You know Dean, right? Dean Shaw? Nice chap. GSOH*. Dad. Husband. Likes riding his mountain bike in Cannock Chase. Penchant for cake. You should know him – he’s been at the practice since 1998 (he’s SO last century).

Dean joined the company when Bryant Priest Newman Architects had been practising for just 2 years. Then a fresh-faced newly qualified architect, Dean was the 4th member of staff to join Larry, Richard and Mark at their first office – a converted terrace house in Bearwood. The practice grew, we moved to Birmingham City Centre, Dean became an Associate in 2004 and well, he’s part of the furniture now. He has gained several fans over the years and seems like an alright bloke so we thought we’d let him have a bash at being a Director.

Dean Shaw, Richard Newman & Larry Priest outside BPN's offices.

Dean Shaw, Richard Newman & Larry Priest outside BPN’s offices.

Dean’s working on some pretty exciting projects at the moment:

Standard Works on Regent Place. Located in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. This listed building is being converted into a college. You can read all about it on the Birmingham Post website.

Museum of Glass in Wordsley. The development of the former Stuart Crystal listed buildings into a museum of glass is for the British Glass Foundation alongside Electric Wharf’s developer, Complex Development Projects.

YMCA in West Bromwich. Phase 2 – additional accommodation and ancillary space. Phase 2 was completed a little while ago and included a new nursery and children’s centre. More info about the first phase can be found here.

Glasshouse college in Stourbridge. This project has been on BPN’s books since 2004 and Dean is currently managing the third phase of works which involves the refurbishment of a listed building. A bit more information about the first phase of Glasshouse can be found here.

* Good Sense Of Humour