Parkes Lees Architects are a welcoming and professional RIBA chartered practice, placing design excellence and high quality at the top of our agenda. We will guide you through each stage of the design process from concept through to completion, fulfilling the potential of your unique building project. Based in Launceston, our wide- ranging portfolio includes projects in Cornwall, Devon, and further afield.
Our talented team of architects and technicians bring extensive and specialist knowledge to every scale of project including conservation, traditional construction, contemporary, sustainable, and low-energy design. As an established practice, we will signpost you towards your individual project requirements, including collaborative working with our industry partners, and contractors with whom we have built trusted relationships over decades. Our expertise in working with English Heritage, Historic England, the National Trust, and private landowners of listed and historic buildings, provides invaluable expertise for the repair or alterations to G1, GII* and GII listed buildings.
We pride ourselves in maintaining good relationships with our clients, design team consultants and local authorities. We undergo regular and continual professional development, attending seminars and courses to keep up to date with the latest design, technology and legislation. In addition, we have trained dozens of architectural and work-placement students on their path to becoming qualified architects.
We understand how important development economics is to a project and we will work with you to provide design solutions within your budget. Let us share our knowledge with you, and help realise your building project. Our practice brochure can be downloaded here. Call us to arrange a free one-hour consultation at our Launceston office.
Mark Kemp has been the sole director of Parkes Lees Architects Ltd since 2009 and has been involved in construction for 30 years. After working on site in London and attending night school in Hammersmith, he went on to study architecture at South Bank University.
After moving to Cornwall in 1994 he completed his training in Plymouth and became a qualified architect in 2000. He is a specialist in conservation with a post-graduate diploma in architectural conservation and has worked on historic buildings in the south west of England for over 20 years.Other key skills include management, leading a team and problem solving. He is the elected RIBA councillor representing the south west, sits on the Board of RIBA Enterprises/NBS as a non-executive director, he is chair of their audit committee and a member of the Finance & Operation Committee of RIBA.
Nicola obtained a first class degree and post-graduate diploma in architecture from Plymouth University, receiving a design prize for her thesis project.
After graduating from diploma in 2007, Nicola moved to London and joined Keith Williams Architects, working on arts and theatre projects. Following this, she spent four years at Nicholas Hare Architects, working in the independent schools sector. During this time she completed her RIBA part III studies at the University of Westminster in London, qualifying as an architect in 2012.
Since relocating to Cornwall and joining Parkes Lees Architects Ltd in 2016, Nicola has worked on a number of residential and small-scale commercial projects, including Greens Café in Padstow. Her role encompasses all stages of the design process from concept through to project management and completion.
Claire Bissell graduated from the Mackintosh School of Architecture in Glasgow in 2012. Whilst at the Mac she was awarded the Bourdon Prize for continuous meritous work for her thesis project, ‘Re-Sounding Iceland: An Investigation into Creative Self Sufficiency’.
Claire previously studied at the University of the West of England where she completed her degree in Architecture and Planning with first class honours.
Prior to working at PLA, Claire has been employed by White Design, where she worked on a range of projects, such as the Oxford Academy School, TSB Design for Future Climate Change and a master-plan for Bristol Zoological Gardens. Since joining PLA in 2014, Claire has worked on a wide range of both residential and small-scale commercial projects, from concept design stage to contract administration.
Claire is passionate about sustainable design and enjoys working with private clients to achieve a unique and original design that suits their needs.
James qualified from Southampton Solent University in 2004 with a BA (Hons) degree in Architectural Technology and returned to the south west to work in architecture. He has worked in the construction industry for over 10 years on a number of projects in a wide variety of sectors. He is currently an Associate member of CIAT (Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists) and is working towards becoming a chartered member.
Before joining PLA, James worked at Grainge Architects in Exeter. Whilst there he worked on a large scale project detailing a performing arts centre in Falmouth for the Combined Universities of Cornwall.James joined Parkes Lees Architects Ltd in 2010, where he continues to work on a wide variety of projects in a range of different sectors. He has a keen interest in rural buildings and enjoys the challenges brought by barns and similar buildings.His strengths include technical detail, his understanding of construction methods, and working as part of a team.
Jennifer joined our company as a part time administrator in 2014. Having completed a BTEC Diploma in Business Administration she has been promoted to our full time Office Manager.
With a considered approach and extensive experience in customer service, she is responsible for the smooth running of our office and is our welcoming first point of contact by telephone, email and face-to-face.
Jennifer’s workload is varied with duties that also include assisting our team on all residential and commercial projects, the preparation and submission of local authority planning documents and applications, organisation of meetings and events, and arrangement of work experience placements.
Lizzie joined Parkes Lees Architects Ltd in 2016. Her previous roles include running the accounts and office administration for a company in the construction industry, and project management for a large market research company.
Lizzie’s role within PLA is twofold. On the finance side, she’s responsible for the day-to-day running of the accounts, including migrating the current accounts system onto Sage, and providing financial reports to the Director. Her role within the marketing side includes maintaining and updating the company website, increasing our social media presence and generally keeping our online marketing up to date.
Lizzie is also currently working towards her AAT qualifications in her spare time