Adam is a RIBA Silver Medal winner with a breadth of experience across many sectors. As the Managing Director of ECA Architecture and Planning, Adam oversees a wide range of projects which have included new contemporary buildings and master plans for Schools, mixed-use developments and complex heritage renewal schemes.
Adam has a background in high-end design and has recently designed large residential schemes in Southampton, Luton and Richmond all of which have received planning permission. He has worked on numerous high-spec private houses including Passivhaus’s in Dorset and one in Surrey and Knappings Barn listed barn which received a RIBA short-list prize in the prestigious Conservation Category.
Adam has a background in developing architectural concepts through new techniques in digital design and has held architectural teaching posts at Cambridge University, the University of Westminster and the Architectural Association. Adam was involved in the upgrade of Tottenham Court Road station for London Underground, the Money Zone in the Millennium Dome, high concept shops for Sony UK and DaimlerChrysler, and has designed numerous residential towers in the south-west of England and UAE. Adam is a keen sailor and races his boat regularly!
Nicola is a diligent, experienced architectural assistant with excellent project management skills, having previously worked for Union Architecture and Balfour Beatty Construction, with around five years experience in architectural practice.
Nicola worked with Adam Covell to deliver the planning application drawings for Edridge Rd (residential tower of 242 flats) and has experience of preparing building control drawings for single houses, including our Western Road project.
Nicola enjoys travelling, walking and cooking.
Craig Alexander is an Architectural Designer with three years of Post-Part 2 experience who joined ECA in early 2017. Craig previously studied and then worked in Bath, Somerset, on various scales of residential schemes. With wide ranging practical experience of on-site construction work, Craig has taken the Hilltop Passivhaus project through Building Control Approval, Tender, and then through on to site, producing working drawings and has integrated and overseen the work of the wider design team.
Craig is currently studying for his Part 3 exams- the last step in the process of becoming a qualified Architect. Craig spends his spare time cycling, hiking and maintaining and improving classic cars.
Mitch Reeves (BAHons) joined ECA as an architectural technician in 2012. Mitch is particularly experienced in designing small and large-scale residential schemes and is highly proficient at producing 3D models, sketches and visualisations. Mitch has worked on most of ECA’s high profile projects and his favourite projects at ECA have been Fernheath Football Club, St Mary’s Road Southampton (74 flats), Canford Cliffs Road (hi-spec house), Christchurch Road Boscombe (15 flats in an old pub) and Banbury Cinema conversion to 9 flats. Mitch spends his spare time rock climbing, paint-balling and renovating cars.
Martha has worked on a wide variety of public and private sector projects as a planning consultant including: Dunstable Rd renewal for 234 flats; Gravesend Transport Quarter, submission and negotiation for significant town centre renewal project; Bloor Homes, successful preparation and negotiation of planning application for 330 homes for Willstock Phase 3; Canford School masterplan and EiP. She undertakes Development Plan Monitoring for strategic green belt sites including evidence at EiP and public inquiries and develops Planning Strategies for complex sites. Martha has lectured at Westminster University spoken at various conferences on neighbourhood planning and regeneration.
Martha founded ECA Community Interest Company in 2013 and has provided technical advice on a number of neighbourhood plans and facilitated complex urban neighbourhood plans for Poole Quays Forum and Boscombe & Pokesdown. As a Locality Neighbourhood Planning Champion she assist in the preparation of funding bids on behalf of community groups and manages consultation programs using a variety of engagement techniques. Following ten years in local authority development control, Martha worked at Newham Council and the Poole of London Partnership, managing multi-million pound SRB funded regeneration projects. Otherwise she enjoys singing, sailing, paddle boarding and cycling to work!
Rachel has dealt with a varied caseload during her time as a Planning Officer in her 10 years at local government in the Dorset area. Ranging from householder applications, listed building applications and permitted development enquiries to major agricultural buildings and rural workers dwellings. As well as this major projects work involving large scale housing developments sometimes including employment sites involving negotiating on Section 106 agreements, preparing reports etc. The Spatial Planning course taken at Oxford Brookes University built her a foundation of knowledge on sustainability issues and international comparisons. The Post Graduate Diploma in Urban Design specifically improved design skills and Master plan preparations with policy writing. Following this she has gained experience in neighbourhood planning, building on her knowledge of Urban Design work in the private sector. Rachel enjoys walking, cycling and attempting to splash about in the water kayaking, paddle boarding and surfing. When she isn’t chasing after her 2 young children.
ECA take a design led approach, developed in tandem with viable town planning strategies to create, unique, robust and sustainable communities. We are passionate about the quality of architecture, both aesthetically and functionally, driven by an academic background in design thinking. We empower communities through neighbourhood planning and community led building projects.We believe that all disciplines concerned with the built environment, should work together from inception to identify specific site constraints and opportunities to produce unique solutions.
ECA Core Values
Considered, intelligent, imaginative design for projects of all scales and locations making a positive, lasting, inclusive impact.
A local, friendly practice with “Big CityExperience”.
Bespoke and unique solutions for every project, challenging the convention, to think “outside the box”.
Where ever possible, we take a genuinely ethical approach and do it well.
An ambitious, but balanced approach to planning strategies, providing honest advice, focusing on the bigger picture and pushing the vision through regulatory systems.
We empower communities and clients to make the right decisions for a lasting positive impact.
We make planning and design fun, by engaging the community through unique facilitation techniques.
We are driven not just by good building design, but its whole urban setting- improving the fabric of the environment in its entirety. Designing ‘Real Places’ for ‘Real People’.