to deliver buildings through to completion. He has a thoughtful, thorough and progressive approach with a positive outlook.
Away from the studio, he likes to explore his interest in sustainable living, DIY and tearing up the earth with shovel and fork to get his garden looking immaculate.
Jennifer joined the team back in 2016 after graduating with a BA(Hons) Arch from the University of Portsmouth. She is currently studying for her MArch at Portsmouth and working with us during her summer break.
Jennifer is always looking for the next software to learn and master. Her passion lies within architecture visualisations and has a keen eye for detail, something she developed during her time at university.
During her free time, you will more than likely catch her exploring new places with a camera to hand and tent packed in her bag.
Annalaura joined us shortly after graduating from the Arts University Bournemouth with a first- class honours degree. During that time, she was fortunate enough to be selected to venture in a philanthropy research project in the rural village of Fangkou in China, along with students from the Sichuan Fine Art Institute. After visiting the village and getting to know its people, the students were asked to design a visitor lodge and spaces for conviviality to boost the local tourism in the hope of bringing a new source of income for the remote village.
Being originally from Italy, Annalaura spent the past two summers working as an intern at CLS Architects in Milan. There she was involved with furniture design for the new Rinascente Mall in Rome.
In her down time you’ll find Annalaura at a gig, lost in some art gallery or working on her latest art project. Failing that, she’ll have a bowl of popcorn and any Wes Anderson film on.
Jonathan is a Chartered Architect with over 11 years’ experience in architectural practice. He has worked across many sectors at all work stages, with a particular expertise in residential led mixed-use urban projects and residential masterplanning. As part of his studies he specialised in Urban Design.
Since joining us in 2014, Jonathan has worked on several mixed-use schemes in Bournemouth and Southampton and been involved in many challenging planning applications with a complex assembly of uses and highly constrained sites. He enjoys being involved in the early stages of concept design and likes to see projects organically evolve through to completion. He uses his creativity, eye for detail, problem-solving ability and commercial understanding to deliver projects that meet the client’s aspirations from both design and financial perspectives.
Outside of the studio, you’ll find Jonathan on the south coast fishing for his supper, or cheering on his beloved Tottenham Hotspur as they fight for that Champions League place.
Ailsa excelled in her university studies, achieving first-class honours for her Part II and studying abroad in Germany at the Dessau Institute of Architecture where she was awarded the Frank Horton Prize for most interesting drawing during her masters degree.
Enthusiastic and hardworking, Ailsa is always on the lookout for the next exciting project to bring to the studio. She has worked across many sectors and has a healthy appetite to learn new skills and apply her innovative presentations skills to our work. Ailsa is always organising the next design charrette and gets everyone together for our weekly staff meetings, discussing all things new in the world of architecture and design.
As well as working hard here in the studio, Ailsa is up at the crack of dawn everyday looking after her horses, Rufus and April.
BA (Hons) Architectural Technology
Tristan joined us from Solent University where he received a BRE award in sustainable building design.
Tristan is a key member of our team with a passion for sustainable architecture and interest in how the use of eco-systems can be applied to everyday design.
Tristan loves motorsports and never turns down an opportunity to share his passion with others at motor festivals. He also enjoys running and going to the gym.
Jack joined the team in 2015 after graduating from the Arts University Bournemouth with a first-class honours degree. While at university, he was lucky enough to collaborate with Sunseeker International to design a new global headquarters and The National Trust, where he designed and built a future proof beach hut.
Jack supports our design team as an Architectural Assistant and also plays a pivotal role in helping to communicate the practice’s aims and ambitions as our Marketing Coordinator.
Although a bit of a tech guy, he’s a lover of hand drawing, being more than willing to move the mouse and keyboard aside in favour of a fountain pen and roll of tracing paper. Jack is also a keen landscape photographer, travelling across the country to capture the next sunrise or sunset and share it all with his followers.
Jemma joined us shortly after graduating from Ravensbourne University, London with a first- class honours degree. During that time Jemma's was shortlisted for the Norman Foster Travel Scholarship completion for her entry 'The Worlds Waste' a project which proposed a 3 month project in which she would travel across the globe to investigate how different countries deal with waste, to help create better ways reduce human house hold waste through design.
In her final year at uni Jemma co-orientated her final degree show's, as well taking on the task of creating Ravensbourne 2018 projects book 'Urbis Interlocutor' which's production helped her become a published author.
In her down time Jemma can be found working on her 1973 plate VW Beetle, creating baked goods or out enjoying the New Forest beaches. She is also a keen exploring, planning to see the best food, views and activities the globe has to offer.
Salha joined us shortly after graduating from the Arts University Bournemouth, where she was fortunate enough to spend a semester in Seoul, South Korea working for a local firm while studying in her final year. During her studies, Salha found a passion for designing with concrete and experimenting with its form, mass, texture and finishes.
