Our Team

Kensington Taylor Architects has been practicing in the South West for over 30 years and is respected for its ability to deliver innovative and award winning projects across a wide range of sectors in the UK and the Channel Islands.  We put our clients first, listening to their project ambitions and apply a thoughtful design approach to meeting these aspirations.

  • John Lees
    John Lees Chairman


    The Chairman of Kensington Taylor – a Chartered Architect who formed Kensington Taylor over 30 years ago following periods working in London and Canada. His extensive experience in Education and Health underwrites Kensington Taylor’s reputation.

    His detailed approach at the Briefing Stage reinforces client confidence and produces successful solutions – a philosophy he has followed throughout his career.

    • Richard Cord
      Richard Cord Managing Director


      The Managing Director of Kensington Taylor – a Chartered Architect who has worked with the Practice since 1995. During that time he has covered a wide range of successful projects from residential to hotels, schools and stadia covering a wide geographical area. His detailed knowledge of the “Building Schools for the Future” initiative ensured a successful delivery of £24m new Secondary School as well as designing the new developments at Sandy Park for the Exeter Chiefs as well as other prominent Professional Sporting venues and Clubs in the South West. Richard oversees and maintains the confidence of all of our clients throughout the Development & Construction Community.

      • Ajay Sharma
        Ajay Sharma Director


        As Director and Chartered Architect, Ajay has over 17 years experience within the industry across the UK, and in particular the South West. He has also worked for international clients, especially for the European Union. Ajay has extensive multi award-winning experience in health, education and defence, with strong project delivery capability and commercial awareness. He works closely with Richard to lead a great team of designers to successfully deliver the right sustainable and innovative solution for all our clients. Ajay has had extensive experience as a practice principal in the South West for an international practice prior to joining Kensington Taylor. Over the last 5 years, Ajay has been a dedicated committee member for the successful Building Forum in Devon and Cornwall.

        • Andrew Chaplin
          Andrew Chaplin Associate Director
          • Kyrenia Tew
            Kyrenia Tew Associate
            • John Bird
              John Bird Associate
              • Alex Stewart
                Alex Stewart Associate
                • Adam Willis
                  Adam Willis Part II Architectural Assistant
                  • Catherine Heuer
                    Catherine Heuer Quality Control
                    • Nicola Frost
                      Nicola Frost Practice Manager
                      • Matthew Coker
                        Matthew Coker Architect
                        • Neil Clare
                          Neil Clare Architect
                          • Robert Nickels
                            Robert Nickels Architectural Technologist
                            • Michael Davenport
                              Michael Davenport Senior Technician
                              • Alistair Powe
                                Alistair Powe Part II Architectural Assistant
                                • Linyan Shen
                                  Linyan Shen Part I Architectural Assistant
                                  • Pelisa Li
                                    Pelisa Li Part II Architectural Assistant
                                    • Patrick O’Rourke
                                      Patrick O’Rourke Architect
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