The Catalyst Building, University of York, East Campus

About

PPIY Architects are a long-established RIBA Chartered architectural practice in the historic City of York, offering highly specialized services to our clients. Our team of Directors and Architects deliver projects of the highest quality in a range of sectors, including community, conservation and heritage, ecclesiastical, residential, education and transport.

Our client portfolio is wide and varied, and each commission is treated with the same value, care and attention it deserves. Because of this it is unsurprising that a lot of our business comes from repeat clients such as Historic England, Network Rail, Church of England, Catholic Church, East Coast rail franchise, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Methodist Church Circuits and The Quaker organisation.

Our small but highly experienced team means our clients get all the benefits of a personal service, tailored to their individual project needs, while also working with architects who have specialist knowledge and experience. We have the resources to take on large and small projects, and thoroughly enjoy working alongside our Clients to ensure the project we design meet their needs and vision. We offer full scope of works and deliver a comprehensive service including architectural design, building & site surveying and construction health & safety. This allows us to tailor our proposals to provide our clients with the most appropriate service for their project. For every commission, large or small, we provide a service of the highest professional quality. Each project receives the personal attention of one of our Directors, and retains their involvement throughout the life of the project.

PPIY Architects+ are passionate about all aspects of architecture. We approach all jobs studiously to deliver our clients excellent results. When you work with us, you work directly with someone specialized and authoritative in that type of building or project.

People

Stephen Young . Director.  A Chartered Architect with over 30 years of experience, Stephen has worked in the private and public domain, both in the UK and overseas. Stephen studied at Oxford Polytechnic before working for Oxfordshire County Council. He joined PPIY in 1989, becoming an Associate in 1991, a partner in 2003 and then a director in 2008. Stephen specialises in the Educational work the practice oversees but has experience of healthcare, ecclesiastical, residential, commercial, community, cultural and transport sectors. Stephen has extensive experience in project appraisal, scheme design, preparation of documentation for Planning Permission, Listed building Consent and Building Regulations, contract administration and site inspection. Stephen is also a trained CDM Co-ordinator.

Stephen Young. Director.

A Chartered Architect with over 30 years of experience, Stephen has worked in the private and public domain, both in the UK and overseas. Stephen studied at Oxford Polytechnic before working for Oxfordshire County Council. He joined PPIY in 1989, becoming an Associate in 1991, a partner in 2003 and then a director in 2008.
Stephen specialises in the Educational work the practice oversees but has experience of healthcare, ecclesiastical, residential, commercial, community, cultural and transport sectors.
Stephen has extensive experience in project appraisal, scheme design, preparation of documentation for Planning Permission, Listed building Consent and Building Regulations, contract administration and site inspection.
Stephen is also a trained CDM Co-ordinator.

Alexa Stephens . Associate  An integral member of PPIY’s team, Alexa studied at the University of Lincoln before qualifying as a Chartered Architect in 2014. She has since worked on nationally important buildings including Listed Buildings, Scheduled Ancient Monuments and ecclesiastical buildings. In 2017, Alexa was accepted onto the Architects Accredited with Building Conservation Register (AABC). Alexa and Graham manages our portfolio of conservation and ecclesiastical projects including reordering of Listed buildings, repair work and new-build projects in sensitive settings. Alexa has previously been a judge for the RIBA Regional Award in a conservation capacity and undertakes QIs for the practice. Alexa has previously worked at Bramhall Blenkharn Architects, GMS Architecture and Cofely Architectural Consultancy.

Alexa Stephens. Associate

An integral member of PPIY’s team, Alexa studied at the University of Lincoln before qualifying as a Chartered Architect in 2014. She has since worked on nationally important buildings including Listed Buildings, Scheduled Ancient Monuments and ecclesiastical buildings. In 2017, Alexa was accepted onto the Architects Accredited with Building Conservation Register (AABC). Alexa and Graham manages our portfolio of conservation and ecclesiastical projects including reordering of Listed buildings, repair work and new-build projects in sensitive settings. Alexa has previously been a judge for the RIBA Regional Award in a conservation capacity and undertakes QIs for the practice. Alexa has previously worked at Bramhall Blenkharn Architects, GMS Architecture and Cofely Architectural Consultancy.

