Running a Practice in Bristol – Matt Coe
Where are they now?
After completing my undergraduate studies at QUB in 2005 I moved to Glasgow to complete my Part 1 year in practice working with Austin Smith Lord before being accepted to the Mackintosh School of Architecture for Diploma Studies. After graduating there I moved to London where I worked with Graham at West Architecture then at the family practice of Michael Manser, former RIBA president. Whilst at these practices I worked on carefully crafted projects ranging from private residencies through to leisure buildings and hotels. I received my Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice from the University of Westminster.
After a year spent in South America travelling and working with a number of NGO’s and smaller charities on an earthquake regeneration scheme and new school in Bogota I moved to Bristol and worked with the global engineering firm Atkins. My time here was spent primarily in the care sector team where I lead the delivery on two dementia focused care homes for public sector clients alongside some Higher Education work with the University of Northampton and Wolverhampton converting an abandoned Victorian brewery into their new School of Architecture and Built Environment.
In 2017 I set up a new practice Cryer and Coe architects focusing on commercial, care and residential projects all delivered with an exacting consideration to their context, materiality and purpose. We are currently working on a range of projects including the delivery of much needed social housing here in Bristol and across the South West. Other works include the transformation of an Edwardian bathhouse into a co working space and a new purpose built office for a local glass distributor.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Queens, met life long friends (including my wife) and although I was never top of the class nor won awards I’ve worked hard, very hard, and can look back on the teaching and skills learnt there with a great deal of appreciation.