Owen is a Chartered Architect, and is a graduate of the
Welsh School of Architecture, Cambridge University and Chelsea School of Art.
He specialises in residential design and worked on landmark residential buildings in the UK, Australia, Dubai and China, before establishing Francis Associates as a Chartered Architects practice in 2014.
Owen worked for design-led practices in London and Sydney before taking a role as lead design consultant for a high-end residential developer in north east China.
Subsequent to this experience, Owen has taken a thorough interest in sustainability beyond that of building fabric. He is concerned with the sustainability of communities and the historic legacy of architectural design and development.
Owen is part of the judging panel for the Good Design Awards, in conjunction with the Society for the Protection of Ascot and Environs.
Julian is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with over 50 years’ experience in the building industry.
Julian trained as a quantity surveyor with one of the largest UK practices and became a qualified surveyor at the age of 25 before gaining fellowship of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors 12 years later.
Julian became a Senior Project Engineer for Mobil Oil Company taking full responsibility for the design, planning, construction and site supervision of filling stations and the maintenance of all non-refinery facilities throughout the UK.
It was during this time that he learned the use of CAD for construction drawings.
Julian established Francis Associates as a Project Management company in 1988 and has since fulfilled many construction based roles with major UK contractors and developers, within both commercial and residential spheres.
This includes project management of a number of bespoke residential schemes where clients have preferred a hands on self-build rather than a traditional construction phase.