Esmé Greenan . Part I Architectural Assistant.  Esmé graduated from Glasgow’s Mackintosh School of Architecture in 2018, and came to work at PPIY Architects as part of her Part One placement year. Despite being at the start of her architectural career she already has a keen interest in the heritage sector, particularly so for the ecclesiastical side of the practice’s work. Through working closely with PPIY and their clients she ultimately wishes to work towards becoming an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC). Outside of work she is a keen amateur sportswoman; playing as part of a weekly local netball league, and individually participating in several marathons and Half Ironman triathlons every year.

Esmé Greenan. Part I Architectural Assistant.

Esmé graduated from Glasgow’s Mackintosh School of Architecture in 2018, and came to work at PPIY Architects as part of her Part One placement year. Despite being at the start of her architectural career she already has a keen interest in the heritage sector, particularly so for the ecclesiastical side of the practice’s work. Through working closely with PPIY and their clients she ultimately wishes to work towards becoming an Architect Accredited in Building Conservation (AABC). Outside of work she is a keen amateur sportswoman; playing as part of a weekly local netball league, and individually participating in several marathons and Half Ironman triathlons every year.

John Ives.  Consultant Architect.

John Ives. Consultant Architect.

Graham Saxton . Director.  A Chartered Surveyor accredited in the RICS Building Conservation Accreditation Scheme, Graham has worked in the conservation sector since 2004. He received his degree in Building Surveying Leeds Metropolitan University in 2010, graduating with first class honours. In 2006 he was awarded the CIOB Yorkshire region prize for best performance of a construction course student for advanced construction technology. He has extensive experience of providing Quinquennial Inspection reports of churches and is on the lists of approved surveyors to conduct Quinquennial Inspections in the York Diocese, Sheffield Diocese and the Diocese of Leeds, and has been appointed as surveyor to a large number of churches where he has conducted inspections.

Graham Saxton. Director.

A Chartered Surveyor accredited in the RICS Building Conservation Accreditation Scheme, Graham has worked in the conservation sector since 2004. He received his degree in Building Surveying Leeds Metropolitan University in 2010, graduating with first class honours. In 2006 he was awarded the CIOB Yorkshire region prize for best performance of a construction course student for advanced construction technology.
He has extensive experience of providing Quinquennial Inspection reports of churches and is on the lists of approved surveyors to conduct Quinquennial Inspections in the York Diocese, Sheffield Diocese and the Diocese of Leeds, and has been appointed as surveyor to a large number of churches where he has conducted inspections.

Isabel Castellano . Part II Architectural Assistant  Isabel graduated from Syracuse University, New York in 2016 with a Bachelor of Architecture and minors in the study of Geography, Environment & Society.  She is currently completing her Master of Arts in Conservation Studies of Historic Buildings at University of York’s Archaeology Department while applying her technical skills at PPIY Architects. Her professional background includes high-end residential architecture and interior design.  She enjoys to travel in order to explore and record the local architecture and unique culture. Isabel is a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation Student Affiliate and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Isabel Castellano. Part II Architectural Assistant

Isabel graduated from Syracuse University, New York in 2016 with a Bachelor of Architecture and minors in the study of Geography, Environment & Society.
She is currently completing her Master of Arts in Conservation Studies of Historic Buildings at University of York’s Archaeology Department while applying her technical skills at PPIY Architects. Her professional background includes high-end residential architecture and interior design.
She enjoys to travel in order to explore and record the local architecture and unique culture. Isabel is a member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation Student Affiliate and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

Rebecca Carr . Creative Consultant.  Rebecca studied at University of the Arts London, and continues her creative practice both within PPIY and at her own Design Consultancy –   Kaizen Arts Agency  . Rebecca is interested in place making, system design and creative industry development and uses her experience on project work to bring new ideas and innovations to her role in the practice. Rebecca has an interest in heritage and innovation and works to develop the in-between spaces through interdisciplinary collaboration and design events.