Salha is always looking to learn and expand her experience by working on a variety of projects. You can always rely on her to have a selection of snacks by her desk and she really brings life to the studio with her enthusiasm. She’s even managed to make friends with the local alpaca.
In her spare time, Salha loves to travel and will more often than not have her passport to hand ready to fly off to the next country on her list. Over the last few years, she’s travelled across three different continents and she’s not stopping any time soon.
Philip has over 10 years’ experience working on residential and commercial projects.
With a strong technical background and a passion for design, Philip joined us after returning to the UK from Australia in 2016. His enthusiasm and professional approach support the creation of strong working relationships with colleagues, clients and consultants.
Philip’s experience of BIM procedures has been key in our push to deliver projects to BIM level 2 standards. Philip provides training and assistance to all members of staff in using Revit and other BIM software.
After sitting at his desk delivering project after project, Philip enjoys to get outside and cycle, run, walk, snowboard and surf. Although the waves are a bit on the small side compared to Perth, he’s glad that he doesn’t have to worry about any sharks making a surprise appearance.
BA (Hons) Architecture
Masters of Architecture (MArchD)
Charlotte recently joined the team as a Part II graduate from the Oxford School of Architecture. Having specialised in architectural regeneration, Charlotte has a passion for reuse of spaces and believes that the evolution of existing architecture is the key to successful design intervention. Following a year of dedication as the Vice President and Lectures Coordinator of OxArch (the Oxford Architecture Society), Charlotte received the Hunter Johnston Doric Prize for outstanding contribution to the School of Architecture.
With a passion for community-led design, Charlotte is interested in working on well-integrated and socially aware design interventions. Despite her enthusiasm for teamwork, Charlotte is hungry for success and cannot wait to take on the competition in lunch hour table tennis tournaments.
Aside from architecture, Charlotte loves skiing and spends as much time as possible on the mountains. She also tours the UK in her VW camper at weekends and can be found outdoors hiking, biking, climbing and coasteering.
We believe we have a shared responsibility to ourselves and each other to create a positive and friendly working environment that supports individual growth, development and wellbeing.
We nurture and value all our relationships as they are at the heart of our practice. We are positive, pro-active, respectful and responsive. We enjoy and embrace collaborative working with clients, consultants, stakeholders and each other.
We bring creativity, skill, passion, knowledge and enthusiasm to each and every project. We’re committed to developing and delivering solutions that realise our clients’ aspirations while meeting our own high standards of quality and service.
Every project is unique, each having its own specific drivers. To get the best possible outcome we have developed a simple and robust four-stage approach that can be applied to each phase of the design and delivery process:
the brief, the site and project drivers
to the client, end users and stakeholders
from previous projects and team experience
ideas, concepts and options
options, preconceptions and the brief
solutions in concept and detail
evaluate and discuss
the way forward
the process and expectations
the programme and project output
the project brief and client aspirations
"We parted with our previous firm of architects, despite having a very good relationship with them, because we felt BrightSpace would deliver a better product and that we could have a much better working hands-on experience with them. This has proved to be the case!"Mike Jackson, Micamati Limited
"I have personally known Eric Sey and Martin Dobbs for in excess of 8 years, having worked with them both on a variety of construction and development projects. BrightSpace have a good reputation in formulating creative ideas that are both innovative and deliverable."Toby Welstead, Senior Director at RPS Group PLC
"Our successful working relationship with BrightSpace has forged an association that we wish to continue in to the future and we have therefore re-employed their services on a million pound refurbishment project due to commence this spring. Once again, their understanding of the client’s requirements, together with their inspirational design was fundamental in Bentley Projects being awarded this contract."David Bentley, Bentley Projects Limited
We have worked with Bright Space for several years now on a number of projects, all differing sizes, and scope. Because we tend to outsource all key professional packages we expect a very proactive response, in this regard BrightSpace provides us with everything that we require. We always need options and with BrightSpace we don’t have to ask for these, they understand how we work and that’s a great help when we are under pressure.Richard Gibbs - Project Director, Veyron Property
AFC Bournemouth Football Club
Arts University Bournemouth
Bourne Asset Management
Bournemouth Borough Council
Bournemouth Development Company
Church Crookham Parish Council
Cranborne Chase AONB
Devon & Dorset Properties Ltd
Dorset County Council
EV Naish Ltd
Hordle Parish Council
The Holiday Property Bond Ltd
Lascar Electronics Ltd
Morgan Sindall Construction
Morgan Sindall Investments
New Milton Sand & Ballast
Public Sector Plc
Renaissance Retirement Homes
St Vincent College
University of Southampton
Veyron Group London