The Spence & Dower Team

Tina 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.

Robin is widely experienced in the repair and reinvention of historic buildings. He is Chairman of Durham Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee and a member of Newcastle Diocesan Advisory Committee, as well as being a registered member of the Architects Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC).

Associate Chris Baglee is an Accredited Conservation Architect (RIBA SCA). He has worked on a wide variety of listed buildings throughout his career and specialises in carrying out archival research into, and recording of, historic buildings. He is an Approved Archaeological Historic Buildings Consultant and Researcher on the three North East County Council lists.

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.

Gill Glen has worked for many years in architectural practices in the North East. She is interested in seeing refurbishments in sensitive rural areas done sympathetically whilst achieving the latest standards of built performance.

We could not function efficiently without the talents of our Practice Manager, Val Bland, who keeps all of us and the business in order. She will probably be your first point of contact with us.

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
  • Photo of Robin Dower
  • Photo of Tina Gough
  • Photo of Chris Baglee
  • Photo of Bryony Roff
  • Photo of Clare Grundy
  • Photo of Val Bland
  • Photo of Gill Glen

Though I started my working life in London my family roots are here in the North-East – ‘this corner of the earth has a smile for me above all other places.’ Returning to join the practice in 1974, I have tried to develop an understanding of the region’s traditional built environment, particularly of it’s rural communities as a context for a contemporary design response. Repeated commissions and recommendation seem to suggest a reputation for continuing quality output.

Robin Dower, 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