Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We use cookies to personalise your experience; learn more in our Privacy and Cookie Policy. You can opt out of some cookies by adjusting your browser settings; see the cookie policy for details. By using this site, you agree to our use of cookies.






A liberal arts degree has developed design CPD towards hybrid timber structures and timber detailing for this sustainable, tactile and sensual material. With TRADA membership he completed the (28 Modules of) Wood Campus CPD. Studio experience has diversified his skill-range undertaking digital, functional, structural and conservation projects. Concurrently through CPD, a voluntary role with a TCPA group, the Urban Design Group, Colin is consulting on RIBA early project stages, on local amenity values and leading guided architectural history walks.

Recent activity

Comments (3)

  • Comment on: Slash VAT on home improvements to unleash ‘£1 billion green revolution’

    COLINDB's comment 3 December, 2019 12:33 pm

    It is an anomaly to raise VAT to 20% on repairs to existing fabric, compounded by approved alterations to Listed Buildings VAT relief cancelled in 2012. Whereas in France a 5% level has been set for similar projects. The EU offers a common framework of reference, which Whitehall sets to its own levels of VAT or a purchase tax. Likewise UEFA organises diverse football matches using a common framework, as does FIFA.

  • Comment on: How do we make architecture more diverse?

    COLINDB's comment 11 February, 2019 2:11 pm

    Dear Catherine Slessor,
    This may appear as oblique to your excellent article above, yet with consideration may well find a fit. In November's edition of CONTEXT
    [No.157] p.5 Lord Scruton a guest philosopher and writer, while writing about historian David Watkin sets out his views on classic influence in architecture and shows his hand, and how he would like to influence concepts of, shall we say beauty. Does he not however, lose a sense of proportion and it is perhaps proportion that John McKean [above] refers to in his apposite comments too.

  • Comment on: Celebrating 50 years of AJ cartoonist Hellman

    COLINDB's comment 2 January, 2018 10:34 am

    Dear Louis,
    Thank you for putting in perspective some naff - (pronounced næf)
    an adj. slang Brit. inferior; in poor taste [orig. C19: perhaps back slang for fan, short for fanny] - concepts and rodomontade. Keeping the garden and the gardeners in the park, avenues, squares and curtilage of the habitations gives such attention as they deserve. With kind regards, Colin.