#MeetMeMonday with Doug Langlois

#MeetMeMonday with Doug Langlois

With 15 years of global experience, Doug is an accomplished and passionate architect who believes that spaces really do affect feelings and behaviour. He sits on the Guernsey Design Awards' Panel, and doesn't have any spare time with 4 daughters!

Why do you love being part of PF+A?

There is a great, friendly team here. We all have time for each other, and we have a collaborative approach to the work we do; sharing design ideas and technical solutions.

What ignited your passion to make a difference in the world and enhance people’s lives?

I always wanted to do something with design and Architecture ended up being the perfect fit. Studying at the Welsh School of Architecture there was a real emphasis on learning from the past, I enjoy bringing traditional ideas forward into modern design. It’s great when you see your clients get excited about your ideas and this is the part of the job which brings the most satisfaction.

What personal attribute are you most proud of?

I am quite intuitive as a designer – my first idea tends to be my best. That said, I enjoy working closely with the client when they have strong ideas of their own, taking these and developing them into a great piece of architecture, sometimes ending up with something completely different (and occasionally better!) than that initial idea.

Before starting at PF+A, what was your background and experience?

Before PF+A I worked for nearly ten years at another local practice, mainly on residential and hospitality projects. I have worked in several other local practices and spent time in offices in Wales and Fiji. I have worked on all sorts of projects, from single WCs to multi-million-pound hotel refurbishments and industrial complexes. My main area of expertise is in residential new-builds and extensions; as well as bars and restaurants - I have had a hand in many local establishments.

What’s your favourite sandwich?

I try and get some salad and healthy ingredients in a sandwich, but I usually can’t stop myself making my favourite on the side: fresh bread, butter and several slices of ham. I eat the crusts first, so I get to enjoy the soft inside last… because I am a big kid.

Who’s your favourite architect?

I like Le Corbusier’s use of sculptural concrete (something which Guernsey has in abundance), and Mies Van der Rohe’s lightweight steel and glass simplicity. But my favourite style of architecture is Scandinavian modernism, my favourite architect being Sverre Fehn. I share his passion for traditional materials and building methods being re-interpreted into modern architecture.


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Chloe Whitmore

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Chloe is the first point of contact in the Guernsey studio. She has moved from a career of more than 20 years in the legal profession to managing a creative environment and its people - a welcome change for her! Her experience and legal background are a great asset for the Group.

Ollie Muston MCIAT

E: ollie.muston@pfaarchitecture.com

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Having been educated and grown up in Guernsey and developing a passion for technical design work, information technology and an intrigue for building design and history during his GCSE years, Oliver decided to commence his career in 1999 as an Architectural Technologist with Lovell Ozanne one of the largest architectural practices in the Channel Islands,  During those first inspiring 9 years he gained his BTEC HNC qualification increasing his fundamental experience and developing his knowledge base by working on multi-million pound commercial and residential developments including, Mixed Use and Redevelopment Areas (MURA), offices, apartments and industrial units.  

Moving to the States of Guernsey’s Property Services Team in 2008, Oliver was able to learn invaluable working skills and practices, increasing his expanding skillset in tendering and contract administration, whilst having the opportunity to work on public buildings and the differing challenges brought about by these types of projects. These projects encompassed education premises, States buildings with high security requirements, projects at the airport and harbours and fully accessible health facilities.  Full Accessibility audits for the health facilities became a prominent project for Oliver as his career progressed and he carried out a number of audits and reports for substantial business within the Island.

Now with a total of 21 years’ experience within the industry, his expansive knowledge not only covers all areas of a very vast field, but includes all aspects of a project from inception right through to the final handover of a completed project; which, for Oliver is the most rewarding experience. 

Oliver’s exceptional wealth of knowledge has lead him to gain his chartership with the Chartered Institute of Architectural Technologists and was formally invited to become an Interview Assessor for the Institute in 2015, a position limited to only a small number and in which someone can only be invited by the Institute.  Oliver completed the necessary assessor training a few months later.  

Ever striving to continue growing and expanding his professional knowledge, Oliver is a driven member of PF+A and one of the top in his field. With his professional yet friendly approachable nature he is an individual able to facilitate and communicate to clients, contractors, sub-contractors and other third parties to ensure that a project is always the best it can be.  Internally an exceptional trainer to the less experienced members of the team with an ease of teaching methods to ensure an unseamingly level of continuity for their development.

In his spare time Oliver enjoys spending time with his young family of three daughters, experiencing travelling and cultural diversity and of course Guernsey’s beautiful outdoor environment.