Who we are

We are a consultancy with its head office in Poole and a regional office in Liverpool. Our work covers most of the UK between the two offices.

With 25 years of experience in architecture, town planning, project management and development consultancy the directors of the business lead a young and dynamic team of architects, technologists, interior designers and town planners.

The directors of union architecture have worked in large commercial practices at senior and managerial positions and bring that experience and skill set to a smaller more personal consultancy service. We are friendly and approachable and will work with you to create a collaborative design solution. We have extensive knowledge in a wide range of sectors including, healthcare, commercial, heritage and specialising in all forms of residential development.

We have strong links into the local authorities in our areas of work, and have developed considerable experience when dealing with difficult and complex planning applications.

We feel design should be a fully integrated process. All members of the team must feed into the process of building and place making.

We are passionate about what we do and the difference our work can make to people’s lives.

Meet the founders




Ian is an CIAT qualified Architectural Technologist. He has spent 10 years in architecture and construction having transferred from Mechanical Engineering. He is Union Architecture’s Technical Director with a wide and varied experience of construction techniques and solutions. He uses his eye for detail to continuously improve the technical quality of the companies output.

Having worked across many sectors within Architecture Ian’s primary specialisms are in residential, healthcare and leisure/hospitality.

Ian leads our team in the Poole office and has an extensive understanding of the region, the residential development market and the local planning authorities.

With an extensive background in construction and having undertaken numerous Design & Build projects Ian is a delivery conscious consultant and can be relied upon for his developer focused approach.




Matt is an award winning Architect with 25 years’ experience of the construction and development industry. He has an in-depth understanding of many sectors within the industry with specialist knowledge of residential development, education buildings, conservation design and development, residential healthcare and leisure.

Fundamentally he is Union’s design director and has spent a career leading design teams and designing award winning buildings. Matt is passionate in his attention to design quality and that each project has the potential to exceed expectations. His detailed knowledge of the design and planning process ensures that client’s aspirations can be identified, examined and realised.

Matt has worked within the development sector having for a period worked within a national development company leading their design and delivery department. This knowledge and experience can be seen in all design solutions produced by Union.

Matt won the RIBA Gold Medal in 1995.