"NUCLEUS"

The central and most important part of an object, movement, or group, forming the basis for its activity and growth. "It is our belief that the project is the nucleus of the design."

About Us

After spending 15 years working across various private practices, Richard decided to take the plunge and set up his own architecture and design company. Established in 2014, Nucleus Design Studio evolved into the growing practice it is today.

The practice operates with the philosophy that all buildings are alive. With the client’s dreams forming the nucleus of the design, NDS believes all buildings can be carefully crafted to suit the needs of the client, as well as the surrounding building environment.

That philosophy has led NDS across many building sectors and projects of all shapes and sizes, from small contemporary extensions to high-end traditional houses worth in excess of £8million, as well as commercial offices and mixed-use spaces. Whatever the size of the project, NDS never loses sight of this philosophy and takes unprecedented pride in your project.

"As an architect you design for the present with an awareness of the past for a future which is essentially unknown."

– Sir Norman Foster

Meet The Team

Our team is formed of experienced architectural designers, with a passion for meeting the needs of the client from initial concept till the moment your project is complete.

 

Richard Briffa

Director

After spending 15 years working across various private practices, Richard decided to take the plunge and set up his own architecture and design company. Established in 2014, Nucleus Design Studio evolved into the growing practice it is today.

The practice operates with the philosophy that all buildings are alive. With the client’s dreams forming the nucleus of the design, NDS believes all buildings can be carefully crafted to suit the needs of the client, as well as the surrounding building environment.

That philosophy has led NDS across many building sectors,and projects of all shapes and sizes, from small contemporary extensions to high-end traditional houses worth in excess of £8million, as well as commercial offices and mixed-use spaces. Whatever the size of the project, NDS never loses sight of this philosophy and takes unprecedented pride in your project.

 

Chris Hughes

Architectural Technologist

Originally from the North East, Chris moved to London in order to further his career and diversify his portfolio. He has previously been involved in healthcare and educational sector projects with contract values of £13.5 million, £26 million and a Building Schools for the Future (BSF) framework across South Tyneside and Gateshead with a contract value of over £175 million.

Chris began his career in the architectural industry, working as part of the design team for one of the North East’s most pioneering and innovative architectural companies, Ryder Architecture Limited. While here, Chris was responsible for the production, development and submission of project cartoon sets, technical drawing packages and administrative documents from tender stage, all the way through the project lifecycle to last construction issue. His hard work and determination secured him roles on a variety of projects throughout the company including frameworks and a large student accommodation project and healthcare projects worth over £12 million.
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