Welcome to Spence & Dower

If the architectural press is full of the clamour of competing and ‘self-conscious innovation’ – we are not there. All design is by its nature exploratory and must search for a balance between enabling a building to work and ordering its form to please. Our aim is that good quality design should shine through the patient satisfaction of this balance and give delight to owners, other users and those who pass by. All our projects relate to the specific sites and environments to which they belong.

As Chartered Architects and Historic Building Consultants our interests are broad ranging but we consider ourselves specialists in a full range of historic building work, contemporary design, particularly within sensitive locations, masterplanning and community based building projects.

Find out more about our architectural services

Berwick Barracks Reawakening Project

> Community Based Projects. Also found under Options Appraisals. View Berwick Barracks Reawakening Project

The Response, 1914

Conservation & Restoration > Statues & War Memorials. View The Response, 1914

The Response 1914, Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Little Greencroft Farm

New Build & Alteration > Residential. Also found under Options Appraisals. View Little Greencroft Farm

The Black Barn, Towhouse, Hexham

> Conservation & Restoration. Also found under Heritage. View The Black Barn, Towhouse, Hexham

Housesteads Roman Fort Museum

> New Build & Alteration. Also found under Commercial. View Housesteads Roman Fort Museum

Spanish City, Whitley Bay, 1910

Conservation & Restoration > Twentieth Century. Also found under Historic Recording & Research. View Spanish City, Whitley Bay, 1910

Spanish City

I joined the practice in the 1980’s. It was known then as a practice of integrity and professionalism, creating quality designs through friendly personal service. What has changed? Workload is slightly different now, responding over the years to shifting economic conditions, new concerns about climate change and client expectations, but our underlying philosophy about the way we choose to work remains the same.

Tina Gough, Partner

Our History

We believe in encouraging clients and all those involved in the building process to enjoy working together to a successful common end. Find out more

Meet The Team

We encompass a number of interests and specialisms which allows for the vibrant exchange of ideas and perspectives. It’s this variety which generates the carefully considered architecture that our clients value so highly. Meet the team