Chris is a chartered architect with over 30 years' experience and is passionate about providing the best possible quality of environment for his clients.
"There is a tendency to think of the practice as being mine, that it’s all about Chris Loyn. This is understandable, but absolutely not the case. Loyn + Co works as a design studio: we all share and take ownership of our designs. It has become a wonderfully talented team; many colleagues are past students of mine. We still draw and sketch by hand as well as use computers. Our office is really an extension of university life. Our solutions are always contextual and site specific."
As the founder of Loyn + Co Architects, he set up in practice in 1987. Together with the team, he works both locally and nationally. Completed projects have included numerous one-off residential commissions, multiple housing/apartment complexes, as well as arts, commercial and ecclesiastical schemes. Chris has a strong design philosophy providing bespoke projects that build on a consistency of language and techniques developed and tested over time. In 2015 Chris received the Dewi Prys-Thomas Award for his personal contribution to architecture in Wales.
Chris is a founder parent of Bobath Children's Therapy Centre Wales: a charity for children in Wales who have cerebral palsy. His youngest son, Jack, born in 1989, has cerebral palsy. As a result of his direct first-hand experience, the practice have undertaken many architectural projects – either adapting existing buildings or constructing new – to meet the needs of individuals, families or organizations involved with disability.
Chris is a visiting / external tutor at The Welsh School of Architecture and also teaches at a range of other Universities in the UK. Chris was recently awarded the title of Professor of Practice at University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Chris also runs a drawing course at The Wales Institute for Sustainable Education at the Centre for Alternative Technology.
Chris is also a well-recognised artist and a member of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales, exhibitions of his work have been held in South Wales and London, including at the Royal Institute of British Architects. He has made regular contributions on radio and television, and was a presenter on the BAFTA award winning series 'Hot Houses' which featured many examples of the practice's work.
Enireth (who is known to everyone as En) is originally from North Wales and is a fluent Welsh speaker. En moved to Cardiff at the age of 17. She has experience of managing small and large projects in private, public and voluntary sector organisations. She has managed small and large offices specialising in HR, Finance, Accounting and large corporate events. Enireth joined Loyn + Co in 2013 and along with her two Westies, Ralph and Nellie, she can usually be found on the ground floor of our offices in Glebe Street, Penarth.
En brings order and structure to a very busy and thriving practice. She is responsible for all elements of the day to day operational management of the practice, including organising Chris, finance, HR and facilities. En is a fluent Welsh speaker. En also works with two other organisations, one is UCAN Productions where she organises numerous events and helps with funding applications to secure funds for festivals and workshops for children and young people who are blind, have visual and hearing impairments, downs syndrome and other associated disabilities all over Wales. The other is Keima Ltd where she manages their two offices, one in the US and the other in Cardiff dealing with their accounts, HR and facilities, similar to Loyn + Co. Keima are an independent company empowering the wireless industry with innovative network planning solutions.
Originally from a small village near Aberystwyth Gari moved to Cardiff to study and alongside his architectural qualifications also holds a Business Degree. Having trained as an Architectural Technologist and worked for a number of practices of various sizes Gari found his home at Loyn + Co Architects in 2015. He has worked on a variety of projects during his career with over 13+ years’ experience in the construction industry. He is passionate about delivering schemes which make a difference to people’s everyday lives; as he truly believes that architecture plays a vital role in improving our society. The pure Welsh spelling of Gari’s name is an early indicator to those in the know that he is a fluent Welsh speaker.
He has experience in a variety of sectors, from residential and leisure to education and commercial. Gari has experience of different role responsibilities; sometimes leading teams, sometimes supporting others but always keen to support the client in realising their vision. Thanks to having two young children he professes to having very little spare time, but if you catch him cycling, swimming, reading or re-designing his own house for the umpteenth time then it’s likely he has managed to sneak in a few minutes to himself.
James was brought up in a small coastal town in Wales before going to study at Oxford School of Architecture, Oxford Brookes. He joined Loyn + Co Architects in 2008 after graduating with first-class honours in Interior Architecture.
James has been project designer for some of the practice's most prestigious and demanding projects including the multi award winning Stormy Castle, which was named as Britain’s Best New Home in 2014 and Outhouse, nominated for the Stirling Prize in 2016. He has experience of a variety of commercial and residential schemes, including a café and ice cream parlour in his hometown of Porthcawl and works to a Grade II Listed dwelling. More recently James was the project designer for a dwelling built for the former Archbishop of Wales and his late wife. He is currently working towards gaining consent for schemes in the Cotswolds and Market Harborough countryside, under Paragraph 55 of NPPF.
James represented the practice on the BBC series ‘Building Dream Homes’ which followed the construction of Upside Down House and is due to appear on an established Home and Garden series for ITV working alongside Alan Titchmarsh. He has exhibited work in the UK and abroad and is a guest critic at University of Westminster and Oxford Brookes University.
