jBA Team

John Brown - Managing Director

Born and bred in Chichester John Brown has been behind some of the most beautifully designed and crafted properties in the area since setting up his architectural practice jbA in 1999.

John is a hugely experienced RIBA Chartered Architect who has been in practice for over 25 years; his extensive work stretches from residential new builds, extensions and refurbishments to commercial offices and manufacturing facilities to agricultural diversification projects.

He is an ARB Member, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Architectural Studies from Cardiff University. His work has also taken him to Southern California where he completed a 2 year stint.

Having grown up in Chichester John has a detailed knowledge of the surrounding area and understands the complexities of obtaining planning permission in Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), Harbour Conservation Areas and the South Downs National Park.

Nat Ellis - Director
Head of 3D Visualisation

Nat joined jbA in 2003 a few years after John Brown set up the practice in Chichester.

As Head of 3D Visualisation he specialises in photorealistic 3D rendering. He has taken the lead in expanding jbA's 3D Visualisation capabilities, and in recent years has been a guest speaker at 3D Basecamp’s in the USA, Japan, and Europe were he has presented on 3D Rendering.

Nat oversees a team who produce 3D photorealistic images for all jbA’s clients which has become a vital part of the jbA design workflow. Nat qualified at Brighton University and has over 20 years experience working in the industry, on both commercial and residential projects, and over the last 15 years Nat has worked on many of jbA's award winning projects.

Nat is always looking at ways to extend his skills in 3D visualisation and continues to add to his expertise in this field.In addition to overseeing the 3D Visualisation, Nat also has many years experience in the preparation of planning applications in line with the local authorities guidelines.

Cara Davies - Director

Cara joined the practice in 2014, having previously gained experience working in a wide range of architectural practices in London and Berlin. 
After completing her BA Hons in Architecture  at Kingston University, Cara went on to graduate from London Metropolitan University with her Professional Diploma in Architecture, and completed her Final Professional Examination in Architecture at The University of Portsmouth. 

With experience in high quality residential design, Cara manages projects from initial concept design through to on site contract management, ranging from historic properties which require a sensitive design approach, to innovative new build constructions.

Joe Pretorius
Architectural Designer

Joe joined jbA in 2014 having achieved a 1st Class Honours Degree in Interior Architecture & Design from the Arts University Bournemouth.

He has established himself as a key member of the jbA team, with keen eye for detail in everything he does. Joe will take projects from initial design concept all the way though to practical completion, with knowledge of planning policy, building regulations and site supervision. He is a competent 3D visualiser, producing photorealistic 3D visuals that enhance the design process for the client.

He is highly organised and endeavours to make sure this is reflected on every project he works on, whether it is working to a strict programme on site or managing all finances as contract administrator.

Joe has a passion for conservation of historical buildings and has worked on numerous listed properties, dealing effectively with the challenges they present.

Tom House
Architectural Assistant

Tom graduated from Portsmouth University with a high upper second class BA(Hons) Architecture degree in 2017. Since joining the practice, Tom works on preparing drawing packages for planning and technical design working closely with the rest of the team with design development. Tom is able to complete measured surveys both externally and internally as well as assist with the site supervision of a project.

He has deferred to study his masters of architecture until 2019, to expand his architectural knowledge and to devote his time to jBA, seeing through all our amazing projects. With a passion for everything he does and an ever expanding set of skills, Tom aspires to produce design to the highest quality.’

Emma Burbridge
Accounts Manager

Emma  joined John Brown Architecture in February 2016 as the Accounts Manager, Emma had previously spent 10 years working for the Lloyds Banking Group after leaving education in 2004. In October 2016 Emma obtained a AAT Level 4  degree in Accountancy from Chichester university. Emma manages the day to day accounting and finances of both John Brown Architecture LTD and JB Architecture LLP.
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