Rebecca Carr. Creative Consultant.

Rebecca studied at University of the Arts London, and continues her creative practice both within PPIY and at her own Design Consultancy – Kaizen Arts Agency. Rebecca is interested in place making, system design and creative industry development and uses her experience on project work to bring new ideas and innovations to her role in the practice. Rebecca has an interest in heritage and innovation and works to develop the in-between spaces through interdisciplinary collaboration and design events.

Mark Druery . Director.  Mark is a Chartered Architect registered with the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He studied at the University of Canterbury and Leeds School of Architecture before qualifying in 2003.  Mark joined the practice in 2001 and became a Director in 2011, having previously worked for TP Bennetts and various regional practices, and has experience in the educational, ecclesiastical, residential, commercial and transport sectors. In 2008 he trained as a ‘CDM Co-ordinator’ under the Construction (Design and Management Regulations) 2007 and was awarded ‘RMaPS’ accreditation by the Association for Project Safety (APS). In line with the new CDM 2015 Regulations he qualified as a ‘Principal Designer’.

Mark Druery. Director.

Mark is a Chartered Architect registered with the Architect’s Registration Board (ARB) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). He studied at the University of Canterbury and Leeds School of Architecture before qualifying in 2003.
Mark joined the practice in 2001 and became a Director in 2011, having previously worked for TP Bennetts and various regional practices, and has experience in the educational, ecclesiastical, residential, commercial and transport sectors.
In 2008 he trained as a ‘CDM Co-ordinator’ under the Construction (Design and Management Regulations) 2007 and was awarded ‘RMaPS’ accreditation by the Association for Project Safety (APS). In line with the new CDM 2015 Regulations he qualified as a ‘Principal Designer’.

Daniel Elkington . Part II Architectural Assistant.  Daniel completed his Part I and II qualifications at the University of Lincoln, where he was nominated for the RIBA Silver Medal and shortlisted for the RIBA Wren Scholarship. He initially joined PPIY Architects in 2015 for his year out and returned to the practice following his Masters of Architecture, where he has gained experience on ecclesiastical, residential, commercial and community projects.  Daniel is currently studying for his RIBA Part 3 professional qualification at the University of Nottingham. Daniel is also an Associate Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, teaching in the College of Art and Design and he has previously taught at the Lincoln School of Architecture.

Daniel Elkington. Part II Architectural Assistant.

Daniel completed his Part I and II qualifications at the University of Lincoln, where he was nominated for the RIBA Silver Medal and shortlisted for the RIBA Wren Scholarship.
He initially joined PPIY Architects in 2015 for his year out and returned to the practice following his Masters of Architecture, where he has gained experience on ecclesiastical, residential, commercial and community projects.
Daniel is currently studying for his RIBA Part 3 professional qualification at the University of Nottingham.
Daniel is also an Associate Lecturer at the University of Lincoln, teaching in the College of Art and Design and he has previously taught at the Lincoln School of Architecture.

Stephen Potts . Consultant Architect.  A Chartered Architect with over 35 years of experience, Stephen studied at Hull School of Architecture and then worked in North Yorkshire and Teeside before joining PPIY in 1986. He has been a Partner and then Director of the Practice but stepped down as Director in 2016 and now acts as a Consultant. Stephen has experience in the residential, commercial, healthcare, conservation and ecclesiastical sectors. He has extensive experience of building projects within The Methodist Church and carries out Quinquennial Inspection reports for the York, Goole + Selby, Pocklington + Market Weighton and Tadcaster Circuits.

Stephen Potts. Consultant Architect.

A Chartered Architect with over 35 years of experience, Stephen studied at Hull School of Architecture and then worked in North Yorkshire and Teeside before joining PPIY in 1986. He has been a Partner and then Director of the Practice but stepped down as Director in 2016 and now acts as a Consultant.
Stephen has experience in the residential, commercial, healthcare, conservation and ecclesiastical sectors. He has extensive experience of building projects within The Methodist Church and carries out Quinquennial Inspection reports for the York, Goole + Selby, Pocklington + Market Weighton and Tadcaster Circuits.