Christopher Ash


Christopher Ash, MA (Cantab) Dip Arch RIBA

Christopher Ash completed his architectural training at Cambridge University in 1991, passing with Commendation.

Whilst working for a number of highly regarded London based architectural practices, including Squire and Partners, Christopher collaborated on a number of competition and speculative projects under the banner of ‘Orange’. Orange was formed in 1992 as a collaboration of young architects committed to evolving design ideas through competitions and alternative ways of practicing.

In 1997 he set up the Project Orange office and began to take on domestic and commercial projects in London.

Since founding Project Orange, Christopher has led many highly successful and innovative housing projects, beginning with the completion of 266 Glossop Road, Sheffield in 2006, which won many Awards including an RIBA National Award and a Housing Design Award. Christopher went on to lead two further projects for the same client, completing Cemetery Road, a housing project in Sheffield in 2010 and Shoreham Street, a commercial project in Sheffield in 2012. These projects have collectively won numerous awards including two RIBA Regional Awards, a Building for Life Award, a Civic Trust Award and several White Rose Awards.

Having completed the successful Chiswick Moran hotel in London, construction is now nearing completion on a substantial 89-bedroom extension and Conference Centre on the adjacent site. Christopher has overseen this project through planning and public inquiry through to completion with Project Orange acting as both architect and interior designer. Other interiors projects include the Fitzwilliam Hotel Belfast, The Fitzwilliam Hotel Dublin, The Swan Hotel in Southwold and a new concept apart hotel, Room2 in Southampton.

Christopher has also conceived and delivered a highly bespoke headquarters building behind retained facades in central Oxford, which completed earlier this year.

Christopher took the lead role in the master-planning Phase 3 of Rathbone Market with CZWG. A 216 unit mixed tenure housing project for English Cities Fund, a part venture between London Borough of Newham, Muse Developments and Legal and General. The development is scheduled for completion late 2016.

Christopher, has chaired the RIBA Premises Committee, has served as a member of the RIBA Finance and Operations Committee and has been on the organising committee of and contributor to the annual RIBA Conference.

Key Skills
Residential and Mixed-use 
Interior design
Vast technical knowledge
Key Projects
Rathbone Market
West Stow Lodge
Peabody Major Projects
Shoreham Street
Cemetery Road
Fitzwilliam Hotel, Dublin and Belfast


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