Naomi Fisher

Director | Chartered Architect

A chartered architect since 2003, I am passionate about understanding the relationship between people, organisations and places. I see an architect’s role as an innovative facilitator in shaping our buildings to respond to our physical, emotional and intellectual needs. 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. Bricks and mortar, however impressive architecturally, have little meaning without occupants and finding viable new uses for historically important sites is exciting and challenging.

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.

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.

James Phillips @JamesP12345

James Phillips

Director | Chartered Architect

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. I am now focussing on developing my knowledge in the field of conservation and, as such, am currently working on a number of major conservation schemes, including St Luke's Gas Street, Smethwick Council House, the Christopher Wray building as well as a number of church projects. I am particularly interested in bringing heritage assets back to life through sustainable redevelopment; finding new uses that secure the long-term viability of a building. As we found with St Luke's Gas Street, this often relies on contemporary interventions that respect and enhance their historical context.

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

Holly Rose Doron

Associate | Chartered Architect

I joined APEC in 2008 after graduating from Birmingham School of Architecture with a First Class Honours Degree. I have since received a Master in Architecture with Distinction, and became a Chartered Architect with Distinction. I was also the co-recipient of the Deutsche Bank 2013 Award in Creative and Cultural Practice.

Having also worked at BDP and BPN Architects, I have been fortunate to gain experience in a wide variety of sectors and projects through consultation, design, project management and contract administration. I have been a Visiting Tutor on the BA(Hons) Architecture course at Birmingham City University since 2015, and I'm continuing my research into bridging academia and practice through conference talks and journal publications. I am also a member of the RIBA Validation Panel.

Find me… walking around Birmingham city centre on Sunday evenings with a trolley, pouring soup and making hot drinks with Red Bag Co Homeless Outreach, playing board games, or getting excited over any form of colour coding.

Sunny Gill


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. I am currently studying for my final qualification to become an Architect.

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.

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

Mary Cooke-Fox

Architectural Assistant

I first joined the APEC team in 2013 after graduating from Newcastle University, and have since completed my Masters at Birmingham City University.

At APEC, I have had experience on new build projects, as well as schemes which have sensitively converted or adapted existing buildings. 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.

During my Masters, I enjoyed exploring participatory and collaborative approaches to architecture and working with local community groups on live projects. I favour more traditional methods of hand-drawings and physical model making, and I’ve developed these skills over the five years spent at university. I recently 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.

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

Ken Fisher

Consultant | Chartered Architect | AABC

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.

His skills lie in an ability to work closely with clients and to understand their specific needs. His thirst for knowledge is infectious, making him an excellent mentor for the rest of our team.

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