After joining Jo Cowen Architects in 2015, Giles became a Director in 2020 and helps lead the practices prime residential projects. His specific skills and interests lie in bridging construction excellence with core architectural design work. Giles has extensive hands on experience in construction at various scales, and is known for delivering complex briefs to the highest possible standard.
Giles studied at the University of Plymouth and the University of Liverpool, where he won the Anderson Medal for the highest degree classification at both BA and Masters level, as well as being shortlisted for the Building Design Magazine’s ‘Top 24 UK Architecture Graduates’. He went on to complete his studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture.
During his time at van Heyningen & Haward Architects, Giles worked on a number of award winning educational and residential projects. Amongst these included his role as Project Architect for the Cory Environmental Visitor Centre, a stunning and innovative new build on a former landfill site, commissioned by the Essex Wildlife Trust. The project won the RICS ‘Project of the Year’ Award (East of England Category) and was shortlisted for the RIBA ‘East Award’.
Giles also worked extensively with the Clarendon Group where he led the delivery of prime residential homes in west London. His roles included design, construction, contracts and site management on various projects, where he developed a valuable skillset in construction, quality and cost planning.
Giles is a guest critic at the University of Liverpool, and speaks excellent Spanish following his time working in Madrid.