The Spence & Dower Team

Partner Tina Gough leads the practice on its contemporary design projects. She also has an urban design qualification, and holistic masterplanning of projects is becoming a fundamental part of the practice’s work. As well as being a member of the Access Association and a Graduate of Common Purpose she has long been an advocate and practitioner of engaging communities in the design process, resulting in her being accepted as an enabler for the nationally renowned charity Glass-House.

Partner Colin Haylock has extensive experience as a Planner as well as an Architect. He has high profile in the planning and design world through his past Presidency of the RTPI and his work as a Design Council Built Environment Expert, plus a long history of advising on historic buildings and environments. He is appointed to Advisory Panels for Durham Cathedral and more recently as a member of Historic England’s Expert Advisory Group. He is also a Visiting Professor from Practice at University College London.

Associates Bryony Roff and Clare Grundy are architects with MA degrees in Conservation Studies at York University. Bryony is a registered member of the Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC) and is an Inspecting Architect for a number of listed Churches in the Newcastle and Durham Diocese. Clare has particular skill in incorporating new design within the historic environment including projects of all grades of listing and Scheduled Monuments. Both have been with Spence and Dower for over 15 years.

Robin Dower has retired as a partner of the practice but with his long acknowledged work with historic buildings he has become our Expert Consultant. Previous Associate Chris Baglee has also become an Expert Consultant. He is an Accredited Conservation Architect (RIBA SCA). He is also an Approved Archaeological Historic Buildings Consultant and Researcher on the three North East County Council lists.

Used to working with other professional consultants, either as leaders of a design team or as part of a multi disciplinary group, all of Spence and Dower’s staff bring different strengths to the practice. A variety of interests and specialisms shared between our relatively small team allows for the vibrant exchange of ideas and perspectives which we hope generates interesting and carefully considered architecture.

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Our Team

I joined the practice in the 1980’s. It was known then as a practice of integrity and professionalism, creating quality designs through friendly personal service. What has changed? Workload is slightly different now, responding over the years to shifting economic conditions, new concerns about climate change and client expectations, but our underlying philosophy about the way we choose to work remains the same.

Tina Gough, Partner

Recent Projects

The practice has been busier than ever over recent years and our portfolio shows just some of the types of projects we have been involved with. View Portfolio

Latest News

We hope to keep you up-to-date with exciting projects that we have been appointed to do. See what’s new