TIM MARC WARNER T.E.C 111, BA (Hons), DipArch (Dist), R.I.B.A, ARB.

A 19-year fully qualified Architect and Design Director and Client/Contract supervisor with experience across many sectors and in complex and high contract value projects who has run his own small practice Origin Architects Ltd since 1998 and who has worked as a consultant and as an employee as the employer so required from 1987 and part 1 qualification.





Tim Marc Warner Architect



‘Good Architecture should undoubtedly improve and enhance our working lives and the way we live and are inspired to live, in between those times.’



▪   RESIDENTIAL – Both Public and Private sector housing and particularly in age restrictive development and Vernacular work in Conservation Areas – Awards won for Conservation work in age restrictive housing for Beechcroft and English Courtyard developers.

▪   FURTHER EDUCATION AND SCHOOLS ACADEMY WORK – substantial design success for Wakefield, Middlesborough, Shrewsbury, Wiltshire, Bristol Academy and Telford College Further Education new projects, school and academy combined centres. Wakefield, Middlesborough and Bristol Academies are both constructed.

▪   INTERNATIONAL CITY LIBRARY – Analysis and brief creation work (including Stage A, B and C Designs for feasibility, QS costings and stakeholder engagements) for substantial and innovative library building for Birmingham City Council. The Design was in great part secured for Mechanoo’s stage D onwards finalization (opened to the public October 2013).

▪   LEISURE RETAIL AND HOTEL WITH URBAN RESIDENTIAL – Private sector ground-breaking scheme with mixed use, offices, retail and high tower ride and restaurant in Eastside Birmingham as well as multi mixed use schemes in Lisbon Portugal, Leeds, London and Cannes.

▪   DESIGN DEVELOPMENT AND PROJECT BUILD OF HOLIDAY-LET COMPLEX – 16 self-build holiday lets as a developer/designer in the heart of Shropshire Countryside and on family-owned land.

▪   PIONEERING DESIGN WITH CARE VILLAGE and TOWN developments for Richmond Care homes and villages, Beechcroft Developments and English Courtyards.


▪   TRANSPORT – TRAIN, BUS, SEACAT, AIRCRAFT, UNDERGROUND and general transport stations and termini with Terry Farrell and Partners Architects and briefly with Norman Foster Associates Architects.

▪   LEISURE/RETAIL/Housing – New build and refurbishment of large and small retail outlets and centers for Andrews Downie and Partners Architects and for Sarner International Ltd working for the UDV drinks company creating, designing, project managing and realising the ‘Baileys Experience’ in Leopardstown, Dublin.

▪    MASTER PLANNING – substantial experience in master planning large university campuses through to whole new care villages and assisted support care homes and age restrictive developments – mini cities and expansion of city edges/fringes both in Britain and overseas from Jersey to Hong Kong for again, Terry Farrell and Partners and Andrews Downie and Partners Architects and within his own Company Origin Architects Ltd.


‘Tim is a design-based Architect with nineteen years of experience post part one, who has also run his own ‘successful but small Architectural Company, employing a further six people at its peak. Tim has considerable DESIGN experience coupled with longstanding knowledge of client liaison, contract negotiation, a resolution of projects from first principals through to planning permission and also some experience of seeing smaller projects, through to contractual completion.

He enjoys a challenge and the ‘blank page’, the requirement to be ‘visionary but practical in approach’ and he believes that he is one of those creative Architects who is also very aware of the technical and mechanical aspects of building because of his earlier T.E.C 111 background.

Tim has an inherent interest in general construction and more future-proof and forward-thinking construction methods as they become available and developed within the market place. He takes a huge interest in sustainable architecture, ‘Passiv Haus’ design and he endeavours to achieve carbon-neutral development through a careful choice of materials, their contextual use and most importantly, their vernacular/localized sourcing, wherever possible.

He has extensive and seductive sketch and accurate hand drawing skills and image skills and prides himself in his detailed drawing skills and awards. He has limited but increasing computer skills in Vector Works, AutoCad Lite, Photoshop, LogicPro X10, Word, Excel and floorplan3D and is presently undertaking a basic Revit course.

