Gale & Snowden employs highly-skilled and experienced staff including architects, engineers, building physicists and biologists.  Our team is focused on providing a quality design service for our clients that spans unusually diverse fields of expertise so that we can provide an enhanced integrated ecological and healthy design service, delivering projects that surpass our clients' expectations.   We also work with a number of established experts and consultants, some of whom we have worked with for over 20 years, who complement our work including: species consultants, planning consultants, landscape architects and architects specialising in leisure and swimming pool design.   We are individually motivated to improve the environment and our communities and we pride ourselves in our user-friendly approach and our fun, yet professional, working atmosphere.  

David Gale

David Gale ARB RIBADirector

Educated at Plymouth and Canterbury Schools of Architecture, David received the RIBA Silver Award in 1990 for his design work and dissertation and research on Hassan Fathy’s Earthen Architecture and Housing in Egypt. David directs the vision of the practice and is responsible for project delivery throughout the practice and has developed excellent client relationships on a wide variety of projects. David plays a major role in the concept stage of all major projects and has considerable contractual experience. David is a trained and experienced Permaculture designer and also works with Jason in the Mechanical Engineering team. David is a BREEAM for office assessor and has undertaken various research work for such organisations as the Building Research Establishment, Carbon Trust, Energy Saving Trust and Technology Strategy Board. David was an RIBA / BRE Zero CO2 Housing Competitions Assessor in 1999, and has been a part time lecturer in ecological design at the Prince of Wales Institute and Plymouth School of Architecture. David’s approach to the business is a reflection on his personal commitment to environmental responsibility, having designed his own forest garden and renovated his own Grade II listed building to be low energy and ecological in every respect.

Ian Snowden

Ian Snowden ARB RIBADirector

Ian Snowden established the practice with David GaIe in 1992. The practice is nationally recognised as one of the pioneers in sustainable design, and Ian has over 18 years experience in ecological design. Ian’s key role in the practice is technical quality control throughout all RIBA workstages for all projects and to provide technical support throughout the practice. Ian is a working director and is involved in all stages of key projects, quality control and project management. Ian ensures that the attention to detail is maintained at all times throughout the work in the practice, which is essential in delivering passive design strategies and beautiful architecture. Ian is a trained Permaculture designer. Ian has renovated his own homes using traditional building methods and to improve their environmental performance. Ian enjoys life in North Devon and surfs and walks when his young family life permits.

Lawrence Millyard

Lawrence Millyard ARB RIBADirector

Lawrence joined the practice in 1998 and became a director in 2006. Educated at Plymouth School of Architecture, Lawrence has had considerable on-site experience prior to joining the practice. The practice is nationally recognised as one of the pioneers in sustainable design, and Lawrence has over 12 years experience in ecological design. Lawrence is responsible for project delivery in the Exeter office, and is the director responsible for Health & Safety in the practice. He is also an Eco homes assessor. Lawrence has many years of delivering successful projects to budget and on time as Project Architect and on site as Contract Administrator. Amongst other projects Lawrence was the Project Architect for Oak Meadow, Brook Green Learning Centre and Trelowarren. Lawrence has carried out extensive renovation work himself on all his personal properties. Lawrence has four lovely chickens.

Jason Fitzsimmons

Jason Fitzsimmons MCIBSE CEPHAssociate Mechanical and Renewable Energy Engineer

Jason is a building physicist, mechanical and renewable energy design consultant and Certified European Passivhaus Designer. With a degree in environmental and energy studies and a background in research and building services design, Jason joined the practice as he was keen to work more in passive and ecological design. Jason leads the building services engineering team. Prior to joining Gale & Snowden in 2008 he worked with Faber Maunsell, Atkins and BSRIA as a building services consultant and building physicist. Jason has carried out extensive research work and has been published several times in areas such as natural ventilation and overheating. Recently Jason led a climate change adaptation research project (funded by the TSB) for a care home and was published in a CIBSE case study guide on overheating. Jason has been modeling buildings for overheating and passive design for over 15 years and is fully versed in carrying out thermal and carbon modelling using IES software. Projects have ranged from Passivhaus schemes to hospitals, offices, leisure buildings and even a Victorian railway station. Recent research work has involved a 2 year in depth monitoring study of Passivhaus homes and the quality of the internal environment after hand over. With past experience in monitoring and troubleshooting Jason has set up a department in this area, which uses a wide range of building physics and air quality instrumentation. Jason is also a qualified Tai Chi instructor and an advocate for healthy living. Seeing the importance of health in the individual he has a drive to ensure that building designs deliver in terms of providing good quality environments.

