About: Ian Banks

Ian Banks is both a chartered architect, public art consultant and built environment journalist. He is the sole Director of Atoll Ltd, his micro architecture + art collaborative, that partners with a network of artists, designers, landscape architects, engineers, curators and other creative industries.

The (predominantly) residential design work service offered by Atoll Architecture is the key part of his bigger limited company portfolio. Ian takes great pride in the integrity of this work, and always strives to deliver great design, customer service and professionalism in equal measure. To date, his architectural work has relied almost entirely on gaining new commissions via word-of-mouth recommendations and referral – rather than be the result of advertising and marketing.

Through other Atoll strands, Ian also pursues other artistic, non-profit and voluntary interests, working in the wider public realm. In doing this, he informally ploughs back the profits gained from his more commercial commissions to help sustain other cultural and community ‘placemaking’ affiliations. This includes volunteering and other negotiated pro bono work.

At any one time, Atoll’s work is split to varying degrees between the four main working strands of:

  • Architecture – Private Housing & Leisure
  • Public Art – Collaborations and Curatorial Consultancy in Arts-Led Regeneration
  • Writing – Articles, Journalism & Blogs
  • Affiliations – Associations, Memberships & Volunteering

Ian qualified as a Chartered Architect in 1990 after a 2-year VSO posting as Head Architect for the Maldives Ministry of Education, and after qualification also worked for 2 years in the tourist island design sector there. This was followed by 8-years working in the UK in both the community architecture and commercial sectors. For 4 years between 2000 and 2004, in a mid-career sabbatical, he began to expand on his past interests in the arts whilst on a temporary secondment as the Public Art & Architecture Officer for Arts Council England, North West. Following this, Ian launched Atoll, his self-styled ‘architecture and art collaborative’ in January 2005. This practice has now been running for over 14 years (and over 12 years as a limited company).

Check out and download the RIBA’s PDF guide Working with an Architect for your Home and refer online for any planning or building regulation guidance on the Planning Portal (i.e. the national planning and building regulations information service).

For other advice and information more bespoke to your project, feel free to contact Atoll Architecture Director and architect Ian Banks on 07717710014 or ian.banks@atoll-uk.com.

Would you like to add £50,000 to the value of your home in just 7 – 14 days? – Refer to Atoll Blog feature on new independent research from the Federation of Master Builders  and the Home Owners Alliance (working with the The Guild of Property Professionals). A similar commercial guide on the subject has also been produced by the online Property Workshop portal which acts as a self-styled “one-stop shop for home renovation and repair” . Property Workshop details it’s own suggested ’31 Home Improvements that Add Value (and 7 that Don’t!)’ and the site takes you through 31 different ways to increase property value, with tips on how to maximise profit and make a householder’s money go further.

Further information and guides are also accessible off the new Houzz Pro website for Atoll Architecture.

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