Stephen Davies
Principal

“My role is realising the design directors’ visions—leading a team and steering the necessary processes to deliver those visions as real buildings.”

“When I left school, I went straight to work in a civil and structural engineering firm. I enjoyed it, partly because we got to work with different architects and see what they were doing. But after a while I realised that if I really wanted to have an impact on how buildings looked or went together, or what they were like spatially or formally, then I needed to become an architect.

I’m a project architect, so I lead architectural and subconsultant teams and I work with clients and builders. My role is realising the design directors’ visions—leading a team and steering the necessary processes to deliver those visions as real buildings.

It’s about addressing all the technical, budgetary and regulatory aspects while staying faithful to the vision. Sometimes it’s about achieving buy-in on a big idea: getting architects and subconsultants to collaborate and think constructively to make the idea work.

Working with really talented individuals to deliver great projects is what I’m passionate about. I’ve always played team sports and I like being in a team, because it’s amazing what you can deliver together. I like the collaboration with the designers, and I have complimentary technical skills that help deliver the project. And like collaborating with subconsultants. I always make sure we take them along for the ride so they feel just as invested in the project as we do. That’s how you get the best results.

I also have a real passion for documenting projects and for strategic thinking about how we convey our ideas. I was an early adopter of computers and I worked in computer documentation, 3D modelling and rendering and so on from the start. In today’s market, it’s so important to describe buildings clearly and properly for builders so you ensure that you get the results you want.

What gets me out of bed in the morning is exciting, important landmark projects. I’ve made a choice to be involved in public, high-profile projects that have high-quality design. That’s why I’m at ARM.”