Ashworth Parkes Architects Ltd is a multiple award winning, RIBA chartered architectural practice based in Cambridge UK.
It was founded in 2008 when the two directors, Emma Parkes and Jeremy Ashworth built their own home in central Cambridge, acting as both client and architect. This gave them invaluable experience from a client’s perspective and has contributed greatly to the success of the practice.
Our core market is residential design work for both individual clients or developers. We offer design services from feasibility to on-site supervision and completion for a wide range of building types. We specialise in bespoke, exciting, innovative and sustainable designs. Within this scope, we also advise on interior finishes and bespoke furniture.
We strive to realise work that is environmentally conscious, pragmatic and original. Each project begins with its unique context and specific conditions and therefore our response to each project is unique also.
We adopt a collaborative approach, developing ideas in conjunction with clients and it is through this that the richness in our work emerges.
We believe in designing the environmental elements of the building into a project from first principles so that they become an integral part of the building, rather than something that is tacked on at the end.
It is our belief that buildings should be built to last, be capable of adaptation and energy efficient in terms of both their construction and their consumption in use.
We are committed to designing projects that meet the highest expectations of our clients and the highest design standards of economy, efficiency and quality. We look forward to discussing your project with you.
2016 - CAMBRIDGE DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION AWARDS - Alterations and Conservation category winner / THE BUTTERFLY HOUSE
Jeremy left University with a First Class degree in 1995. Since then he has worked for several practices in London and Cambridge. He spent eight years working for Short and Associates, one of the pioneers of naturally conditioned buildings in the UK, during which time he was project architect for The Lighthouse Art Centre in Poole which won Green Building of the Year. He also worked for five years at award winning architects Cowper Griffiths.
Since the foundation of Ashworth Parkes Architects he has designed and run a variety of projects including the RIBA Award winning Garden Buildings at Warmington and the Garden Pavilion in Grantchester. Currently he is working on several one off houses, apartment buildings and high end refurbishments and extensions.
Outside of architecture his passions are Cycling, Teenage Fanclub, Northern Soul and Tottenham Hotspur.
Emma studied at Newcastle University and has worked in London practices Short & Associates, Chassay Architects and Munkenbeck & Marshall and Cambridge based RMJM. With more than 25 years of experience as an architect in the UK construction industry. She qualified as an architect in 1996.
Since founding Ashworth Parkes Architects Ltd with Jeremy in 2011, she has been the lead designer on a number of residential projects. She has expertise in new-build and refurbishment projects from inception to completion for clients mostly in the residential sector. She was the architect for the Butterfly House project which was awarded a CFCI Award in 2017. Current projects include the renovation of some listed barns to be developed as part of a sustainable events venue, as well as new build houses and high-end refurbishment schemes.
Emma also acts as a Professional Studies Advisor for RIBA Part III students at Cambridge School of Architecture.
Outside of the office, Emma has a keen interest in ceramics.
Michele completed his Master’s degree in Architecture at Politecnico di Milano – his hometown – in 2011 and has worked as a qualified architect since then.
Accustomed to international environments, he has worked in Milan and Antwerp before coming to Cambridge in 2015. He has worked on a variety of projects ranging from residential to educational buildings and during the years spent in Milan he worked on the design and renovation of a series of high-end apartments in the historic city center.
Naturally proactive and collaborative, at APA Michele has been developing and designing both new homes and full refurbishments of existing houses and villas.
Besides the drive for the architectural practice, he feeds a living passion for photography on top of being a keen cyclist.
Part II Architectural Assistant
James completed his undergraduate in 2014 and his postgraduate in 2018, studying at Sheffield Hallam and London Metropolitan Universities respectively. In 2020, he plans to begin his final year of study towards qualifying as an Architect.
Having worked mainly in residential architecture to date, James is primarily interested in working on small scale, environmentally conscious developments that retain design quality.
Outside of the office, James is usually cycling around the countryside of Cambridgeshire and beyond.
Sarah has over 7 years experience working across all RIBA stages, on innovative residential new-build and remodelling projects in London and Cambridge. She received a First from the Bartlett, UCL for Part 1 and completed her Part 2 with Distinction through the RIBA Studio, for which she and was nominated for the RIBA Silver President’s Medal and Dissertation medal. She completed her Part 3 at Cambridge University.
Sarah joined Ashworth Parkes in 2018. Previously, at Studio McLeod, she project managed the final stages of the practice’s RIBA London Award winning Studio and was project lead for two remodelling projects longlisted in NLA’s Don’t Move, Improve! awards.
At Ashworth Parkes Sarah is working on several one-off houses and a masterplan for a set of listed barns. She spends her free time on the rugby pitch with the Shelford Peacocks.
Part I Architectural Assistant
Danielle completed her Part 1 at the University of Cambridge in 2018. Following graduation, she continued studies in sustainability and urban planning over the course of the summer at the University of Berkeley, California and The Aalto University, Finland.
Since joining Ashworth Parkes, Danielle has focused on residential new build and remodelling projects throughout all stages of works. In 2020, she will commence her part 2. She aims to develop her experience in practice alongside her studies, with the intention of exploring the development of the architectural housing discourse.
Aside from architecture, Danielle regularly travels to Italy to both train and compete internationally in ballroom dancing.