Paul T Tanner M.A.(Cantab) Dip.Arch.RIBA FRS
Paul Tanner
Nationality British
Education Jesus College, Cambridge
School of Architecture, University of Cambridge
Qualifications Bachelor of Arts (Honours)
Diploma in Architecture
Master of Arts
Chartered Architect
RIBA Chartered Member Membership No. 04193116 1974
Architects' Registration Board Membership No. 040917K 1974
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts 1974
Associate Member of Society of Expert Witnesses 2012
Practising Associate of The Academy of Experts Membership No. 3116 2012
I trained under Sir Leslie Martin at Cambridge University. My Master’s thesis - ‘The Extension of an Historic Environment’ was awarded a place in the University Library. Before establishing Trevlyn Tanner Architects, my experience was gained principally in London but also in New York. This experience ranged from various substantial commercial and MOD projects to research and development within Architects and Building Branch at DfE (then DES). This experience is the foundation of my Practice’s approach to an integrated architecture and a professional service of the highest quality.

I believe the fullest understanding of a client’s wishes and needs is the only basis for successful design.

This understanding requires rigorous research. It also demands the sensitive and focussed probing of client’s and user’s expectations. The best solutions emerge from the creative tension generated by the enlightened and knowledgeable client being tested by the imaginative and objective designer. It is then the designer’s challenge to draw from this analysis the inspiration which will generate the joyful spaces, the sculpture of form, the play of light - which becomes architecture. This reiterative process finishes only when the project finishes. It must therefore be carefully controlled to ensure that the design develops as the project requires.

I firmly support the current search for better building procurement. The challenge is to guarantee delivery of a product which will meet all of the client’s requirements – and also exceed their aspirations – True Architecture! To this end, I established TT Projects Ltd, which recently completed a primary healthcare centre in Surrey. This was a design-lead project which delivered the outcome promised to our client, on budget and on time.
1988 - Present

Trevlyn Tanner Architects - Founder Through this practice, I have developed particular expertise in the development and design of educational buildings. I have lectured and run workshops and seminars on behalf of private organisations, diocesan organisations, GMSC, CES and DfE.
Our most educational projects, support an integrated and cohesive approach to delivering the curriculum, as a reflection of the world beyond the school gates. They also demonstrate a commitment to an increasingly sustainable built environment, now recognised in awards from environmental associations.
I am now also offering to bring this philosophy, expertise and experience to the current school building programme as a Client Design Adviser and Expert Witness.

Publications "Testing Time for Science Laboratories", Educational Building.
"Sustainable Development - Green Schools", GM Focus Series 10.
"Brick-by-Brick - New Buildings by Phases", GM Focus Series 8.
"Property Strategy for Primary Schools" - GMSC Capital Projects, Series 3.
Seminars "Asset Management Planning for Schools" – Diocesan Conference
"Designing from the Curriculum" - GMSC Annual Conference
"Property Space Analysis" - GMSC Bursars Conference
1985 - 1987 Hamilton Associates Architects Ltd, Chelsea - Director
Leisure and Commercial
1982 - 1985 Hamilton Associates - Associate
Leisure and Commercial
1978 - 1982 George Trew Dunn Beckles Wilson Bowes, Richmond, Surrey - Senior Architect
Public Sector: Ministry of Defence; Department of Health
1975 - 1978

Architects and Building Branch DCSF, Waterloo - Research Architect
Research and Development : Education
Joint Author: "The Renewal of Primary Schools" - Building Bulletin 57
Joint Author: "Nursery Education in Converted Space" - Building Bulletin 56

1972 - 1975 Ronald Cox Associates, London - Conservation and Commercial
1971 - 1972 Architects Co-Partnership, Northaw - Higher Education
1970 - 1971 Welton Becket Associates, New York - Retail & Education
1969 - 1970 Frederick Gibberd & Partners, London - National Parks
I have served on the committee of the local branch of RIBA and on my local Parish Council. I am Chairman of the Fabric Committee which cares for our local 14th century parish church.
I enjoy the study of Architecture and its history – particularly the Victorian era, when new ways were being found to do almost everything. I find that the Victorian age of enterprise, achievement and cultural change has many lessons for our own.