Kathryn Harris

Position: Architect
Qualification: MA (Cantab) Dip Arch RIBA

Kathryn gained her MA at St John’s College, Cambridge University, winning the Alfred Hall Prior Scholarship, Carter Prize, and Scullard Fund for the study of historic British architecture. She also studied at London Metropolitan University (where her diploma project was exhibited at the ‘Box Art’ exhibition in Japan), and completed her RIBA part III at Cambridge University.


Kathryn has professional experience specialising in historic building conservation, new build residential, and public buildings. At her previous practice in Bath, projects worked on included: the new King’s College Library, Taunton (2012 RIBA South West Excellence in Architecture Award); Stillpoint Martial Arts Dojo, Bath (short-listed for a RIBA regional award); and various conservation projects including Queen Elizabeth’s Hospital school in Bristol. She attended the RIBA/RICS/SPAB Repair of ancient buildings course in 2009. Kathryn acts as joint CPD coordinator for the practice and is part of the SPAB London regional committee.


At Richard Griffiths Architects Kathryn has been responsible for projects at a number of buildings of national significance, with selected examples below:


St Albans Cathedral, St Albans
Working as job architect for Richard Griffiths, who is Cathedral Architect, she has been responsible for the extensive project to repair and reinvigorate the west front of the cathedral. The work included cleaning, repair and maintenance of the Victorian Neo-Gothic stone facade, and the careful conservation of the Early English style thirteenth century porch interiors. As part of the project, the porch roofs were leaded and drainage problems fixed. This project received a Trevelyan Award Commendation from the St Albans Civic Society. She has also overseen major alterations to the nineteenth century oak choir stalls, scheduled funding proposals for the repair of medieval fabric, and worked with Richard Griffiths on the restoration of the St Amphibalus shrine. Currently Kathryn is tendering repair works to the thirteenth century cloister to start work in early 2017.


55-91 Knightsbridge, London
Kathryn has overseen RIBA stage 4 of the restoration and repair of the 1880’s WD Caroe street facade of 55-91 Knightsbridge, London. The project will also repair and restore the adjacent Georgian town houses in 3 and 4 William Street. As conservation architects, Richard Griffiths Architects are working together with Dixon Jones who are carrying out a new residential and office development behind the retained facades.


Lupton Hall and Memorial Library, Bedales School, Hampshire
Richard Griffiths Architects have been employed to work with the school in creatively revitalising their existing building stock. Kathryn is responsible for research into the history of the site, the preparation of a feasibility study and planning submission for the reuse of the Grade I listed Lupton Hall, and the repair of the nationally significant Memorial Library designed by Ernest Gimson in 1911.

Kathryn Harris