Tim Mellor




Why architecture?

I like really making things including buildings, gardens and guitars, I like space.

I was inspired by my tutor at college David Ellis for his thinking with regards to spiritual aspects of architecture, the Architect Sami Mousawi for sharing his understanding of geometry & Dr Ken Yeang for his thinking on ecology and architecture.

I grew up in the wilds of Devon then studied Architecture in post industrial Manchester living among its ripped back sides. Later I lived in south east asia and came to study in Cambridge where I now live. I think this has given me a wide experience in seeing how people live.


Architecturally I am inspired by the patterns in natural structures and evolutionary nature of all living things.

For me the distinct spirit of a place and environmental stability are very important and people that will use a space should be involved in the process of the design themselves as much as possible.

I have a lot of energy for architecture and enjoy the creative process so one of the most enjoyable experiences of being an architect is when people say they enjoy that living, working in a building that you have designed.

I have always enjoyed music and playing music with friends. I play a number of musical instruments including the Northumbrian small pipes, I sing and run a folk club at weekends.

What keeps me going? Friends , good food, learning something new and the determination of the human spirit.

1 - Artichoke – The beautiful evolving form of the artichoke with its progressing colour and geometry
2 - Super insulated house in Devon exploring passive solar gain and air tightness
3 - Guitar making - accuracy required for balancing sound and aesthetics