Paul Ferdinand undertook his training at the Oxford School of Architecture and qualified as an Architect in 1986. Since then he has been responsible for numerous and diverse projects at a senior level whilst working for large architects practices in Reading, Windsor and Yeovil, and also when operating as a sole practitioner. After moving to the South West in 2001, Paul has re-established his Practice in Sherborne. Oriel Architecture is therefore founded on 30 years of continuous involvement at a senior level on numerous projects varying greatly in type and size throughout the UK. Paul takes pride on providing an excellent personal and individual service to all his clients, and assures of his professional integrity. In his opinion the best approach to design is to work closely with the client, and in particular to invest time at the early stages of the project in order to gain a thorough understanding of the client’s aspirations. This, together with an appreciation of the site context and other factors, provides a sound basis for the creation of a successful building design.
Helen Ferdinand qualified as a town planner in 1984 and became a member of the Royal Town Planning Institute in 1985. Helen has worked for much of her career in Local Government as a planning officer within the planning policy and development control sections at both county council and district council levels. Helen worked for South Somerset District Council for 10 years dealing with a range of planning applications for both small and large development projects in the local area. Previously Helen has also worked in the private sector, and for a number of years as a planning consultant for the Environment Agency. At Oriel Architecture Helen takes care of the planning aspects of each project by submitting and monitoring applications, and negotiating with the relevant local planning authority when appropriate.