Purcell appoints two staff members to strengthen Education Sector

Purcell is pleased to announce the appointments of two new architects to strengthen their Education Sector offering.

Richard Woods has been appointed an Associate and is based in the practice’s Nottingham studio. Previously Richard led the Capita Architecture schools design team and joins Purcell to spearhead their Education Sector, with a particular focus on schools.

Richard has twenty years’ architectural experience designing award-winning buildings including The Academy of St Francis of Assisi in Liverpool and Perthcelyn Primary School in South Wales. He has developed industry-wide recognition for his skills as an architect, conference speaker, writer, technical advisor and RIBA assessor. Richard currently serves on the expert panel for MADE in Birmingham and is a visiting tutor at Nottingham University.

Neil Farquhar is a Senior Architect and is based in Purcell’s Cardiff studio. A graduate of Scott Sutherland School in Aberdeen and the Bauhaus Universitaet in Weimar, he went on to work in London, Amsterdam and Cardiff. At Capita Architecture, Neil delivered projects across the UK and internationally, notably the SWB Academy in the West Midlands and the William Brookes School in Much Wenlock.

Neil and Richard come to Purcell as an established team. Having worked together for over 10 years, initially at Percy Thomas Partnership and latterly with Capita Architecture, they already have a solid working relationship and are known throughout the Education Sector for having a reputation for excellence.

The combination of Richard and Neil’s education design expertise, coupled with Purcell’s conservation work, brings an opportunity to offer something unique to the world of education architecture.