John, Neil and Chris have worked together in practice for over eight years. Previously as John Lyall Architects – the practice set-up by John in 1991, and since 2011 as Lyall, Bills and Young Architects.
The practice draws upon the varied experience of the three directors, built-upon a proven reputation with mixed-use schemes, and an expertise in housing, retail, cultural and infrastructure projects.
In recent years John, Neil and Chris have completed a number of high-profile projects: ranging from the £50 million Cranfields Mill regeneration project in Ipswich to a number of award winning infrastructure projects on the London Olympic Park site.
The successful Jerwood Dance House and the Goldsmiths' Centre in Clerkewell are also recent buildings which have won great admiration and a number of awards.
Education also forms a large part of the design work, with work on several of Government led education projects: such as BSF, academies and technical colleges. All three directors as well as completing educational projects, act as client design advisors on government funded schemes, and in doing so have gained considerable experience in this area.
The practice is proud of the variety of projects which it attracts and undertakes. It is multi-faceted in its skills and motivated by the exciting mixture of work.¨There is never a formulaic or repeated response to a new project. Listening to client’s brief and taking the time at the very beginning to understand what is wanted: combined with immersion in the qualities and context of the site, exploiting opportunities, whilst being confident enough to seek the pragmatic approach.
The work of Lyall, Bills and Young as a practice and as John Lyall Architects has been widely published both in the architectural press and in the main stream press. They have won a variety of awards for their work. John is also a frequent guest speaker at awards and conferences. On a day to day basis, John, Neil and Chris are involved in the project work: each bringing their own skills to a project. They work closely with a talented group of carefully chosen project architects and assistants, enabling a lively, thoughtful approach to all the practice’s work.