RIBA Chartered Practice

Paul Cashin Architects | Contemporary Chartered Architects in Winchester, Hampshire / Approach

Paul Cashin Architects 'PCA' is a creative RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Chartered Architecture practice based in Winchester, Hampshire. PCA takes a design-led approach to the practise of contemporary architecture, believing that well thought and considered design is essential to the creation of successful architectural space.

The practice undertakes contemporary architectural design projects across residential, commercial and civic sectors of the construction industry. Currently having a number of live projects across Winchester, Hampshire and the South Coast including one-off new build houses, extensions and commercial business projects.


As a small practice, our strength lies in our inclusive and personal approach, working directly with clients, consultants, and contractors, encouraging the cross over between architecture and other areas of art and design.

We are in a consistent state of process, working through a range of media including physical and computer models, hand and computer drawings, sketching and conceptual diagrams, discussions and presentations.

Paul Cashin Architects was founded in 2012 by Paul Cashin. Paul studied Architecture at the Universities of Portsmouth and Vienna, graduating in 2011 with an RIBA Presidents Medal nomination. He has worked for numerous practices, including Design Engine Architects working on contemporary university, school, housing and one-off house projects between 2008 and 2012. Paul has also taught at the University of Portsmouth and was a member of the Project Office for the school. Paul started PCA in 2012 which has set up offices in Winchester in 2016.

Paul is an RIBA Chartered Architect registered with the ARB.

 

Approach

Our approach to architecture is based upon our desires to make meaningful places and spaces.

We do not see architecture as a product; we see it as a process, committed to over time and requiring great care and attention - architecture is a process of thinking, designing, communicating, collaborating, constructing…

We believe that architecture should be responsive to the unique constraints and requirements of each individual site, client and brief. In this way, architecture has great potential to solve problems.  However we also believe that architecture has the potential to improve peoples lives by providing meaning and comfort to the places they live, work, and play.

We think it is paramount for contemporary design to consider the nature of a place before we commit to any proposal which may change that place forever.  We see the landscape as a precursor to dwelling.

We also imagine spaces as atmospheres, contrasting and complementing each other, attempting to foster a ‘sense of place’ within any architectural proposition. Our approach draws from examples of the contemporary architecture found in Scandinavia, Switzerland, Japan, and America, but all the while rooted in the rural vernacular found most commonly in the UK.

When undertaking a new project, we focus on the principles of construction, designing all aspects in great detail. We examine the brief with the aim of exceeding our clients aspirations, whilst advising on how each decision moves towards betterment for the client, as well as the public at large.

Above all, we hope our architecture brings value, comfort and meaning.

For more examples of our contemporary architecture designs please view our selected projects here, or if you would like to discuss a project please view our contact page here.