Who we are

The David Brain Partnership was founded in 1986. The partners are Robert Lucas and Craig Underdown.

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Robert William Lucas

BA (Hons) Dip Arch Portsmouth RIBA

Robert Lucas qualified at the Portsmouth School of Architecture in 1986 and has been with the Practice now for over 18 years. He became a Partner in 2001.

He has worked on many and varied projects, notable amongst them, the Bromley Farm residential conversion scheme, which was awarded an RIBA Town and Country Design Award in 2002.

Rob was lead Architect on the Whatley Manor Hotel and Spa Project which has been awarded Gala Spa Awards 2005, Conde Nast Traveller and Conde Nast Johansens.

Other work includes a Leisure and Spa extension for the Bath Priory Hotel, and masterplanning for a new building wing, staff accommodation and new Spa at Mallory Court Hotel.

Much of Rob’s work involves the careful insertion of new build proposals within the historic fabric of Listed Buildings. His sensitive approach to the specific problems raised by this form of development has been appreciated by both Clients and Conservation Officers.

Recently the practice has expanded its project base to include commercial developments and Rob has been working closely with the developer in order to procure the multi million pound building stock as clients and end users come on stream.

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Craig Sinclair Underdown

BA Arch Dip Arch Hull RIBA

Craig worked for three years at Grove Consultants Ltd of Clerkenwell London until in 1994 he joined Niall Phillips Architects and was the Project Architect for the UK’s first Architecture Centre. He also designed the Shropshire Hills Discovery Centre which has won an RIBA Regional Award.

He joined the David Brain Partnership in the spring of 1998 and became a partner in 2001.Craig was responsible for the design of the Spa at the award winning Whatley Manor Hotel.

Recently completed work includes a 12 bedroom extension at Lansdown Grove Hotel for Marston Hotels Ltd and the project master planning work at Combe Grove Manor Hotel near Bath, to provide a new 40 bedroom wing together with conference facilities.

Craig’s speciality is the ability to deliver contemporary design solutions within the often historic framework of many of the Practice’s Projects. Recent commissions include a new house for private clients set on Bath’s Bathwick Hill, as well as completing a low energy use barn conversion and works to a Grade I city centre building.