Chris Roberts

Associate Director

A key member in the development and running of high profile healthcare and sport buildings



Chris won the first year design prize and graduated with 1st Class Honours from UCL’s Bartlett School of Architecture, where he continued to complete his post-graduate studies with a distinction for his thesis on cognitive mapping.

He joined David Morley Architects in 2000 having worked for Michaelis Boyd Associates from 1996-1999 and qualified as a Chartered Architect in 2001. In 2015, he became an Associate Director and enjoys balancing his time between leading projects, practice management and business development activities.

In addition, he has led the practice’s CPD programme, mentored RIBA Part 3 candidates and taught architectural design and technology at the Universities of Nottingham and Greenwich where he is currently tutoring on a Design Realisation module.

Chris’s experience is very wide ranging across multiple sectors and development types, including new builds, refurbishments and retrofits for sports & leisure, residential, hospitality, commercial, community, cultural, and education developments. Over the past 22 years he has predominantly led projects in the sports and healthcare sectors and currently leads on work in the Healthcare Sector for the practice.

His passion for sport and health stems from direct experience, playing badminton for Wales (junior national champion), captaining the University of London’s Badminton team and playing cricket at junior county level. He decided he wanted to work for David Morley Architects after training with the University of London’s Cricket Team in the practice’s newly completed Lord’s Indoor Cricket School.

Supported by first-hand experience, he has always had a particular interest and enthusiasm for the design of high-quality sports and healthcare facilities, recognising the critical role they play in the development of individuals and communities. His job satisfaction comes from involvement in the creation of environments that help people become the best versions of themselves, ranging from therapeutic healthcare facilities that encourage the recovery of people with a range of physical and mental health conditions, to sports facilities that encourage community participation across all age groups, and to elite facilities that support people in achieving a personal best. He is currently leading on a series of projects for the Mental Healthcare Facilities, Leicester Partnership NHS Trust (including the CAMHS Unit) and Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust.

In between practicing architecture, Chris enjoys nothing more than spending time playing with his family in London and the Kent countryside.

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