Mary Cooke-Fox

Part 2 Architectural Assistant
BA(Hons) MArch

Find me... sitting in one of Kings Heath’s independent coffee shops, reading a dystopian novel, or exploring a local National Trust Property.

I first joined the APEC team in 2013 after graduating from Newcastle University, and completed my Masters at Birmingham City University in 2017. At APEC, I have been involved in projects from the initial sketches to seeing them completed on site and have worked closely with a range of clients and community groups.


I enjoy exploring participatory and collaborative approaches to architecture and working with local community groups. During my Masters, I favoured more traditional methods of hand-drawings and physical model making. I had the opportunity to travel to Gibraltar to exhibit my final year work. During this visit, I explored the abandoned tunnels in the rock and appeared on the front page of the Gibraltar Chronicle.

Holly Rose Doron

Associate | Chartered Architect

BA(Hons) MArch RIBA

BCU Visiting Tutor
RIBA Validation Panel Member

Find me… enjoying cold places, attempting to play cello, or getting excited over spreadsheets.

I became a Chartered Architect with Distinction in 2015, with a Birmingham School of Architecture First Class Honours Degree and Masters in Architecture with Distinction under my belt. Since 2007, I have gained experience in community, conservation, education, and arts and culture projects through consultation, design, project management and contract administration. I was the co-recipient of the Deutsche Bank 2013 Award in Creative and Cultural Practice, and an illustrator for Ljubomir Jankovic’s book ‘Designing Zero Carbon Buildings‘.


APEC’s strong ethics have inspired me in both academia and practice. Having taught on the BA(Hons) Architecture course at Birmingham City University since 2015, I encourage students to develop a thorough understanding of who they are designing for, to generate creative and socially-motivated designs. I am currently undertaking research into bridging academia and practice through conference talks and journal publications. I am also a regular outreach volunteer with Helping Birmingham’s Homeless.

Ken Fisher

Consultant | Chartered Architect
Trustee of Birmingham Conservation Trust

Ken's thirst for knowledge is infectious, making him an excellent mentor for the rest of our team.

Ken joined the practice in 1973, and became a partner in 1982. Ken developed an interest in church and community architecture in his early years at APEC and helped the practice expand its expertise into historic building and conservation architecture. He has been instrumental in developing the practice’s skills in providing conservation expertise coupled with community involvement for which we have a special reputation.


Ken has been the architect for a wide range of projects, from completely new buildings to many involving the sensitive restoration and extension of listed buildings. Ken’s role as a Trustee of Birmingham Conservation Trust has been beneficial to the practice in gaining an insight into heritage regeneration from the perspective of a client. Ken’s skills lie in an ability to work closely with clients and to understand their specific needs.

Naomi Fisher

Director | Chartered Architect
BA(Hons) DipArch RIBA

Find me… pouring over a map, on my bicycle in South Brum, soft play centres, or occasionally tucked into a corner at the British Oak, Stirchley for a pint of real ale.

A chartered architect since 2003, I am passionate about understanding the relationship between people, organisations and places. I believe in the importance of the intimate physical relationship of people and place, believing that encouraging pedestrian and ‘self-propelled’ transport is key to creating and supporting sustainable living environments. I see an architect’s role as an innovative facilitator in shaping our built environment to respond to our physical, emotional and intellectual needs.


With two young sons and a daughter to keep entertained outside of work, my feet rarely touch the ground but when I can, I love running- another great way to explore and populate the streets.

Sunny Gill

BA(Hons) MArch ARB
Committee Member of the Birmingham Architectural Association

Find me... building my extension, taking photos, and being the reigning champion at lunchtime darts.

Born and raised in Coventry, I’ve been with APEC since 2010. After graduating in Liverpool, I decided to get the most out of my professional experience and stay with APEC throughout my part-time Masters course at Birmingham School of Architecture, and qualified as an architect in 2018.


I have been involved in a wide range of projects from briefing to site operations and completion on site. I am a very able communicator, at ease with clients, consultants and contractors alike. I have run a number of projects on site, under the direction of the lead Architect, often on very tight programmes.

James Phillips

Director | Chartered Architect
BA(Hons) BArch RIBA
Committee Member of the C20 Society, West Midlands

Find me… pottering around the garden, enjoying a curry with friends and travelling the world to ride rollercoasters.

I have been one of APEC’s directors since early 2015, having first joined the practice back in 2007. I carried out my architectural studies at Manchester School of Architecture and then RIBA North West, becoming a Chartered Architect in 2012.


I have led the design team on a number of significant projects covering a variety of sectors, including community, residential, church and education uses, and am developing a specialism in Conservation. I am interested in bringing heritage assets back to life through sustainable redevelopment; finding new uses that secure the long-term viability of a building.

Everyone at APEC believes in the practice’s mission of bringing positive change to organisations and their communities, through high quality, pragmatic architecture that is economically and environmentally sustainable.

We place particular importance on the wellbeing of our team. We promote a healthy work-life balance and do not foster an environment of late night working. Our low staff turnover is testament to this, as is the fact that all of our current architectural staff first worked for the practice as year-out placement students and have returned.

“I could not have asked for a better Part 1 placement. I have learnt so much from all your mentoring, guidance and the general office ethos and I have really appreciated all the time each of you have given me... It has been amazing to work so closely with clients and contractors.”

Mary Cooke-FoxReturning to university after her Part 1 placement

“My experience at APEC has been wonderful, it has been a pleasure being part of a small, yet lively and enthusiastic team. To have gained an insight into a range of projects and work stages over just twelve months has been great; and I’m glad to say I have spent a chapter of my architectural education here! I wish APEC all the success in the future and hope they continue onwards with their amazing work!”

Krishna PatelReturning to university after her Part 1 placement

Want to join us?

We’re always happy to hear from potential APECians, even when we’re not actively recruiting, so you’re welcome to email us your CV and examples of your work to