About us

Added Value Architecture Ltd. is an award-winning RIBA Chartered Practice specialising in residential architecture. Our fresh design approach and friendly team can help you to create a beautiful, functional home

 

RIBA Chartered Practices are the gold standard of the architecture profession – the best of the best – and the codes the practices abide by exist to ensure and protect the highest level of professionalism.



Meet the Team

Karen Harper

Chartered Architect & Director

BA(Hons), Dip Arch, RIBA

 

Karen launched Added Value Architecture Ltd in 2018 to provide better homes and approachable, professional architectural services for homeowners and residential developers. Her mission is to add value to every project that she is involved in. Whether your project is personal or speculative, Karen will steer you towards the best possible solution to your design dilemmas.

 

Having worked in the construction industry over 20 years, Karen has gained a wealth of experience in temporary works, structural engineering and architecture. She is a RIBA Chartered architect and has worked for several award-winning RIBA Chartered practices in Cheshire.

 

Karen has a passion for residential architecture and a talent for reconfiguring internal layouts to make spaces work more effectively. She takes pride in offering architectural solutions which challenge preconceptions and add value, not just square footage.  

Kevin Knox

Business Manager

Director

 

Kevin joined Karen on her mission to create better homes one year after the practice was launched. Kevin’s background in management and outstanding customer service makes him the perfect ally for ensuring the practice operates smoothly and professionally at all times.

 

Kevin is the first point of contact for our potential and existing clients, offering a warm and friendly introduction to our processes, booking appointments for our free consultation service and providing on-going support every step of the way.

 

We know that engaging an architect and embarking upon a construction project can seem like a daunting prospect. Our approachable team aspire to make the process as smooth and enjoyable as possible by providing an exceptional design service with clear communication at every stage of your project. 

 

 

 

Edward Sykes

Master of Architecture

BSc(Hons), M.Arch

 

Edward joined the team shortly after completing his Master of Architecture degree at Manchester School of Architecture in 2020. He also holds a degree in Architecture and Environmental Design. Edward has experience in designing outstanding one-off homes (including Paragraph 79 dwellings*), re-use extensions and masterplanning for larger residential developments. He is passionate about creating architecture that improves the environment we live in; creating beautiful places which engage with people and creating seamless transitions between inside and outside spaces. He cares deeply about environmental and social sustainability, ensuring the end users needs are met in both the design and construction process.

 

*Paragraph 79 of the National Planning Policy Framework allows new dwellings to be built in the countryside if they are truly outstanding or innovative, reflecting the highest standards in architecture.

Michael Foster

Master of Architecture

HNC, BA(Hons), M.Arch

 

Michael joined the team in March 2021 with experience in architectural surveying and designing residential housing with structure and detail in mind. Michael has previously worked on specialist care, extra care and dementia care housing and approaches every client as unique and valued.

 

Michael earned an NVQ level 3 in Carpentry and an HNC in Construction prior to studying for a degree in architecture. Following this, Michael studied and was awarded a Master of Architecture degree at Manchester School of Architecture. Michael can offer you construction and design advice with the knowledge of how things work and fit together and is always happy to take questions and put your mind at ease.

  

Michael also creates 3D models and rendered images to help clients visualise a space, and the potential value of that space. 

 

 

Jurgen Harper-Knox

Office Assistant

 

Jurgen is our part time office assistant; assisting with everything from vacuuming the office floor to protecting the team from the postman

 

Jurgen enjoys long walks and sitting behind your chair.

 

 


Photo credit/copyright: John Lawson

"Karen's dedication and focus on delivering to us our beautiful home never wavered during the complex design and often technically difficult build process.

 

We have no hesitation in saying that had Karen not been on our 'job' we would not have the house we now enjoy living in." 

 

 

- John & Sue Lawson, Cherry Orchard



Recognition

2022  Most Trusted Residential Architecture Practice, Cheshire - 2022 Home Builder Awards  

2021   Leading Residential Architecture Specialists, Cheshire - 2021 Design & Build Awards

2020   Residential Architect of the Year- Central England, Cheshire - Central England Prestige Awards

2019   Best Residential Architecture Practice 2019 - Cheshire: BUILD Architecture Awards

2019   Best Residential Architectural Specialists 2019 - Cheshire: 2019 Home & Garden Awards

2012   Ibstock Research and Analysis Prize.  Project: Rethinking Prison Architecture   

2012   Exhibited at RIBA superMODELS Exhibition, Liverpool.  Project: Togetherment Dwellings   

2008   Highly Commended for Architectural Design - Northern Design Awards. Project: Urban Treehugger House 

2007   Exhibited at MSA ‘Best of the Best’ Exhibition, CUBE, Manchester. Project: Amsterdam House