Chris has worked in Architectural practice for over twenty five years, Joel and he formed Penwarden Hale in 2015 after working as a Director at award winning architectural practice Berman Guedes Stretton, working previously for specialist conservation practice Purcell’s. Chris specialises in residential, private schools and the education sector. Over the last ten years Chris has been responsible for managing the relationship with Imperial College projects delivered during this time including student accommodation, laboratories, research spaces, lecture theatre and office accommodation.
During the ten years at Purcell’s Chris has also been involved with prestigious projects for The National Gallery, The Courtauld Institute, Houghton Hall, Felbrigg Hall, Wimpole Hall and Ely Cathedral.
Many of these projects have involved heritage and conservation issues.
Most of Chris’s portfolio includes the complex refurbishment of buildings and integration of new build elements. Chris enjoys solving challenging and complex design briefs and has an excellent working knowledge of detailing and materials. He is an articulate and confident communicator and is good at managing and motivating the team to deliver complex strategic and technical requirements
Joel co-founded PenwardenHale with Chris Hale in 2015. Prior to this he worked at Berman Guedes Stretton, based both in London and Oxford.
Since qualifying in 2003, Joel’s experience has included education, scientific, leisure and domestic projects. Joel has significant experience in buildings of historical importance and has in-depth knowledge of contemporary design and working with listed and conservation buildings.
Clients have included Keble College, Oxford; Jesus College, Cambridge; University of Oxford; Imperial College, London; Diamond Light Source, Harrell; The Howard De Walden Estate, London.
Joel is thoroughly involved in every project that is undertaken by the practice, and has a particular interest in detail design and working in partnership with clients to create/develop simple solutions for complex problems. His motivation and innovative attitude are key components in achieving minimal yet practical designs which are sensitive to their historic context.