#MeetMeMonday with Martyn Howes

#MeetMeMonday with Martyn Howes

After being an integral member of PF+A for the last few years as a Part II Architectural Assistant, we are delighted to speak to Martyn about his passion for life and architecture. Bringing his witty repartee to the table, we hear all about why he absolutely loves Mondays and how technology is shaping his perception of architecture…


Why do you love being a part of PF+A?


“I love most the fact that I always look forward to my job. I hear a lot of people who don't enjoy their work and have a 'case of the Mondays', I love Mondays! Doing what I enjoy every day and doing it with a whole team that I would call my friends is what makes me grateful to be here.”


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


“I have always been fascinated with mathematics, art and people. I chose to be an architect at 11 years old after an online survey told me it would suit me. I did work experience at 16 and have never looked back since. I love enhancing people's lives and making them happier, it is what drives me.”


What personal attribute are you most proud of?


“I am always eager to try new things. I believe the world moves at much a rapid place at present that it is exciting to try and keep up with it all. Technology is opening a lot of doors in architecture too (pun intended) and it is enthralling to be involved in every aspect.”


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


“I did my Part I at De Montfort University in Leicester and my Part II at The Centre for Alternative Technology in Wales. I loved both courses but the latter really gave me the comradery that I expected to find when a group of designers come together for a common goal, supporting and enhancing each other. I carried this forward and wanted the same thing within my employment. I did not find it straight away but knew that I had found what I was looking for when I started working for PF+A in 2014.”


What makes you get out of bed every day?


“It used to be my alarm clock but at present it is my dog, he is always up early and wants a walk before I leave for work. In the near future I have no doubt it will be my baby, we are expecting a little one soon and my life will never be the same again, or so I have been told.”


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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

T: 01481 712633

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.