Alan Higgs, BArch RIBA ARBV FRSA
Alan graduated with distinction in architecture from RMIT University in Melbourne Australia in 1987. He is qualified as an architect in Britain and Australia, is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects and is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. After work for small design focused practices, and a large commercial firm, Alan established Alan Higgs Architects in 1997. Since then, he has been responsible for nearly 200 commissions, at every relevant work stage.
Alan has wide interests in and knowledge of architectural and design history and theory, over many world regions. These include specific interests in the English country house, European and American high modernism and the Australian vernacular and they influence his design work in many ways. He always seeks a sense of calm and order while maximising the attributes of any site or existing building, with the client's aspirations remaining at the heart of the design process. Alan is adept at plotting a course for clients through the complexities of planning, costing and construction and is proud of working for the same families over multiple projects and many years.
Alan lives and works in a building converted and developed to his own design in central London. He is a active member of the Church Street Future Steering Group and the Planning Committee of the St Marylebone Society.
David Weston-Thomas, MA (Cantab) Dip Arch ARB
David studied at Cambridge University, writing dissertations on the work of Le Corbusier and Rem Koolhass. He also won a year's scholarship to Harvard University, working at the Graduate School of Design and subsequently worked in San Francisco and Budapest on a range of building types before returning to the UK and obtaining his professional qualification as an architect in 1996. Working for larger practices, David obtained significant experience of the commercial and public sectors, designing offices, a library, sports facility and multi-unit housing. Presentations to commercial clients, funding partners, and local authorities honed his ability and interest in the communication of design ideas both verbally and on paper.
Since joining AHA in 2003 David has enjoyed focusing more on private residential commissions. He has a passion for spatial clarity and formal rigour achieved with the use of both simple and more refined materials and enjoys finding appropriate and elegant solutions to the particulars of each project and clients' wishes. His design work is complementary to Alan's but by no means identical, as one would expect.
David is an enthusiastic cook, cat owner and football fan(atic) and rides a Moto Guzzi. He lives in an apartment of his own design on Shaftesbury Avenue but travels regularly to Paris researching the very best restaurants and boulangeries and visiting the occasional museum...