The consultancy was founded in 1997 by Richard Coleman Dip. Arch (Cant) ARB RIBA RIAI IHBC, after he had led national design review at the Royal Fine Art Commision (RFAC), the predecessor of CABE, for 13 years as its deputy secretary.

We are a highly qualified team of architects, planners, urban designers and heritage consultants. We work as a coherent and collaborative team, everyone being aware of all current projects and enjoying a culture of constant training both individually and collectively, particularly in developing observation skills.

Our motto is displayed above the office door:

"The greatest thing a human being ever does in this world is to see something and tell what it saw in a plain way" - John Ruskin