Spirit Architecture



Matthew Hollingsworth


Nationality: British
Profession: Architect
Year of Birth: 1972

I set up my own practice in January 2008 which then became Spirit Architecture. Based in the Cotswolds the aim is to provide high quality Conservation, Restoration and Sustainable Architectural design and a personal service to my clients.

I obtained AABC accreditation in 2005, www.aabc-register.co.uk and was an approved Norfolk DAC church surveyor and was approved as an English Heritage Surveyor in 2007. Since moving to the Oxfordshire/ Gloucestershire border I have also become DAC approved surveyor for the Oxford, Gloucester and Worcester diocese.

I am a member of the RIBA chartered Practice. To become a Chartered Practice, architect practices need to comply with strict criteria in an accreditation scheme that gives you, the client, a mark of quality. So by choosing a RIBA Chartered Practice you can expect a certain level of excellence in design and service.

The scheme has been developed by RIBA following client and government feedback. It ensures that all accredited members work to a common set of standards. For more information click here. 

In 2008 I was appointed to undertake the building Conservation Management Plan for Shotover Park in Oxford in conjunction with Hilary Taylor Landscape Associates along with the Conservation Plan for the Model Farm at Shotover in 2010 and in the same year was appointed church architect for Oddington and Bibury churches. I have since been appointed Inspecting Architect for Westwell, Adlestrop, Winson and Broadwell Churches.

I like to use traditional and new materials in both traditional and contemporary design alongside my interest in sustainability and low carbon building solutions to make buildings more future-proof.

Prior to 2008 I was an Associate with a UK wide Conservation practice with a portfolio ranging from minor restoration and refurbishment projects with the National Trust, new build £1.5M houses to the £9M HLF funded restoration and repair of Wollaton Hall and Park for Nottingham City Council.

My other interests include long distance running (I completed the Edinburgh Marathon 2013) and having been brought up by the sea I like visiting the UK coast (especially North Cornwall and North Norfolk) with my wife Debbie, our son James, and our dog Sam and love to travel abroad to soak up new cultures. I have an investment in a Teak Plantation company based in Sri Lanka and Thailand and I have other interests in property investment and development.

“I know that architecture is life; or at least it is life itself taking form and therefore it is the truest record of life as it was lived in the world yesterday, as it is lived today or ever will be lived…Architecture is that great living creative spirit which from generation to generation, from age to age, proceeds, persists, creates, according to the nature of man, and his circumstances as they change – That is really architecture.” ~ American Architect Frank Lloyd Wright 


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