Chris Roberts

Associate Director


Chris won the first year design prize and graduated with 1st Class Honours from UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture, where he continued to complete his post-graduate studies with a distinction for his thesis work.

He joined David Morley Architects in 2000 having worked for Michaelis Boyd Associates from 1996-1999 and completed his Professional RIBA Qualification in 2001. In 2015, he became an Associate Director and enjoys balancing his time between leading projects, practice management and business development activities.

In addition, he has led the practice’s CPD programme, mentored RIBA Part 3 candidates and has taught architectural design and technology at the Universities of Nottingham and Greenwich, where he is the co-leader of a Unit on the Masters Architecture Course.

Chris’s project experience is very wide ranging, across multiple sectors and development types, on new build and refurbishment / retrofit projects. This includes residential, hospitality, commercial, community, cultural, and education projects. Over the past 20 years he has predominantly led projects in the sports and healthcare sectors and is currently the Sports and Healthcare Sector Lead for the practice.

His passion for sports projects stems from his direct experience as a sportsman, having played badminton for Wales (junior national champion), captained the University of London’s Badminton team and played cricket from a very early age amongst many other sports, including golf and basketball. It was whilst practicing for the University of London’s Cricket Team at David Morley Architect’s newly completed Lord’s Indoor Cricket School in 1993, he decided this was the practice he would strive to work for.

Supported by first-hand experience, he has always had a particular interest and enthusiasm for the design of high quality sports and healthcare facilities, recognising the important role sport can play in the development of individuals and communities. His job satisfaction comes from his involvement in the creation of environments that help people to become the best versions of themselves, ranging from healthcare facilities that encourage the recovery of people with a range of physical and mental health conditions, to a sports facility that encourages community participation, to an elite athletes facility that helps people to achieve their personal bests.

In between his practice based activities, Chris likes to spend his time in the Kent countryside, keeping fit, collecting art, enjoying art galleries or even the street art around Brick Lane where he lives, completing DIY/Maintenance work on his house which he designed and built (an ongoing project), and most of all, spending time with his family, playing with his son, Oscar, who was born in September 2019.

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