A true peoples person James’ passions are to create spaces that truly work, to get to know each and every client, their detailed brief and aspirations as well as to deliver rational, contextual and beautiful schemes from inside out.
Jenny graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture in 2015, having completed her Part II studies. Since then she has worked on residential and commercial projects in the South West and Wales. She joined Loyn + Co in 2017 after working in Bristol for 18 months.
Throughout her studies and professional work, Jenny has become intrigued by how architecture can affect the way people live - both in a single home, and within the wider community. Whilst working in Bristol, she gained experience on projects of varying scale – from large masterplans comprising many homes, to small residential developments – allowing her to explore and design spaces both for a whole community and for a single family. Jenny also has experience designing and building in challenging conditions in Cameroon, where she helped to build an agricultural training centre in 2015 with the charity Orkidstudio.
Jenny also fosters a keen interest in photography, which she enjoys both at home in Wales and whilst travelling. When not designing buildings or taking pictures of them, Jenny can be found running in the parks of Cardiff, and during the winter months, skiing in the Alps.
Originally from North Wales, Rhian spent her early years traversing Wales in a camper van and carting photography equipment up mountains as her father’s apprentice. This forged her early fascination with landscape, place and culture, and inflected her decision to study at the Welsh School of Architecture. She graduated with a commendation in 2003.
Rhian joined Loyn + Co Architects in 2013 and has been project architect on a range of challenging projects, including a proposal for a residential community of 30 apartments along the cliff side at Penarth headland, and a development for 15 courtyard houses in a rural setting outside of Brecon.
Previous to joining Loyn + Co, Rhian was a Research Associate at the Design Research Unit Wales and was lead architect on a variety of complex projects including a rural model for an integrated elderly care home in Carmarthenshire; a respite care home on Aberavon sea front and the refurbishment of a 1920’s rolling mill at Shotton steelworks into a research and prototyping facility. Whilst at DRUw, Rhian combined practice with design teaching, and her research centred on design in protected and/or cultural landscapes, evidenced in her involvement in the concept design for Margam Park Discovery Centre.
Rhian is a regular tutor and critic at the Welsh School of Architecture. Rhian consistently works by hand believing that the handmade quality of the surfaces of the works associates them with the vernacular, craft traditions. Her individual and collaborative work has been exhibited at Ruthin Craft Centre, the Mission Gallery and Bay Arts.
Rhian can still be found roaming the Welsh landscape, in particular the Black Mountains, which she is systematically ‘deep mapping’.
Tim grew up in Bath before moving to Brighton to study Architecture and later Westminster University. After graduating from his first degree he worked for Sheppard Robson in London. Whilst at Sheppard Robson Tim was part of the team for the award winning Siemens HQ in Masdar City Abu Dhabi, the Norman Foster masterplanned zero carbon city. He also carried out a multidisciplinary research project with Delloitt and the Watermann group, for the Kingfisher Group to identify how this client could move to a zero carbon property portfolio within the next ten years. This culminated in a zero carbon road map report and design guide for each of the territories Kingfisher operated in across Europe and Asia.
Before joining Loyn + Co Tim worked at Origin3 Studio in Bristol and was instrumental in working on the Bedminster Green masterplan, a large urban regeneration area in south Bristol just outside the city center. It included consent for the first tall building outside of the city center and marked a turning point for the regeneration of this part of the city.
Tim joined Loyn + Co in 2016 and has since worked on worked on several large scale masterplanning schemes as well as a selection of one off houses. He is passionate about designing high quality thoughtful homes and housing. Moving to Wales has also meant that his children could benefit from a bilingual education which is something he feels strongly about.
Originally from Chiswick, West London, Victoria graduated from the Welsh School of Architecture in 2007. She joined Loyn + Co Architects in 2008 having previously worked at Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects and Block Architecture in London. Whilst at PTEa her principal role was assisting on the refurbishment and extension of the Grade II Listed Brockwell Park Lido.
Her projects at Loyn + Co allow Victoria to work with a wide variety of clients and families on their existing and proposed homes, as well as a mixture of mixed use schemes and community projects. Victoria has been project architect on one of the practice's largest multi housing projects to date, 104 new homes at Porth Teigr, a new sustainable neighbourhood by igloo regeneration in the heart of Cardiff Bay. Two of her most recently completed projects include Conway Mews, a scheme for eight houses on a tight suburban site in Pontcanna, Cardiff and most recently Vila Mir, a unique family home on a steeply sloping site in Abergavenny.
Victoria has a particular focus on the notion of 'how we live now' and architecture of 'the everyday', combining this research with her own lessons learnt from working in practice. Her work exploring this research has been exhibited at Ruthin Craft Centre and the Bay Arts Gallery. Victoria is a visiting tutor and critic at the Welsh School of Architecture and is also a trained ‘Building for Life’ assessor. She is also proud owner of one of the practice's three office dogs, Woody. A miniature wire haired dachshund with a penchant for naturally lit interiors where he can bask all day in the sun.