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giles arthur


Giles studied at The University of Edinburgh and qualified as an Architect in 2005. He worked as senior project architect for the conservation practice John Edwards Architects for 8 years before founding Giles Arthur Architects in 2004.

Giles’ interests are rooted in the architecture, geography and landscapes of Northumberland and the Borders. This informs his approach to all commissions – whether the restoration a listing buildings or the design of a new build house, the approach will always be grounded in the spirit of the region.


holly york


Holly competed BSc Architecture and Environmental Design at Sheffield Hallam University and DipArch at London Metropolitan University.
Having worked in Practices of varying sizes in Northumberland, Newcastle and Central London including Brimelow McSweeney Architects in London, FaulknerBrowns in Newcastle and Seymour Architecture in Morpeth, Holly established HYO Architecture (an architecture, interiors and lifestyle design practice) in 2019 which now operates alongside Giles Arthur Architects.
In addition to her excellence as a residential architect, Holly’s broad range of skills and experience encompass education, spatial planning, interior design, commercial offices and SEND facilities.

simão ribeiro

project architect 

Simão, graduated with a Masters in Architeture and Urbanism (MIAU) at the Faculty of Architecture of University of Lisbon, then worked for RC+MC Architects in Coimbra. He came to live in England in 2017 to broaden his horizons then joined the practice in 2018.

His interests include photography, surfing and outdoor sports.


our philosophy

Giles Arthur Architects sees the emerging challenges of climate change, rising energy costs, scarcity of traditional construction skills and materials, and the increased complexity of regulations as challenges to be addressed head-on and in such a way that constraints become opportunities such that we deliver buildings of exceptional architectural value with reduced lifetime costs.

We aim to deliver a service that surpasses expectations without exceeding the budget by looking beyond the brief to ensure no opportunities are missed to reduce costs and/or add value, whether that value is financial, environmental or simply a measure of the quality of life for those occupying the completed building.

An understanding of the dynamics and physics of how a building performs and relates to environmental conditions allows us to craft the orientation, form and efficiency of the building to provide optimal performance. Thus, the project’s design philosophy is derived from the site and client’s brief rather than being imposed by architectural dogma.

From inception to completion, Giles Arthur Architects balances creative thinking with technical awareness, that, combined with an unwavering attention to detail, results in innovative yet deliverable projects that invariably add value to the site.