We are an architectural practice based in the south of England, providing a wide range of services to clients on a broad spectrum of projects across the UK.

We have over 50 years combined experience of working in architecture on technically challenging construction projects. We are confident that there are very few projects, from the smallest to the largest, where our high standards of design and technical knowledge couldn’t be effective in ensuring that our client's aspirations are realised.

"The details are not the details. They make the design"

Charles Eames

We are committed to the technical details of all our projects to ensure they are deliverable, wholly appropriate for purpose and result in visually-stunning architectural solutions.

As a registered practice with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and Association of Building Engineers, technology in design is the core of our business and all those who make up our team.


Here is a small selection of our work...


Our team is able to provide a wide scope of services to assist with getting your projects off the ground, whilst communicating design information in the best possible way.
Design/Construction Advice
Feasibility Studies
Concept Design
Detail Design
Interior Design
Master/Strategic Planning
Building Surveying/Recording
Conservation/Listed Buildings
Planning Applications
BIM (Building Information Modelling)
Building Regulations Applications
Tender Packages
Contract Administration
3D Visualisation


Matt Farley
Matt Farley

Director - MCIAT


Matt has worked in architecture for over 16 years, having first started his career by way of a modern apprenticeship. Matt has a wealth of experience with regards to both planning and technical design from conception to completion and has a real eye for detail.

Favourite Projects:

While Matt has worked on a variety of projects including large, high end bespoke houses, he has recently been focusing on delivering the technical design for approximately 800 houses located in Berkshire for a national developer, in addition to working closely with local developers and individual clients on a number of projects varying in scale.

Beyond Work:

When not spending time with his young and energetic family, Matt enjoys playing local football, and when he’s had enough of running around chasing shadows he often swaps the football boots for golf clubs.

    James Frampton
    James Frampton

    Director - MCIAT MCABE


    James has over 18 years working in architecture, working on anything from small domestic projects, high profile luxury housing in Sandbanks, to large complex schemes for national businesses. The majority of James’ career was spent at Trinity Architecture where he started as a junior technician and worked his way up to a company director. James has an unhealthy obsession with regulations and construction standards!

    Favourite Projects:

    Whilst he can turn his hand to most things, James has particular skills in delivering any new build, technically complex projects. James has recently completed a 20,000ft2 scheme of multi-storey apartments beside the Thames, but at the other end of the scale has provided the same level of attention for a replacement family home in Sandbanks, Poole.

    Beyond Work:

    James loves spending time with his family, hoping his children will follow in his passion for cycling and motorsports. James can often be found out in the Dorset countryside on his mountain bike, or sampling the latest ales at the local brewery!

      Malcolm Randell
      Malcolm Randell

      Director - MA MCIAT C.BuildE FCABE


      Malcolm has over 25 years’ experience in architecture, both practicing and also lecturing. Malcolm started his career at Cheshire Robbins followed by, Westover Design Group and Ellis Belk. He also spent time as a Senior Lecturer at Bournemouth University. Malcolm is enthusiastic about all building types, and analytical to the point of worth avoiding at parties!

      Favourite Projects:

      Malcolm has experience of all projects types and enjoys planning new build schemes, from large developments to one of houses. Malcolm has particular skills in working with historic buildings and refurbishment projects. The renovation of an 8000sq ft chapel in Mill Hill London, takes particular pride of place on his CV.

      Beyond Work:

      Enjoys being with his family and when possible disappearing for days on his motorbikes, or jogging along by the beach. Malcolm is also an accomplished musician (trombone/trumpet) and regularly plays in a variety of local bands (ask more if you dare!).

        Oliver Guest
        Oliver Guest

        Architectural Technologist - BA (Hons) ACIAT


        Oliver has over four years of experience in Architectural Technology and is currently in his final year of study for his bachelor’s degree. Alongside his studies, he has worked on a variety of projects from individual planning applications to high rise buildings. Oliver has an eye for precision and accuracy in all of his work, which is not only evident in his drawings but also in the stunning visuals he produces for us.

        Favourite Projects:

        One of his favourite past projects was a gatehouse in Sandbanks that he worked on closely with Malcolm to effectively meet the client’s needs. More recently, he has been working on a regeneration project comprising of three large high rise apartment blocks.

        Beyond Work:

        When not at work or studying for his university degree, Oliver enjoys playing hockey with his local club and, being a keen car enthusiast, self-servicing and modifying his cars.

          Ian Westhead
          Ian Westhead

          Architectural Technologist - ACIAT


          Ian is relatively new to the industry and is working through his training at university. However, it's been practicing in the office on such a wide variety of projects which has provided the greatest learning curves.

          Favourite Projects

          He enjoys being involved in projects where existing buildings are rescued, refurbished and made viable for new uses. Such projects have included family homes in Bournemouth and Poole, historic mansions in the home counties and an old factory building in Slough.

          Beyond Work

          Ian spends most summer weekends touring around the countryside playing village cricket, walking through landscapes and visiting monuments. During university terms, cycling and swimming tend to compensate for the time spent drawing and reading!

            Contact us

            3A Station Approach, Broadstone Dorset, BH18 8AX
            E-mail: office@symmetryarch.co.uk Phone: +44 (0)1202 973379