Founder of the practice and Parish Councillor for Park Street, David has an extensive local knowledge and background in planning and the local built environment. Previously a St Albans District Councillor and Chair of the Planning Committee he is also a member of their Agents Forum Advisory Panel. He is actively involved in community Neighbourhood Plan preparations and voluntary work in the youth sector.
When not in the office (and occasionally when he is!) David is either campaigning on some local issue, in his role as a Parish Councillor, or more likely pursuing his long standing interest in youth work, planning wild and wonderful expeditions abroad for his Explorer Scout Unit, or assessing local schools Duke of Edinburgh expeditions.
Heather McNeill BSc(Hons) Dip Arch
Associate Heather started working at A D Practice Ltd at the age of 16 as a CAD Assistant which prompted her to study her Part 1 Architecture at the University of Bath. After a period of time in practice in Suffolk, she went on to complete her Part 2 at the Centre for Alternative Technology in Machynlleth, North Wales and returned to to the practice in 2018. As our Certified Passivhaus Designer, she specialises in sustainable and energy efficient design and has broad experience in the residential and conservation sectors.
When she is not in the office displaying a clear aversion to wearing shoes unless it is absolutely necessary, Heather can be found in the mountains as a recently qualified ski and snowboard instructor. She has also recently started a blog with the aims of increasing awareness of architecture and the role architects play in design as well as discussing sustainability. It can be found here.
Julie Chadwick BArch(Hons)
Architectural Designer Julie completed her Part 1 at Kingston University having had a successful career in education and special needs for twenty years. She is an active member of the Hertfordshire Association of Architects (HAA) and has recently been re-elected as Treasurer for the second year running. She is particularly interested in the social benefits of architecture, especially accessibility, community and education.
Once pried away from her beloved office, Julie can occasionally be found experimenting with unusual fashion combinations and frequently found supporting her offspring in far-flung destinations at GBR team sailing events.
Nimmiya Mariam BArch(Hons) MArch
To support her passion for creating designs that are sustainable and environmentally friendly, Architectural Designer Nimmiya moved from India to London to pursue her Masters in Sustainable Environmental Design at the Architectural Association. After her studies, Nimmiya has worked for practices in Cambridgeshire and London furthering her learning and experience in retrofitting existing buildings to improve energy performance.
In her spare time, Nimmiya enjoys travelling and experiencing new cultures and cuisines.
The team is underpinned by fantastic support staff, without whom they would cease to function.