ECE@10 Profiles – Lee Warr
Lee is part of our ECE Westworks team in Bristol. Prior to ECE, Lee was an Architect at Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios before joining us in 2018 as a Senior Architect. He was promoted to Associate Director in 2021.
Lee has a proven track record of delivering high quality design and detailed projects from concept to completion. His experience encompasses a variety of sectors, which include residential, commercial, creative re-use and regeneration. His more recent experience includes managing projects, focusing on adapting and re-using existing buildings as well as new building designs in sensitive settings.
What inspired you to become an Architect?
My Grandfather was a housebuilder, and my dad was a shipbuilding Draughtsman so I was brought up in an environment of skills you would associate with being an architect. I remember my Grandfather teaching me how to draw in 3D in the summer holidays, and we would tour the one-off houses he’d built around Dorset. From this early education I had an understanding and interest in how buildings were drawn and built and went on to study Construction at college, before studying Architecture at university.
What is key to designing a successful scheme?
Ensuring you understand the brief and your clients’ requirements. It is important to have a good working relationship with your team, enabling you all to design the best end product you can for the client. Finally, make yourself approachable and always be friendly with a good mindset, especially on-site.
When are you most relaxed?
At the pub! Or when watching football, rugby or cricket. My kids have just started playing sports too so it’s great to go and watch them.
Take us through your typical day…
I start my day by doing the school run before catching the bus into Bristol. The journey gives me the chance to prepare for the working day and watch a film or listen to a sport podcast to relax. Our office is open plan, making it a great working environment. When I’m not in meetings, I spend most of my time in design and technical reviews with colleagues. At the start of a project, I prefer sketching things out rather than working on the computer – I believe this allows you to develop more of a connection with the project.
What has been the highlight of your career?
I’ve been lucky to have worked on a diverse range of historic projects and have travelled across the UK to bring a new lease of life to older buildings, in particular Taunton Castle for The Museum of Somerset and the Mail Rail in London.