Douglas Riach


Born in Scotland, Douglas studied and worked in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Oxford before completing his professional qualifications at the Architectural Association London in 1980. Riach Architects was founded in 1984 based on a desire for independence and a passion for high quality design. Through these core principles, careful management and highly skilled and motivated employees the practice has thrived in the face of many obstacles, maintaining its reputation as one of the leading practices in Oxfordshire.

Thomas Brown

Associate Director & Senior Architect

Tom Studied in Leeds and Oxford where he completed his training. Tom works on new build and restoration projects for both developer and private clients. He has a keen interest in landscape design and previously worked for Oliver Bridge Architects, London.

Stephen Broadley

Associate Director & Senior Architect

Stephen qualified from Kingston University London and previously worked in East Yorkshire before coming to Riach in 2008. He has worked on many residential projects for both developer and private clients. He also has experience of working as senior team member on larger industrial and mixed use. He has a keen interest in design and graphics through both 3D modelling and freehand sketching.

Kieron Roberts

Associate Director & Senior Architect

Kieron studied at Liverpool and Oxford before qualifying at Kingston University in 2008. He worked for a London practice before coming to Riach in 2008. Kieron primarily works on private houses and his beautifully finished projects have been featured in magazines and websites.  A number of his projects have received awards which include the David Steel Sustainability Award 2012 and a shortlisting for an RIBA South Award.

David Shorrock

senior architect

David Studied Architecture at Oxford Polytechnic in order to fulfil a passion for design and construction. He joined Riach in 1994. David has worked on a broad range of projects types, including listed buildings, mixed use urban developments and commercial/industrial buildings. In 2000 he was overall winner of the RIBA Downland Prize.

Gareth Taylor


Gareth completed his training and successfully graduated from Oxford Brookes University in 2017 to become an architect. Having been at Riach for a number of years, he has been able to work on a diverse range of projects with a particular focus on the regeneration and refurbishment of listed buildings. He previously worked in Somerset designing and managing projects within conservation areas.

Chao Chea

Architectural Assistant

Chao studied for his Part 2 degree in Architecture at Oxford Brookes University before joining Riach Architects in 2017. He has previously worked in both the UK and Singapore where he has been involved in a wide range of projects including high-end residential and commercial schemes. While at university, Chao developed his understanding of real-world architecture by designing and constructing an extension to his family home.

Tim Smith


Tim joined Riach in 2015 and stayed at the practice while completing his architectural training at Cardiff University, where he was awarded a prize for his work on construction contracts. He graduated in 2019 to become our newest architect.

Having previously studied and worked in Manchester, Kent and London, Tim has been involved in a range of projects with a specific focus on residential design. He has developed an interest in the use of structure and material to further his work, and resonate with both the historic and new buildings that Oxford can offer.

Darrell Godliman

architectural assistant / photographer

Darrell has been with the Riach team for over 15 years. He is a widely published photographer and has won numerous competitions including the Architect’s Eye. In his time at Riach, Darrell has worked on a wide range of projects and worked as a senior team member on the Grantham House redevelopment project.

Sian Grant

Architectural Assistant

Sian joined Riach Architects in 2018 upon completion of her Masters at the University of Lincoln where she achieved a Distinction as well as nominations for various awards including the RIBA Regional Award and 3DReid Student Prize. Having gained experience on a range of residential, educational and commercial schemes, Sian joined Riach to continue to explore, develop and test her architecture in order to provide high quality design solutions which offer an elegant combination of form and function.

Pimkamon Inthisorn

Architectural Assistant

John Elliott

Architectural Assistant

John joined Riach Architects in July 2019 with the aim of pursuing his qualifications in Architectural Design. After leaving school in 2008, John has served within a broad spectrum of design industries around Oxford as well as working for Oxford University and Oxford City Council, of which has helped to build a plethora of knowledge using a variety of 2D & 3D design software.

Anna Strickett

Anna joined the team at Riach at the beginning of 2020. She completed her Bachelors degree in Architectural Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington and started her Masters degree at the University of Auckland before moving to the UK to gain experience outside of New Zealand and work in a new architectural environment with different perspectives and practices.

Anna has previously undertaken various roles within the industry, including design work in commercial property development, residential real estate and bathroom ware. She is passionate about sustainability and has nurtured a keen interest in architecture’s psychological impacts, where she strives to create spaces that respond directly to the people that inhabit them.

Gabriele Bytautaite

Office Manager

My role as office manager is to ensure the smooth and efficient running of the practice and provide the administrative support, facilities and tools which allow the architectural staff to focus on their creative efforts.

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