Alan Burnell graduated from Sheffield University in 1981 and has been a registered architect since 1984. He worked at NSHA (now Arches Housing) for seven years before joining Phil Khorassandjian to form Khorassandjian Burnell Architects in 1988. At NSHA he was involved in all aspects of the Association's activities, having responsibility for refurbishment and new building housing schemes from inception to final account. Alan is the quintessential 'community architect'. He understands the functional and emotional needs, and financial limitations, of the voluntary sector and has an uncanny ability to knit these together, and fit a quart into a pint pot. He can immediately get to the nub of a design issue and provide three alternative solutions while many are struggling to find one. These skills transfer naturally to other sectors, and Alan has been lead architect on most educational projects as well as our larger domestic schemes. Outside work Alan has possibly the most productive allotment in Sheffield. He is also an internationally-recognised sand-castle design-and-builder, and keen sketcher and water-colourist. Mike Briercliffe also studied at Sheffield University but left architecture for several years to be a teacher, and later designed and made kitchens and furniture. He joined Alan and Phil as assistant in 1989 and became a partner in 1998. He is passionate about social and environmental issues as well as good design and robust, practical detailing. His experience has informed some of our most striking renovation schemes. Mike has developed the practice's tools for structural and thermal assessments. He also manages the day-to-day running of the practice. Outside work Mike is a keen cyclist, rock-climber and musician. Chris Wade worked for us as a student in 2000 and rejoined in 2008 shortly prior to completing his qualifications. In the meantime he worked for JTP Architects, a practice specialising in healthcare buildings. This brought experience in collaborating with larger design teams and the complexity involved in working on highly serviced buildings. As well as his architecture experience, Chris brings expertise in IT to the practice. This has hugely helped us maintain and enhance the quality of our service. It also extends to an enthusiasm for BIM and smart building and city systems. Outside work Chris is a volunteer member of Sheffield Renewables, enjoys photography and makes repeated attempts to teach himself both programming and spoken languages.