About Domain | Brighton Architects

Our Design Approach

Quality, balanced with financial viability

We are an award winning design led firm of Brighton Architects offering pragmatic solutions, registered as a Chartered Practice by the RIBA, their highest professional standard.

 

We know that good quality contextual design adds value to a project in every respect, and that through considered specification and value engineering budgets can be kept under control.

 

We often re-design consented schemes achieving extra floors and space, sometimes within the original building envelope.

 

Promoting a collaborative approach through all parties we seek to achieve quietly contemporary contextual designs that are buildable, useable, saleable and sustainable.

 

Often working in Conservation Areas and on Listed Buildings in Brighton, Hove, Sussex and London, or on sites with difficult construction or planning constraints, site contamination or party wall and rights of light issues, we seek to fulfil the potential of every opportunity, small or large, with imaginative results, at cost-effective rates.

Domain Architects, Brighton Offices

Cost Control

We work with the team to ensure that the delicate balance between what the client wants and what he can afford are sensitively dealt with.

 

We promote working with the entire supply chain so that we collectively understand the cost. Through our development experience we know how to minimise cost without sacrificing quality.

 

In a recent RIBA survey on legal issues during construction 49% of contractors cited poor specification, and 53% employer’s variation.

 

These two issues can mainly be avoided by providing full information and making all design decisions at the start, right down to the position of the light switches.

Services

We offer a full range of architectural, planning, party wall, listed building, construction, development and project management services to turn your project into a reality. We have been involved with the smallest house extensions of only 14 sq.m.,to sites up to 10 acres.

 

By providing an exceptional level of service with personal, professional and pro-active attention to achieve highly creative but cost-effective designs with an emphasis on quality, both in the design, and service. Close financial cost management is available to bring your project in right on budget.

 

Domain’s work has appeared in the London Evening Standard and Ideal Home Magazine.

See our project pages for more information and a selection of designs that we have completed.

People

Duncan Thomas, BA. Dip. Arch, RIBA, FPWS

Duncan studied architecture at Canterbury College of Art, qualified as an architect in 1983 and started Domain in 1987.   In 2011 he became a member of the Faculty of Party Wall Surveyors.

 

He has spent 20 years working in central London at award winning offices including Austin:Smith.Lord, and Allies and Morrison. This included being a site architect for 18 months on a high profile project employing 300 construction workers.

 

This unusual combination of design, technical and site experience has led to numerous successful joint venture developments with contractors as designer/developer/builder in London and Brighton.

 

Having learnt to ski at the age of eight in his father’s shop this is still an annual holiday with his own children, along with other interests of cycling, sailing and ceramics.

Chris Jennings BSc. Hons Arch.

Chris studied Interior Architecture at Robert Gordon University in his hometown of Aberdeen, graduating in 2005.

 

Having cut his teeth in architectural practices in both Worcester and London, Chris spent over five years as a Store Designer at Selfridges & Co., where he focussed on developing the food and beverage departments, along with leading the design on new staff offices.

 

He is a passionate creative and has worked alongside leading names in the interiors and architectural sector, including Alex Cochrane and Jamie Fobert.

 

Chris moved to Brighton in early 2015 with his wife and two cats and has been busy renovating his Victorian house. When he’s not doing DIY, he enjoys coastal walks and cycle rides, and has a fondness for fossil hunting. He welcomed a baby daughter into his family in February 2018.

Irene Klokkari BA, M.Arch

Irene Klokkari is an Architect graduate with an M. Arch. diploma from the University of Brighton and a BA from the Manchester School of Architecture. Her masters dissertation received a commendation for the RIBA President’s Medal 2015.

 

Irene has worked for architectural, engineering and design firms in Nicosia and Prague, dealing with professionals on a range of commercial and education projects, with experience of the different stages of the design and construction process.

 

She loves travelling and exploring new cultures. She also enjoys swimming, diving and cycling.

 

Irene is now working towards her Part III to become fully qualified.