Tim states that he has a ‘long-established passion for High Tech and Contemporary Architectural solutions (he freely admits to being heavily influenced by the work of Foster, Grimshaw, Piano, Hadid and Rogers). He also enjoys historic Architecture and particularly The Paladian era of Italy and the Arts and Crafts movement and Lutyens work in the United Kingdom. He freely accepts that this is an unusual combination of taste and motivation but he sees value in history as well as new thoughts and approaches to materials, styles and form.

He is a great believer and advocate of ‘appropriate Architecture for Appropriate places’ and in his recent work he has pioneered ‘Passive Haus’ design principals achieving code 5/6 rating for the sustainability and low carbon emissions of new house-construction in the Shropshire countryside.

He sees himself as a people’s person and he works well in an environment where he has direct client liaison and negotiation opportunity, as well as with access and input into the Architectural appointment, the contract coordination and administration of design and build.

Tim works exceptionally well with 3D visualists and he can produce extremely sophisticated complex design solutions in very short timescales.

His other interests include his family, music, songwriting, walking on various moors with his dogs, the cinema and the theatre, cooking and boating.



▪   Duke of Edinburgh Silver award – 1980

▪   10 O Levels – 1980 to 1982

▪   4 A levels (English, Applied Maths, Surveying/Construction, Structures) – 1982 to 1984

▪   T.E.C 111 in construction and technology – 1982 to 1984

▪   BA (Hons) Degree in Architecture K.I.A.D – Canterbury College of Art – 1984 to 1987

▪   Diploma in Architecture (Distinction) K.I.A.D – Canterbury College of Art – 1993

▪   Part 111 – Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects – for 19 years

▪   ARB Registered Architect – for 19 years


AWARDS and Competition success

▪   1982 – Student of the year (‘A’ levels)

▪   1983 – Student of the year (‘A’ levels)

▪   1990 – Winner of AJ periodical Otis Mixed use Scheme in Woodgreen and National Competition

▪   1993 – Winner of AJ Gradus detail design competition for Seacat Terminal sponsored by Nick Grimshaws

▪   1993 – R.I.B.A Detail designer of the Year – Kent and South East Region

▪   1995 – New Housing Design Award short listing R.I.B.A

▪   2002 – Commendation National homebuilder design awards (Downtown)

▪   2002 – Salisbury certificate of merit and Civic Trust Award (Downtown)

▪   2005 – Shortlist for NHB design awards Civic Trust Award in Surrey

▪   2006 – Pinnacle project competition win

▪   2006 – Stages A to D design Birmingham City Library competition win

▪   2007 – PRP housing win Swan housing

▪   2008 – TCAT Telford F.E college A.I.P

▪   2011 – Daracombe innovative housing project Devon

▪   2013/2014 – Eco housing for Shropshire



2011 to 2014 Development/Design and build 16 holiday lets on family land (3.8M)

Visioned, designed, secured, project-managed and pre-built 8 to 16 ‘Passive Haus’ holiday-let homes on Shropshire rural land owned within his family and within strict rural policy guidelines.


2006 to 2008/10 Birmingham International City Library – Centenary Square Birmingham (220M)

Project director for stages A to C to formulate a brief and create three design options to engage with all stakeholders. Tasks will include full survey analysis, zoning options, massing options and the creation of a core design brief for each faculty of the Library’s function. Spaces and areas that will also be accommodated within this analysis work will include reference spaces and archives and 38,000m2 of accommodation is to be achieved at a high specification.


2006 The Pinnacle Tower and Ancillary building – Eastside Birmingham (85M)

Project director for this scheme presently at planning stages. He has been responsible for appointment detail, the concept and development design, client and project management liaison and coordination with the rest of the design team. This exciting project covers retail area, dramatic leisure facility, a four star hotel and serviced apartments and flats as well as an experience and banqueting hall unique to Birmingham centre. The project is due for completion in 2009.


