Giles is a Director of Jo Cowen Architects, overseeing the practice’s prime residential and bespoke private homes projects. Giles works closely with both private clients and developers, listening carefully to their needs and aspirations to maximise the potential of their properties. He has extensive experience of working with different building typologies such as period properties (including Listed buildings and those within conservation areas) as well as new build one off homes, with a thorough understanding of all stages of project delivery. His specific skills and interests lie in bridging construction excellence with core architectural design.
After obtaining his BA in Architecture at the University of Plymouth, Giles went on to study his Masters at 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 Graduates. He went on to complete his studies at the Bartlett School of Architecture.
Prior to joining Jo Cowen Architects in 2015, Giles worked on several 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. The project won a RICS Project of the Year Award and was shortlisted for a RIBA regional award. Following this, Giles led the delivery of prime residential homes in west London, managing the design and construction of various projects, where he developed a valuable skillset in the strategic delivery of projects.
Giles has extensive hands-on experience in construction at various scales and is known for delivering complex briefs to the highest standards. He personally oversees the strategic delivery of all projects for private homes at Jo Cowen Architects, maintaining a close relationship with clients through the design and construction process. He strives to deliver bold yet pragmatic projects that are responsive to the client’s requirements, and to make sure the process is stress free and enjoyable.
Giles is a guest critic and tutor at the University of Liverpool and University of Plymouth and speaks excellent Spanish following his time working in architectural practice in Madrid.