About the Team
We enjoy working with our clients and we believe you will enjoy working with us because we are enthusiastic and passionate about achieving your goals and exceeding your expectations. We thrive on creating buildings that you will love not only because of the way they look, but by our approach to budgets and the way we work.
All of our team has a passion for learning and keeping up to date qualifications through continuing professional development. This means you can be assured that we are completely up to date with current legal obligations, rules, standards and techniques to ensure your architectural project runs smoothly. Our Professional obligations ensure that we have professional indemnity insurance to guarantee our design work up to £2 million for each and every claim.
Darryn Buttrill – Practice Director
BSc (Hons) MCIAT MCIOB
As founder of the business and Practice Director, Darryn is usually the first person you will meet. His passion is to add value and take the hassle out of the entire building process for you. He will go out of his way to find out what you want to achieve and will advise on the best way to achieve your goals and then create conceptual designs.
You can be assured that Darryn will offer advice, alternatives and better ways to achieve your goals, often saving you time and money whilst ensuring you love the end result. His expertise and experience spans both residential and commercial projects, for his team to develop.
His role includes overseeing all of bi Designs projects, research, planning consultations, contract management, site visits and inspections throughout the length of your project.
His hobbies are sailing (he is a qualified Coastal Skipper), skiing/snowboarding, he loves cars, car design and he has cycled from John O Groats to Lands End. His favourite film is the original Italian Job and he can ride a bike backwards!
Luke Gittens – Director
BSc (Hons) MCIAT
Luke heads up the Sutton Coldfield office and is the first point of contact for all projects in and around the West Midlands.
His job role is to create residential and commercial concept designs and deliver technical building regulation drawings. He works along side the design team to over see the smooth transition from initial contact to completion on site.
He achieved his Chartered status in October 2015.
A big sports fan he supports Aston Villa! He runs 20 to 30 miles per week which is good as his favourite food is a cheese burger with bacon inside a doughnut! His favourite film is Role Models, which makes him think of Michael (see Michaels’ biog) running around in battle gear!! And, he delivered his daughter single handedly at home while waiting for the ambulance!
Michael Congreave – Chartered Practice Associate
BSc (Hons) ACIAT
Michael is head of our commercial architectural services. He has been an Architectural Technologist since 2001 and a valued member of our team since 2006. In 2017 he gained his fully chartered status in CIAT through continued professional development and his experience.
He has experience of all stages of the commercial construction process from architectural conception, detailed design, planning, technical detailing, contract administration and site inspection/monitoring. Michael has specialist knowledge of a number of commercial sectors including residential care, NSPCC child welfare, pubs (tough job but someone has to do it), distribution and manufacturing.
His interests include Rugby (prop forward in Sunday league for 6 years), youth referee and favourite team is Leicester Tigers. Michael’s favourite food is baked potatoes and he used to spend his bank holidays running around forests dressed in medieval armour, hitting other people with rubber swords!
Phil Hayes – Architectural Technologist
BSc (Hons) ACIAT
Having studied at Derby University Phil’s role is to meet with our client and discuss their architectural designs, he also develops project briefs, undertakes surveys of your home or commercial project and then using this information he creates your feasibility study sketches. Phil is also skilled in planning drawings and producing drawings for building regulations.
Liverpool born and bred, Phil sometimes likes watching football, depending upon how his team, Everton is doing! When he was a teenager he won a competition to take penalties at Goodison Park during half time, he scored one and was able to celebrate in front of Gwladys Street! He has completed two charity skydives, one tandem and one solo, and his favourite film is the original Terminator movie.
Aaron Morris – Architectural Assistant RIBA Part II
BA (Hons) MArch
Working across commercial architectural and residential architectural services Aaron’s role is to create 3D modelling and rendering so you can see more easily what your building design will look like. He is also responsible for surveying and producing survey drawings prior to us moving to the feasibility study stage of your home or commercial project, house design and home extension design. Aaron has a flare for project coordinating, taking the hassle our of the building process for you.
Enjoying the gym, mountain biking, squash and indoor climbing Aaron’s favourite film is Wolf of Wall Street, his favourite TV programme is Game of Thrones. His favourite food is pizza and he used to play basketball at national level.
Jayne Faulkner – Office Manager
Being the longest serving member of our team Jayne is indispensable. She is the friendly voice of bi Design when you call and is responsible for the day to day running of the office. Jayne ensures that all the administrative aspects of our projects are correct and up to date which means that we keep on track and provide outstanding customer service to our clients.
Jayne has recently learned how to ski, so she can be part of family skiing holidays. She also enjoys travelling, walking and spending time with family and friends.
Turbo is a rescue dog adopted by Phil and his wife, he started coming to the office when they first had him to help him bond with his new family. He was so well behaved and friendly we all fell in love with him, so now when he’s not busy burying things, he comes in to the office and has become a valued member of the team!