Allyson Vernon

Allyson Vernon ARB RIBASenior Architect

Allyson joined the practice in 1998. Educated at Manchester and Canterbury Schools of Architecture, Allyson was an RIBA Silver Award finalist in 1990. Prior to joining Gale & Snowden Architects, Allyson worked at MacCormac Jamieson Prichard Architects (MJP Architects. Allyson provides quality design input on all major projects in the office. Allyson has designed her own new build home to exacting standards.

Jonathan Barattini

Jonathan Barattini ARB RIBAArchitect

Jonathan is a project architect and has been responsible for overseeing several large Passivhaus housing developments for local authorities in the south west. Together with architectural job-running and contract administration, Jonathan also works closely with David in managing the practice’s marketing. Before joining Gale & Snowden in 2009, Jonathan studied at Plymouth University School of Architecture and qualified with distinction as an Architect in 2013 via the University of the West of England. Whilst studying towards his degree in architecture, Jonathan worked as a labourer, providing hands-on experience which has proved valuable in office-based detailing and design work. Living in Devon, Jonathan combines his passion for the environment with his love of surfing, mountain biking, hiking and being outdoors.

Maria Gale

Maria Gale Practice Manager

Maria is the Practice Manager at Gale & Snowden and she also contributes to the practice’s environmental consultancy work. She qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers, after which she completed an MSc in Environmental Technology at Imperial College, London, specialising in energy. Prior to joining Gale & Snowden Maria was the first energy efficiency officer in the country at Hastoe Housing Association (Sustainable Homes), for over 3 years and thereafter worked as a energy consultant specialising in developing energy efficiency strategies with local authorities, providing research for the Government and very hands on energy advice training to local authority and housing association tenants and staff. Whilst at Hastoe Maria was an active member of the Housing Ecology Network and has seen at first hand exemplar housing projects in Denmark, The Netherlands, France and Portugal. She helped to develop the Environmental Assessment Method with Martin Rowbottom, which helped to inform the BREEAM methodology. Maria was the co author of the Publication ‘Affordable Water’ for the Housing Corporation which helped to put affordable water issues on the agenda in affordable housing. At Gale & Snowden Maria is able to combine her professional training in accountancy and her passion for and experience in sustainable living.

Giles Boon

Giles Boon MCIAT CEPHArchitectural Technologist

Giles was awarded Highest Graduating Student in Architectural Technology when he graduated with a Bachelor of Science with Honours degree at the University of the West of England in 2010. He is a Certified European Passivhaus Designer and Chartered Architectural Technologist with thirteen years of experience in sustainable design. His knowledge of Building Information Modelling, practical approach to technical design and meticulous attention to detail are assets to projects during technical Work Stages. Outside work he is a keen martial artist, enters coastal trail running competitions and enjoys time in his home pottery.

Chris Richards

Chris Richards ARB RIBA CEPHArchitect

Chris joined Gale & Snowden Architects in February 2016, following a career working in low energy and sustainable architecture in several award winning architectural practices in the South West. Chris qualified as a Passivhaus Designer while working on a scheme of 17 Passivhauses in West Cornwall. Chris is the Project Architect for the third phase of certified Passivhaus affordable housing with Exeter City Council, and also working on a range of Passivhaus schemes including residential, commercial and leisure facilities. Chris sees construction as a fundamentally collaborative process and he enjoys participating in multidisciplinary teams, drawing on everyone’s strengths to further the project. Chris is a chartered member of the RIBA and ARB and has spoken at many events and to students at Cardiff University and students at further education colleges on sustainability and low energy building design, as well as presenting at public events. He is a Certified Passivhaus Designer CEPH.

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