Principal Architect Chris Loyn established Loyn & Co. Architects in 1992. Based in Penarth, South Wales, Loyn & Co. Architects has gained a reputation for realising creative, imaginative and contextual architecture. During its history the practice has enjoyed recognition for its achievements in architecture through published projects and many significant awards and nominations, the first being Raisdale Road, awarded an RIBA award 2001, located in the practices home town of Penarth.
Nearly 25 years on, the practice philosophy places great emphasis on working as a team, in a studio environment. This approach ensures ideas are shared and collectively reviewed during the development of the design, throughout each stage of a project’s evolution. It is the practice’s belief that group work produces the most comprehensively successful design solutions, something that is evidenced by consistent client satisfaction and the award winning record. The unique response to each site and client brief drives the wide and varied output of the office, with projects ranging from master planning to furniture design, residential to commercial work and mixed use schemes, through to one-off dwellings and sensitive refurbishment, including work with listed structures. There is no in-house style as such, although there is a consistency of approach and analysis which repeatedly generates a high quality design response.
The practice has been a long standing supporter of contemporary Architecture in Wales. Promoting, exhibiting as well as regularly teaching at the Welsh School of Architecture and other architecture schools in the UK. The practice has been awarded the respected Eisteddfod Gold Medal in 2007, 2014 and 2015 and Chris Loyn received the Dewi Prys-Thomas Award for his personal contribution to architecture in Wales.
The practice has established a specialism in residential dwellings, recognised by numerous Housing Awards over the years, including in 2014 the RIBA’s award for the best new home in Britain, the ‘Manser Medal’ for Stormy Castle, situated in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and ‘Building of the Year’ RIBA Regional Awards for both 2015 and 2016. Their most recent project to be awarded Building of the Year, ‘Outhouse’ has been described in the Architects Journal as ‘one of the most outstanding new houses in Britain in a decade’ as has been shortlisted for Architectures most prestigious award, the Stirling Prize.
RIBA Stirling Prize Shortlist 2016
RIBA Award & South West Building of the Year 2016
RSAW Building of the Year 2015
RIBA Manser Medal 2014
National Eisteddfod Gold Medal 2014 & 2015