Associated Architects are delighted to launch our third office, opening a new base in Oxford.
The office will be led by new Associate Director Neil Eaton who joined the practice in December. Neil brings with him a long track record of working at a senior level in a range of design-led practices across sectors including one-off houses, offices, arts and leisure, and education (pre-school to specialist secondary), but his specialism is in the field of higher education.
He has managed successful framework relationships and delivered award-winning projects for a wide range of universities and colleges, including Oxford, Birmingham, Warwick, Leicester, Nottingham Trent, ICL, and Southampton. At a previous practice he was Project Director for the 33,000sq.m £90m Newton and Arkwright regeneration scheme for Nottingham Trent University, which saw the total transformation and interconnection of two iconic Grade II* listed buildings to create a vibrant new heart for the city centre campus.
More recently Neil delivered the Alan Walters Building for the University of Birmingham Business School – a new centre for the postgraduate cohort, including MBA and ExecMBA students forming a bridge between academia and the wider business community. The project received both a regional RIBA award and was voted AJ Higher Education Building of the year on completion. At the same time, Neil also completed the Oculus teaching and learning building for the University of Warwick – the university’s first dedicated teaching building available to all regardless of department.
In addition, Neil has been a part-time lecturer and visiting critic at Oxford Brookes, Nottingham University, and the AA.
Director Warren Jukes said:
“Neil’s appointment and our new office will support our work at the University of Oxford and enable us to work with new institutions in southern England, in the same way our Leeds office supports our work in the north. Indeed, with Neil’s input we have already secured a new commission at another Russell Group university. The other Directors and I look forward to this new chapter in Associated Architects’ history.”
“I’m delighted to be joining the senior team here at Associated Architects and am really excited about this new venture, centred around my home city of Oxford. The significant overlaps between AA and my previous practice in terms of client base, architectural specialism, excellence in service delivery, and quality of outcome, make this a very natural and mutually rewarding transition.”