In 2002 Oliver graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a B.A.(Hons) Degree in Architecture.
He left university with a specific interest in the bridge between the artistic and the practical in Architecture and construction, the theory vs the practice.
With this in mind, following his degree Oliver determined not to follow the traditional route of spending a year in front of a computer screen and a kettle and instead took on various on-site construction roles.
This quickly led him to a period of 3 years undertaking a number of high-end residential projects in a cross-over design and build role, acting as both Foreman and Designer.
Between 2003 and 2006 he lead teams on various projects from the design and build of 15½ Consort Road, a cutting-edge, experimental new-build home (featured on ITV’s Grand Designs), to the full restoration of a historic farmhouse in Wales and a number of other projects in between.
In 2006, having had enough experience ‘on the tools’, and with a sore back, he moved to Rome. There he spent a year working as the in-house Agency Consultant and Draughtsman for global real-estate company C B Richard Ellis.
In 2007 he and the senior management of CBRE jumped ship and set up the new Italian office of Jones Lang La Salle. During this exciting time he worked with a diverse range of clients from large developers to Warner Brothers Inc and The Vatican City itself, picking up experience of the corporate sector on Shopping Centre, Cinema, Embassy and Hotel developments.
He was also able to perfect his Italian and played a role in a number of local Arts projects.
In late 2007 he returned to Guernsey to again take on the role of Designer and Builder, this time on a large contemporary extension to his family’s 17th Century farmhouse, Maison Frie au Four, featured in the ‘Projects’ section of this website.
In 2008 on completion of the project Oliver returned to formal study as part of the prestigious DS15 Design Unit at Westminster University. In early 2010 he graduated from the Diploma Course with a Distinction.
Oliver joined CCD in October 2010; and became a Chartered member of the RIBA a year later. He became a Director of the practice in 2012.
Despite settling in Guernsey he has been a visiting design critic for the Diploma students at Westminster University. He is also busy as a Council Member of the local branch of the RIBA (GSA, Guernsey Society of Architects), as well as judging the Christmas window display competition and lecturing locally on a variety of creative and construction based subjects. He has written a number of articles for local periodicals, some of which can be found in the ‘Thinking’ section of this website.
Oliver also has strong interests in master planning & urban design, exhibition curating, sustainability generally, and anything else which involves ‘design’ or making.