About

With every commission our aim is to create places that will inspire the people who use them to a more enjoyable, effective and sustainable way of life. Each project is treated as a unique response to its needs, site and resources; often provoking innovative solutions.

Value for money, sustainability, energy conservation and surroundings are the inspiration of our designs, derived from a team approach of client and designers. Projects are mostly in Wiltshire, Dorset & Somerset but we have also taken on projects from Scotland to France. We work with a wide range of other specialists; surveyors, structural & building engineers, landscape designers & ecologists, energy specialists, water engineers and others. We can advise on the services and specialists that are appropriate to your project.

Through advanced computer modelling we simulate building projects from the outset, working with clients through immersive exploration to analyse the opportunities and relationship between proposals, orientation, site and context, be it a distant view or an adjacent neighbour. We can generate accurate visualisations, sun studies, photo montages at each stage of the design process. Concept, design and construction information is based on ArchiCAD’s BIM software to generate all building data, fully IFC compliant for issue to builders and suppliers.

Over the past 30 years we have built strong ties with specialist contractors and suppliers in the area and take pride in delivering the most challenging projects. Our understanding of traditional and current building materials and advanced construction techniques allows us to advise clients on a wide range of alternatives and the competing demands of appearance, economics and longevity, robustness and maintenance.

We are an RIBA Chartered Practice . What does that mean?
Only architectural practices that meet a strict eligibility criteria can register as a RIBA Chartered Practice.
All RIBA accredited Chartered Practices:

  • employ a required number of individual RIBA Chartered Architects
  • have appropriate Professional Indemnity Insurance
  • have an effective Quality Management system
  • have comprehensive Health and Safety and Environmental policies in place
  • are expected to conduct themselves in accordance with a Code of Practice in a manor appropriate to their status. View the full Code of Practice.here
    They are committed to excellence in design and customer service. That's why the RIBA only promotes accredited Chartered Practices to clients.

Richard Swann BSc BArch ARB RIBA

Richard studied Architecture at the University of Bath and completed his studies in 1987. After a period of work with Niall Phillips, NVB and Feilden Clegg he joined Bruges Tozer Architects in 1990 and became owner of the Practice 20 years later.
His skills include a flair for imaginative & detailed building components, a broad understanding of materials and construction methodologies and a rigorous approach to contracts. He heads up all projects and oversees the running of the practice. He has won several national awards for his work. CV

Richard is Chair of the Frome & District Civic Society, a Parish Councillor & Director of Frome Cohousing.

Katy Duke BSc. BArch

Katy studied at the University of Bath and qualified in 1983. She worked for Moxley Jenner and Feilden Clegg then moved into Conservation & Regeneration work with local authorities, before moving back into architecture in 2007. She joined the practice in 2014, working on small specialist projects and conversions, and is responsible for marketing and promotion. She has a wide ranging experience including client-side project management for Bristol City Council, town centre management with Mendip District Council, urban design and running innovative community projects. CV

Richard and Katy are married & live in a converted passive solar Victorian school.

Nigel Honer MA. Dip. Arch (Cantab)
Nigel was the owner of Bruges Tozer Architects for over 20 years and although officially retired still assists with office work and keeps us grounded.

Jessica Johnston - Office Manager

Swann Ltd. trading as Bruges Tozer (current) & Swann Design (future), company number 09997335.