Working closely with all of the team, Graham McDarby has ultimate responsibility for the design direction and strategic development of Gradon Architecture, which to date has seen the progressive growth of the business since its inception in 2009 to now include a growing multi cultural design team located in studios in England, Northern Ireland and Mongolia collectively working together, sharing knowledge and adopting new smart ways of working together.
Being the son of a painter and decorator, Graham’s approach to architecture is pragmatic and born from the experience of working on building sites with his father at an early age where he quickly gained an understanding of the industry while studying architecture, initially in London before graduating from Sheffield University in 1993. Following an architectural tour of Europe in 1993-94 he went on to work for a number of architectural practices within the NE of England including FaulknerBrowns and Ryder Architecture where he became a Director in 2003 before leaving in 2009 to set up Gradon Architecture with his wife Donna, to pursue his own developed thoughts in architecture and offer a more personal, hands on service and approach to his clients.
Graham McDarby is passionate about giving something back…to the community, to the youth of the future and to those who are less fortunate than others. This has seen the implementation of the Gradon Architecture Apprenticeship scheme and regular fundraising for charities such as Teenage Cancer Trust, MS Society, The Percy Hedley Foundation, The Calvert Trust, The Wider Mhabara Orphange in Uganda and The Christina Noble Foundation in Mongolia.
Words to live by…
Life is what happens when you are busy making plans along the way! – The Old Hall Blackboard