2006/11 Wakefield F.E College Xchange Building (22M)

Project director for this new academy for 14-19 year olds and a vocational centre. His role includes design, managing both project and the design team, client liaison, developing the brief with user groups, and overseeing the planning application and detailed design work.


2006/8 Middlesbrough College (£43M)

Client liaison, design overview and Quality Control for this new flagship campus development within the Tees Valley regeneration zone.


2007/12 Bristol Skills Academy (28M)

Conceptually helped to design this built scheme through the SMC Group who took over from Hickton Madeley Architects in 2007.


1998 to the present day – Managing Director of Origin Architects and Origin Developments Limited

The majority of work was in the residential sector with age restrictive developments, care villages and Conservation Area work. 5000 units were designed with over 120 unit, house and apartment types. Further masterplan and mixed use developments and small schools, office buildings and refurbishments of large shopping centres in West London.

Full Architectural packages for barn conversions, 1920’s house brick and timber cladding and refurbishment including full site management and procurement, specifications for three London-based shopping centre refurbishments including internal packages and thirty plus housing schemes at South Brent in London, Wheathampstead near St Albans and Hickathrift West Norfolk. Contemporary designs have been carried out for five units in Woodland Rise Highgate, Muswell Hill and Wimbledon for various housing developers.

 Tim developed a regular ‘client base’ of nineteen housing and small commercial developers and managed a maximum of six staff during his time as Managing Director.


1996 to 1999 Sarner International Limited (£6M)

Main Architect to a theatre and audio visual specialist company for a multi themed restaurant, bar and audio visual experience centre for the Drinks Company UDV and specifically Baileys, in Leopardstown, Dublin. Tim was responsible for all the design, working and production drawings, project management and build of the internal fit out. Tim was responsible for overseeing both the contract, client and contractor to ensure the work completed on time, ensuring that the design intent and vision was carried through rigorously. Further designs were procured for leisure centres in Wales, Africa, Northern Ireland, Scandinavia and Malta.


1993 to 1997 Consultant to Terry Farrell and partners and Norman Foster associates

Tim produced design and competition work for the consortium Union Link and he was responsible for designing three train stations on the channel tunnel link at Kings Cross, Ebbsfleet and Stratford. He designed and oversaw Jersey Airport, Chairman of Samsung’s headquarters and show case building in Korea, Lisbon Expo 98 competition entry for inter-modal station complex and Expo pavilion to encompass all pavilions. Tim produced design work in Lisbon on De Rossio station and upgrade and master plan of shops, restaurants, offices and houses, as well as design work on the refurbishment of Oxford Street, London and South Bank and master planning work on major developments in Cannes, France. Keele University Campus and Leeds masterplan – Tim was in part masterplan designer for the University Campus and the new city proposals and for Cannes sea front, which incorporated teaching blocks, student residential accommodation, science and business park and recreational facilities and whole townscapes, urban forms and multi-type accommodation.

Tim was very involved with substantial mixed use schemes and appraisals in sectors of office provision, retail outlet and leisure complex and vast master planning studies in Hong Kong and Kowloon Island, Jersey, Portugal, Lisbon, France and South Africa.


1987 to 1995 then 1999 to 2004 Consultant to Andrews Downie and Partners

 Full responsibility for the design on many multi unit and mixed-use housing and office/retail schemes both contemporary and traditional. Tim worked on medium sized leisure and office developments in the City and provinces of central and greater London. Tim was personally responsible for an 11 unit contemporary scheme in Ladbrooke Grove, which achieved planning and was short-listed for an RIBA design award. He was also responsible for the design of a three unit contemporary scheme at the rear of the infamous Canon Theatre in Notting Hill, where unusual atrium spaces drove through the five storey houses. Three further traditional schemes for Beechcroft Developments Ltd of approximately 25 units each were secured at planning and were overseen to Stage E and also numerous feasibility studies for the developer. Further design work was carried out on a mixed use, predominantly housing and leisure scheme in Islington for Groveworld, which is now successfully complete and a twelve-storey 600,000 ft2 apartment building in Praed Street Paddington basin for MIB.