Entering the architectural profession in 1984, Alex P Gath established his own studio in 1999. The practice is CAD based with a collaborative approach to architecture and ensures that a local flavour is brought to all commissions and projects, from design to completion.
It allows the practice to continue to build on its core values of flair, creativity and agility in finding the right solution, whilst punching above its weight.
Collaboration allows the practice to remain design led, responsive, efficient and competitive by reducing overheads and allowing the practice to focus on its primary role in any project, all to the client’s advantage.
Alex Gath has forged a solid reputation in the district for throroughly considered design work and high quality Planning and Building Regulation submissions particularly on sensitive sites or in sensitive locations.
Since establishment in 1999, Alex P Gath Ltd has undertaken or been involved with many individual, exciting and challenging commissions each year for local, regional and national residential projects.
Alex P. Gath
Alex P. Gath was born and bred in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. In 1984 he joined a nationally renowned firm of architects in Sheffield, principally assisting the design team leaders preparing schemes for large retail and mixed use developments in and around Sheffield, West Yorkshire and North Derbyshire.
In 1987 Alex discovered the South Hams via The Purbeck in Dorset, fell in love with the area and decided that as an obsessive fisherman, the sea just edged the rugged beauty of the Peak District National Park. Working for an established local architectural practice for 12 years allowed him to develop a respect for and a thorough informed understanding of traditional materials and the skills required, with vernacular architecture, biophilic design and the conversion of farm and industrial buildings, a specific passion.
Alex brings an understanding of how buildings need to sensitively relate to the landscape, their context and settings for individuals, SME’s and, of course, the farming community that is the lifeblood of this rural area.
The approach to all commissions is firmly based on established and enjoyable working relationships with all contributors especially the Local Authorities in the area, in an effort to achieve ‘good quality design’ for all concerned and with the objective of preserving and enhancing our precious surroundings.
Alex lives in Kingsbridge with his two daughters and partner Amanda, amongst friends, clients and colleagues who are often a combination of all three. As long as he can slip out occasionally for a wreck fishing trip into the mid channel, life is good . Travel and Italy in particular are amongst other loves and in this ever shrinking world it is often quicker and cheaper to fly to Milan than drive up the M5 to Sheffield!
Architecture doesn't just happen, it is a coincidence of forces, a conspiracy of requirements, expectations, regulations and, hopefully, visions. It requires collaboration and it's success is subject to the quality of that collaboration. This participation is not just between professionals but undertaken together with society, those who commission, regulate and most importantly occupy our buildings and cities....
Sir David Chipperfield RIBA
Artistic Director of the 13th Venice International Architecture Exhibition