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Merry Christmas from everyone at JRA

— 15 Dec 2022


An example of the Dartmoor barn conservation project


Hands on lime pointing with Heritage Cob & Lime, North Devon. One of many Jonathan Rhind Architects team CPD days


Lunch fuelled CPD


Jonathan Rhind Architects were delighted to be selected as The National Trust’s preferred consultant for the South West


On site at a new build in Taunton


The Mill House in north Devon – featured on Channel 4s Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Tosvig


The weather was with Martin and Lauren at the Exford Show

Jonathan Rhind Architects Devon snowy office

As we look forward to the festive period and a chance to relax and reflect, we thought we would look back over the highlights of this year – arrivals and departures; appointments and completions; training and qualifications, updates and improvements; and more, before we look forward to what 2023 brings.

We welcomed 6 new faces to Jonathan Rhind Architects in 2022 – with Lauren, Olena, Lesley, Eve, Simon and Finley joining the team. JJ returned after taking a year out to undertake his Master’s degree, and Jonny Poland was promoted to Director. Directors, Jonathan, John and Martin had their reaccreditation with the Register of Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) confirmed, so there were many reasons to celebrate.

We were pleased to have helped Part I Architectural Assistants, Eve, Lillie and Twearly on their way to qualification, and saw them back off to University to continue their studies – sorry to see them go, but excited for the future of architecture!

During the year, the whole office got together for three CPD days – reviewing the collective Woolsery project; hands on lime pointing and tour of UK Hardwoods; and a progress review of an exciting new build project in Taunton; and of course the opportunity for team lunch and comparing notes across the two studios.

In the summer, the Mill House, a challenging coastal renovation, was featured on Channel 4s Extraordinary Escapes with Sandi Tosvig. Picked out for particular mention was the bespoke hydraulic drawbridge designed by Senior Architectural Technologist Darryn Marrs, to give safe access to the terrace and garden over a wheel race that fills with sea water twice a day.

Martin and Lauren represented Jonathan Rhind Architects at the Exford Show and enjoyed a day introducing potential clients to our work in the glorious sunshine.

The ambitious Dartmoor Barns repair project was completed following our Management Plans; a challenging pilot project successfully achieved thanks to collaboration across multiple consultants and teams.

Jonathan Rhind Architects also had reason to celebrate when we were appointed as preferred consultant for the National Trust in the South West, as well as a separate appointment as consultant Architects to St Michael’s Mount. Both appointments reflecting the principles at the core of Jonathan Rhind Architects work; the conservation of historic buildings and ensuring their relevance for a sustainable future.

With futures in mind, Jonathan Rhind Architects north Devon studio is planning a move to larger premises in the new year to accommodate the expanding team, so watch this space for more news of the move.

We wish you a happy Christmas and festive break and look forward to working with you in the new year.

Jonathan Rhind Architects will be closed from the end of play Friday 23rd December until Tuesday 3rd January 2023.

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