Chris Aitken-Smith Architect
BA(Hons), DipArch, ADPPA, M.Res. ARB, RIBA
Chris graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with RIBA Part II in 2011 and qualified as an architect in 2019.
He joined Brock Carmichael in February 2020 and is excited to be able to apply his considerable skills and knowledge designing and delivering high end residential schemes and bar, restaurant and commercial projects.
Chris is passionate about a research led
approach to design to be able to find the best sustainable solution to a problem.
Favourite Building in Liverpool:
The Bluecoats Arts Centre was previously a school and as a Grade 1 listed building is the oldest building in Liverpool City Centre. The building renovation and extension was completed in 2011 transforming it into the oldest centre for contemporary arts in the UK. The repurposing of the Bluecoat was approached with obvious sensitivity. In order to ensure clarity within the facade and plan of the old brick and stone building, a rigorous approach to the architectural language, detailing and material choices was extensively considered to resolve the new metal, concrete and brick extension.
Favourite Building in the World:
The Palace of Assembly Building, Le Corbusier, Chandigarh India was designed as part of a wider masterplan to create the new city of Chandigarh following the partition of the Province of Punjab. Construction of the Palace of Assembly was between 1951 and 1962. Le Corbusier’s five points architecture are found within the design, demonstrated by its open plan form using a structured grid and facades free of structure, to the sun shaded by the brise-soliel and the accessible roof to allow users to connect to nature. The Palace of Assembly is designed to allow fluid movement and transitions between levels throughout the building. Its high ceilings and narrow columns create a sense of space and together with ramps which replace stairs and the building’s circular organisation further emphasise Le Corbusier’s’ belief that “architecture is circulation”.
Projects I’m currently working on:
- A development in Bath, Somerset.
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