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The Practice

NVB Architects is a multi-disciplinary practice encompassing architecture, interior design, conservation and landscape architecture. We also run the thriving arts venue Rook Lane in the Grade 1 listed chapel that we refurbished and extended in 2002 to English Heritage acclaim.

We have specialised in the education sector for the past thirty years alongside a growing portfolio of leisure, residential, public realm, community and heritage projects. We have worked on projects across the UK and overseas in South Korea and Malaysia. Our design approach has led to many long-term relationships with clients in both the independent and state education sector as well as local authorities, contractors, the military and leisure industry.

The current practice was formed in 1980 by Mark Brierley, Pamela Lea and Bill Vallis, then known as Vallis & Associates when the practice started to concentrate on educational work. In 1985 Vallis & Associates merged with Goldsmith, Tolson & Nugent of Bath creating Nugent Vallis Brierley. Following the formation of Nugent Vallis Brierley, the two specialist services of Conservation and Landscape Architecture were established. In December 2002 the practice, now NVB Architects, moved into its own office accommodation at Rook Lane Chapel. The move to these offices meant that the office accommodation was more conducive to the principle of team working and the practice has grown to its current size led by four directors.


Andrew Brownless Andrew Brownless

Andrew Brownless

Senior Technician

BA (Hons) Architecture

Andrew joined NVB in 2016 and has worked primarily on educational projects at detailed design stage. Prior to joining NVB, Andrew was involved in retail rollouts and both private and mass residential projects, primarily within London.

Andrew Simpson Andrew Simpson

Andrew Simpson


BA(Hons) BArch RIBA

Andrew joined the practice in 1997 becoming an associate in 2003 and director in 2011. He has completed a range of significant projects for the office including Solihull School theatre, Bedminster Down School (PFI), Robert Blake and Elmwood Schools (BSF). Andrew is responsible for all human resources within the practice.

Annie Poon Annie Poon

Annie Poon

Landscape Architect

BA Landscape MA Landscape

Annie joined NVB in September 2019 after finishing her masters degree at the University of Gloucestershire. Prior to her masters study, she completed her Bachelor of Arts in Landscape Studies at the University of Hong Kong and had worked for a British-based landscape firm in Hong Kong for two years. She is now focusing on gaining industry experience for her career development in the UK.

Ben Mortimer Ben Mortimer

Ben Mortimer

Architectural Assistant

BA (Hons) Architecture and Planning

Ben is a Part 1 qualified architectural assistant. He joined NVB in October 2021 having spent two years working on developer led projects. Ben is currently working on a number of our education and masterplanning projects.

Bill Button Bill Button

Bill Button


BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA

Bill qualified at Plymouth School of Architecture in 1988 and joined NVB in 1996, becoming a director in 1998. He has experience in various building types including education and community architecture.

Clare Tayler Clare Tayler

Clare Tayler

Office Manager


Clare has been with NVB since 2002 and is an accounting technician with 17 years’ experience of working in small businesses. During this time she has been involved in all aspects of office management, administration and accountancy. Having two small children, she now balances childcare with work, and enjoys working with an energetic and friendly bunch of architects in the beautiful surroundings of Rook Lane Chapel.

Gabriele Ziliute Gabriele Ziliute

Gabriele Ziliute


BSc (Hons) MArch PgDip RIBA

Gabriele joined NVB in April 2018 after completing her RIBA Part II at the University of Bath and in 2020 passed her Part III professional exams to become an architect. She has a wide range of experience in both architecture and public realm and is interested in the life between buildings as well as the buildings themselves.

Hannah Brookes Hannah Brookes

Hannah Brookes

Architectural Assistant

BSc (Hons) Architecture

Hannah joined NVB in December 2021 after completing her RIBA Part I at the University of Bath. Having worked primarily within conservation architecture prior to joining NVB, she is now working on a variety of education projects. Hannah is also a Certified Passive House Designer and has a keen interest in sustainable design.

James McGillivray James McGillivray

James McGillivray


MA(Hons) DipArch RIBA

James joined NVB in 2005 having moved from London to the West Country. He has considerable experience in sensitive developments in urban contexts as well as a varied portfolio of educational projects.

Jenny Hyden Jenny Hyden

Jenny Hyden

Landscape Architect

BA(Hons) MA Landscape

Jenny joined NVB in 2021 as a Team Leader after spending ten years designing, detailing and project managing a wide range of public gardens and historic private estates. She studied at the University of Greenwich, graduating in 2011. Jenny is strongly interested in environmental and sustainability issues and is currently working towards her chartership.

