About Us

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Our experience of large and complex projects allows us to bring our broad technical know-how to your project, whatever its size, whilst our small office allows us to be flexible and responsive.

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Our Experience

We're an RIBA Chartered Practice based in Sheffield since 2010.  We bring together our wide-ranging expertise with our commitment to good design and holistic sustainable solutions.  Between us, we have over forty years of combined experience in designing offices, creative workspaces, retail, industrial, transportation, healthcare, education, individual houses and housing. 

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Our Specialisms

We have championed the benefits of sustainable design for over 25 years since our pioneering involvement in the analysis of natural ventilation for complex buildings and work on the benefits of integrating buildings with landscaping. We have a particular interest in designing very low-energy use buildings, including retrofitting to make existing buildings more comfortable and energy efficient without sacrificing good design.

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Elizabeth Whitehead

BA(Hons) DipArch MArch MSc ARB Registered Architect

Elizabeth is an architect with experience gained in practice in Sheffield, London, Glasgow and Hampshire up to associate director level before co-founding Whitehead and Parkin Architects. She has developed a specific interest in the active integration and environmental interaction of landscape and architecture, studying garden and landscape garden. She has extensive experience of front-end complex project feasibility design, particularly in healthcare, commercial and educational projects. She is also a part-time Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University and a member of the Sheffield City Council Design Panel.


Bryan Parkin

BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA ARB Registered Architect

Bryan is an architect with experience gained in practice in London and Sheffield up to director level before co-founding Whitehead and Parkin Architects.  He has a particular expertise in sustainable low energy and naturally ventilated design, is an AECB Carbonlite Refurbishment graduate, lectures on environmental design and is also a part-time Associate Lecturer at Sheffield Hallam University. He has designed and run building projects from large complex projects such as hospitals, airport terminals and office corporate headquarters, through to smaller scale refurbishments and has experience working with and administering many forms of contract.

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