Christopher Higenbottam

Christopher Higenbottam, Managing Director

Christopher Higenbottam, Managing Director

BA BArch, DipBCons (AA), IHBC

Christopher graduated from Newcastle University in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Architectural Studies and in 1985 with a Bachelor of Architecture degree.

With his interest in town planning and historic buildings, Christopher joined the Design and Conservation Section at Hertfordshire County Council in 1985 and was responsible for giving architectural and design advice to District and Borough Councils relating to proposals affecting listed buildings and conservation areas.

In 1987 Christopher attained a postgraduate Diploma in Building Conservation from the Architectural Association and in 1988 became a registered Architect. His experience in building conservation was recognised when he was accepted as a full member of the Institute of Historic Building Conservation in 1998.

After spending two years at Hertfordshire County Council, Christopher joined Pentangle Design Group in Hitchin and was a director there between 1989 and 1995. Whilst with Pentangle, he gained a wide range of experience of residential and commercial development, including projects in conservation areas and affecting or involving listed buildings. He was responsible for three schemes that received recognition in the North Herts District Council Civic Award Scheme for design and conservation. Between 1989 and 1993 he also acted as a consultant to the Hertfordshire Building Preservation Trust and gave conservation and design advice on their behalf to Dacorum Borough Council.

Between 1995 and 1998 Christopher worked for Derek Rogers Associates in Tring where further experience was gained in residential and commercial projects, some of which included the repair, conversion and adaptation of historic buildings.

In 1998 Christopher established Tempietto Architects. He has always had a passion for creating homes for people and buildings that are appropriate to their context, whether of contemporary or traditional design, and this is the main focus of the practice

Christopher has extensive experience of residential development and knowledge of planning and historic building legislation and guidance. He loves solving problems, overcoming planning issues and above all creating buildings that are enjoyed by their occupants. His experience has also resulted in him being called upon as an expert witness in connection with conservation issues, including giving evidence at public inquiries relating to listed buildings of all grades, conservation areas and a proposed World Heritage Site.