Kate Whitmore Kate Whitmore

Kate Whitmore

Landscape Architect

BA(Hons) MA Landscape

Kate joined NVB in May 2022 after working for a landscape design studio in Bath. Prior to this she completed her Masters at the University of Greenwich whilst working for a London based practice where she gained experience on a range of design projects. Kate is a keen plantsperson & before completing her degree spent time travelling & working as a horticulturalist.

Kenny Fox Kenny Fox

Kenny Fox

Senior Technician

HNC Building

Kenny joined NVB in 2005 as a Senior Architectural Technician. Kenny has extensive experience in a variety of projects and leads on BIM implementation in the practice.

Lizzi Rigler Lizzi Rigler

Lizzi Rigler

Landscape Architect

BA Garden Design DipHort MA Landscape

Lizzi originally joined NVB in 2015 before leaving to gain more experience of hands-on horticulture. She has now returned to join our landscape team bringing with her a diverse range of skills.

Mark Duddridge Mark Duddridge

Mark Duddridge


BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA

Mark studied at the University of Plymouth and joined NVB in 2007 after working as a project and site manager for a developer in Bristol. Mark became an associate in 2017 and has worked on a variety of educational projects including boarding houses at St Mary's, Calne and a new sports centre in Truro.

Mi-Ha Snapes Mi-Ha Snapes

Mi-Ha Snapes

Architectural Assistant

Mi-Ha is an undergraduate at the University of Bath and joined NVB in April 2022 for her RIBA Part I industry placement. She is currently working on some of the practice’s education projects. Mi-Ha is looking forward to adding to her architectural experience and expanding her interest in how architecture impacts on communities.

Peter Baker Peter Baker

Peter Baker



Peter leads the landscape team within NVB. Projects at NVB to date include a wide range of state and independent schools in the UK and abroad, parks, commercial and residential schemes. After working in Birmingham and Bath for six years on a wide range of projects he joined the practice in 2008. He studied landscape architecture in Leeds and Birmingham between 1999 and 2004 and became a chartered landscape architect in 2007.

Richard Paige Richard Paige

Richard Paige


BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA

Richard has been with NVB since 1994 and a director since 2002. During this time he has been extensively involved in all levels of the education sector with particular expertise in primary and secondary schools. In recent years he has been involved in a number of visitor centres and community facilities.

Ruth Dance Ruth Dance

Ruth Dance


BA(Hons) DipArch PgDip

Ruth joined NVB in 2021, although she has worked with the company providing cover since 2012. She is responsible for office management and administration as well as reception duties. Having worked as an architect for over 15 years, Ruth has a good understanding of the workings of an architecture practice.

Sara Godfrey Sara Godfrey

Sara Godfrey

Arts Administrator

Sara joined NVB in July 2018 as our Venue Manager for Rook Lane. Sara brings a wealth of experience to the role, having worked as a manager in the hospitality industry for most of her working life. As a Frome resident, Sara enjoys promoting our wonderful venue and organising many varied events and weddings here.

Sebastian Wolf Sebastian Wolf

Sebastian Wolf


BA(Hons) MArch PgDip RIBA

Sebastian trained at Bath Univeristy and joined NVB from Mark Kingsley Architects in 2010, becoming an associate in 2017. He has been involved in a number of education projects at Llandaff, Dean Close School and our overseas projects in Kuala Lumpur and South Korea. Sebastian assists in IT strategy within the practice.

Tim Scott Tim Scott

Tim Scott

Architectural Assistant

BSc(Hons) MArch

Tim joined NVB in December 2020 having completed his RIBA Part I and II at the University of Bath. He has experience in the residential, education and leisure sectors, and through both study and practice has pursued an interest in sustainable design and the relationship that Architecture has with nature.


We are looking for talented Part I and Part II Architectural Assistants to join our busy office. You will be enthusiastic, enjoy being part of a team and have good design skills and wider design awareness. We value participation, enthusiasm and a willingness to learn. You will be working primarily on a number of high quality education projects along with a range of work in other sectors.

We will be looking for good graphic skills and a knowledge of Photoshop/ Indesign/ Illustrator. A knowledge of Revit would be an advantage, but is not essential.

NVB are committed to promoting equality & diversity both in our workplace and in the wider industry

Please contact Andrew Simpson

Rook Lane

A venue for the arts in Frome

Rook Lane is a space for art, architecture, performance and education. A unique arts centre housed in a restored 18th century chapel, Rook Lane is home to NVB Architects and the base for Rook Lane Arts Trust.

For further information of the range of activities that are happening in the chapel and details of how to hire the space, please visit our sister site…

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